Mirna Lekić

pianist

Reviews

"Mirna Lekic's sound was beautiful even when she played in the register with the necklace, and her rhythmic acuity gave subtle energy to every gesture." - Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review

"Gracious, energetic, spirited, lovely and assured playing. Physical ease is a highlight throughout. The performance is focused on sound and not on show - refreshing! A lovely presentation in all respects, a pleasure to listen to." - The American Prize Jury

"intelligent, sincere, and restrained pianism" - Examiner

"A beautiful performance! Rich, full and elegant sound... Very strong musical sense... poised, polished and colorful." -Liliane Questel, concert pianist 

"Wonderful ears, talented and very musical... a pleasure to hear." -Jose Ramos Santana, concert pianist 

"Outstanding performance. Mirna plays with a technique that blends Eastern and Western schools, a natural inventiveness, and emotion at times stronger than traditional Chopin's." -Žena21  

"Violist Ji Hyun Son and pianist Mirna Lekic delivered Beethoven's Notturno in D Major with spirit, evoking images of eighteenth-century dancing lords and ladies." Folio


Para America Magica at Symphony Space (3/10/2011)  - Reviews:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/71282e60-4e61-11e0-98eb-00144feab49a.html#axzz1IFHKN5tv

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/arts/music/para-america-magica-at-symphony-space-music-review.html 

Biography

Mirna Lekić is a Bosnian-American pianist active as a recitalist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for her “intelligent and sincere pianism” (Examiner) and “natural inventiveness and emotion” (Žena 21), she has performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe, at venues including New York’s Carnegie-Weill Hall, Symphony Space, World Trade Center, Chicago Cultural Center, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and Théâtre de l'Ile Saint-Louis in Paris. Her solo performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT, WPRB, and Bosnian TV and radio stations, and her debut album, Masks, was released in 2017 by Centaur Records. A recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant, Artists International Special Presentation Award, and City University of New York Music Fellowship, Ms. Lekić currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York.

Mirna plays a wide range of repertoire that reflects her interests in historical performance practice, particularly works for fortepiano, as well as in new music, celebrated through commissions and premiere performances. A founding member of Ensemble 365 and Duo RoMi, she has presented premieres at the Queens New Music Festival, Princeton University Sound Kitchen, International Festival for Contemporary Performance, the Firehouse Space, Boston College, College Music Society Conference, Composer’s Voice series in New York, and in collaboration with Dr. Faustus and the Composers Now Festival.

Ms. Lekić studied piano with Ursula Oppens, Irina Morozova, Vladimir Valjarević and Douglas Humpherys, and has participated in fortepiano classes taught by Bart van Oort and Malcolm Bilson. She graduated with high honors from the Eastman School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she earned a doctorate with a dissertation focusing on the music of Claude Debussy. She subsequently presented her research at several national and international conferences. Mirna’s festival experience includes American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, London Master Classes, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance and International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Italy, Westfield International Academy at Cornell, Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, and Baščaršija Nights Festival in Sarajevo.