Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by the public and critics alike. Born in Croatia in 1962, Gekic amazed his family by accurately picking out melodies on the piano at age one and a half. The young prodigy received all his early musical training from his aunt, Lorenza Batturina. In 1978 he entered the class of Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich (a graduate of Moscow Conservatory) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
In 1999 he moved to Miami, Florida to take a position as Artist-in-Residence at the School of Music after making a debut at the Miami International Piano Festival. Today, Mr. Gekic continues to impress South Florida audiences with his “intense romantic passion and big-boned virtuosity”. Nowhere is this more evident than at his latest performance at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach on Sunday, May 19th, as part of the Miami International Piano Festival: Discovery Series. Audiences cheered for an encore to which he responded with a performance of Dvorak’s Humoresque.
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