Ivana Marija Vidovic was born in Dubrovnik. At the age of four she started her piano studies at the Music Conservatory in Dubrovnik. Her first teacher was L. Cobenzl who was later succeeded by Vesna Miletic – Corona. She completed her studies in 1991-1992 during the war in Croatia. She subsequently continued her studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with Tatjana Ognjanovich and graduated with honours in 2002.
During her student years Ivana performed frequently, giving two recitals in the U.S.A. (1990) and again with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. She also gave concerts in Ljubljana and throughout Slovenia and Italy. Despite suffering a serious car accident in 1996 she pursued her musical studies and literary interests. In 1997 she returned to the Dubrovnik stage with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and for her interpretation of the Mozart concerto in F-Major, KV 459, won the “France Preseren” award from the Academy of Ljubljana.
Meetings and work with Evgenij Timakin: Naum Starkmann (Moscow): Dubravka Tomsic -Srebotnjak (Ljubljana): Alberto Portugheis (London): Eugen Indjic (Paris), Stephen Kovacevich (London) had a great impact on Miss Vidovic’s playing and creative development. In the last year Miss Vidovic was invited to study with her beloved maestro, Lazar Berman (a legend in the piano world), until his sudden death. Several contemporary Slovenian composers have dedicated to Ivana their compositions.
Her passionate interpretation of all music gives Ivana her particular style and provides inspiration for any audience. Miss Vidovich performs regularly in Croatia and abroad. Some of her most eminent concerts have been held at the Rector’s Palace and Revelin Fort in Dubrovnik and Glazbeni Zavod in Zagreb. In August 2006. she is invited to give recital at Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Abroad she has appeared in Slovenia (the small hall of Slovenska Filharmonia), Bosnia, Montenegro, Italy, Spain, the United States and Canada. In the UK she has played at the Regent Hall, Steinway Hall and, in August 2005, at St Martin-in-the- Fields – all in London. She performs regularly with Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
At the moment Miss Vidovic is ocasionally studying with Alicia De Larrocha in Barcelona who describes Ms Vidovic like this: «young pianist with great natural instinct, a beautiful musicality, lovely desire to express herself artistically, with taste, poetry and extroversion…”
In addition to being a musician, Ivana has been writing poetry since her early youth. In 2003 she published her first book of poetry in Croatian–a rich, resonating selection, representative of her works. Ivana’s poems express the variety and intensity of her literary experience, encompassing youthful and vividly picturesque verses, to deeply personal love poems and haunting laments.
Ivana is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP).