Vik­to­riya Pa­pay­ani

Born in Ukrai­ne, pia­nist Vik­to­riya Pa­pay­ani gra­dua­ted with Mas­ter’s degree in Pia­no Per­for­mance from Man­hat­tan School of Music, whe­re she stu­died with Nina Svet­la­no­va.

Ms. Pa­pay­ani has recei­ved va­rious ho­nors and awards in many Eu­ro­pean count­ries, inclu­ding Ukrai­ne, France, and Ita­ly and has per­for­med in Eu­ro­pe, Ca­na­da and the Uni­ted Sta­tes. She was pre­sen­ted at the Weill Hall of Car­ne­gie Hall in her New York reci­tal de­but by Ar­tists In­ter­na­tio­nal as a reci­pient of its Special Pre­sen­ta­tion Award. She has gi­ven nu­me­rous reci­tals in NY and Fin­land, whe­re she also was on a concert tour with her hus­band Kal­le Toi­vio and his sis­ter cel­list See­li Toi­vio.

Vik­to­riya teac­hes pia­no at the Fu­tu­re Ar­tist Stu­dio and is the or­ga­nist and choir di­rec­tor of St. Tho­mas’ and St. Eliza­beth’s Episco­pal Churc­hes on Long Is­land. She con­ti­nues gi­ving pia­no reci­tals in the US and Eu­ro­pe, and ma­kes pia­no recor­dings.

Vik­to­riya Pa­pay­ani is also an act­ress. Af­ter gra­dua­ting from Man­hat­tan School of Music she was drawn to start stu­dying ac­ting. Since then, she has been a part of nu­me­rous theat­re pro­duc­tions.

For a long time she wan­ted to con­nect the two worlds that are so dear to her – the world of clas­sical music and the world of theat­re – into one sto­ry. When she read a won­der­ful book about the le­gen­da­ry pia­nist and com­po­ser Cla­ra Schu­mann by Nancy B. Reich, Vik­to­riya deci­ded to wri­te a one-wo­man play about Cla­ra and her ext­raor­di­na­ry life jour­ney. Vik­to­riy­a’s play Cla­ra: Con­fes­sions was pre­mie­red at the NY Sum­mer­fest in July 2018 and will be per­for­med again in No­vem­ber 2018 in the upco­ming Uni­ted Solo Fes­ti­val at Thea­ter Row, NYC. In this play Vik­to­riya will act and play the pia­no.
Pia­no Facul­ty of the Ri­ver­si­de Music Stu­dios since Sep­tem­ber 2018.