Hailed by critics as a
thinking musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of
virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his 35 year
career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music,
and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. The London
Financial Times eloquently sums him up as “a virtuoso with formidable
fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays.”
Mr. Muzijevic has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, the Residentie
Orkest in The Hague, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dresden
Philharmonic, Shinsei Nihon Orchestra in Tokyo, Orquesta Sinfonica in
Montevideo, Zagreb Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Greensboro Symphony, Santa Fe Pro
Musica, Napa Valley Symphony and the Richmond Symphony among others. He has
played solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Casals Hall and Bunka
Kaikan in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Da Camera of Houston,
The Frick Collection in New York, National Gallery in Washington, DC, Lincoln
Center’s What Makes It Great Series in New York, for Arizona
Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, Lane Series at University of Vermont, the
Aldeburgh Festival in Great Britain, and many others. His Carnegie Hall
concerto debut playing Mozart Concerto K. 503 with Oberlin Symphony and Robert
Spano was recorded live and has been released on the Oberlin Music label
Highlights of Mr. Muzijevic’s 2012/2013 season include performances with
the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, a recital at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC,
chamber music at Stanford Lively Arts with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, two
solo recitals at Bargemusic in New York, and recitals with Simon Keenlyside in
Atlanta and with Leila Josefowicz at Dartmouth. In the summer, he
performs several concerts with the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, and
returns to Bravo! Vail, in addition to festivals in Toronto, Ottawa,
Bridgehampton, Salt Bay and Maverick Concerts.
Mr. Muzijevic’s 2011/12 season included a solo recital at the Irving S.
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI, a return to Zagreb
Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Thomas Sanderling in Mendelssohn’s
Piano Concerto no. 2, two weeks of performances of Bach’s Branderburg Concertos
on harpsichord with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, a Schubert program on a
copy of 1820’s fortepiano for Da Camera of Houston and the chamber version of
Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 415 on a copy of a 1790’s fortepiano for the Helicon
Foundation in New York. He returned to Stanford Lively Arts with the St.
Lawrence String Quartet, and performed concerts at The Broad Stage in Santa
Monica, CA, Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL. The Morgan
Library in New York, and Vanguard Concerts in Dayton, OH.
Pedja Muzijevic made his Atlanta Symphony debut in the summer of 2009,
playing Mozart Piano Concerto K. 466 with Grant Llewellyn and was immediately
re-engaged for his subscription debut in 2010, playing Mozart Piano Concerto K.
453 with Gilbert Varga. He made his St. Paul Chamber Orchestra debut in 2009
playing Berg Chamber Concerto with violinist Steven Copes and conductor Douglas
Boyd. Mr. Muzijevic also returned to Lane Series at University of Vermont in
Burlington, VT with a solo recital, performed a song recital with baritone
Simon Keenlyside for Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series at Alice Tully
Hall in New York and returned to Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC.
His many festival engagements encompass, among others, performances at
Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Mostly Mozart, Newport, OK Mozart, Bridgehampton, Bay
Chamber Concerts, San Miguel de Allende, Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Holland,
Melbourne, Aix-en-Provence, Dubrovnik, Merano and Bratislava Festivals. He has
toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project throughout the
United States, South America, Europe and Asia and with Simon Keenlyside in
Trisha Brown’s staged version of Schubert’s Winterreise at Lincoln Center in
New York, Barbican in London, La Monnaie in Brussels, Opera National de Paris,
as well as in Amsterdam, Lucerne and Melbourne.
Mr. Muzijevic’s solo recording entitled Sonatas and Other Interludes is
available on Albany Records. It juxtaposes music for prepared piano by John
Cage with composers ranging from W. F. Bach and D. Scarlatti to F. Liszt and R.
Schumann. His discography also includes, besides his Carnegie Hall concerto
debut, two CD”s on fortepianos – a Schumann Salon and Mozart and Be
ethoven Quintets for piano and