Croatian Crossover

Muso, my favorite magazine for classical music, features Maksim Mrvica, the Croatian classical/pop crossover pianist. Maksim studied at the Music Academy in Zagreb under Professor Vladimir Krpan,  a pupil of Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli. He then spent a year at the Franz Liszt Conservatoire in Budapest winning first prize in the Nicolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition. A year later in 2000, he moved to Paris to study with Igor Lazko and there, in 2001 he gained first prize in the Pontoise Piano Competition. His talent and image makes him appealing to a large and varied audience and led to a career performing for international beauty pagaents, the MTV awards, and sponsors such as American Express and BMW.

Here he is, a classical pianist like you’ve never seen before, performing Rimsky-Korsokav’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

According to Maksim…

“Well, it’s not a question of money … I just always wanted to take a different approach. It’s a question of experimenting. I always wanted to try something different, something new. I want to reach as many people of all ages with classical music. That’s my dream.”

And that’s what it’s all about, right?

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