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March 8, 2023
Award winning pianist performs in Grantsville

On Saturday, March 4th, a world class pianist came to the Jefferies Hall in Grantsville. 

Victor Valkov, from the University of Utah piano faculty, presented a masterclass and performance. 

Valkov performed Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for an audience of piano enthusiasts. He also worked with three young local pianists.

The master class and performance was free to the public courtesy of the Tooele Valley Chapter of the Utah Music Teachers Association.

Valkov was the gold medalist in the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He has performed with numerous orchestras and given performances across the country, including at Carnegie Hall.

Valkov has also given many performances in Macedonia, Bulgaria, and several other countries around the world. 

Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, and Gold medalist at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Valkov has been highly acclaimed by the critics as “lion of the keyboard” and “sensational.”

Among numerous chamber music and solo appearances, during the last few concert seasons Valkov also performed with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Valkov’s concert activities reflect a vast interest in the chamber music repertoire, as well as lesser known piano music. 

As a solo performer one of Valkov’s latest projects featured Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica as the focal point of his concert programs. 

Valkov is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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