Department of Music, Theater and Dance
Dr. Velia Yedra-Chruszcz
- Master of Music (Piano) from Manhattan School of Music
- Doctor of Musical Arts (Piano) from the University of Miami
Cuban-American pianist Velia Yedra has concertized extensively, both as soloist and chamber music performer. Highlights of recent seasons include successful tours of Latin America and Spain. At the time of her acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, The New York Times hailed her “impressive precision” and “authority”, as well as her “vibrant, spotlessly clean performances.” Yedra’s concert engagements have included performances as a soloist with major USA and Latin American symphony orchestras such as the Florida Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Filarmonica de Mexico, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica del Peru, Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo, Miami Festival and Symphony of the Americas, among others. In Florida, she has appeared in recitals and festivals at the Arsht, Gusman, Coral Springs and Broward Center(s) for the Performing Arts.
As pianist, author, and lecturer, Yedra has placed emphasis on the promotion of the music of Spain and the Americas. Her performances of Enrique Granados’ Goyescas have been described as “…a quintessential translation of the paintings”. The University of Miami’s School of International Studies published her biography/catalogue of Cuban composer Julian Orbon. The artist also performed the Florida Premiere of Orbon’s Partite no.4 for piano and orchestra with the Florida Philharmonic. Widely regarded as a “champion of Cuban classical music,” Velia Yedra recorded a landmark album of the complete volume of Cuban Dances by Ignacio Cervantes titled ”Adios a Cuba”. A Centennial Commemorative Bacardi edition, the recording was highly complimented by the critics, as …”an extraordinary contribution to the Cuban cultural and musical heritage.” In addition to her solo appearances, she has performed with her husband violinist Bogdan Chruszcz as the Yedra-Chruszcz Duo, to critics and audience acclaim. She has also performed with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Miami String Quartet, and other chamber ensembles.
At the Manhattan School of Music Yedra studied piano with Dora Zaslavsky and Vera Franceschi, Chamber Music with Joseph Seiger, additional music studies with Anton Coppola, Ludmila Ulehla, and Julian Orbon.
- Award for Commendable Contribution to Education- Miami-Dade County School Board
- American Keyboard Artists, Chicago Biographical Center -1989
- Dictionary of International Biography-International Biographical, Cambridge England, 1993
- Musical America 1989
- Asociacion Cubana de Mujeres Universitarias Award 2002
- “Premio Floridana” 2008 Award- Cuban Women’s Club
- Outstanding Contribution to the Cultural Development of Miami- Dade County: City of Miami, City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
- Board of Directors, Artistic Advisory Boards Member
- Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation Member
- Greater Miami Youth Symphony Member
- Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Dade Cultural Alliance Member
- • Applied Piano Lessons (MVK)