Vlaeva has performed in Bulgaria, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Barbados, Canada and the United States. She has played as a soloist with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana in Slovakia, the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Wroclaw Philharmonic and with other orchestras throughout the world. Vlaeva has also appeared on radio and television in several countries.
Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as “one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see.”
Vlaeva won first prize at the Liszt competition in Lucca, Italy, and third prize at the International Liszt Competition in Budapest, and the Yamaha Award for the best interpretation of Brahms, in Weimar, Germany. She has worked under the close supervision of Bulgarian composer Dimiter Christoff, presenting his piano music on radio and CD. Her second CD, featuring the piano music of Liszt, was released on the MSR Classics label and won the International Grand Prix "Liszt" du Disque. In 2002, she recorded soundtrack music for the documentary film "In Search of Cezanne" produced by Academy Award winner Allan Miller. Her third CD, Chopin Works for Piano and Orchestra, was released by Gega New and praised for its extraordinary beauty in International Record Review. Her CD, A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano has garnered positive reviews in Gramophone, International Record Review, BBC Music Magazine, American Record Guide, Pianist, and on MusicWeb. Her most recent CD, The Complete Bach/Saint-Saens Transcriptions, was released by Hyperion in October.
The American composer Lowell Liebermann composed his Variations on a Theme of Schubert and Nocturne No. 9 for Vlaeva. She premiered the Nocturne at the Rarities of Piano Music Festival in Husum, Germany. In 2009, she premiered the Variations at New York's Merkin Concert Hall. She also gave the North American Premiere of Sonata No. 2 by Sergey Bortkiewicz.
Vlaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and began playing the piano at the age of five. She studied piano at the Sofia Music School, Sofia Music Academy, Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the Manhattan School of Music. Vlaeva lives in New York where she has performed in the Carnegie Recital Hall and the Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. More information on Vlaeva is available at NadejdaVlaeva.com.