PAVAO MARKOVAC MUSIC SCHOOL
TRG ŽRTAVA FAŠIZMA 9
Application deadline May, 30th.
Application fee and pasive participants: 20 euro
Masterclass fee: 220 euro
UZMAH – UPBEAT, Grskoviceva 36, 10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
PRIVREDNA BANKA ZAGREB, Rackoga 9, 10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
SWIFT CODE PBZGHR2X
IBAN: HR69 2340 0091 1103 1588 9
Vassilia Efstathiadou grew up in Athens in her native Greece and started piano lessons aged five. Only ten years later, aged fifteen she was awarded the Athens National Conservatory diploma with distinction, qualifying her to teach the piano. Following the completion, also in Athens, of her Soloists Diploma, Vassilia Efstathiadou chose to continue her musical education in Hanover. Alongside further piano study under Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, she decided to pursue an interest in chamber music: with strings under Professor Hatto Beyerle and as song accompaniment with Professor Karl-Heinz Winkler. Piano classes with Tatjana Nikolajewa, Konstantin and Julia Ganev and Professor Myrto Mavrikou also strongly influenced her development.
Invitations to international piano and chamber music master classes led Vassilia Efstathiadou to Salzburg, Zagreb, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Munich, Alteglofsheim, Pinswang, Kaufbeuren, Biberach, Thessaloniki and Crete. She returned to Salzburg as a close associate of Professor Kämmerling working with the Sommerakademie Mozarteum (1993-2011), the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (1993-1999; 2009), the IMAS in Bückeburg (2003), the Holland Music Sessions (1989-2002), the Val Tidone Summer Camp in Italy (2004) and the Europäische Musikakademie Lindau (1994-2008). From 1989 to 2000, she also assisted Professor Kämmerling at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover and regularly supervised highly gifted child and teenage pianists such as Igor Levit, Alice Sara Ott, Yu Kosuge and Herbert Schuch. Since October 2012, she is teaching at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover.
As a sought after specialist in exam and concert preparation, Vassilia Efstathiadou has supported countless young as well as experienced pianists with great devotion and success.
As a pianist, Vassilia Efstathiadou has performed widely as a soloist and as part of various chamber music groups in Germany, Austria, Italy and Portugal.
Praised by New York Concert Review at his Carnegie Hall Debut for “deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique”, the Croatian pianist Javor Bračić is quickly establishing himself as a sought-after performer. The first prize winner of international piano competitions Luigia Stramesi and Citta’ di Minerbio in Italy, Les Rencontres des Jeunes Pianistes in Belgium, and Zlatko Grgošević in Croatia, Mr. Bračić was invited to perform at the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Salzburg Summer Academy, Music Academy of the West in California, and other festivals in Russia, Norway and Hungary. In New York City, Mr. Bračić has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Polish Consulate and the Bohemian National Hall.
His greatest passions include bringing music to audiences unable to visit concert halls, and giving lecture-recitals, especially for young people. He has given a series of concerts at hospitals and nursing homes in Austria as a member of the humanitarian organization Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now.
Javor Bračić was born in 1985 in Zagreb, Croatia, where he took lessons from Jelica Kuzmin at the Pavao Markovac Music School. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Mozarteum Salzburg, in the class of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He received another Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma under full scholarship at Mannes College of Music in New York, studying with Pavlina Dokovska. In the fall of 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Graduate Center Fellowship to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the City University of New York as a student of Ursula Oppens, Richard Goode, and Norman Carey.