At the age of 16, Belgrade born Anika Vavic moved to Vienna, where she studied with Noel Flores at the University of Music and Performing Arts. She also received important impulses from Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lazar Berman, Oleg Maisenberg, Alexander Satz and Mstislav Rostropovich. The winner of the Second Steinway Competition in Vienna and its Special Prize for the best Haydn interpretation also received scholarships from the Herbert von Karajan Center in Vienna and the Gottfried von Einem Foundation. In 2002 the Austrian State bestowed the Women’s Art Prize in the music category upon her.
Anika Vavic regularly appears at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna. Recital tours – including as part of the Rising Stars program – have taken her to New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cologne’s Philharmonie, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Luxembourg’s Philharmonie, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, and to the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus.
She has also performed at festivals such as the White Nights in St. Petersburg, at Valery Gergiev’s Mikkeli Festival in Finland, the Piano Festival Ruhr, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Grafenegg Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Styriarte Graz, Klangbogen Wien, Carinthian Summer, Beethoven Festival Warsaw, Istanbul Music Festival and Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
Her chamber music partners include Gautier Capuçon, Rainer Honeck, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Caroline Widmann, Claudius Popp, Matthias Schorn, the Quintette Aquilon, the Artis Quartet as well as Renaud Capuçon and Daniel Müller-Schott.
Anika Vavic’s repertoire also includes contemporary music works, for example the Piano Concerto Requiem for Piano, Strings and Membranophone by the Chinese-Austrian composer Shih, which is dedicated to her, as well as his Piano Quintet. In 2005 the pianist took on the solo part in the world premiere of Johannes Maria Staud’s Peras. Music for Piano at the Piano Festival Ruhr. In addition, Kalevi Aho, Vlastimir Trajkovic, Galina Ustvolskaya, Henryk Gorecki and especially Rodion Shchedrin are among here favorite contemporary composers.
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