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Watch and Listen: Pianist and Astral Artist Viktor Valkov In The WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

Listen to a live performance by Astral Artist Viktor Valkov, praised as “Lion of the keyboard, sensational” by Wiesbadener Kurier in Germany?. He previews his upcoming recital in Philadelphia and chats with host Kevin Gordon.

Watch a live video of the performance on YouTube:

Winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Viktor has just returned to the U.S. after a critically acclaimed recital in London’s Wigmore Hall. ?He performs at the American Philosophical Society on March 24 at 3 PM in Philadelphia. More info.

Viktor Valkov with WRTI Host Kevin Gordon

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Viktor was the winner of the 2015 National Auditions in Russe, Bulgaria and ?has been soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.

He has made several recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio archive, and for Bulgarian National Television and Macedonian Radio and Television. With Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov, he performed in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and won the Liszt-Garisson International Competition. His first solo CD was a Naxos release of the complete piano music of Dimitar Nenov. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Utah as Assistant Professor of Piano.

A veteran broadcaster, Kevin garnered a wealth of experience in radio before taking the weekday classical host position from 2 to 6 PM at WRTI, where he was on the air until his retirement in March 2023.