Javor Bracic

piano
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The Croatian pianist Javor Bračić was hailed by New York Concert Review for "deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique" at his solo Carnegie Hall debut recital presented by New York Concert Artists. His performance was broadcast on WQXR in the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase, and his first CD album Tribute to Haydn was released by Labor Records.


As the first prize winner of international piano competitions Luigia Stramesi and Citta' di Minerbio in Italy, Les Rencontres des Jeunes Pianistes in Belgium, and Zlatko Grgošević in Croatia, Javor was invited to perform at the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Salzburg Summer Academy, Music Academy of the West in California, and other festivals in Russia, Norway and Hungary. Most recently he performed at the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall in Zagreb with the Croatian Radio-Television Orchestra under maestro Hikaru Ebihara.


In New York City, Javor gave solo recitals at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Polish Consulate and the Bohemian National Hall. As a member of New York Concert Artists, he performed at the Evenings of Piano Concerti under maestro Eduard Zilberkant. As a chamber musician he appeared at Merkin Hall, New York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he performs regularly as part of the Ethel Foundation series.


Javor has a passion for bringing music to audiences unable to visit concert halls as well as giving lecture-recitals for young people. He gave a series of concerts at hospitals and nursing homes in Austria as a member of the humanitarian organization Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now. In New York, he continues to give a series of lecture-recitals in form of music conversations under the title The Art of Listening aimed at promoting the appreciation of classical music among young people. He was praised by the audience for his "contagious enthusiasm" and "unique ability to elucidate imagery both as a performer and teacher."


Javor was born in 1985 in Zagreb, Croatia, where he took lessons from Jelica Kuzmin at the Pavao Markovac Music School. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the University of Mozarteum Salzburg, in the class of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He received another Master's Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma under full scholarship at Mannes College of Music in New York, studying with Pavlina Dokovska. In the fall of 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Graduate Center Fellowship to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the City University of New York as a student of Ursula Oppens, Richard Goode, and Norman Carey. He also benefitted from the inspiring teaching of Alexander Mullenbach, Eteri Andjaparidze, Jerome Lowenthal, Thomas Riebl, Irena Grafenauer, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch, Laurie Smukler, Daniel Panner, Mark Shapiro, Marc Ponthus, Carl Schachter, Raymond Erickson, and members of the Hagen Quartet and the Orion Quartet.


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NameBracic, Javor
Date of Birth1985-10-23
Born inCroatia, Europe
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Croatian,  German,  French,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesMozarteum Salzburg, Mannes College, City University of New York
Reviews
Carnegie Hall debut review
2013-10-25 New York Concert Review, New York
"Recital debuts can be a dicey proposition in New York, depending on what other concerts and events are scheduled. Learning that a young Croatian pianist would be giving his New York debut in Weill Hall the same night as the much-heralded and fashionable Yuja Wang would play next door at Stern Auditorium, I imagined that a half-empty hall might await him. How wrong I was! Mr. Bračić's sold-out house left a virtual mob swarming around the box office, hoping for tickets from last-minute cancellations. As the evening progressed, it became clear why: Javor Bračić is a pianist who possesses a deep, genuine musicianship and an outstanding technique that serves the great music he chooses. He honors both listener and composer with his intelligent, committed interpretations, and he offers a thoughtfully constructed program with elegance and humility. It was heartening to be reminded that such an artist is still a draw and that the "competition" for listeners is not always a zero-sum game."
(Rorianne Schrade)
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