Awarded the 2011 BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year award for her sensational recording of Janáček’s In the Mists, British pianist Ivana Gavric received praise for “playing of an altogether extraordinary caliber.” She has performed on the major concert platforms in the U.K. including Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Royal Festival Hall, as well as across Europe, Canada, Japan, and Russia. For her U.S. debut she performs In the Mists together with pieces by Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and the US premiere of two lyric pieces written for Gavric by award-winning composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7
2 Lyric Pieces
Butterfly, Op. 43, No. 1
Peasant's Song, Op. 65, No 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Moments Musicaux, Op. 16, No. 4
Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980)
2 Lyric Pieces (US Premiere)
I Contemplation (homage to Grieg)
II In the dew (homage to Janáček)
Leos Janáček (1854–1928)
In the mists
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 14, No. 2
“Gavric has Janáček’s music completely under her fingers: the plaintiveness, irascibility, humour and turbulence. There’s a quality to her sound, something peppery, dark and candid.”
—The Independent, September 2011
British pianist Ivana Gavric was awarded BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2011 for 'playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre' following her first recording In the mists. She makes her U.S. debut with her recital at The Phillips Collection which also launches her third disc for Champs Hill Records centered on works by Grieg.
Featured as Gramophone Magazine’s One to Watch and BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star, Gavric has performed at The Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, as well as across the UK, Europe, in Canada, Japan and Russia. She is a passionate champion of the works of Janáček and performed his Concertino and left hand concerto Capriccio with the RPS Award-winning Aurora Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon, and has curated festivals dedicated to Janáček’s solo and chamber works.
Gavric performed with violinist Maxim Vengerov in 2007 as part of Live Music Now, the outreach scheme established by the late Lord Menuhin. A dedicated chamber musician, Gavric has partnered colleagues on the concert platform at festivals in the U.K., 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 Program. 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. Gavric also regularly performs live on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
Born into a musical family in Sarajevo, Gavric was initially taught by her mother. Following her move to the U.K., she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Junior Department, University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Her teachers include Niel Immelman, Peter Bithell and James Gibb. Additionally, Gavric 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 Leif Ove Andsnes.
Gavric is indebted to the support from the Frankopan Fund (Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts), the MBF, The Solti Foundation, The Nicholas Boas Trust and The Richard Carne Trust. Future performances include a return to Wigmore Hall in November, as well as performances in Scandinavia.
Ivana Gavric and Aurora Orchestra soloists perform Janáček's Concertino.