“Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius.”- Richard Dryer, Boston Globe.
The Miami International Piano Festival is honored to have Kemal Gekic as part of the 2013 Festival. Each time he has presented a program in South Florida, the experience has been life changing for the audience.
Kemal Gekic is the kind of musician who would cause riots in a less polite culture than ours. From the moment his fingers touch the keys, the audience is on edge: his fortes are bolder than any other pianist, his pianos more tender.
The way he plays light, quick sections is incredible each note distinct, each phrase communicative, and yet it is a head-spinning whirl, everything performed By Gekic is done with intense emotional involvement. It is not just technique but expressions of turmoil or sweetness, anguish or joy.
His artistic credo encompasses both knowledge of all the facts essential to reconstructing the musical idea behind the works he plays and the power to bring it alive for today’s audiences. Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations of Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern masterworks.
As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America, and Japan for insightful, original and sometimes iconoclastic views of the music of Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt a list that grows with every season. His outstanding Naxos CD of Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (including the phenomenal William Tell Overture) has won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his JVC CD of Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes is generally considered to be the best recording of the set in history.
Born in Croatia (former Yugoslavia), Kemal Gekic (pronounced geh-kitch) lives in the United States and he is the Artist in Residence at The Florida International University. He has been the subject of broadcasts by the CBC (Canada), NKH (Japan), NDR (Germany), RAI (Italy), TV Portugal, POLTEL (Poland) and PBS (USA).
In 1999 he moved to Miami, Florida to take up his present post as Artist in Residence at the Florida International University after making a historical debut at the Miami International Piano Festival. Mr Gekic is one of the most important pillar of this Festival having graced its stage in numerous occasions.
He is currently also a visiting professor at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo and a guest lecturer at numerous universities and academies throughout the world. He has served as a juror on numerous piano competitions. Programs on his life and his performances have been broadcast by RAI Italy, TV Portugal, TV Yugoslavia, NHK Japan, POLTEL Poland, RTV Lower Saxony West Germany, RTV USSR, Intervision, CBC and PBS.
Mr. Gekic performs regularly in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia and most recently he has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Warsaw Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan and performed several recitals in different countries.
Kemal Gekic is actively involved with Patrons of Exceptional Artists and is a representative of the Miami International Piano Festival worldwide.
The Ticket Price is $15