Sanja Alexandra Stefanovic was born in Belgrade where she studied at the Slavenski Music Gymnasium. In 1987 she moved to the Ukraine to study at the Odessa`s State Conservatory, where she studied under Anatoli Povzoun, Ludmilla Ginzburg, Tatyana Shevchenko and Alexander Kardashev. After winning all the national prizes in her country she won second prize at a chamber music competition in Odessa (Ukraine) for the best interpretation of Beethoven`s violin sonatas. She was a temporary soloist with Odessa State Philharmonic Orchestra, gave recitals and was an active chamber musician. In 1992 she graduated with a master’s degree in piano performance, chamber music ensemble performance and tutoring and was also awarded a Gold Medal for her achievements. In 2013 Sanja was featured in a book published by the Odessa National Music Academy (formally the Odessa State Conservatory in Ukraine), which highlighted her as one of their most successful alumni.
"Nevertheless Sanja Stefanovic presented an enthralling panorama of late classical and romantic piano music and involved her own creative personality into it. With impressive remark, "I will try it ", she introduced her second encore-Schumann´s second romance-Humble words of exceptional artist",
In 2008 Sanja's idea inspired the people of Hohenlimburg to organize the International Chamber Music Days in Hohenlimburg Castle (Germany), where she was the Artistic Director as well as performing in concerts. This small chamber music festival became an insider tip in the region and ran for three years attracting leading international artists. Sanja Stefanovic worked together with the well-known organisation ProRuhrgebiet in 2010, this led to an invitation by the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 to give a performance at the finissage "Out of the Office" at the Kunstmuseum Bochum (Germany). In July 2013 Sanja became Head of Music for Pro Art & Co, a non-profit organisation based in London, U.K. which enables her to develop European Music Projects, where she also actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Sanja is passionate about contemporary classical music and performing the music of internationally acclaimed composers including Ukrainian composer and professor Julia Gomelskaya, Israeli/British composer Nimrod Borenstein and Chinese classical piano music, just to name a few.
"About Brahms op.9 Variations:......Sanja Stefanovic staged as cleverly constructed, expressive arc of tension with a wide range of timbres, nuances of touch and agogic in an emotionally moving performance.",
In 2016 Sanja made her debut at the Buckingham Music Festival, UK as a solo artist and with acclaimed British mezzo-soprano and official Autism Ambassador Sophia Grech. In 2019 Sanja made another debut at London East Proms,UK as a solo artist and with legendary baroque trumpetist Crispian Steele-Perkins and renowned British pianist Leslie Pearson. Sanja`s interpretation of Liszt and Feuchtwanger music are published on CD in the acclaimed West Balkans classical music magazine Muzika Klasika.
"Piano Festival in Feuchtwangen: The pianist sanja Stefanovic was a discovery",
Sanja Stefanovic has played as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, ex-USSR republics and in Persian Gulf (Qatar); recorded for diverse radio broadcastings since her childhood (Serbia, Poland, Ukraine, UK, Germany) and performances and interviews for diverse television broadcasting companies. She was musically influenced by great pianists such as Ignaz Friedmann, Vladimir Horowitz, Clara Haskil, Martha Argerich, Peter Feuchtwanger. She took part in famous Summer Schools including "Mozarteum Salzburg" (Austria) or "Tibor Varga – Sion" (Switzerland), played at the Feuchtwangen Piano Festival, Schlossspiele Hohenlimburg, International Chamber music Days (Germany) and took part in some international competitions including Schubert International Piano Competition (Germany), Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition (Ukraine) and TIM International Competition (Germany) in chamber music performance. In recent years, Sanja has developed two programmes: a special method for teaching children in early years (age 6 and above) and an "International Hohenlimburg Music Competition” in baroque piano performance and imrpovisation for children and youth aged between 7 and 20 years old, the venue that was under patronage of the City of Hagen, Max Reger Music School, Sir Charles Hallé Society and the Lion´s Club.
"Thunderous applause for Schubertiade. Pianist Sanja Stefanovic delighted the audience in Fürstensaal with her enthralling and sensitive interpretations.",
Between 2014 and 2018 was engaged as an expert professor at the Music Department of the Art College of the Hunan University of Science and Technology, to develop the classic music education in Piano Performance. She established facultatively chamber music education, building ensembles with students and teachers. In 2015 Sanja was awarded the Hunanese Friendship Prize for economic development and improvement of the region as a first woman in classical music.
Sanja Stefanovic is the pianist to internationally celebrated British mezzo-soprano and official Autism Ambassador Sophia Grech.
Sanja teaches and gives masterclasses and consultations all over the world.