“Mr.Gekic possesses the greatest single interpretive talent combined with the most
stupendous technical mastery of anyone now before the public” Frank Cooper
Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used
to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been
acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form marked
him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his
artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues. “Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius” R. Dyer,
Boston Globe “He is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is,
therefore, free to ignore them in the time of war” James Roos, Miami Herald “His playing is
transcendental as well as incandescent” John Ardoin, Dallas Morning News]
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating,
uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience
enthusiasm. As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America, and
Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions
(Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide to Music, while his recording of Liszt’s
Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.
Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal Gekic got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He
graduated the class of Prof.Jokuthon Mihailovic at the Art Academy of Novi Sad and was
immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually
directed until 1999. Since 1999 he has been Artist in Residence at the Florida International
University in Miami, Florida.
In 1999 he moved to Miami, Florida to take up his present post as Artist in Residence at the Florida International University after making a historical debut at the Miami International Piano Festival. Mr. Gekic is one of the most important pillars of this Festival having graced its stage on numerous occasions.
He is currently also a visiting professor at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo and a guest lecturer at numerous universities and academies throughout the world. He has served as
a juror on numerous piano competitions. Programs on his life and his performances have been broadcast by RAI Italy, TV Portugal, TV Yugoslavia, NHK Japan, POLTEL Poland, RTV Lower Saxony West Germany, RTV USSR, Intervision, CBC and PBS.
Mr. Gekic performs regularly in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia and most recently he has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Warsaw Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan and performed several recitals in different countries.
Kemal Gekic is actively involved with Patrons of Exceptional Artists and is a representative of the Miami International Piano Festival worldwide.
Scherzo Op.20 No. 1
Ballade Op.23 No. 1
Nocturne Op.48 No. 1
Nocturne Op.55 No. 1
Etude Op.25 No. 1
Etude Op.10 No 12
ANDRE ALEN Variations (1999)
Rhapsodie Hongroise No. 10
Rhapsodie Hongroise No. 11
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