Biography

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Una Smrekar got her first piano lesson at the age of five. As a student of Professor Vlasta Marijan and Ana Vimpolšek, she already won in her early age numerous awards at national and international competitions.

Being educated as a pianist in her hometown, she also graduated as a dancer at the Contemporary Dance School ˝Ana Maletić˝in 2007.


At the age of seventeen, Smrekar was continuing her piano studies at the Zagreb University Academy of Music with Professor Đorđe Stanetti, who himself was a student of Bruno Seidlhofer and Leonid Brumberg.

She received a scholarship for International Summer Academy of the MDW, where she was selected as a special price-winner for her outstanding performance of Debussy.

In her graduating year in Croatia, she got Erasmus Scholarship for her studies in Vienna.

2013 Smrekar completed her studies in Zagreb and did her Master-graduation with distinction.

At the same time, she was accepted as a student in the class of Professor Stefan Arnold at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she graduated 2017 and got her second Bachelor´s degree. This was followed by her second master's degree in piano at the MDW Vienna.

She is an active member of Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now Foundation for highly talented musicians.

Being an artist of this agency she performs in numerous concerts, including a concert in Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Smrekar's artistic development was influenced by masterclasses with musicians such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Eugen Inđić, Ruben Dalibaltayan, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Jan Jirecek von Arnim, Martin Hughes, Gregory Gruzman, Stefan Mendl, Marialena Fernandes, Milana Chernyavska and Boris Romanov.

 

As a soloist and chamber musician, Smrekar has performed in Croatia, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia.

 

Since 2019 she is a director and piano teacher at "MusikUnique" international music school in Vienna.

www.musikunique.com

Una Smrekar

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Duo Maggini

The internationally active musicians, the Moldovan violinist Rusanda Panfili and Croatian pianist Una Smrekar, made their first appearance as a duo in 2015 at the renowned Vienna Konzerthaus. The extensive repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Franck, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel, Piazzolla etc., is enriched by the very special sound of the 400-year-old violin of the Italian violin maker Paolo Maggini. Both artists were active members of Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now Organization for highly talented musicians. Panfili and Smrekar were Master students at the eminent University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

The artistic path led them regularly to international concert halls, such as in Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Austria.

 

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B. Bartok Romanian Folk Dances
D. Shostakovich -24 Preludes Op. 34

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