Krassimira Jordan Krassimira Jordan, pianist


Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, Krassimira Jordan began her formative musical training at age four and made her recital debut when she was seven. She studied in Sofia, Vienna, and Moscow, where she was a pupil of Stanislav Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. During her years of study, a series of prestigious international prizes were awarded to Ms. Jordan, including the International Piano Competitions "Alfredo Casella," and "Alessandro Casagrande", as well as the Mozart "Clara Haskil" Prize. As a representative of Austria, Krassimira Jordan was the Gold Medal winner of the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition.

Krassimira Jordan has performed with much acclaim as recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Tonkunstler Orchester in Vienna. Krassimira Jordan has been regularly invited in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan to conduct masterclasses at the major universities of Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo and Taipei. Highly regarded as a teacher, her students come from all parts of the world and have won top prizes at numerous international piano competitions in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

She has recorded a series entitled "Franz Liszt – Berühmte Klavierwerke" (Famous Piano Works). Her compact disc releases, "Slavic Masterworks for Piano" and "The Legacy of Pantcho Vladigerov", are both available on the Albany Records label, most recent CD, which includes Franz Liszt's Sonata in B minor, is available on

Krassimira Jordan was Professor of Piano at the world-renowned Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for ten years. Her Carnegie Hall debut was followed by a special guest appearance on the noteworthy live radio show “The Listening Room” with Robert Shermann on the New York Times station, WQXR, where she interpreted and discussed works by Viennese composers. Her publications on the teaching of Anton Rubinstein, the music of the Bulgarian composer Pantcho Vladigerov, and the artistry of one of the most enigmatic and adventurous pianists of recent times, Marc-André Hamelin, have attracted the attention of music scholars and magazines worldwide.

Krassimira Jordan is currently an Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Piano at Baylor University in Texas. Each summer, she teaches a select group of pianists and teacher-observers accepted to the Vienna International Piano Academy, the Tyrolean International Piano Academy (Innsbruck) and the Vienna Music Seminar in  Austria. She has enhanced the international image of Baylor University through extensive performing, lecture/demonstrations, conducting master classes, and attracting students from Europe, Asia, South America for her multinational studio.


Critical Acclaim

". . . an electrifying recital. Miss Jordan is a formidable player with a dazzling energy and driving spirit."
--The New York Times

"Her technique and her sensitive playing drew from the piano enchanting tones."
--Niederosterreichische Nachrichten, Austria

"The two hours of brilliant piano playing offered sound spectra of the highest category."
--Molndals Posten, Sweden

"In Schumann's Carnaval, the pianist succeeded in making the characters visible, so that one could imagine Pierrot and Arlequln, Eusebius and Florestan and waltzing couples."
--Badener Nachrichten, Austria

"Such technique, strength, and courage--combined with sincerity and impeccable muslcal taste--are rarities on the concert stage, especially when the repertoire consists ot works ranging from Schubert to Villa Lobos."
--Kouvolan Sanomat, Finland

"The winning candidate convinced with great sureness of interpretatlon and very well developed technique."
--Journal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

"Krassimira Jordan captivated the audience through her imaginative and intuitive interpretation. The artist performed Liszt's Dante Sonata with great energy and power and brought this Infernalness to life. The interpretation of Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody was characterized by rhythmic precision, passion, and magical colors."
--Schwabisches Tagesblatt, Germany

"Miss Jordan's revel in the full, exotic sound areas of Villa Lobos and Ravel were as pleasing as the conspicuous technical mastery."
--Kurier, Vienna


Contact & Links

Baylor University "Keyboard Faculty"

Vienna International Piano Academy

Slavic Masterworks for Piano

Tyrolean International Piano Academy

Bösendorfer International Piano Competition for Amateurs