It is our special honour to announce second concert within the season Convivium Musicum ’19. This March, Kragujevac will be a host to a superb world artist, and the audience will have a very special and rare honour to hear the famous pianist Eugen Indjic, on Sunday, March 17th, 2019.
Eugen Indjic, son of a Serbian general in the Yugoslav army and Russian amateur pianist, since emigrating to the United States when he was four years old, to this day, has reached unprecedented artistic and performing heights in the field of pianism. He gained music education at the Phillips Academy in Andover (Massachusetts), then at Harvard University where he enrolled at musicology and composition, as well as at Julliard School of Music, where he attended private piano lessons. Among the significant number of eminent pedagogues with whom he perfected himself, special emphasize is on cooperation, and later a great friendship with the famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
Eugen Indjic made his first public appearance at the age of nine, accompanied by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, as eleven year old he played at NBC television, and at twelve he made his first recording with performance of Beethoven’s Diabelli variations on the authentic Rachmaninov’s piano. He won the award at three international competitions – the Chopin International Piano Competition (Warsaw, 1970), the International Piano Competition in Leeds (Leeds, 1972) and the International Master Competition of Arthur Rubinstein (Tel Aviv, 1974). He performed with a number of renowned world orchestras with conductors such as V. Gergiev, L. Bernstein, D. Zinman and others. He displayed his excellence at all major and most important music podiums around the globe. Applauses, praises and great criticism follow him all throughout his career. In the Warsaw newspaper Ruch Muzyczny was written: “More than a wizard of the piano, Indjic is a wizard of music”, while the New York Times noted: “Models of clarity and unaffected lyricism, astonishing lightness, prodigious technical feats and formidable sonorities. A master “. A wide range of his skills is also confirmed by criticism from Politiken (Copenhagen): “He plays Chopin as a Pole, Debussy as a Frenchman and Prokofiev as a Russian master.”
At the recital in Kragujevac, Eugen Indjic will perform the following program:
F. Chopin – 4 Mazurkas Op. 30
No. 1, C minor
No. 2, B minor
No. 3, D-flat major
No. 4, C-sharp minor
F. Chopin – Ballade Op. 23, G minor
F. Chopin – Mazurkas
Op. 24, No. 4, B-flat minor
Op. 59, No. 3, F-sharp minor
F. Chopin – Ballade op. 52, F minor
R. Schumann – Kreisleriana, op. 16
F. Chopin – Scherzo Op. 31, No. 2, B-flat minor
We invite all fellow citizens and all lovers of classical music not to miss this unique opportunity and hear the world renowned pianist such as Eugen Indjic. The concert is held at the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium, starting from 20h, and the entrance is free. The event will be realized with the help of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the City of Kragujevac and the support of the Faculty of Philology and Art, Music School “Dr. Miloje Milojevic”, Music Center Kragujevac and other friends.
Author and trasnlation: Ljubica Guzvic
More about Eugen Indjic you can read below:
Eugen Indjic was born in Belgrade in 1947. His mother was a Russian amateur pianist and his father a Serbian army general under King Peter II of Yugoslavia. Immigrating to the US with his mother at the age of four, he there became interested in music after hearing a recording of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu and Polonaise in A flat major.
Moved by a desire to master these pieces, he took systematic piano lessons with Georgian pianist, Liubov Stephani and Benjamin Kalman, a student of Emil von Sauer in Berlin.
Eugen Indjic made his first public performance at the age of nine, appearing with the Springfield Symphony, playing Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto.
After two years, Mrs. Stephani introduced him to Alexander Borovsky (the eminent Russian pianist and Prokofiev’s classmate in Yesipova’s class) who taught him in Boston for the next five years (1959-1964).
At the age of eleven, he was already playing Liszt’s Campanella and 13th Hungarian Rhapsody on NBC television and at twelve, made his first recording for RCA Victor on Rachmaninov’s own piano, playing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.
At thirteen, he performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 and a year later the Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra.
Between 1961 and 1971, invited by Arthur Fiedler, Eugen Indjic appeared numerous times each season with the Boston Pops orchestra. His first concert tour was in Denmark (1963), together with Alexander Borovsky.
“He plays Chopin as a pole, Debussy as a Frenchman and Prokofiev as a Russian master” wrote the Politiken of Copenhagen.
After his graduation year from Phillips Academy in Andover, Erich Leinsdorf invited him to play Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Symphony, making him the youngest soloist ever to appear with that orchestra.
Leonard-Bernstein Scholar at Harvard University, he studied musicology and composition with Laurence Berman and Leon Kirchner graduating “cum laude” in 1969. Kirchner, a student of Schönberg, introduced Indjic to Schenkerian analysis, of which he remains an ardent proponent.
Bernstein qualified him as “an extraordinary pianist and musician” and Emil Gilels, for whom he played often in these years called him “a unique and inspired artist”.
During his Harvard years, he took private lessons at the Juilliard School of Music with Mieczysław Münz and Rosina Lhévinne’s apprentice Lee Thompson.
In 1968, he met Arthur Rubinstein, who until his death remained a friend and mentor, calling Indjic “a world-class pianist of rare musical and artistic perfection”.
His friend, the composer Alexandre Tansman, who introduced him to Vladimir Horowitz, dedicated Caprice: A Piacere to him.
At that time he continued studying composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
He settled in France in 1972 after marrying Odile Rabaud, granddaughter of the French composer Henri Rabaud (Fauré’s successor at the Paris Conservatory) later becoming both an American and a French citizen.
Prize-winner of three international contests – Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein (1974), Indjic has performed with the leading orchestras of the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, and under such conductors as Bernstein, Bělohlávek, Casadesus, Fedoseiev, Gergiev, Gielen, Jochum, Kubelík, Leinsdorf, Sanderling, Sinopoli, Solti, von Matačić, de Waart, Wit and Zinman, among others.
He continues to play regularly on great world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tchaikovsky Hall, La Scala, etc.
Eugen Indjic was invited to participate in a televised co-production (France, Poland, Japan) of Chopin’s complete works and has recorded for Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Sony, RCA Victor, Claves and Calliope.
His discography includes works by Chopin, Debussy and Schumann (now all re-issued by the Andante Spianato label) as well as works by Stravinsky and Beethoven.
Arte Nova Classics has released live performances with the SWF Orchestra of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in B-flat minor with Ahronovich and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations with Sinopoli.
His recording of Chopin’s Mazurkas was doubly acclaimed because of the Joyce Hatto hoax. The English pianist signed her name to this disc and received rave reviews.
In addition to performing, Indjic regularly teaches master classes in Europe – notably at the historic Schola Cantorum in Paris – Japan and the United States, and is a frequent jury member of international competitions including the Chopin, Liszt Wroclaw, Rubinstein Tel Aviv, Prague Spring Festival, Lisbon Vianna Da Motta…
In 2010, he was named “artist-in-residence” at the Prague Symphony Orchestra.