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Vasilije Mokranjac belonged to a prominent Serbian musical dynasty. His great musical gifts combine with an unassertive and introverted nature to create a unique catalogue of often incredibly virtuoso piano music, recorded here for the first time in its entirety. From the first elegant Menuetto to the last Prélude written at the time of his tragic death, pianist Ratimir Martinovi? finds Mokranjac’s music ‘exceptionally profound and spiritually uplifting.’ Critically acclaimed pianist Ratimir Martinovi? occupies a special status among artists of his generation. From his earliest days he has been uncompromisingly devoted to excellence in music performance, and has been formed into a mature artist of distinctive expression and profile.
Born in Kotor, Montenegro, Martinovi? studied under virtuoso Kemal Geki? at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad where he now serves as a professor of piano. He graduated in 1999, giving a recital where he performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, Chopin’s Four Ballades, and Prokofiev’s Toccata in one night. He received his Master’s degree in 2002, conducting and performing the works of Mozart and Haydn, with a full-length concert featuring works by Bach. He has performed at over 700 concerts with over 60 orchestras in prestigious international venues such as the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Seoul Arts Center and the Moscow International House of Music. Martinovi? is the founder and director of the KotorArt Festival in his hometown. Together with the Mokranjac family, Martinovi? is the founder and president of the Vasilije Mokranjac Foundation in Belgrade Read less
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