Bulgarian-born pianist Nadejda Vlaeva took up the piano at age 5. Her teachers included Anton Dikov, Jan Wijn, Ruth Laredo, and Lazar Berman. At 15, Vlaeva won the gold medal at the International Liszt Competition in Lucca, and she went on to win third prize at the International Liszt Competition in Budapest, and received the Yamaha Award for the best interpretation of Brahms at the Franz Liszt Competition in Weimar. She has performed across Europe and North America, and appeared as a concerto soloist with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana in Slovakia, the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra. A specialist in Romantic piano music, Vlaeva has recorded works by Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, and Sergei Bortkiewicz, as well as the second volume of piano music by Dimiter Christoff on Concord. Lowell Liebermann composed his Nocturne No. 9 and Variations of a Theme of Schubert for her. She is based in New York, and has given recitals at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Merkin Recital Hall. She has recorded for Hyperion, Concord, Musicians Showcase, and Gega.