“I am so thrilled and honored to have been selected as a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation! Music is a powerful and precious gift that can unite people. I feel very fortunate that music has always been an essential part of my life. My dream is for as many people as possible to experience the beauty and joy of classical music. There is a special magic to attending a live musical performance or learning to play a musical instrument. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholars, taking active part in the activities of the Program and getting involved in the mission of the Foundation. I would like to use this opportunity to learn from Lang Lang, to deepen my understanding of music and to share its magnificence with others. I want to express my deep gratitude to two people: Lang Lang, for creating this wonderful opportunity; and to my piano teacher, Teresa de Jong Pombo, who has been my mentor, guide and inspiration for the last 10 years”
Pianist Victor Shlyakhtenko, 15, has been a student of Teresa de Jong Pombo at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts since the age of five. In 2017, Victor performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as a Grand Prize Winner of The Music Center’s Spotlight competition, and at Carnegie Hall in New York under the auspices of the InterHarmony International Music Festival. He received first prize as well as a Special Prize for the best performance of a piece from Années de Pèlerinage in the 2016 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and was an invited performer at the annual Liszt Society Festival at Northwestern University. Victor’s other recent honors include first prizes at the 2017 Young Stars of the Future Concerto Competition, 2017 Parness Concerto Competition, 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition, 2016 California MTNA Piano Competition, 2016 California MTNA Composition Competition, 2017 Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition, and the Orange County CAPMT Young Musicians Concerto Competition. In 2015–2016, Victor was chosen as the First Place Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s Musical Ambassador, giving performances at their Annual Gala dinner and their 2015 Lisa Jura Young Pianist Showcase Recital. Victor has appeared as soloist with the Orange County Symphony, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Collective of Orange County, as well as the Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Concert Choir, performing concerti by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Grieg, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.
Victor is passionate about giving back to the community and regularly participates in several outreach concert series, including Musical Encounters, a community engagement program of the Colburn School, which sends students from its Community School of Performing Arts to perform and speak to students at Title I elementary schools. He has also participated in the Ambassador Program, a project of the Classics Alive! Foundation, which brings live music to senior citizen centers, and Musical Traces, an outreach program of Junior Chamber Music.
Victor is a founding member of California Young Musicians, a network of avid young performers who enjoy sharing their art through concerts and lecture series.
Victor has been an active participant in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy (2016) and Acqui Terme, Italy (2017), where he studied piano and violin, played in the Festival orchestra, and performed in several chamber ensembles.
Victor is an avid chamber musician, an award-winning composer, and an enthusiastic accompanist for instrumentalists and singers. In addition to piano, he studies music theory and composition with Doug Dutton and orchestral conducting with Maxim Eshkenazy.
Victor has played in master classes taught by James Bonn, Bruno Canino, John McCarthy, Andrew Park, Andrew Parr, John Perry, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Peter Takács, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Victor has been awarded a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for the last two consecutive years. He is currently a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn Scholarship at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts.