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 will be releasing her fourth album ‘Chopin’on Edition Records in April.
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’.
‘hugely impressive… This is very high-class Schubert playing indeed.’
Superbly played with poetry and refinement rarely encountered these days'
International Record Review
'Gavric is a complete pianist: technically proficient, very musical, intelligent and exciting.'
American Record Guide
'There's a quality to her sound, something peppery, dark and candid'
‘…her playing is altogether of an extraordinary calibre’
BBC Music Magazine
'there’s a keen intelligence at work, as well as a formidable technique'
Acclaim for Wigmore Hall Showcase Recital, November 2013
“The young British pianist presented a truly outstanding recital at Wigmore Hall… She opened with a superfine account of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, the music’s lightness, poetry and elegance being admirably conveyed.”
Robert Matthew Walker, Musical Opinion
“After surfacing from her deep and much-acclaimed immersion in the music of Czech composer Leos Janacek a couple of years ago, the British pianist Ivana Gavric embarked on a new journey, this one into the music of Edvard Grieg. She was so intent on understanding the Norwegian composer that she even traveled to see the landscapes that inspired him — and the results were strikingly clear in her impressive, insightful U.S. debut Sunday at the Phillips Collection, where Grieg and Janacek formed the core of a program that linked late romanticism to 20th-century modernism.” Washington Post
Acclaim for The Gilmore Festival Rising Stars Series USA recital, October 2013
“Second in the Gilmore Rising Stars Series this season was Ivana Gavric, gifted Sarajevo-born pianist who charmed a jammed Wellspring Theater audience Sunday afternoon. Unassailable technique and appealing stage presence earned her appreciative listeners.” M Live
“As demonstrated in her recent recording of the sonata From the Street, Gavric has Janacek’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
“the kaleidoscopic Violin Sonata, where Gavric and Thomas Gould sailed in splendour through its multiple moods, aggressive, hushed, folksy, or forlorn. Gavric shone best in the two-movement torso of the 1905 Piano Sonata, moulding its Czech- flavoured rhythms and motifs with a natural kick or easy flow, according to the moment. Fiery drama wasn’t forgotten, but nothing shrieked to excess.” The Times
Acclaim for Wigmore Hall debut, 15 July 2010
“She stamped her character on the evening from the off with a kaleidoscopic performance of Bartók’s Suite, Op 14. There’s a colloquial ease to Gavrić’s way with the Sprechstimme-like Eastern European melodies of Janácek, Bartók and the Prokofiev Sonata in D minor, Op 14; she has the musical equivalent to the gift of the gab… In the Rachmaninov she showed a different side: Gavrić the singer and poet. What a line she spun… Gavrić has a great career ahead of her, of that there is no doubt.” Theartsdesk
“Gavrić managed beautifully the sombre ‘orchestral’ colouring with drum rolls and trombone accents implied… In gesture as well as texture this music came from yet another space and the recitalist proved as well attuned to it as to everything else on her programme.” Musical Opinion
Acclaim for Janacek Festival, The Forge, 4-6 February 2011
“a highly enjoyable and fascinating mini-festival held in the intimate and acoustically pristine surrounds of The Forge. Gavrić matches her communicative pianistic technique to her endearing presence: a winning combination.
One of the Festival’s highlights was Gavrić’s solo recital in which she performed Janáček’s three main piano works: the Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, the cycle On an Overgrown Path, and In the Mists. Gavrić found special delight of the radiant colours she drew from the piano: gentle touch, ability to delve into the inner life of the sound, to play from the heart, and, at times, to deliver a more robust dramatic and forthright projection. She was immersed in Janáček’s style, especially the folk elements, and the emphasis of dissonance in the melody to add poignancy.
Compelling pianistic artistry… This was a fascinating weekend of discovery that attracted large audiences and whetted one’s appetite for more.” Classical Source
Critical acclaim for ‘From the street’, Champs Hill Records CHRCD026
“it’s hardly surprising that Gavric offers hypnotically compelling accounts of the two Janacek works… After that, the first of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales provides a welcome sense of exuberance though Gavric really excels in the more reflective dances filled with sensuous harmonies … Likewise, she delivers poetic and marvellously voiced playing in the slow movement of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Sonata.”
