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Pianist Marta Brankovich & Composer Fredrick Kaufman Talk “Yin & Yang”

Pianist Marta Brankovich & Composer Fredrick Kaufman Talk “Yin & Yang”

 

 

Introduction to Marta Brankovich & Fredrick Kaufman. 3:06 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Videography:  Baudy Castillo. 

 

‘‘As a young pianist born in Serbia, but resident in the United States for the past fifteen years, MARTA BRANKOVICH was steadfastly building an impressive resume as a concert artist when lightning struck and her career took flight. A dress, a movie, an enthusiastic crowd, suddenly she was ‘The Black Swan of Piano,’ a soubriquet she revels in and one she hopes will energize the blandly decorous image of the traditional piano recital. Meanwhile, her debut CD, Black Swan of Piano, provides a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.’’

Fanfare Magazine ‘Black Swan of Piano Spreads Her Wings’– Robert Schulslaper

Marta Brankovich was born in Belgrade, Serbia. During her studies she received numerous international and domestic awards, scholarships, and public recognition, including winning third place in the prestigious Rubinstein piano competition in 1997, and receiving a special honorary scholarship from her country for making an outstanding career in the US in 2005. Brankovich is currently living in Miami where she received a second Masters diploma in piano performance in from Florida International University. During her master studies she participated in numerous festivals from EPTA in Europe, IKIF in New York, to New Music Festival and Subtropics Festival in South Florida.

Since 2010, Marta has held over one hundred and fifty solo recitals in major halls of East Coast USA. She recorded for TV and Radio in Europe and the USA. She has been collaborating with many international artists, including playing in a piano duet with Kemal Gekić.

 

FREDRICK KAUFMAN (b.1936) is the composer of over one hundred and thirty compositions that have been performed worldwide by orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Lithuanian Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Instrumental Ensemble of Grenoble, the London Sinfonietta, Orchestra Novi Musici (Naples Italy), the Dominican Republic National Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Brazil, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New World Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras. His ballets have been danced by companies such as the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Batsheva Dance Company, the Bat-Dor Dance Company and the Pennsylvania Dance Theater.

Kaufman is a former Fulbright Scholar, and author of The African Roots of Jazz, a groundbreaking study that drew heavily on his early musical life as a jazz trumpet player with the Woody Herman Band. He is the recipient of the Darius Milhaud Award in Composition from the Aspen Music Festival, and honors and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Ford Foundations, the California, Montana and Pennsylvania Arts Councils as well as the Norwegian Government.

For more information , watch our Inspicio video interview with Fredrick Kaufman from 2018.

 

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EXCERPT FROM YIN & YANG:  3:54 min.

Movie by Zoran Majkić.

 

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES: 2:15 min.

Marta, how did you and Fred first meet?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:   1:52 min.

Describe your evolution as a young pianist in Serbia and what happened when you moved to the United States.

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  1:26 min.

Fred, what are some of the elements that make Marta’s performance of your compositions special?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  1:38 min.

Marta, what were the challenges in playing Fred’s piece?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  1:11 min.

Fred, what was the original idea of this composition, especially coming on the heels of “Metamorphosis”?

 

COLLABORATION:  1:28 min.

Marta, where will you be performing some of Fred’s compositions this year?

 

COLLABORATION: 1:07 min.

Are there other collaborations that you would like to discuss?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:   1:00 min.

What impact did the war in Serbia have on you as a young artist?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:  0:55 sec.

Did you grow up in a musical family?

 

COLLABORATION:  0:46 sec.

Are your parents still alive?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  1:28 min.

Fred, as a young musician, you played in bands with jazz greats like Woody Herman. How has jazz influenced your classical music?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:02 min.

Marta, do you ever play pure jazz as contrasted with scripted music?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:44 min.

Marta, your father has made around 150 films. What are some of your favorites?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:  2:37 min.

Given that Miami is such a diverse city, a gateway to the USA, and a great place to live; shouldn’t the music scene be at the forefront of American music?

 

COLLABORATION:  0:51 sec.

Besides Fred, did you make any lasting friendships while you were a student at Florida International University?