British pianist Ivana Gavric created a sensation with her debut disc In the mists, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2011 for 'playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre'. Her 'superlative' (International Record Review) and 'hypnotically compelling' (BBC Music Magazine) second disc From the street again enchanted critics and audiences worldwide. Her third disc, also on Champs Hill Records, featuring works by Grieg, will be out in October.
Named Gramophone's 'One to Watch' and BBC Music Magazine's 'Rising Star', Ivana has performed on the major concert platforms in the UK including The Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, as well as across Europe, in Canada, Japan and Russia. Attracting considerable praise for her interpretations of Janacek's music in particular, Ivana performed his Concertino and LH-concerto Capriccio with the RPS Award-winning Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon. Ivana has also curated festivals dedicated to Janacek's solo and chamber works.
Broadening her international solo career, Ivana's forthcoming performances include a debut concert tour of the US, a return to The Wigmore Hall, as well as concerto performances in the UK and Scandinavia. Her beautiful sound, musical integrity' (Gramophone) can also be heard in regular live performances on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Ivana performed with violinist Maxim Vengerov in 2007 as part of Live Music Now, the outreach scheme established by the late Lord Menuhin. She has partnered colleagues on the concert platform in festivals in the UK and Europe, taking 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 was initially taught by her mother. Following her move to the UK, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department, University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Her teachers include Niel Immelman, Peter Bithell and James Gibb. Additionally, Ivana has had the opportunity to study with esteemed musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Dmitry Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Stephen Kovacevich and Leif Ove Andsnes.
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.
'Her playing is altogether of an extraordinary calibre'
- BBC Music Magazine, Newcomer of the Year 2011
'Gavric is a complete pianist: technically proficient, very musical, intelligent and exciting'.
- American Record Guide