Serbian born pianist Ivana Alkovic has displayed her virtuosity and musical maturity at concerts and international festivals throughout Europe and the USA.
Ivana Alkovic has won prizes at many national and international competitions such as the Kawai competition in Tortona, the Young Pianists award in Belgrade, the Nikolai Rubinstein competition in Paris, the Ignaz Pleyel competition in Vienna, the Villa de Capdepera competition in Mallorca and the Petar Konjovic competition in Belgrade.
At the prestigious Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Morcone, Italy, she received distinctive honours for her extensive Rachmaninov repertoire and her intense emotionally-charged interpretation in the final round, for which she was awarded a special prize for best virtuoso performance.
Her talent has been fostered by the support of numerous scholarships: State grants for musical talent in Serbia, and the Tokyo Foundation and Dr. Martha Sobotka-Charlotte Janaczek Foundation in Vienna. She also received a full scholarship as a pianist (after successfully competing and reaching the top 11 out of 150 finalists) at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where she had the opportunity to work with professors of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. During the eight-week music festival, she played many concerts and was rewarded with standing ovations. Another full scholarship enabled her to spend two weeks in New York and participate in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.
Besides her work as a soloist, Alkovic also enjoys playing chamber music. Together with her husband, Dutch pianist Maarten den Hengst, she formed piano duo Amacord.
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Ivana also performs with cellists Amber Docters van Leeuwen and Alice Gott and with violinist Saskia Otto.
As a student of Professor Jokut Mihailovic miss Alkovic received her Bachelor’s degree with honours from the University of Music in Belgrade. After hearing Ivana’s playing, famous pianist Paul Gulda invited her to continue her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree under the tutelage of Professor Roland Keller and followed a Postgraduate course in the class of Professor Noel Flores.
Currently Alkovic lives and works in Amsterdam as a pianist and piano teacher.
(Ivana Alkovic joins us by virtue of the generous sponsorship of the Embassy of the Netherlands.)