Graduate Student Recital: Petra Peršolja, Piano

Event Date: 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:30pm

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Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall
  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

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Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Petra Persolja (photo by Tony Mastres)
Photo by Tony Mastres
Graduate pianist Petra Peršolja will present a doctoral recital featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus. Peršolja is a student of Professor Paul Berkowitz.

About the Artist

Slovenian-born pianist Petra Peršolja is currently a Doctoral student and Graduate Assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies with Professor Paul Berkowitz. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Rowan University in New Jersey as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the Music Academy at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ms. Peršolja has performed in masterclasses of pianists such as Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish from State University of New York at Stony Brook, James Giles from Northwestern Bienen School of music, Kevin Fitz-Gerald from the University of Southern California- Los Angeles, Larissa Dedova from the Univeristy of Maryland, Santiago Rodriguez from the University of Miami, Sara Davis Buechner from Temple University, Philadelphia, Croatian pianist Lovro Pogorelich, Russian pianists Konstantin and Svetlana Bogino, and numerous others.
Ms. Peršolja was awarded the UCSB Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship in May 2019 for her research on the topic of the Istrian Scale. She spent the summer 2019 in Vermont as the Manchester Music Festival Young Artists Fellow. At the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition in 2016 she won second prize for the performance of Tarantella from Années de pèlerinage. As the winner of the Concerto competition at the University of Hawaii, Ms. Peršolja performed Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the UH Symphony Orchestra and at the NJMTA competition in Princeton, New Jersey, she took 3rd place. She is the recipient of various other awards in Europe, such as the Brahms Award at the International Music Competition "Francesco Forgione" in Italy, Scarlatti Award and Gold medal at the National Competition for Young Musicians of the Republic of Slovenia in categories for piano solo as well as piano four-hands. In the past years she participated at the Manchester Music Festival, the Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota, Ars Haliaeti Cultural Festival in Izola, International Exchange student program in Finland and others.
Petra Persolja