Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Pianist Pedja Muzijevic has toured extensively as soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South America, Australia and Asia. His artistic curiosity has led him to explore both the music of the 18th and 19th centuries on period instruments and the music of such contemporary composers as Knussen, Carter, Cage, Henze, Nancarrow, Crumb, Ades, and many others.
Mr. Muzijevic has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, 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, 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.
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.
Mr. Muzijevic’s chamber music performances include Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y in New York, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in Tanglewood, Boston Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Music Society and Mainly Mozart in La Jolla, CA, Da Camera in Houston, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and many others. 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 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 to F. Liszt.
Pedja Muzijevic made his New York recital debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall as a recipient of the Juilliard School’s coveted William Petschek Award. His many honors include top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition and a finalist diploma in the Naumburg International Piano Competition, as well as special prizes of the Chopin Society, Warsaw, and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
Native of Sarajevo, Pedja Muzijevic graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, where he received the Croatian Music Institute Award for best recital. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School, where he received his Master of Music degree. Teachers who have had the greatest influence on his artistic development include pianists Joseph Kalichstein and Vladimir Krpan, violinist Robert Mann, and harpsichordist Albert Fuller. He is the Director of Music Programming at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.