Mia Elezović

PIANO

Mia Elezović

Mia Elezović

[Photo by: Miro Taradi]

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Mia Elezović was enrolled in Zagreb Music School in the class of Blazenka Zoric and later at Music Academy Zagreb with Zvjezdana Basic. After graduating, at age of 19, she moved to Vienna, where she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Wien with Hans Petermandl . In 1997, she moved to Frankfurt/Main for “Aufbaustudium” with Herbert Seidel. Parallel she was a student of the master program at Music Academy in Zagreb with Zvjezdana Basic, where she received her Master of Music degree in 2001; and "Aufbaustudium” in Frankfurt in the winter 2001/2002. Meanwhile, she worked in master classes with a variety of international teachers, including R. Kehrer, S. Bishop- Kovachevich, E. Picht-Axenfeld, L. Hokanson, J. Perry, J. F. Antonioli, J. O ́Conor, M. Suk (also chamber music and vocal -classes: Lee Fiser, Brigitte Fassbaender/Mauro Guindani). Ms. Elezovic moved to New York City in September 2007 for the program at Manhattan School of Music, where she enrolled-under full scholarship, in Contemporary Performance Program and in May 2009 received her 2nd master degree. Ms. Elezovic has performed in concerts internationally, giving solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czeck Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and the United States. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, The Croatian Chamber Orchestra, The Croatian Armed Forces' Orchestra, String Orchestra “Gaudeamus”, Histoire Chamber Orchestra (Brooklyn) under conductors MO Kazushi Ono, Pavle Despalj, Ralphe Pascal, Petar Skerjanec, Miro Vukovojac-Dugan, Andreja Šolar, Tara Simoncic, Zlatan Srzic, Aleksandar Kalajdžić and Luca Pfaff. Ms Elezovic made several recordings and have recorded for the Croatian Radio, MSR Classics, Aulos and Bella Musica Edition. In addition, she has appeared with notable success on radio and television in Austria, Croatia, Germany and France. She leads a very active musical life participating in various festivals as Hamamatsu Music Academy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Holland Music Session, International Keyboard Festival-New York, Meranofest, Las Vegas Music Festival and participated in projects in chamber music at Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in Grožnjan in the period from 1996-1999. Ms Elezovic collaborated with eminent artists such as Geoffry Wharton, Vincent Royer, Sibylle Mahn, Bonian Tian, Ursula Maria Berg, Charlie Siem, Yuki Hyakutake, Jelena Očić- Flaksman, Fabio di Casola, Guillaume Couloumy, Egon Hellrung, Midori Ichikawa, Ivana Zahirović, Radovan Cavallin. She has worked with Croatian composer Ruben Radica, presenting his chamber music on CD (BeST MUSIC) with famous Zagreb Guitar Trio at Music Biennale Zagreb- International Festival of Contemporary Music 1997. The collaboration with composer Radica continued and she was premiering his piece for soloists and orchestra at the Music Biennale Zagreb 1999. In 2013 one of the leading contemporary Croatian composer, dr. Davorin Kempf wrote piano concerto and insisted Ms. Elezovic to premiere it with Zagreb Philmonic Orchestra. In the Spring 2004, Ms.Elezovic has been invited by the Japanese government for 10- months research in the field of Japanese contemporary music for piano at Showa Music Academy in Japan . In April 2005 she became a faculty member of Kyoto University for Music and Art as well of British School in Tokyo. In the summers 2005 and 2010, Ms.Elezovic was invited to teach and perform at Terra Magica Music Festival in Porec, Croatia. In the season 2015- 2016 Ms Elezovic was faculty at Arts Academy at University in Split, Croatia. In February 2006, she became a piano-soloist member in the Spanish National Ensemble for Contemporary Music in Madrid.

In 2008. she became part of vocal accompanying department at Manhattan School of Music, NYC as well as faculty at Bergen Academy of Music and ALPHA School of Music. She played for vocal studios of Mark Oswald, Gait Sirguey, Marianne Barrett, Joan Caplan and Mignon Dunn. Ms Elezovic was a pianist at the master classes of Mo Manfred Mayrhofer, William Matteuzzi, William Lewis, Donald George, Sylvia Stone, Sara Hedgpeth, Silvia dalla Benetta as well as played for lessons at Mrs Ruza Pospis Baldani's studio. Since 2012 during summer months, Ms Elezovic is a vocal coach as well as managing director of Franco American Vocal Academy, Salzburg, Austria. In addition, she was invited to be work at Scuola Italia’s Summer Program for Young Opera Singers in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. She is a prizewinner at prestigious national and international competitions, including First Prize in Zagreb, Croatia 1991 as First Prize in Moncalieri, Italy 1992 ; the Third Prize at the International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy 1992. She was finalist at the International Piano Competition in Kobe, Japan 1996 as semi finalist at “Seiler Piano Competition” in Kitzingen, Germany 1999. In the year 1996, Mia Elezovic won 1st prize in the Darko Lukic Music Competition, in Zagreb, Croatia and at the same time the award from Croatian Composers Society (Ms.Elezovic was the second winner of both prizes in the history of the competition). She gained the Rector Prize at University in Zagreb, Croatia 1995 as well as Da-Ponte Foundation Award in Germany. 2001. Ms. Elezovic was scholarships holder of Rom-Foundation in the period between 1994-1996, Soros Foundation in the year 1996 and 1997, Rotary Club Germany, 1999-2000 and Ministry for Culture in Croatia,in the year 2002 and 2003. Ms Elezovic is a founding member of Alisios Camerata. Since 2012 the ensemble immediately received the attention and been recognized by the audiences, critics and great interest of Croatian and Japanese composers who wrote new pieces or are writing works for them. In 2014 Alisios Camerata premiered works written exclusively for them at the Days of Croatian Music in Opatija. Their performance of Takemitsu's Quatrain I with the Zagreb Philharmonic was very significant because it is the first performance of this work in Croatia. The fact that in Croatia there had not been new compositions written for this type of ensamble in the past 25 years, and now in relatively short time there are new works, also shows the interest that Alisios Camerata inspires and evokes. In autumn 2010. Ms. Elezovic became a faculty at chamber music department at Royal Conservatory of Liege, Belgium and 2016 a faculty for piano and chamber music at Academy of Arts (University 'J.J.Strossmayer) in Osijek. Ms. Elezovic has an active free-lancing performing schedule in the Europe, USA and Asia. She speaks fluently Croatian, German, English, Japanese and intermediate level of Italian.

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