Piano Duo: Marija Ilić and Milica Jelača Jovanović

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Piano duo Marija Ilić and Milica Jelača Jovanović will present a varied program, featuring one of Schubert’s most loved works, the powerful Fantasie in F-Minor from the last year of his life; a transcription of Frank’s magical organ piece, Prelude, Fugue and Variation; the joyous, ornamented, and playful Allemande and Muséte de Taverni by Couperin; a romantic fantasy by Amy Beach; and a two-piano staple, Witold Lutoslawski’s virtuosic Variations on the Theme of Paganini.


Milica's photo credit: Linda Wright Photography

Concert Program

Prélude, Fugue et Variation (1862)

Cèsar Franck (1822-1890)

from Six pieces for organ Op. 18 No. 3, transcribed for two pianos by G. M. Beklemyschev

  •  I. Andantino cantabile
  • II. Lento
  • III. Alegretto ma non troppo
  •  IV. Andantino

Pieces for Two Harpsichords

François Couperin Le Grand (1668-1733)

  • Ordre IX in D major (1716-17)
  • No. 1 Allemande for 2 Clavecins                                            
  • Ordre XV in A major (1722)
  • No. 5 Muséte de Taverni

Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (1828)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  • I. Allegro molto moderato
  • II. Largo
  • III. Allegro vivace
  • IV. Allegro molto moderato

Suite for Two Pianos Founded upon Old Irish Melodies, Op. 104 (1924)

Amy Beach (1867-1944)

I. Prelude. Lento, quasi una fantasia

Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Two Pianos (1941)

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)

Marija Ilić

Marija leans against a wall, looking thoughtful

Pianist Marija Ilić is a dedicated and expressive performer of the standard repertoire, as well as the newest music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has been praised as a compelling, poetic, and decisive musician by The New York Times, and noted for her quiet intensity. Her performances include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y and Merkin Hall, Trinity Church, as well as at the Music Festival of the Hamptons, Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia College, Skinner Hall at Vassar College, Western Washington, Princeton, and Loyola Universities, and abroad at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and Musica Viva, Kolarac Hall, and Parliament Hall in Belgrade (Serbia), Constanta (Romania), and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), among others. Ilić has been collaborating in recitals with violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, performing numerous concerts at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as in Woodstock, Stamford and Bronxville. She has worked closely with some of today’s most important composers, including William Bolcom, Martin Bresnick, George Crumb, Oliver Knussen, Meredith Monk, Richard Wilson, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. Marija Ilić performs in a piano duo with Milica Jelača Jovanović, playing concerts in Europe and the United States, and is the founding principal pianist of Christopher Caines Dance Company. She often performs as a harpsichordist as well in programs that span music from the seventeenth century to the present day.

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Marija holds her undergraduate degree from the Belgrade Music Academy, her graduate degree from the Mannes College of Music, and a doctorate in piano performance from Rutgers University, with J. S. Bach's The Art of Fugue as her doctoral topic. Her solo piano CD featuring music by J. S. Bach can be heard on the MSR Music label. She also recorded for New World Records, Mutable Music, Innova and Silent Treatment Music labels. She is on the faculty at Vassar College and Concordia Conservatory, where she is also the artistic director of the More Than Music concert series.

Milica Jelača Jovanović

Milica calmly looks up and to the side with a subtle smile

Born into a family of professional musicians in Beograd, Serbia, Milica Jelača Jovanović began giving recitals at the age of 8.  Hailed “a pianist of great energy and charisma,” she has appeared as soloist with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra,  Radio Television Serbia Symphony Orchestra, “Stanislav Binički” Symphony Orchestra, and “Josip Slavenski” Baroque Orchestra among others, working with conductors Adam Stern, Ryan Dudenbostel, Roger Briggs, Grant Donnellan, Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, Vesna Souc, Pavle Medakovic and Yurii Aliev.  Recently she opened the 2018/19 Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra season in Benaroya Hall, Seattle, as a soloist in Chopin E minor Concerto.

Described as a “a brilliant performer,” Ms. Jelača Jovanović has performed in solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, as well as in Toronto and Vancouver (Canada), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Prague (the Czech Republic), Paris (France), Constanţa (Romania), Skopje (Republic of North Macedonia), Katowice and Krakow (Poland), Lübeck and Eckernförde (Germany), Bolzano (Italy), Dubna, Moscow, Novoagansk, Raduzhni, St. Petersburg, Surgut (Russia), Beograd, Vrnjačka Banja, Kikinda, Negotin, Niš, Novi Sad, Priština, and Valjevo (Serbia).  Her solo performances include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago, Les AMIS concert series in Toronto, the International Piano Series at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the Wednesday Noon Hours Recital Series at University of British Columbia School of Music in Vancouver, Canada, the Jugokoncert Concert Series and Centar za Muziku Concert Series in Beograd, Serbia, and the prestigious Festivals "Vrnjci" 2022 in Vrnjačka Banja, “Novosadsko Muzičko Leto“ in Novi Sad, “BEMUS” in Beograd, and “Mokranjčevi dani” in Negotin, Serbia.

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