Ravel, Beethoven, Janáček & Grieg
Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Sonata No. 23 in F minor (Appassionata)
British pianist Ivana Gavrić was named Newcomer of the Year 2011 by BBC Music Magazine following her Wigmore Hall début and highly acclaimed first recording In the mists for Champs Hill Records, both in 2010. In addition to praise from the critics for the CD, of works by Janáček, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Schubert, Ivana was featured as Gramophone Magazine’s One to Watch and BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star. The disc marks her continuing relationship with the CHR label with whom she will be releasing her second album in September 2011.
Born into a musical family in Sarajevo, Ivana was initially taught by her mother. Following her move to the UK, Ivana joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Junior Department where she was awarded the Keyboard Prize. She went on to read Music at Cambridge University as an Instrumental Award holder, studying with James Gibb. Ivana completed her Masters in Advanced Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music in 2005, where she studied with Niel Immelman and won a prestigious Frankopan Fund Scholarship (Sainsbury’s Family Charitable Trusts). Additionally, Ivana has had the opportunity to study with esteemed musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Dmitry Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Stephen Kovacevich, Pascal Devoyon, Alexander Satz and Peter Bithell.
Performances across the UK have included the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. She has given recitals throughout Europe, in Russia and Japan and performed concertos with orchestras in London, Cambridge and Barcelona. Ivana performed with violinist Maxim Vengerov as part of Live Music Now in 2007. Outside the concert hall she is featured playing Chopin and Beethoven in BBC2’s adaptation of The Line of Beauty, and Bach in Anthony Minghella’s film Breaking and Entering. Ivana has also performed live on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
A dedicated chamber musician, Ivana has partnered colleagues on the concert platform at festivals in the UK Ireland, France and Spain. She has taken part in the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions and she is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the outreach scheme Live Music Now, established by the late Lord Menuhin.
Following a residency at the Banff Music Centre (Canada) in Autumn 2010, funded by the MBF, Ivana has spent 2011 focusing on the solo and chamber works of Janáček. She curated a festival dedicated to the composer at The Forge in February, and three concerts as part of Kings Place Festival in September in collaboration with the RPS Award-winning Aurora Orchestra. Ivana has been selected as a Making Music Artist for the 2012-3 season.
‘a wonderful and sensitive artist – direct, powerful and exciting’
‘Gavrić has a great career ahead of her, of that there is no doubt
‘The programme presented by Ivana Gavric showed the range of this gifted artist admirably…excellently played…a reading of no little stature.’