Irena Radic

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal College of Music


British pianist Irena Radić is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London with Niel Immelman. She began learning the piano with Jenny Macmillan and later studied with Lynette Stulting at the RCM’s Junior Department where she was generously supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust. In September she will begin a Masters degree as an RCM Scholar, with the generous support of Help Musicians UK and the Philharmonia Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

She has won several awards and was chosen to perform at the Wigmore Hall as a prizewinner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival 2012 & 2013. Other awards include the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, Young Musician of the Year 2013 at both Peterborough and Oundle Music Festivals, the Head of Junior Programmes Prize 2013, and runner up in the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition. In summer she was also a prizewinner at two international music festivals: Verão Classico Masterclasses 2017 (Portugal) and Alion Baltic International Music Festival 2017 (Estonia). Irena has performed in venues such as the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivar Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. She has also had the pleasure of performing in numerous masterclasses with pianists including Bruno Canino, Charles Owen, Cristina Ortiz, Eldar Nebolsin, Jura Margulis, Mikhail Voskresensky and Norma Fisher.

Irena frequently performs as a chamber musician, with recent concerts featuring Mozart's Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, a world premiere of Tantrum - a new work for Piano and Percussion by Nino Russell, and a performance of Bartok's Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion. She regularly performs with Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she creates new arrangements for their Piano and Guitar duo. Their current programme includes Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye and Shostakovich's 24 Preludes Op.34, and in 2016 they won second prize at the Twents Guitar Festival in the Netherlands.

In addition to her work as a chamber musician, Irena enjoys orchestral piano and celeste, and has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Diego Masson, Alexander Polishchuk, Peter Stark, Richard Dickins and Tim Lines in venues including the Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall. Recent performances include works such as Copland's Appalachian Spring, Ravel's Daphnis & Chloé, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphonies nos.1 & 5, Bernstein’s West Side Story - Symphonic Dances, Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Reich's Three Movements for Orchestra, Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra, Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1 and Walton’s Cello Concerto.