Biana Kovic, cello
Biana Kovic is an award-winning cellist, composer, recording artist, educator and administrator. Biana has been featured in the New York Times; Good Morning America; Chappaqua Public Television; Music for People Newsletter; Wisconsin Cello Society Newsletter; The Riverside Press; The Lubec Light; The Quoddy Tides; Bangor News; Machias Valley News Observer; Special Redio; Coastal Press; The Downeast; Musicafter50.com; and Thirdage.com.
A winner of many awards, Biana has performed at New York City's Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Cami Hall, Zankel Hall, The Open Center, The Tibetan House and Avery Fisher Hall.In 2006, Biana was invited to do solo cello performance of The National Anthem at the Shea Stadium and has performed consecutively until 2010. An avid educator, Biana has taught many students to play the cello since 1995 and in 2004 was the founder of It’s Never 2 Late Inc., a music studio and referral network.
Biana’s work with cello students of various abilities, levels of training and with various performing related injuries from Nerve Compressions and Muscle related injuries to Tendonitis has inspired her to developed the Energy Efficient Cello Technique that helped many students re-learn to play the cello with ease and pain free. She frequently uses NLP and Williamson Technique to help students learn about their proper body alignment, relationship of the body to the instrument, posture and the impact of the stress on performance and practice.
In 2006, Biana's interest in teaching has led her to produce and direct 2-times award winning short documentary film "Virtuoso". The film featured 89 - year old woman, Matty Kahn, who was learning to play the cello. The film was an inspiration for the book called The Vintage Years – Finding Your Inner Artist written by Francine Toder, Ph.D.
In 2010, as part of her graduate degree program, Biana has conducted and published a research called Identifying Music Talent in Students available on LinkedIn and cited in many publications.
In 2018, with her business partner and co-producer, Jim DeVivo, Biana has founded Nurturing Babies, a platform for relaxing, sleep time music for babies and educational nursery rhymes.
Currently, Biana is cello faculty of the Lucy Moses Music School at the Kaufman Music Center in NYC and the Board Member of The Association for Teaching Artists (ATA), nonprofit organization in New York State that brings together artists who teach in schools and in the community. Formerly, Biana was cello and chamber music faculty of the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, Queens College, NY, SummerKeys – Adult Music Camp, ME, Amadeus Music Conservatory, NY, The French – American School, NY, Turtle Bay Music School, NY and the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, NY. Biana holds MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology from University at Albany, SUNY and BA in Music from University of Musical Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She has Master Certificate in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) from NLP Center of New York and Suzuki Certificates from Chicago Suzuki Institute and Hartt Suzuki Institute. Biana has studied cello with Michael Flaksman, Aleksandr Fedorchenko and Francoise Jakovcic.