Boris Vayner

Assistant Professor of Viola
Primary office:
Murphy Hall, room 204


Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia, Boris Vayner has enjoyed a diverse career in music as a violist, educator and conductor. A member of the Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet since 2005, he has intensively toured throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The highlights of his career include performances at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Dublin National Concert Hall, London King’s Place, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, and appearances at such festivals as Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), MIMO (Brazil), Buxton (England), Fishguard (Wales), Music Mountain, Rockport, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego, among others. Vayner has collaborated with such internationally renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Michael Tree, Peter Donohoe, Anton Nel, David Shifrin, and Misha Dichter. He is also a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet that debuted in New York in May 2014.

Vayner joined the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Music in August 2017. Prior to this, he served as an adjunct faculty and a member of the quartet-in-residence at the Wichita State University. Several of his students went on to win concerto area competitions, as well as local and national chamber music competitions. He also served as a sabbatical replacement for the viola professor and the director of the Luther College Philharmonia at the Luther College, Decorah, for the spring semester 2013. Vayner gave master classes at many educational institutions in the U.S. and around the world, including San Francisco Conservatory, University of Toronto (Canada), Groton School, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Colima University (Mexico). He has been on faculty at many international summer festivals, including St. Petersburg International Summer Academy, Montecito Music Festival, Musica Mundi Festival, and Alion Baltic International Music Festival. Vayner also teaches viola and violin lessons at the Kansas City School of Music.

Vayner was a founder and a director of the Suprima Chamber Orchestra comprised of students of the Wichita State University. He successfully led the orchestra to performances in Russia in 2012 and at the Barge Music in New York in November 2014. For the performance in New York, the Suprima Chamber Orchestra collaborated with the conducting and violin prodigy, Jonathan Okseniuk. As a conductor, Vayner has appeared with the University of Missouri Kansas City student orchestra, Luther College Philharmonia, Hays Symphony Orchestra, and Uspensky School of Music student orchestra (Uzbekistan).

Besides performing music, Vayner is an avid arranger; his arrangement of Bach Chaconne for string quartet was performed live on BBC 3 radio station in London in July 2012.

Vayner holds bachelor’s degrees from Novosibirsk Music College and Novosibirsk State University (majoring in mathematics), and master’s degrees in viola performance from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the New England Conservatory. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

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