Ivana Gavric


British pianist Ivana Gavric has attracted considerable praise for her interpretations of Janacek, Liszt, Schubert, and more recently Grieg. She created a sensation with her debut disc In the mists, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year for ‘playing of an altogether extraordinary calibre’. She has released her fourth album ‘Chopin’on Edition Records in 2017.

Ivana has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Trondheim Soloists and Aurora Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors including Rafael Payare, Nicholas Collon, Christian Kluxen and Ben Gernon. Following her US solo debut, the Washington Post described Ivana’s playing as ‘impressive, insightful… a ravishing performance’. Ivana has been heard on the major concert platforms including The Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, KKL Lucerne, Gilmore Festival Rising Star Series, as well as across China, in Canada and Japan.

Also a dedicated chamber musician, Ivana performed with violinist Maxim Vengerov as part of Live Music Now, the outreach scheme established by the late Lord Menuhin. She has partnered colleagues on the concert platform in festivals in the UK and Europe, taken part in the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions and is an alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. 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.

Born into a musical family in Sarajevo, and raised in the UK, Ivana studied at the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music. Her teachers include Niel Immelman, Peter Bithell and James Gibb. Additionally, Ivana has had the opportunity to study with esteemed musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Rados, Dmitry Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Stephen Kovacevich and Leif Ove Andsnes.

Ivana is indebted to the support of many trusts, including the Frankopan Fund (Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts), the MBF, The Solti Foundation, The Nicholas Boas Trust, The Richard Carne Trust and the RVW Trust. Ivana is proud to be an Ambassador for the charity ‘Music Action International’.
'a wonderful and sensitive artist - direct, powerful and exciting' Maxim Vengerov
'Gavrić has a great career ahead of her, of that there is no doubt' The Arts Desk, July 2010
'The programme presented by Ivana Gavric showed the range of this gifted artist admirably...excellently played…a reading of no little stature.' Musical Opinion

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Grieg: Piano works
Ivana’s third album for Champs Hill Records is a very personal selection of repertoire including Grieg’s Piano Sonata, the Ballade and a selection of his Lyric pieces and Slatter. There is also a unique epilogue – a new piece written for Ivana (the first of a set of four) by RPS Award-winning composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. ‘Captivating disc…Gavric possesses what I can only describe as a beautiful musical personality’ Editor’s Choice GRAMOPHONE
From the street
Ivana’s second album, From the street on Champs Hill Records was released in September 2011. On the disc, Ivana completes her survey of Janáček’s solo works and places them alongside works written at a similar time by composers that she holds dear: Ravel and Prokofiev.
In the mist
Ivana's debut disc In the Mists on Champs Hill Records was released in September 2010, and included works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Janáček. The album received critical acclaim in the press, including being selected as Instrumental Choice of the month in BBC Music Magazine and ‘Oustanding’ by International Record
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Photo: Quentin Huys

Photo: Quentin Huys