Years Performed: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2017
“Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius” R. Dyer, Boston Globe
“He is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is, therefore, free to ignore them in the time of war” James Roos, Miami Herald
“His playing is transcendental as well as incandescent” John Ardoin, Dallas Morning News
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations as a soloist and in collaboration with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, Warsaw Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America, and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. Among his 15 solo albums, his Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be one the best recordings of the set in history.
Born in Split, Croatia, Kemal Gekic got his early training from Prof. Lorenza Baturina. He earned his MD in the class of Prof.Jokuthon Mihailovic(1985) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999. Since 1999 he has been Artist in Residence at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he teaches piano performance classes.
Kemal Gekic is a guest lecturer at numerous universities and academies throughout the world. He has served as a juror on numerous piano competitions. Since 2010 he also directs Kemal Gekic Summer School and Festival in Split, Croatia.Programs on his life and his performances were broadcast by RAI Italy, TV Portugal, TV Yugoslavia, NHK Japan, POLTEL Poland, RTV Lower Saxony Germany, Intervision, CBC, and PBS.