Ivana Cojbasic, piano
AIvana Cojbasic is an internationally recognized artist, equally at home as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has performed as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico to critical acclaim. Vecernje Novosti [Evening News] of Belgrade, Serbia, wrote of her:…powerful playing, which appealed in all its aspects and its demands… astonishingly powerful and excitingly meaningful.
Cojbasic was the first prize winner of the first annual International Piano Competition “Frederick Chopin” in Rome, Italy. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Music, Piano Performance, from Belgrade University in Serbia, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. Dr. Cojbasic also earned the Diploma cum laude from the Conservatory of Music “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence, Italy, and the Certificate for specialization in Piano from the Academy of Music “Franz Liszt” in Budapest, Hungary. Her doctoral dissertation on Piano Sonata by Sofia Gubaidulina won the best dissertation award for a deeply insightful interpretation of this contemporary sonata (an excerpt from the dissertation is available in the following article under the Piano Music section: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia_Gubaidulina#cite_note-21). Consequently, Dr. Cojbasic presented Gubaidulina’s Piano Sonata in highly acclaimed lecture-recitals at European Piano Teachers Association conference, as well as at music colleges and music teachers associations across the United States.
She built an international reputation as a pianist both in Europe and North America, while holding an Assistant Professor of Piano position at the University of Belgrade in her native country, Serbia. She also taught piano at the University of North Texas, Colorado Mesa University, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University in Washington State. Cojbasic has recently collaborated with Daniele Tallamantes, a soprano soloist from New York Metropolitan Opera at Connoiseur Concerts of the Northwest BachFest in Spokane, Washington, and is highly sought after by singers, instrumentalists and pianists in the U.S.A. She also collaborates with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the Spokane Symphony Choral.
Dr. Cojbasic has taught, coached, and mentored students of all ages and abilities in the U.S.A., Italy and Serbia. She enjoys opening doors to the world of music to both young beginners and adults, as well as conveying the miracle of artistic expression to advanced players. Her students have been winners in piano competitions and festivals throughout the United States. Dr. Cojbasic currently teaches piano at Whitworth University, and in her private piano studio in Spokane, Washington. She is a sought after adjudicator in music festivals and competitions in the U.S.A. You are welcome to visit Dr. Cojbasic’s website at http://www.ivanacojbasic.com for more information