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Anika Vavic pianist

 

“I consider Anika Vavic to be an extraordinarily gifted pianist.”        Mariss Jansons


“Great talent, brilliant technique and smart and passionate playing.”  Zubin Mehta


“Beautiful playing, understanding of the classical style and great technique.”  Seiji Ozawa


“No denying that she is an important newcomer”   Gramophon


“The great gift of symphonic piano playing: as if several instruments were resounding at the same time“         Daniel Barenboim



Since her first public performance in her hometown Belgrade at the age of eight, she has consistently excelled in solo recitals, piano concerts, radio and TV programs as well as in various chamber music formations. Anika Vavic began studying in Vienna at the age of sixteen under Noel Flores at the University of Music and Performing Arts. She also received significant artistic inspiration from Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lazar Berman, Oleg Maisenberg, Alexander Satz and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Upcoming highlights include concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 4) in July 2013, her debut concerts with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski in London at the BBC Proms in August 2013 and at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3) and her return to the Munich Philharmonic, directed by Paavo Järvi (Scriabin) in March 2014.

During the past season Anika Vavic returned to the Munich Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Andrew Manze); she played the Scriabin Piano Concerto under the direction of Michael Sanderling, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Vienna Musikverein, recitals in Germany, Italy and Austria (at the Konzerthaus Vienna) and chamber music concerts with Renaud Capuçon and Daniel Müller-Schott, among others, at the Istanbul Music Festival.

In 2001 she won the Second Steinway Competition in Vienna, receiving a further special prize for the best interpretation of Haydn. In November 2001 she was awarded a scholarship by the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Centrum in Vienna and the Gottfried von Einem Foundation. In 2002 she received the Austrian National Award for Women in the Arts.

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Anika Vavic made her debut at Vienna's Konzerthaus in 2003, playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B flat minor. As a consequence, for the 2003/04 season she was chosen by the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus for the highly esteemed "Rising Stars" concert cycle, which took her to the most famous concert halls in the world for recitals - among others to Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna’s Musikverein, Cologne’s Philharmonie, the Cité de la Musique Paris, Mozarteum Salzburg and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Together with the Musikverein, the ORF produced a CD of her recital program.

Anika Vavic works regularly with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic or the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Belgrade and Leipzig, collaborating with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Stefan Blunier, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Jorma Panula.

She performs at festivals such as the "White Nights" in St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev's Mikkelli Festival in Finland, the Piano Festival Ruhr, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Grafenegg Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Styriarte Graz, Klangbogen Wien, Istanbul Music Festival and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.

Anika Vavic also appears regularly at Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus. Recital tours have taken her to halls such as the Kennedy Center Washington, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Palau de la Música in Barcelona and in many further cities in Italy, Ireland, Finland, Japan, China and South America, Germany, Switzerland and of course Austria.

Her repertoire ranges from the baroque to contemporary music. Over the years, Mstislav Rostropovich worked with her on Prokofiev's and Shostakovich's piano sonatas, piano concerti and chamber music works, introducing her to Russian contemporary works as well. Some of them have received their world premieres by Anika Vavic, for example the Piano Concerto dedicated to her by the Chinese-Austrian composer Shih (Requiem for Piano, Strings and Membranophone), whose Piano Quintet she also premiered (together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic in New York). Apart from Shih, Johannes Maria Staud, Kalevi Aho, Vlastimir Trajkovic, Galina Ustwolskaja, Henryk Gorecki and especially Rodion Shchedrin are among her favorite contemporary composers.

Her chamber music partners include Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Daniel Hope, Rainer Honeck, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Daniel Müller-Schott, Caroline Widmann, Claudius Popp, Matthias Schorn and the Quintette Aquilon.

After she recorded her first CD with the Quarteto Amazonia from Brazil as well as the co-production of her solo-CD by ORF and Musikverein with the program of her Rising Stars tour (works by Haydn, Scriabin, Ravel and Prokofiev), recently the label Gramola has released her current recital CD with works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Prokofiev, which received outstanding reviews:

"Her brilliant, powerful playing has a certain orchestral touch, a phenomenon common in Russian pianists. Her classical sense for form prevents her from ever getting lost in the flow of the sounds. A strong, impressive CD which stands out from the mass of new releases."

Die Bühne

"Stupendous creative intelligence and expressive powers. Her recital CD, produced in her adopted hometown of Vienna, is full of energy and wit, but never lacks intense profundity either."

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Anika Vavic – Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto

The Art´s desk,  David Kettle - 17/04/2016

...Serbian pianist Anika Vavic was the rather steely soloist in Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto for a performance that was as fiery and intense as that score might suggest. Brittle, too, at times, occasionally hard-edged, especially in an assertive first movement – but enjoyably so.         

Despite all the high spirits and fizzing humour, though, there was always an edge of menace to Vavic’s vision of the Concerto that never let us forget it utilitarian Soviet origins – even if she gave way nicely to indulgence in a lush slow movement, whose luxurience she matched in the exquisite, restless Scriabin prelude she offered as an encore, seemingly made up on the spot.


The Edinburgh Guide

The accomplished Serbian pianist, Anika Vavic, was the soloist and in the first movement she gave a thrilling performance, emphasising the lively staccato theme. The middle movement, by comparison, was mellow, reminding one of Shostakovich’s melancholic moods. However, without a break we go straight into the finale which picks up the theme from the first movement. An inspired performance by both Anika Vavic and the musicians. An appreciative audience insisted on an encore in which Vavic sensitively played Scriabin’s ‘Dance Languide’

                               

The Scotsman  16 April 2016

Susan Nickalls

...He deftly melded the baroque with the avant garde in an incisive reading of Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks”, subtly swerving around the beat and letting the jazz riffs really swing, and there were pranks and in-jokes aplenty in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 with soloist Anika Vavic.

This piece only works if everything is pushed to the limit and her stonking performance had the audience on the edge of their seats. Vavic sprinted from one end of the keyboard to the other in a series of increasingly skittish exercises while the strings scurried and the high-pitched flutes wailed. By contrast Vavic’s encore of Scriabin’s Fragility and Danse Languide from Op 51 Pieces provided a wistful calmness.


Courier and Advertiser Dundee 15.04. 2016

Merging composers and styles proves a fantastic triumph

...Shostakovich's style of composing is emblazoned all over his second piano concerto. Shrill woodwind, frenzied strings, a martial mood and barrowloads of excitement prevail as does some technically demanding keyboard virtuosity. Pianist Anika Vavic was more than equal to the task, displaying some glittering skills and seemingly never-ending energy.


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