BBC Music Magazine, December 2011
“the most impressive performance is that of Prokofiev’s Second Sonata. Gavric’s is, without question, the greatest and most revelatory performance of this extraordinarily original work I have ever heard. She is superlative here… She moulds an extraordinarily impressive statement on the composer’s behalf, which one could wait many years to hear, raising the stature of this work considerably. Her Ravel is on a similar level of excellence – beautifully expressive, driven by a sure understanding of what this music is about …A most impressive recital disc, outstandingly well recorded”
(Outstanding) International Record Review, December 2011
“Ivana Gavric follows up her acclaimed debut disc with another well-imagined programme that embraces a variety of works all composed in the very early years of the 20th century… She highlights the Gallic taste and style of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and relishes the challenges and vibrant originality of Prokofiev’s Second Sonata. All in all, a highly appealing recital.”
The Daily Telegraph, September 2011
“in both the Sonata and the miniatures of On an Overgrown Path she shows the same careful grading of Janácek’s textures, and perfect judgment of mood and manner that made her earlier performance so convincing.”
The Guardian, September 2011
“The intimacy, finely honed nuance, conversational flow and subtle underlining of the composer’s harmonic surprises that Gavric brings to each of the short pieces comprising On an Overgrown Path prove more memorable still.”
Gramophone, December 2011
“‘On An Overgrown Path’ in particular is absolutely mesmeric. The remaining works on the disc, by Ravel and Prokofiev, are played with a marvellous spontaneity and free-wheeling virtuosity that captures perfectly their varying moods. A hugely impressive release.”
The Big Issue, November 2011
“The performances have clarity, subtlety and beautifully fluid phrasing… there’s a keen intelligence at work, as well as formidable technique.”
The Times, September 2011
Critical acclaim for debut recording ‘In the Mists’ for Champs Hill Records CHRCD009
“her playing is altogether of an extraordinary calibre.”
“[Ivana Gavrić] is developing into one of the most important young pianists to have emerged in recent years… superbly played, with a poetry and refinement rarely encountered these days, either on or off a disc. There is no doubt in my mind that this CD could well mark the beginning of an outstanding international recording career: playing of this quality does not come along every day. Above all, Ivana Gavrić is a true musician.” (Outstanding)
Ivana is featured as ‘Rising Star’ in the BBC Music Magazine’s December 2010 issue.
Ivana is featured as Gramophone’s ‘One to watch’ in the September 2010 issue.
‘I had the opportunity to work with Ivana on Anthony Minghella’s film Breaking and Entering and I have discovered the most musical and lovely person with whom I have ever worked…she is an artist with most delicate taste…it was a joy and a treat to work with her.’
— Gabriel Yared, Composer – Oscar and Golden Globe winner for his score for The English Patient – Composer of numerous film scores including Betty Blue, Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley
In 2005, Ivana had the pleasure of working with the Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella, who invited her to be a hand-double for the actress Juliette Binoche in the film Breaking and Entering. She was later asked to perform Bach on the soundtrack, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where she had the great opportunity of working with the composer Gabriel Yared. The Soundtrack CD and film DVD are available for purchase. A few months later, Ivana was invited by the award-winning director Saul Dibb to play the role of the Czech pianist, Nina Glaserova, in the BBC2 adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning book The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. She performed Beethoven Sonata Les Adieux and Chopin Sonata No 2 live for the TV drama, which is now available on DVD.
It has long been my desire to record works by Chopin, and more especially the Mazurkas. Chopin wrote the Mazurkas throughout his life and I like to think of them as his short, poignant diary entries. These miniatures have a rich emotional palette; they are wonderfully inventive in melody, harmony, texture, character, and tempo, while at the same time sharing the same DNA: the dance rhythms of Chopin’s native Poland.
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'
GramophoneRead full review here
'Gavric delivers an electrifying performance'
BBC Music MagazineRead full review here
'Ivana Gavrić here offers a much wider perspective in playing that is instinctively attuned to the moods and shades of the music.'
The TelegraphRead full review here
Ivana’s second album, From the street on Champs Hill Records is 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.
Janacek: Sonata 1. X. 1905 From the streetOn an overgrown path
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Prokofiev: Sonata No 2BBC Music Magazine
International Record ReviewThe Daily TelegraphThe Guardian
Ivana is delighted to release her debut disc In the Mists on Champs Hill Records in September 2010 which includes works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Janáček. The album has received critical acclaim in the press, including being selected as Instrumental Choice of the month in BBC Music Magazine and 'Oustanding' by International Record Review:
Instrumental Choice of the month
BBC Music Magazine
International Record ReviewThe GuardianThe Independent on SundayThe Daily TelegraphClassical Music Magazine