Mrvica is an internationally renowned Croatian pianist who attempts to break the boundary between Classical music and pop music. He took up piano lessons from the age of nine, giving his first public performance in the same year, and three years later, he gave his first concert performance of Haydn Piano Concerto in C major. In 1991, when war broke out in Croatia, both Mrvica and his professor were determined to continue his music studies. And in spite of the war, Mrvica entered in his first major competition in Zagreb in 1993 and won the first prize. He also won first prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in 1999 and the Pontoise Piano Competition in 2001.
Mrvica’s debut album “Gesture” (1999) was one of the fastest-selling classical recordings to be released in Croatia and his second album, but the first album with British impresario Mel Bush, “The Piano Player” (2003) brought him huge success particularly in Asia. The album has achieved Gold status in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China; Platinum in Taiwan and Croatia; and Double Platinum in Hong Kong. He was invited to officiate the Porin award ceremony, which was an honor that wasn’t usually granted to a classical artist.
Mrvica has many fans here in Korea. One of his albums “Pure” (2007) was sold out in 10 minutes after the album went on sale and one of his representative performances “The Flight of the Bumblebee” was featured in a TV advert.
On today’s HEART TO HEART, pianist Maksim Mrvica is with us, to share his life stories and his life in music.