- Doctor of Music (DM), Piano Performance and Literature, with minor fields in Musicology and Chamber Music, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
Over the course of her vibrant and multi-faceted musical career, Dr. Vedrana Subotic has distinguished herself as an acclaimed concert artist, pedagogue, chamber musician, and concert producer.
Dr. Subotic, a Steinway Artist, is an Associate Professor-Lecturer of Music at the University of Utah, and is the President and Music Director of INTERMEZZO, an acclaimed concert series based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She teaches piano performance students in the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral programs at the University of Utah, as well as the highly sough-after course in professional career development. Dr. Subotic is the chief producer of the live-streaming faculty concert series (Live@Libby) and Director of theTeacher Development piano pedagogy seminars.
As a concert pianist, Dr. Subotic has won acclaim from critics and audiences for her “fierce playing,” and “impressive chops” (Salt Lake Tribune,), and her “nuanced and expressive playing, beautifully phrased lines, and a wonderfully light touch.” (Reichelrecommends, Deseret News). The online arts magazine 15 Bytes wrote about her recent Schubert concert “one of the most intuitively verdant and emotionally draining performances of any of Franz Schubert’s compositions that I have ever heard, live or on a recording…truly astonishing.”
Dr. Subotic’s musical career began at age nine, when her performance of Debussy’s piano works for children aired on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia. Upon winning the top prize in Yugoslavia's National Piano Competition at age nineteen, she moved to the United States. Dr. Subotic has since been active as a soloist and a chamber musician in the Americas and Europe, where she performs in dozens of concerts a year, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances. Recent performances include several solo appearances with the Utah Symphony; and with the Utah Chamber Artists orchestra, playing both Chopin piano concertos back-to-back; performances of Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with Timpanogos Symphony and the Dubrovnik Symphony; concert tours in Puerto Rico and Chile, the Utah premier of Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto, and a performance of Prokofiev’s third piano concerto at the Chautauqua Festival in New York.
In 2014, Dr. Subotic began the unparalleled project of performing the complete solo sonatas, duo sonatas, and piano trios by Beethoven - 57 works in all. She has since presented the Beethoven programs, lectures, and masterclasses in numerous national and international venues including the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, the World Piano Conference in Serbia, the Mistral Concert Series in Santiago, Chile, and the University of Santiago in Chile; the Academy of Music and the Midsummer Piano Festival in Prague. The upcoming engagements in 2017 include concerts and masterclasses in Russia and Israel, and a performance of Brahms’ second piano concerto with the Utah Philharmonia.
Dr. Subotic has distinguished herself as a teacher who produces award winning young performers: her University of Utah college students have won numerous competitions, and have been accepted and awarded scholarships to prestigious graduate piano programs nationally and internationally, at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, the Royal College of Music in London, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Yale University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the University of Michigan, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (in collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition), and the Interharmony International Music Festival.
Dr. Subotic graduated from the former Yugoslavia’s State Music Conservatory at age fifteen, and received a 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 cultural and compositional connections between Claude Debussy’s and Toru Takemitsu's piano works. Her teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Evelyne Brancart, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Ralph Votapek, Gyorgy Sebok, Byron Janis, Janos Starker, and Josef Gingold.
Websites and performance links:
Beethoven duo sonatas concert, November 20, 2016
Beethoven solo sonatas, November 27, 2016