On Sunday, October 26, at 7.30pm, Ivana Gavrić will perform in the Melrose Parish Church Hall for the Melrose Music Society.
Born into a musical family in Sarajevo, Ivana was initially taught by her mother.
Following her move to the UK, she studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department, the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London.
After early success in her career she was described as a ‘rising star’ in the BBC Music Magazine, winning the 2011 Newcomer of the Year Award.
Her US debut was praised as ‘impressive, insightful… a ravishing performance’.
Her repertoire has been eclectic, with interpretations of music by all the great composers plus lesser-known modern works receiving wide acclaim. She is an ambassador for the charity, Musicians Without Borders, which uses the power of music to support individuals and communities devastated by war and armed conflict.
The impressive programme starts with Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, D784, a hauntingly powerful piece written when the composer was only in his mid-twenties.
This is followed by Janáček’s ‘In the Mists’, which abounds with both gentle melodies and passionate outbursts, and two works by Rachmaninov, Prelude in G major and a Moment Musical in E minor which draws inspiration from several sources including Chopin’s preludes.
After the interval Ivana will perform the Scottish Première of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Lyric Pieces, a Ballade in G minor and Slåtter (peasant dances) by Grieg before finishing with this composer’s own Lyric Pieces, Butterfly and one of his best-loved piano compositions,’ Wedding Day at Troldhaugen’.
Tickets, priced £12, can be bought on the door. Accompanied children go free. Non-members are welcome.