Yavet Boyadjiev is a Cuban-born violinist, researcher, and pedagogue.
As recitalist and chamber musician Yavet Boyadjiev has performed in major venues around the world including Carnegie Hall and has been a guest performer at several festivals and series including the Music in Midtown Concert Series (New York), the Thailand International composition Festival (Bangkok), and the international festival and conference “Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fifty Years On” (New York). With a specific focus on the piano trio genre, Dr. Boyadjiev co-founded The Bangkok Piano Trio and the Arens/Grund/Boyadjiev Piano Trio. Her playing has been described as possessing “great charm” and “exuberant virtuosity” (New York Concert Review).
A devoted pedagogue, Dr. Boyadjiev joined the faculty of Mahidol University College of Music, Thailand, in 2009. She teaches Violin, Violin Pedagogy, String Literature, and Chamber Music, and served as String Department Chair from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this appointment, she was on the faculty of the Midori Foundation, the Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, and the Kauffman Center in New York. She has also taught at many summer festivals including the Hartwick College Music Festival, New York Summer Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp and, most recently, at the Cremona International Summer Academy, in Italy.
Her students have found success at professional auditions (Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta) and have been accepted into prestigious music schools around the world including the Juilliard School, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.
As a guest professor Dr. Boyadjiev has been invited to give master classes and lectures at major academic programs across Asia and North America including the University of South Dakota; the Chinese University of Hong Kong; the Universiti Teknologi MARA, in Malaysia; and Saint Scholastica College, in the Philippines. She has been an adjudicator at national and international competitions, including the Osaka International Music Competition, Bangkok regional; the Cremona International Academy String Competition, in Italy; and the Settrade Youth Music Competition, in Thailand.
Dr. Boyadjiev’s research interest focuses largely on violin pedagogy, and on the life and works of nineteenth-century Cuban violinist José White. 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.
Dr. Boyadjiev’s musical studies began at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory for gifted children, in Havana. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Instituto Superior de Arte (University of the Arts, Havana), graduating “Summa cum Laude” and distinguished as “most outstanding student teacher.” She received a Master of Music degree from the 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 she was awarded several grants and fellowships. Her most influential teachers and mentors are Radosvet Boyadjiev, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Daniel Phillips (violin) Sarah Davies Buechner, and Robert McDonald (chamber music), and Nils Vigeland, Joseph Straus, and Allan Atlas (theory and music research).