Vladimir Borisovich Tiagunov (Russian: Владимир Борисович Тягунов, born September 30, 1989) is a Russian-born solo pianist, chamber music performer, musician and professor of piano. He is the founder of the Merrick School of Music. He has gained international recognition as a solo pianist and is best known for winning the first prize in the International music competition”21st Century Art” in Kiev, Ukraine in 2010. He has played throughout the world with concerts and performed solo especially in Spain, Germany, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States. Tiagunov current appointments include Piano Professor at Long Island Conservatory and church musician at Cure of Arts Church in Merrick, New York where he performs on a regular basis.
Tiagunov is an award-winning pianist, particularly known for his unconventional music. He is known for his versatility as a performer, receiving acclaim worldwide as one of Russian’s leading pianists. Tiagunov is seen frequently at the International Music Competitions as a jury member.
Tiagunov was born in Temirtau, Soviet Union (now Temirtau, Kazakhstan). In 1992, his family moved to Nizhny Tagil, Russia, where he started learning piano at the age of six. Tiagunov was later accepted into the Children's Music School, where he gave his first solo recital aged 9. In 2005, Tiagunov joined the Nizhny Tagil College of Arts pre-college program. He studied at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts (Russia) in the class of world famous musician, Honored Artist of Russia, professor Evgeny Levitan. In 2013 Vladimir graduated from the Master's Degree Program with Honors. Tiagunov moved to the United States in 2014. In 2016, Tiagunov graduated with an Artist Diploma in piano performance from Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York.
Tiagunov began his career as a piano professor at the Long Island Conservatory in 2015, and many students of his are Laureates of Piano Competitions. In 2016, Tiagunov started teaching piano lessons and has also been an accompanist in conservatories, music schools, national and international instrumental competitions, as well as in various musical training courses. Tiagunov has given numerous piano recitals as a soloist as well as also performed solo and chamber concerts across Germany, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the United States. Tiagunov has a wide range of recordings from concerts around the world which includes “Wanderer Fantasy” by Schubert, “Op.10 by Chopin”, “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky, and “Appassionata” by Beethoven and others.
Tiagunov served as the member of the jury at the International Music Competitions, including the International Piano Competition at Gould Academy, the Long Island Conservatory Soloist Competition, the International Online Music Competition "Universal Music Space", and the Manolov International Music Competition. Upon arriving in the United States, Tiagunov represented Steinway and Sons in showcases at the Smith Haven Mall and the Roosevelt Field (shopping mall) in New York.
Tiagunov has performed on several occasions for recitals at the world's greatest venues, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art Concert Hall, numerous Steinway Halls, Tilles Center, Carnegie Hall, University of F. Chopin Concert Hall (Poland), Bolshoi Concert Hall in Tchaikovsky University (Moscow, Russia), Concert Hall of Chelyabinsk Conservatory (Chelyabinsk, Russia), Concert Hall of Sverdlovsk Philarmonic (Yekaterinburg, Russia), and Concert Hall in Kiev (Ukraine)
In 2022, Tiagunov established the Merrick School of Music in Merrick, NY
Certificate of Excellence for extraordinary dedication to the field of Music Education and outstanding student achievement at the Forte International Music Competition (Carnegie Hall, 2019)
13th LISMA International Music Competition, New York, 2017 (Top Performer)
International Piano Competition “Music without Borders” (Gould Academy,
Bethel, Maine U.S.A., 2016). The First Prize.
Forte International Competition (Carnegie Hall, 2016). Gold Medal.
11th LISMA International Music Competition, New York, 2015 (Grand Prix)
Russian Competition “Young Talents of Russia”, Moscow, 2012 (The Winner of the category “Musical Art”)
International Competition “21st Century Art”, Kiev, 2010 (Laureate of the 1st prize)
Laureate of numerous national and regional Music Competitions