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BIOGRAPHY

Nikola Pešić was born 1987 in Pirot (Serbia), where he began his music path at the age of nine at the elementary school for music education in the class of prof. Yuri  Kireicuk  and Tatiana Slivinskaya (Ukraine). After graduation from the High School of Music in Nis he enrolled in the Faculty of Arts in Nis, Department of Piano, at first with Prof. Aleksandar Serdar and then with Prof. Zoran Jančić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in whose class he graduates with the highest grade. Obtaining a diploma from the class of Prof. Jančić, he joints the fifth generation of pedagogical and piano family tree, originated by famous Franz Liszt.

 

2014 he moved to Bern (Switzerland) where he successfully graduates from the both courses of Music Performance Piano/Chamber Music and Music Pedagogy Piano at the University of Arts in Bern (Hochschule der Künste Bern), from the class of Prof. Patricia Pagny (France), obtaining a Master’s degree. Alongside the piano, he has also studied fortepiano with Prof. Edoardo Torbianelli (Italy), harpsichord with Prof. Takashi Watanabe (Japan), as well as contemporary music with Prof. Pierre Sublet (Switzerland).              

 

His talent has several times been awarded with scholarships: The Foundation of Rita Zimmermann, Dr. Pierre i Marie Spring-Tschanz in Bern and The Foundation of Irène Dénéréaz in Lausanne.

Nikola won numerous awards in Piano competitions. He actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Serbia, etc.  As well, he performed with the OperaVox orchestra (Romania), conducted by Salvatore Cicero (Switzerland, Italy) and was privileged to accompany the “Martinu Project” sextet and perform at the Excellence Chamber Music Concert in Bern. As a result of close collaboration with other colleagues from the Prof. Pagny’s class, Tasti’Era and supported by Yamaha Music Europe Nikola recorded two humanitarian CDs titled “Opus 1” and “Viva Piano-Viva Forte” which has been aiming to aid the children of Africa and Switzerland. He is promoting his debut Album "EAST WEST'' released by Tasti'Era Projects. Another noteworthy project he took part in was done in collaboration with the publishing house Acanthus Music, wherein he recorded a CD and video records as part of a piano book under the name “Flying Fingers”, written by Daniel Hellbach (Switzerland). Outstanding is his participation in the project “Integral Performance of all the pieces for piano and orchestra by L. van Beethoven” where played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G-Major, in Niš (Serbia) and in Skopje (FYRM). 

He has collaborated with many prominent professors and artists: Aleksandar Serdar, Marija Dinov Vasic, Michael Leslie (Royal Academy in Glasgow), Boris Romanov (Russia), Tatiana Koruntskaya (Switzerland), Barbara Doll, Patrik Jüdt (Germany), Robert Morawski (The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Poland), Mayumi Seiler, Yukiko Sugawara (Japan).

Nikola started his pedagogical career in Serbia as a piano teacher and accompanist at the State Music School "Dr. Dragutin Gostuški" in Pirot and his students made  remarkable performances and results at national and international competitions. He continued his highly intensive and successful pedagogical work in Switzerland, where he had the opportunity to teach at several music schools in the Canton of Zurich, Aargau and the Conservatory Bern School of Music. He is the author of the unique concept of "First Music Experience on Piano" which includes original compositions and a piano teachers guide. He has been invited to present his work at the annual conference of the European Association of Piano Teachers (EPTA) in Liestal (Switzerland).