Participant No. 7 Professional category
Mia Pečnik. Croatia/ Zagreb
Country/State/City: Croatia/ Zagreb
Music School: actual or/and previous
2019.- Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Prof. Andreas Frölich
2008-2019 Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb, Croatia, prof. Ivanka Kordić
How long have you been playing piano/from what age: 8
Mia commenced learning the piano under the guidance of prof. Ivanka Kordić at the Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb and now is a student of Prof. Andreas Frölich at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz
Köln. She has received more than 70 first and special prizes in international and national competitions in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Belgium,
Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland and Serbia.
She has been awarded the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung and has been chosen to take part in the promotion program of the Jens G.Becker Agency Dortmund as part of the concert series “Best of NRW” with 13 concerts in the season 2022/23.
In November 2020 Mia won the Ivo Vuljević Award for the biggest musical achievement of young musicians in 2020 in Croatia and in December 2019 the most significant award given to young musicians in Croatia, the Young Musician of the Year Award. Several times, she was awarded with the „Oscar of knowledge” prize, awarded by the Ministry of science and education of the Republic of Croatia to Croatian’s best students. She is also the winner of the prize given by the city Sveta Nedelja for special musical contributions and the “Prof. Baltazar“prize given by City of Zagreb for
the absolute prize on the Croatian National Piano Competition.
She has performed as a soloist and with an orchestra all over Croatia, Europe, the USA and Asia. At the age of 11, Mia performed with orchestral accompaniment for the first time, and at 15, she had her debut with the Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra in the Lisinski Concert Hall under the baton of maestro Pavle Dešpalj. After that, she had the honor to perform six more times with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in Zagreb, in their guest tour to the Sheik Aber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center in Kuwait City and also in Santa
Cecilia Hall, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy. She also performed with the Croatian National Theatre Symphonic Orchestra in Osijek, Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Orkiestra Symfoniczna Panstwowej Symphony Orchestra, Bazzini consort orchestra in Verona and many more.
She also performed twice with the Zagreb soloists in their concert seasons and she performed with the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra in Kraków, Poland.
As the winner of the Grand Prize award at the American Fine Arts Festival — International Concerto Competition she has performed in Carnegie Hall and as the first prize winner of the «Debut InternationalPiano Competition» she had a recital in May 2017 also in Carnegie Hall (New York). She had recitals on many festivals like the “Notting Hill concert series” in London, “Danubia talents” Budimpest, (Hungary), “Young Artists in Kraków”, “Gorczycki Festiwal” in Operze Śląskiej, also at the Filharmonia Śląska in Katowice (Poland), “Epidarius festival” Cavtat, “Pianoloop festival” Split, “Zvjezdano ljeto” Karlovac, “46, Samoborske jeseni” Samobor, “Koncertna sezona 2021,/2022” Zadar, “Un fiume dio note — Musicae” Opatija, “Svetislav Stančić Pleyel” Zagreb, “Chopinfest” in Belgrade, “MuseArt” Bucharest (Romania),
“Marbella International Music Festival” in Spain, “Opening Concert IV Piano Competition City of Vigo” Spain etc. In 2020 she was a finalist of the national Eurovision Young Musicians Competition.
She has recorded for the Croatian Radio Television, Hungary TV and RTL.
Since 2017 she is a regular participant of the intensive master courses at the Brescia Music Academy „Talent Music Master Cour ses“in Italy
Masterclasses:Andrzej Jasiński, Piotr Paleczny (Poland), Dang Thai Son (Vietnam), Jacques Rouvier, Eugen Indjic, (France), Yurij Kot, Milana Chernyavska (Ukraine), Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Natalia Trull, Konstantin
Bogino, Igor Lasko, Vladimir Viardo, Yuri Bogdanov, Lev Natochenny, Grigory Gruzman (Russia), Kemal Gekić, Ruben Dalibaltayan (Croatia).
PLATINUM Prize/ Piano Concerto Category/ 3rd International Piano Competition/ World piano teachers
PLATINUM Prize/ Piano Solo Emerging Category / 3rd International Piano Competition/ World piano
teachers association, Singapore
1st Pize/ Carles&Sofia International Piano Competition/ Girona, Spain
1st Absolute Prize/ International Piano Competition Monegros 88 Keys/ Spain
Grand Prize Winner — Platinum/ North American Virtuoso International Music Competition/ Quebec, Canada
1st Absolute Prize/ 3rd „Laszlo Spezzaferri“ International Music Competition, Italy
1st Prize/Opus 2021, International Music Competition, Krakow, Poland
Winner, Category II „Youth of Music“ International competition 2021, Bucharest, Romania
1st Prize/ Orbetello piano Competition/ Italy
1 st Prize/ International Music Amigdala Competition/ Italy
1st Absolute Prize/ Iscart International Music Competition/ Switzerland
Grand Prize / Rocky Mountain Winter Classical Music Festival, College students and Profesional Musicians
18+ / Canada
1 st Prize / Franz Liszt Center Piano Competition / Spain
1st prize/ International Moscow Music Competition (Cat.18 to 21 years old)
1 st prize/ Neapolitan Masters Competition/ Young Category/ Italy
Gold star prize/ MUSIC AND STARS AWARDS – Online International Music Competition
Three 1st prizes in three categories: Professional Musicians Class, Sonata Class and Concerto Class
/International Fringe Music Talent Online Competition, Hong Kong
The award of the city Samobor and HDS for the best performed piece by a Croatian composer along with
the award of performing on the next year’s festival – 17th International competition for young musicians
„Ferdo Livadić“ – Samobor, Croatia
1st Apsolute Prize/ 30th International Young Competition „Citta di Barletta“ in Cat. F (1996.-2000.)
