Pianist Victoria Fatu has been recognized internationally for performances of deep musical expression, charismatic temperament and sparkling technique. She has scored victories in numerous international competitions and has received multiple grants from major foundations. In 1998 she won First Prize at the AMSA World Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Cincinnati (USA), a prize that included a solo recital performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2001 she received grants from both the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation and the Aram Khachaturyan International Scholarship Foundation. She was awarded the Excellence Prize by the President of the Russian Federation in both 2001 and 2002, and in the latter year she also received the „Youth of the Century Award” as Young Classical Musician of the Year. More recently she won Second Prize at the 2007 Young Concert Artists Competition in New York City. In 2009 she received Honorable Mention at the Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, LA. In 2011 she became a winner of the Concerto Aria Competition in Kansas City, MO. Currently Victoria Fatu holds a position of a Piano Professor at West Virginia State University.
Victoria Fatu was born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She showed an early interest in the arts, and she began singing at age three, wrote poetry from age four, and started studying the piano at age eight at the Music Studio School „Young Talents” in Moscow. The following year she entered the Central Special Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied for nine years under Elena Rikhter. In 1995, at the age of 10, she performed Mozart’s D-minor Concerto K.V. 466 in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, with Vladimir Fedoseev conducting the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. She continued her studies with Rikhter at the Moscow Conservatory between 2002-2008. In 2010 she earned a Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance at the International Center for Music at Park University in Missouri, where she studied with the 2002 Van Cliburn Piano Competition Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch. In 2013 Victoria was awarded a Performance Certificate in Piano Performance by the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where she studied with Dr. Robert Weirich.
In addition to her formal studies, she has taken part in master classes with international artists such as Vladimir Spivakov, John Lill, Cyprien Katsaris, Vladimir Krainev, Marina Mdivani, William Grant Naboré, Joanna McGregor, Christopher Elton, Martino Tirimo, Dang Thai Son and Hae-Sun Paik. She has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals in Germany, France, United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, China, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Denmark, Kuwait, Poland, Sweden, Tunisia, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, Armenia and Romania. In addition to Spivakov and Fedoseev, she has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ziva, Dmitri Liss, Valeriy Yarmoshkin and Murad Annamammedov, performing with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Russian National Orchestra, the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic and the Yaroslavl Philharmonic, among others.
As a performing member of Vladimir Spivakov International Founation, and New Names Foundation Victoria performed recitals in front of several presidents around the world as well as for members of royal families and the Pope of Rome.
Victoria has also performed and taught at international festivals including the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Gala (France), the Oxford International Piano Festival (UK), the „Russia Engages the World» Festival (USA), the Festival International de Colmar (France), the Russian Seasons in Paris (France) and the International Festival «At Aivazovskiy» (Ukraine).
Other awards include First Prize at the International Competition Festival "The Olympic of Muses" (Russia), the Sviatoslav Richter Prize at the Vladimir Krainev Competition (Ukraine), Diploma Prize at the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition (Russia), Special Prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition (Ukraine), Laureate of the World Charity Program “New Names”, Scholarship Award from the Kansas City Musical Club (USA) and Alumni Scholarship Sigma Alpha Iota Auditions (Kansas City, MO). Her concerts and competition appearances have been recorded and mentioned by the worldwide press.
Victoria Fatu has appeared on television and radio in numerous countries around the world, and has been featured in CD and video recordings. Her name has been added to the “Golden Book of the Russian Federation.” Between 2004-2008 she had a career as a jazz singer under Russian management. Currently, she lives in Charleston, WV with her husband, Romanian violinist Cristian Fatu and daughters Vivienne and Sophie and son Mark.