British pianist Ivana Gavrić has attracted considerable praise for her interpretations of Janáček, Liszt, Schubert, and more recently Grieg. Following her US solo debut, the Washington Post described Ivana’s playing as ‘impressive, insightful… a ravishing performance’. In September, Ivana performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also been heard on concert platforms at The Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, KKL Lucerne, Gilmore Festival Rising Star Series, as well as across China, in Canada and Japan.
She created a sensation with her debut disc In the mists, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year for ‘playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre’. Her recent disc ‘Chopin’ was Classic FM’s CD of the week, and described by Gramophone as ‘stylish readings.’ Ivana has performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. She has collaborated with conductors including Rafael Payare, Nicholas Collon, Christian Kluxen, Karin Hendrickson and Ben Gernon. She especially enjoys working with chamber orchestras and one of her highlights to date has been performing with the Trondheim Soloists.
Also a dedicated chamber musician, Ivana performed with violinist Maxim Vengerov as part of Live Music Now. She has partnered colleagues on the concert platform in festivals in the UK and Europe, taken part in the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions and is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. 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.
Born into a musical family in Sarajevo, Ivana studied at the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music. Her teachers include Niel Immelman, Peter Bithell and James Gibb. Ivana is indebted to the support of many trusts, including the Frankopan Fund (Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts), the MBF, The Solti Foundation, The Nicholas Boas Trust, The Richard Carne Trust and the RVW Trust. Ivana is proud to be an Ambassador for the charity Music Action International.
Ivana’s new CD entitled Origins, featuring concertos by Haydn and a new concerto composed for her by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, will be released in September on Rubicon Classics.