Gold prize/ WPTA Finland International Piano Competition in Cat. H (20 to 22 years old)
1 st prize, and the special CFIPC prize – winner of the competition (the opportunity to perform in 3 concerts
Milan, Paris and Bussels in the following year/ the 7 th César Franck International Piano Competition
1st prize/ IV. Danubia Talents International Music Competition, category with no age limit (born before
1997), Budapest, Hungary
EPTA special Award for the best performance of a work by Dora Pejačević wich can not be given ex aequeo
and 2 nd prize in D Category/ 11 th EPTA Dora Pejačević international competition for young pianists
1st apslolute prize / 57th Croatian Music Students Competiton – State Competition Zagreb)
1st prize / 57th Croatian Music Students Competiton – Regional Competition (Novska)
2nd prize/ Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial/ Novi Sad
1st prize, Prize for best performance of a Croatian Composer, the EPTA Special Award for the best piano
performance/ „Bistrički zvukolik“ 5th International mixed Three-Round Solist Music Competition (Marija
1 st prize/ International Piano Competition Memorijal Jurica Murai, Varaždin
1 st prize / International Piano Festival and Competition, Ciudad de Leganes (Madrid).
1st prize – Grand Prix and Audience Prize – a one category for young musicians until 21 years of age/ XXIV.
Lions Grand Prix international music competition, Rijeka
Laureates 2018 — Second Prize, Prix EPTA Belgium W-B"/ EPTA Belgium W-B Piano Competition
1st absolute prize/ 12th Ars nova Trieste International Music Competition – Italy
1st prize/ International Piano Competition „Giuliano Pescar“for young pianists (Gorizia), Italy
1st prize – gold/ 7th Carinthian Piano Competition (Radlje ob Dravi, Slovenia)
1st prize and special award/ International Piano Festival and Competition, Ciudad de Leganes (Madrid)
Grand Prize /American Fine Arts Festival/ International Concerto Competition, New York
1st prize/„Debut International Piano Competition“, New York
The absolute 1st prize (100/100)/ International Piano Competition „Vittoria Caffa Righetti Prize“ Cortemilia
The absolute 1st prize, three concerts prize/ International Piano Competition„Danubia Talents“, Vac
1st prize/ Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, (Salzburg, Austria)
1st prize – gold/ 6th Carinthian Piano Competition (Radlje ob Dravi, Slovenia)
2nd prize/a one category for young musicians until 21 years of age/ XXII. Lions Grand Prix international
music competiton , Rijeka
1st prize/54th Croatian Camber Music Student Competition–piano duo/Zagreb, Croatia
1st prize – gold/ 5th Carinthian Piano Competition (Radlje ob Dravi, Slovenia)
1st prize –gold/ “Bistrički zvukolik“ 2nd International mixed Three-Round Solist Music Competition (Marija
1st prize / 9th EPTA international piano competition (Osijek, Croatia)
1st prize / 53rd Croatian Music Students Competition – State Competition (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
1st prize / 53rd Croatian Music Students Competition – Regional Competition (Zagreb, Croatia)
1st prize / 19th International Competition for young pianists (Šabac, Serbia)
1st prize and special EPTA-award/ 8th International Competition for young pianists „Zlatko Grgošević“
1st prize, Audience prize, Workshop prize/ 2nd„Internationaler Hohenlimburger Musikwettbewerb Klavier
Solo, Barock un Fruh Klassik“ (Hagen-Hohenlimburg, Deutschland)
1st prize, prize for best performance of a Croatian Composer, the EPTA Special Award for the best piano
performance/ „Bistrički zvukolik““ 1st International mixed Three-Round Solist Music Competition (Marija
1st prize, Croatian Music Composers Association award for Best performance of a Contemporary
Composition, the EPTA Special Croatia Award/ EPTA 8th International piano competition (Osijek, Croatia)
1st prize /51st Croatian Music Students Competition – Regional Competition (Varaždin, Croatia)
1st prize/50th Croatian Camber Music Student Competition –piano duo/Opatija, Croatia 2012.
1st prize /49th Croatian Music Students Competition – Regional Competition (Sisak, Croatia) — 2011.
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1, 5:20 min
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, 1 st mov., 5:40 min
Boris Papandopulo, Studia no 1 : 2:30 min