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The world's best-selling crossover pianist, Maksim Mrvica excites the crowd with electrifying energy and compelling emotion through his modern interpretations of the classics.
Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica is coming to Australia this September for his debut tour. A world renowned live performer, Maksim excites the crowd with electrifying energy and compelling emotions.
Maksim started to play piano when he was nine and held his first concert by age 11.
“I pushed my parents to enrol me in music school – in most cases it’s the other way around.”
“Especially because of the fact that neither of my parents, my brothers, my friends ever had any contact with classical music. They never listened to classical music.
“And I come from a very small city of 30,000 where classical music is not that popular. But as soon as I started I knew that I was going to be a pianist.”
Maksim was in his mid-teens when the conflict in Yugoslavia broke out.
“We were hiding in basements for most of the time.”
“But eventually – because it was for four years – you have to keep on living, you have to do something. And I think the piano was the escape which I found, an oasis.”
“That’s why I practice for hours and hours – I would forget what’s happening around me.”
Despite harsh conditions during wartime Croatia, he later won first prize at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris.
Today, Maksim is the world’s bestselling crossover pianist with albums sold over 4 million copies in 57 countries, winning numerous awards including MTV music award for the best debutant of the year in Asia.
“I always tried to present classical music in a different way. Because I’m very aware that there is no interest in classical music among young people, among my friends.”
Maksim’s ground-breaking live performance showcases classical music reimagined with electronic elements, combining strong personal style and rock star charisma.
“I have separate careers, classical music and crossover.”
“Classical music is a constant in my life. I can’t leave it and I can’t live without it.”
Maksim has toured successfully around the world. Some of his tours includes the 2004 South East Asian tour and the 2008 China tour where he was invited to perform at the iconic Three Gorges Dam as part of the Beijing Olympic Celebrations. In 2016 he performed in 20 Japanese cities and was considered one of the largest tours by any international artist in Japan. His fans say:
“His way to play the piano has changed my life.”
“Love his music. Has been "addicted" to it since I heard it the first time.”
Other than his musical achievements, Maksim’s distinctive fashion flair also led to collaborations with world’s leading fashion brands such as BMW and Yamaha.
Get ready to be inspired by Maksim Mrvica this September.
Presented by Castiglione Arts & Culture.
“Maksim has never been bound by the box. He is independent. A leader of the trend.” Castiglione Arts & Culture