October 12, 2023
Ana Bursac piano recital
At Steinway Hall on the 19th of October 2023 at 6.30pm
Steinway Hall on the 19th of October 2023 at 6.30pm
L. van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 10 No. 1
i Allegro molto e con brio
ii Adagio molto
4 Ballades Op. 10
1. Andante [after the Scottish ballad "Edward"]
3. Intermezzo. Allegro
4. Andante con moto
7 Balkan Dances for Piano
Serbian pianist Ana Bursac is a first-class honours graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded both a full scholarship supported by Sir Simon and Lady Robertson and a Steinway & Sons Award. She studied with Professor Dmitri Alexeev, Jianing Kong, and Dina Parakhina. Ana gave her first recital at the age of 11 as part of the Belgrade Spring Festival and the same year performed a Mozart piano concerto as a soloist with the chamber orchestra in Novi Sad, Serbia. She won prizes at renowned national and international competitions, including First and Special Prize at the International Young Pianist Competition in Sabac, Serbia, First Prize at the Serbian State Competition, First Prize at the Davorin Jenko International Piano Competition in Belgrade, and Third Prize at the Flame International Piano Competition in Paris.
Having performed extensively across Europe, including Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, and Serbia, Ana has also appeared in the UK as a soloist at Steinway Hall, Regent Hall, St. James Piccadilly, Auriens Chelsea, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Pallant House Gallery, and Pushkin House. In 2018, the same year Ana was invited to perform before HRH Princess Alexandra, she was admitted to the acclaimed International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig. She has worked with renowned pianists and pedagogues, including Jacques Rouvier, Mikhael Voskresensky, Freddy Kempf, Ian Jones, David Westfall, Yuval Admony, Dorian Leljak, Rita Kinka, and Peter Jablonski.
Ana was invited to play a duo recital with Emma Arizza at Villa d’Este on Lake Como in June 2017, as part of the festival Arte e Musica Sul Lario, which attracts prominent musicians such as Sir András Schiff, Ivo Pogorelich, and Grigory Sokolov. The duo performed at Sala Carducci on Lake Como and Magazzino Musica in Milan, as well as in various London venues, including Ashby Manor House, the Russian Cultural Centre, St. Stephen’s Church, and Shaw Library.
In 2020, Ana was awarded the Help Musicians Postgraduate Performance Award. In 2021, she was a prize winner at the Danubia Talents Liszt International Piano Competition, and in 2023, Ana was a semi-finalist at the International Piano Competition Val de Travers in Neuchatel, Switzerland.