SAMF Spotlight – Audrey Vardanega

Audrey Vardanega

Pianist

Audrey Vardanega has been praised as a musically eloquent player with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength that one expects from the world’s finest pianists. She has performed across Europe, China, and the United States.

Audrey earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in May 2017 and her Masters in Music in May 2019 from Mannes The New School under the tutelage of Richard Goode.

She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Musaics of the Bay, a nonprofit chamber music series dedicated to connecting musicians, composers, and visual artists for collaborations, residency programs, mentorships, and creating new work in the Bay Area and beyond. From March 2020 to April 2021, Musaics of the Bay presented “The Stay-at-Home Symposium,” commissioning over 75 new works of music inspired by community-submitted artwork. The Symposium included over 100 artists from all over the world, including performers, composers, poets, filmmakers, painters, photographers, and more for virtual collaboration.

Audrey has been featured as a solo and chamber musician by the Hangzhou Grand Theater, Festival Napa Valley, the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, the Teatro del Libertador San Martín in Córdoba, Argentina, The Santa Cruz Symphony, San Francisco’s Old First Concerts Series, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, Musaics of the Bay, Festival del Sole Napa Valley, Rockefeller University’s Tri-Institutional Noon Concerts Series, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Santa Cruz’s “Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series,” and more.

Audrey won a Bay Area Audience Choice Award in August 2021 for her performance of Beethoven’s A Major Cello Sonata with cellist Tanya Tomkins