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.