Valerian Ruminski

Valerian R.

Long Beach, CA

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Valerian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2005

Valerian has sung performances at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Avery Fisher Hall and at many other venues across the USA and Europe. He was taught by Bill Schuman, Louis Quilico and Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson's voice teacher) and has taught at the John Robert Powers Talent Agency as well as Westchester Community College in Valhalla NY. He has taught both children and adults. He is the winner of many awards including the prestigious Richard Tucker Award at Lincoln Center and the Year 2000 Lincoln Center Martin Segal Award for Outstanding Young Singer. He also is the Founder and General Director of Nickel City Opera in Buffalo NY since 2009. Valerian is versed in all styles of singing and is at home teaching everything from pop to jazz to opera no matter the stage of vocal development the singer is at.

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Adjunct Professor
Jan 2011 - Jun 2013
Westchester Community College

Taught 1 credit course in voice production and singing.

voice teacher
Jun 2007 - Aug 2007
John Robert Powers Talent AGency

Taught children to sing for the summer.


Opera/Artist Diploma (Master)
Sep 1995 - Jun 1999
Academy of Vocal Arts
Bachelor of Voice
Sep 1990 - Jun 1995
State University of New York at Buffalo


Professional Proficiency


Opera America Award
Jun 2017
Opera America
Valerian Ruminski
Jun 2012
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
Gerda Lissner Award
Nov 2003
Gerda Lissner Foundation
Year 2000 Lincoln Center Martin Segal Award
Apr 2000
Lincoln Center Association
Liederkranz Foundation Award
Nov 1999
Liederkranz Foundation
Richard Tucker Award
Oct 1998
Richard Tucker Foundation
MacAllister Voice Competition
Sep 1998
MacAllister Foundation
1st Prize
Mar 1998
NJ Verismo Opera

Photos & Videos

Performing at Calgary Opera February 2018 in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky

As Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni for Ottawa Lyra Opera in 2009

Photo by Valerian R.
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