Credit: Andrej Grilc
Ivana Gavrić’s playing has been described as “altogether of an extraordinary calibre” (BBC Music Magazine) and “notable for its beautiful sound, musical integrity and introspection” (The Independent). She has attracted considerable praise for her interpretations of Janáček, Liszt, Schubert, and more recently Grieg; the Washington Post describing her playing as “impressive, insightful…ravishing”.
Ivana’s recent concerto performances include Grieg and Rachmaninov with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall, and Beethoven’s Emperor with the RPO at the Royal Albert Hall. She has been heard on the concert platform at Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Gilmore Piano Festival, as well as across China and in Canada. She created a sensation with her debut album In the Mists, winning BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year and her recording of Grieg: Piano Works was selected as Gramophone Editor’s Choice and the Grieg Society’s Recording of the Year. A long-standing collaboration with the award-winning composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad has led to solo works and more recently a concerto entitled Between the Skies, the River and the Hills written for Ivana, which she recorded on her album Origins. Ivana is also committed to performing works by female composers of the past, particularly Cécile Chaminade and Dora Pejačević.
A dedicated chamber musician, Ivana is an alumna of IMS Prussia Cove, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and Live Music Now. 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. For the last three years, Ivana has been teaching and performing at the Dartington Summer School and Festival. This coming season she makes her debut with City of London Sinfonia at London’s Cadogan Hall.
Ivana is proud to be an ambassador for the charity Music Action International.