Victor Bunin


     Although Professor Victor Bunin and Julia Amada Kruger have judged many international competitions together the past nine years ,their union as a duo/due team began in 2002 and already they are in constant demand both in the US,Russia and Europe.

    They have performed extensively across the United States and in June of 2005 were invited by the United Nations in Kosovo to present a "Week of Music" for the entire country/region.For the first time since the war ended over 10 years ago,the Bunin/Kruger team were welcomed as musical ambassadors to the war devastated country and presented daily Master Classes as well as nightly concerts/both duet as well as concert with orchestra/ for students and teachers from over 5 countries in the region,including Albania and Serbia.

     Their concerts,master classes and television shows received acclaim across Europe. As a result,they were invited by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania to be the Guest Artists performing for the European Cultural Summit in Tirana, Albania in November,2006.While in Tirana, the Kruger/Bunin team performed for 18 Foreign Ministers,1000 European political delegats,and over 130 european journalists.Performances in Albania included a performance with the Albanian Symphony Orchestra as well as a private concert for the Foreign Ministers.The team also presented several days of master classes for young pianists from Albania during the monumental musical week.

     The Bunin/Kruger team continues to receive multipale international performance invitations. In August,2005,Bunin and Kruger were the Performing Guest Artists at the renowned Instituto Musicale Nicola Vaccaj in Tolentino,Italy where they performed as well as taught daily classes in performance techniques.Response to their tutelage was so positive that they were asked to return as full professors at the Tolentino festival the summer of 2006.

    In April of 2006 ,the Kruger/Bunin duo performed in Carnegie Hall/New York City/.In September/October,2006, Kruger and Bunin traveled to Kislovodsk, Russia where they were the Guest Artists performing Mozart's two-piano concerto in E-flat,K365 with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of renowned conductor ,Leonid Shulman.

     In January of 2007, the Kruger/Bunin duo team started their 2007 US tour by performing the Inaugural Concert at the International Duo Competition Award Concert in Colorado Springs,Colorado,USA.Following this ,they then presented concerts in many Western states in USA, ending with a benefit concert in Austin,TX for CASA.

    Again in January 2008 as well as 2009, 2010 and 2011 the duo team performed the Inaugural Concert at the Broadmoor Hotel for the United States International Duo Competition.

    In the summer of 2008, the Bunin/Kruger duo team were invited to be the"professors-in residence"at a new International Performance Festival held in Cepina/Bormio,Italy.The Festival attracted students from the United States,Europe and Russia and will be held yearly with Bunin/Kruger as the permanent guest artist/professors.Both Kruger and Bunin chaired 2010 Performance Festival in Cepina,Italy which also hosted the International Valdisotto Piano Competition.The Kruger/Bunin team also performed in 2010 for the sister city of Cervia,Italy and will be returning yearly to present concerts and master classes.In addition ,the duo team has received an invitation to record a series of CD's devoted to Russian duo/duet repertoire.

    In June of 2009 ,the duo team were the Guesr Artists for the new International Music Festival  to br held in Albania/sponsored by UNESCO foundation/.They presented the "closing" concert for the Festival in Tirana,Albania and performed a second concert at the University Kristal in Tirana. Included on the trip was also as interview for  European TV as well Public Radio,and their concerts will be formatted for a special  european television show similar to the Public Television broadcasts in the US.

    In October of 2009, the Kruger/Bunin duo team presented two concerts in Moscow,Russia:one at the famed Romansiada Concert Hall in Moscow and the second concert at the School of the Arts in Zhukovsky,Russia. The duo team has been invited to be the American and Russian judges for the upcoming new International Liszt Competition to be held in Dubai.