Anika Vavic’s piano playing has been praised by Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Daniel Barenboim, according to whom she has “the great gift of playing the piano in the symphonic sense, as if several instruments were playing at once.”
A childhood winner of numerous international competitions and awards, the young pianist Anika Vavic began studying in Vienna at the age of sixteen under Noel Flores at the University of Music and Performing Arts. She also received considerable artistic inspiration from Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lazar Berman, Oleg Maisenberg, Alexander Satz and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Since her first public performance in her hometown of Belgrade at the age of eight, she has consistently excelled in solo recitals, piano concerts, radio and TV programmes and in various chamber music ensembles. In October 2001 she won the Second Steinway-Competition in Vienna, receiving a further special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Haydn. In November 2001 she was awarded a scholarship by the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Centrum in Vienna and the Gottfried von Einem Foundation. In 2002 she received the Austrian National Award for Women in the Arts.
For the 2003–04 season Anika Vavic was chosen by Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus for the highly esteemed “Rising Stars” concert series, which has taken her to the most famous concert halls throughout the world for recitals, among them Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Megaron in Athens, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles, the Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. The series was accompanied by the release of her recital programme on CD, produced by ORF and Vienna’s Musikverein.
She made her debut at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2003, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor. This was immediately followed by her debuts with the Munich Philharmonic, at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Styriarte in Graz and the Ruhr Piano Festival.
Anika Vavic has since frequently returned to the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna in addition to recitals in London, New York, Zurich, Bern, Barcelona, Bergamo, Lodi, Como, Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg Spring, Graz (Styriarte), Berlin, Kiel, Belgrade, Beijing, Moscow, Washington (Kennedy Center), Ireland, Luxembourg (Philharmonie), Salzburg (Mozarteum), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle) and Gstaad (Les Sommets Musicaux), as well as a tour of Japan. In 2010, she will appear for the third time at the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg.
Anika Vavic has also performed with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dušan Skovran Chamber Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the MDR Orchestra Leipzig, the Allegro Vivo orchestra in Austria, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Hamburg, the Gran Canaria Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Kammerphilharmonie, the Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Kiel, the Sinfonieorchester Biel and the Neue Zürcher Orchester among other ensembles. She has worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Stefan Blunier, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Max Pommer, Francesco La Vecchia, Rengim Gökmen, Christopher Warren-Green, Vjekoslav Šutej and Georg Fritzsch.
Her chamber music partners have included Daniel Hope, Gautier Capuçon and Ernst Ottensamer in addition to members of the Wiener Philharmoniker. She has premiered works by composers including Johannes Maria Staud and Chung Shih, whose world premiere of Requiem for Piano, Strings and Percussions – dedicated to her – she performed in Germany in autumn 2009.
Anika Vavic’s repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary works by composers such as Kalevi Aho, John Cage, John Adams, Galina Ustvolskaya, Henryk Górecki and Rodion Shchedrin. She studied the piano works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich under Mstislav Rostropovich.
Anika Vavic’s passion for literature led her to write her first novel. Vers la flamme is a fictional story about a famous young Russian pianist obsessed by Scriabin and his Mysterium, throwing a light on the artist's life bihind the scenes, affording the reader an opportunity to observe the world of the music professional from a new angle. The novel is to be translated into several languages and will be published soon. Its publication will coincide with several Scriabin solo recitals and performances of Scriabin’s Piano Concerto.
2010 saw the release of her CD featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Prokofiev on the Gramola label – according to critics, a “strong, impressive CD which stands out from the great number of new releases.”