Motif: Brevitas

The latin word Brevitas translates as brevity, shortness, conciseness. This is the name of pianist Veneta Neynska’s new CD which is to be officially launched during the final Motif concert for the season on June 7th, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. at the Bulgaria Chamber Music Hall. The programme includes 12 audience favourites, unified by the principle of duration – each piece lasts no more than a few minutes. Together with the virtuosic “La Campanella” by Liszt, Rachmaninoff’s Musical Moment No. 4 and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3, we will enjoy Schubert’s deep sensitivity in two of his impromptus, along with Bach’s spiritual mastery and Mendelssohn’s pure melodic genius.

The Performer

Veneta Neynska, piano

“There is an exciting power in her playing”

Stephen Pritchard, The Observer

Photos by Vladimir Kotzev

Veneta began her musical career in her native country of Bulgaria at the National School of Music. After graduating (in the class of fellow Bulgarian pianist Lyubov Shisheva) with the highest honors, she moved to the USA and studied with world-renowned pianist John Perry at USC Thorton School of Music. Following her undergraduate studies, Veneta was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she had the opportunity to study with Joan Havill, as well as perform in master-classes with internationally-renowned pianists Imogen Cooper, Alexei Nasedkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Dominique Merlet, who all individually played an important role in her development as a musician. Just as valuable to her development as a world-class pianist is her musical relationship with Bulgarian pianist Gina Tabakova.

Veneta has partaken in a multitude of competitions and has won prizes including first prize at the 7th International Piano Competition in Lanarca, Cyprus, second prize at the Christopher Duke Competition, third prize at Seiler Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria and at the Beethoven Intercollegiate Competition, and the Beethoven Prize during her studies at Guildhall College of Music and Drama. In 2009, she won first prize at the Beethoven Hradec Competition in Czech Republic that subsequently lead to a successful performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra under Jakub Zidek. Further to this, she received an invitation to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the competition in 2011, where she performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with violinist Jan Mracek and cellist Charles-Antoine Duflot under the baton of Rostislav Hališka.

“Veneta Neynska’s interpretation impressed with an utmost differentiated and detailed musical thought as well as with the supreme balance in the miniatures and exhibition of the characteristic elements of the pieces.”

Tsvetelina Nacheva, “Culture” Newspaper

Veneta’s most recent achievements include winning third prize at the Alexander Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland where she performed Tansman’s Second Piano Concerto with Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra and Swiss conductor Luca Pfaff. Furthermore, she has recently made her debut at the prestigious Bulgarian festivals “Apollonia” in Sozopol and “Piano Extravaganza” in Sofia.

Away from performing, Veneta is a mother to a seven-year old boy, loves to cook for her friends and is a huge fan of contemporary art. Also, together with her husband, she has created Modo – an organisation that creates and supports classical music events. Veneta is thankful for the generous support of Gabriel Mekler Memorial Scholarship and the City of London Trust.

The Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, WTK II, BWV 883

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Song without Words in F-sharp minor, op. 30, No. 6 “Venezianisches Gondellied

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Prelude in D minor, op. 33, No. 4
Prelude in G minor, op. 33, No. 5


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Musical Moment No. 4 in E minor

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Impromptu in F minor, op. 142, No. 1
Impromptu in E-flat major, op. 90, No. 2

Gretchen am Spinnrade

Ferenz Liszt (1811-1886)
Grande Étude de Paganini No. 3 “La Campanella”

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sonata No. 3 in A minor, op. 28


  • SMART tickets – BGN 10.00 (minimum two tickets)
  • Standard ticket – BGN 20.00 (online here or at Bulgaria Hall’s ticket office)
  • Student tickets – BGN 5.00 (at the door only when seats available)
Tickets here

Our Partners

Minkov Brothers winery will complement all guests with a glass of their sublime wines during the break between the two parts of Motif: Brevitas. The project’s partners are also: Sofia Philharmony,, SofiaLive, Grazia, FunBook, Catch’ A maK restaurantVila Agency.