Faculty Profile

Dr. Yavet Boyadjiev (Violin)

Department : Strings and Chamber Music Department

Dr. Yavet Boyadjiev, violinist

Described by the New York Music Review as possessing “great charm” and “exuberant virtuosity,” Cuban-born violinist Yavet Boyadjiev is a passionate chamber music collaborator, a devoted violin pedagogue, and an avid music researcher. 

Dr. Boyadjiev has been a faculty member of Mahidol University College of Music in Thailand since 2009, and served as the institution’s String Department Chair from 2009 to 2012. She also teaches in Italy during the summer months, at the Cremona International Academy and Festival. Previously she taught at the Midori Foundation, the Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, the Kauffman Center, Hartwick College Music Festival, and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp. She has given master classes at the University of South Dakota, Special Music School of America at the Kauffman Center, and Payap University, and often adjudicates in competitions such as the Bangkok Regional Round of the Osaka International Music Competition, the Settrade Music Competition, and the Cremona International Academy String Competition. 

Yavet Boyadjiev made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall as winner of the Artists International Presentation Award, and leads a diverse concert career that has taken her around the world. Some highlights include performances at the New York’s Music in Midtown Concert Series, the Niagara Falls International Music Festival, the international festival and conference Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fifty Years On (New York), the Jewish Museum Concert Series, the Look and Listen Festival, and the Thailand International Composition Festival, among others. In Bangkok, she has performed with the new-music group Contemporary Enclave and as a founding member of the Bangkok Piano Trio. She is a member of the Boyadjiev/Cesarczyk violin and guitar duo and is currently commissioning music for the ensemble.

Dr. Boyadjiev’s musical training was shaped by great violin pedagogues such as her father Radosvet Boyadjiev, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Daniel Phillips. She studied chamber music with pianists Sara Davis Buechner and Robert McDonald, and theory and research with Nils Vigeland, Joseph Straus, and her mentor Allan Atlas. 

Born into a family of prominent musicians, her studies began at the age of seven at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory for gifted children, in Havana. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree (Summa cum Laude) from the Instituto Superior de Arte (Havana) with special mention as “the most outstanding student in teaching.” She received a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music under a full scholarship, and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where her dissertation, “José White Laffita (1835-1918): A Biography and a Study of his Six Études, op. 13,” was nominated for the Barry S. Brook Dissertation Award, in 2015. Dr. Boyadjiev’s scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of the Viola Society of America, Mahidol Music Journal, and the Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003). Presently, she is preparing publications, which focus on the musical career of José White, Cuba’s most prominent violinist of the nineteenth century. 

Areas of teaching: 

Violin, Chamber Music, Violin Pedagogy, String Literature.

Research interest: 

José White, 19th-century Cuba, Violin Pedagogy, French School of Violin.

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