Stefan Ćirić was born in 1986 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After commencing his piano studies at the age of 6, remarkable early progress led to success in several national and international competitions (Italy, France). As well as concerts and television appearances in Yugoslavia, he has already toured as soloist outside of his country, notably in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London. His orchestral engagements include concerts with the Stanislav Binički Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and London Soloists Chamber Orchestra.
Stefan studied initially at the Mokranjac Music School in his native Belgrade. He continued at the Purcell School and in 2008 graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed his MA course in 2010 working with Sulamita Aronovsky.
In 2003, Stefan won top Prize and Audience Prize in the Cantù International Piano & Orchestra Competition, Italy. His performances in Sala Verdi, Milan and the South Bank, London were received to great critical acclaim and he returned to Italy for a recital tour in 2004 which brought further enthusiastic response.
Subsequent performances included Mozart Concerto K.488 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London which prompted glowing reviews, recitals at Hurstwood Music Series, a return to Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade and Rachmaninov Concerto No.3 with the YMSO at St. John’s, Smith Square, London, followed by an outstanding performance of Beethoven Concerto No.4.
Highlights in recent seasons were performances of Mozart Concerto K.595 at Cadogan Hall, London with the London Soloists Orchestra and in Austria with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and a concert tour of China - all attracting praise to the exceptional talent and supreme accomplishment of Stefan Ćirić.
Among later successes he lists prizes in International Piano Competitions in Gorizia, Italy and Jaén, Spain in 2008 and a most impressive Canadian debut at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto which was received with a standing ovation. In 2009 he was recipient of the Wigmore Hall Award from the Royal Academy of Music and most recently won the top Prize and Audience Prize at the 60th Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy. Subsequent engagements included concerts with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Italy and Stefan’s debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next season Stefan will return for performances in Spain, Serbia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Italy and the UK.
Read the interview for the International Piano Magazine, July 2014