Vedrana Subotic, piano
Pianist Vedrana Subotic has won international acclaim from critics and audiences for her refined interpretations, rich tonal palette, and supreme levels of technical and musical mastery. Her debut solo performance at age nine aired on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia. Upon winning the top prize in Yugoslavia's National Piano Competition, Vedrana moved to the United States. She has since been active as a soloist and a chamber musician in the Americas and Europe. Vedrana performs in dozens of concerts a year, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances. Her performances have aired regularly on the local and national broadcasts of BYU's classical music program, Highway 89.
Vedrana's recent performances include several solo appearances with the Utah Symphony, and with the UCA orchestra, playing both Chopin piano concertos, concert tours in Puerto Rico, the Utah premier of Alban Berg¹s Chamber Concerto, appearing as a soloist in Beethoven¹s fifth piano concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony, and Prokofiev¹s third piano concerto at the Chautauqua Festival in New York, as well as chamber music concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Nis, Serbia, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, and Intermezzo, Nova, [email protected], and Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has collaborated in recital with such artists as Joseph Silverstein and Paul Neubauer, the Muir Quartet, and is a member of the Porter-Subotic Duo with the Utah Symphony violinist David Porter. Vedrana has also performed concerts in Bratislava, Prague, Belgrade, London, and Venice, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. Vedrana¹s artistry and extensive concert activity has attracted the attention of the Director of the Worldwide Concert and Artists division at the Steinway corporation in NY. In 2003, she was invited to join the distinguished roster of Steinway Artists. In addition to faculty recitals and lectures at the University of Utah where she is an associate professor - lecturer, Vedrana performs regularly in local concert venues, as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Utah Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Utah, Weber State, and Snow College Orchestras. Vedrana is a founding member and Music Director of the Intermezzo Chamber Music Concert Series, hailed by the Salt Lake Tribune as one of the top musical events in Utah.
Vedrana has taught piano at Indiana University, Hartford Conservatory, and the Chautauqua Institution in NY where she was also Head of the Instrumental Accompanying from 1995-2001. In 2003, she founded the piano program at the Horne School of Music at Snow College (UT), an all-Steinway school, and directed it until 2008. An active clinician and adjudicator, Vedrana has served on the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition Jury, and is a frequent guest as a master-teacher at the Utah Symphony's Youth Guild masterclasses. She has presented lectures on a variety of pedagogical and performance topics for the Utah Music Teachers Association and the Suzuki Piano Association.
In addition to her University of Utah piano studio, Vedrana maintains a private studio of gifted young students in Salt Lake City. Her students have continued their musical studies at leading music schools in United States and Europe and have won awards in numerous competitions.
Vedrana graduated from the former Yugoslavia¹s State Music Conservatory at age fifteen, and received Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University four years later. She has since earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her Doctoral thesis explored the influence of Debussy's compositional style on Toru Takemitsu's piano works. Vedrana's teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Ralph Votapek, Gyorgy Sebok, Byron Janis, Janos Starker, and Josef Gingold.