Ohrid, 10 August 2020 (MIA) – Croatian-born American concert pianist Kemal Gekić is to hold a solo recital Monday evening at St. Sophia Church within Ohrid Summer Festival.
He will play piano works by Beethoven, Chopin, Allen and Liszt.
Performing worldwide from vast repertoire, Kemal Gekić presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations as a soloist and in collaboration with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Warsaw Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in halls such as Gewandhouse Leipzig, Suntory Hall Tokyo, and Kennedy Center Washington DC.
As a recording artist, Gekić has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. Among his 15 solo-albums, his album of Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be one of the most compelling recordings of the set-in history. He won a double Grammy Nomination for his recording of Fredrick Kaufman’s Guernica Concerto which was commissioned by him.
Born in Split, Croatia, Gekić got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He earned his MD in the class of Prof. Jokut Mihailovic (1985) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia, 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 and a Full Professor at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA.
Kemal Gekić is a guest lecturer at numerous universities and academies throughout the world. He has served as a juror on numerous international piano competitions. Since 2010 he also directs Kemal Gekić Summer School and Festival in Split, Croatia.