Me, seeing piano for the first time @PrivateCollection
11 years old at the Award Winners Concert in Belgrade @PrivateCollection
Concert Hall of Bulgarian Embassy in London, UK @Obradovicphotography, UK
Metropolis Studios London, UK @MazenMuradMetropolisStudiosLondonUK
National TV PR of China @CCTV, PR of China
Piano is love of my life. Sometimes we have difficulties, but in last four decades, we managed to overcome all.
Let this space give you, dear visitor and classical music lover , the feeling of being home and enjoying the beauty of the sound. This is the invitation to my Piano Living Room, the cosy space to share all about classical piano.
I fell in love with the piano at first glance, I was only 4 years old. With some minor difficulties in finding a piano teacher, my journey started, and soon after I was performing in National Piano Cometitions, usually winning first prizes. Most exciting was first recording of J. S Bach´s Inventions for Radio Beograd II Program (Radio Belgrade II Programme) just being 10 years old. Already as a teeneger I would perform and be broadcasted in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, which led me to study in Odessa, Ukraine at the Conservatory, nowdays Odessa National Academy. I had an amazing experience being a student of my final year and being selected by the Piano Faculty to serve as the soloist of Odessa Philharmonic to travel with great opera singers, celloists, pianists and violinists through Ukraine and play in random Concert Halls that were herritage of USSR. Most precious experience!
Two major interruptions were on my pianistic path. The first one was war in my country that made many doors closed for me. The times were very difficult and I coud not play, I found myself more needed to fight for democracy and peace. I was playing in Italy, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Poland, Russia but it was hard as my heart was at the other place. The second one was to recieve a very rare cancer diagnosis (hitting 0.2% of world population yearly) just when I recieved from Horowitz Competition the invitation about being one of 25 chosen to compete among thousands of applicants! There was a booked flight ticket to Kyev, Ukraine but my health would not let me go.
As soon as I recovered, my unstopable ideas in music could be displayed: I founded and organised in Hagen-Hohenlimburg International Chambermusic Days and International Hohenlimburg Music Competition for Baroque Music, two venues that became cultural highlights in the Märkische region. Beside my performing in Kunstmuseum Bochum at RUHR2010, the usage of RUHR2010 logo was aproved for the first International Hohenlimburg Music Competition, which i am very proud of.
In 2014 I was invited to build the Music department of Art College of Hunan University of Science and Technlogy, where I was awared as the first woman ever in the music business for the economical growth and financial development of the Xiangtan Municipality in Hunan Province, PR of China. Inserts of my concert performance was broadcasted on CCTV programme in major news time, having been viewed by over 150 miilion people for the two days. The concert was part of One Road, One Belt Project.
I played concerts and gave Masterclasses in Europe, Middle East, South Asia, but I always come back to my home in Bochum, a small and cosy city in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany. There I enjoy teaching, biking, hiking and meeting my precious friends who are the core part of my well-being. My husband is the love of my life, he nourishes my inner child already three decades.
When you ask me what do I love in playing on stage (music of course! but....), it´s the privillage of meeting amazing fellow musicians and warmhearted audience where ever I go! Concert Hall is my living room, space for joy and happiness.
Me playing my beautiful baby-grand @BorisBunjac
With my late teacher Peter Feuchtwanger in London, UK. Photo credit @PrivateCollection