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Simo Šišević - Piano

Biography

By the age of 20, he had already won numerous national and international awards and had performed at many festivals.

Simo Šišević is a young versatile Montenegrin pianist whose repertoire ranges from early Baroque through Classicism and Romantic era to Contemporary music.

Some of his most significant awards are: Absolute Prize in the “Academy Award 2013” International Competition in Rome, Italy (where he also played in the Gala concert), Special Prize in the “Windsor International Piano Competition” in Windsor, UK (2015), First Prize in the “International Piano Competition” in Tivat, Montenegro (2016), First Prize in the International Competition “Pieter Gaci” in Shkoder, Albania (with participation in the Gala concert).

In 2016, Šišević represented his country and its musical heritage in the “Monténégro au coeur de l’Europe” concert at the Festival Weekend “De Clavier Contemporain” at the Frederic Chopin Conservatoire in Paris.

He gave outstanding performances at national festivals such as “Fortepiano” in 2016 and 2015 – ‘Bartok for young pianists’, ‘Piano in the Spirit of folklore’ and ‘French music in early XX century’ in Podgorica, Montenegro where he performed works by B. Bartok, D. Shostakovich, C. Debussy, A. Khachaturian, A. Babajanian. During the 2017 and 2018 he gave recitals in Bar, Kotor, Cetinje (Montenegro) and London. Šišević also took part in “Montenegrin Cultural Symphony” event organized by the Embassy of Republic of Montenegro in the UK held in the Europe House in London, UK. During the 2019 he had a performance at the RCM Keyboard Festival and gave a solo recital in London at the English Speaking Union.

Chamber music is an important part of his artistry. In 2018, he had a successful collaboration with Montenegrin soprano Tamara Radjenović and Jacob Bettinelli resulting in New Year’s Concert in Kotor, Montenegro. Šišević is also a member of the piano trio “Birziminium” along with Luka Perazić and Kosta Popović. This trio attended masterclasses at the Ivanova Korita Chamber Music Summer Camp (2018, 2019). Recitals with his trio at the KotorArt Festival and in KIC “Budo Tomović” in Montenegro had outstanding reviews of critics.

Šišević also plays jazz music. With his jazz band he played at the opening of the famous jazz festival ‘Made in New York’ in Montenegro followed by several sessions with jazz musicians: Rendy Brecker, Bobby Sanabria and Edsel Gomez.

He has attended masterclasses with many professors including: Dina Parakhina, Boris Kraljević, Leichtfried Horst, Yurij Kot, Giulio Poteza, Gabriele Baldocci, Edita Stankovicute, Norma Fisher, Tatjana Prelevic, Anton Martynov, Vanessa Latarche, Sasha Muzykantau, Andrew Zolinsky, Ian Jones, Vladimir Bockarijov…

Šišević has been generously supported by The Katheleen Trust, The Zetland Foundation, PAM Montenegro, Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and Capital City of Podgorica. Throughout his secondary education in Podgorica and previous two years in London he was awarded a scholarship by Montenegrin Ministry of Education. Šišević was recently awarded a scholarship by Municipality of City of Bar (Montenegro) as well as the scholarship by Global Ports Holding.

Simo Šišević was born in 1999. He began playing the piano at the age of 6. In 2017, he graduated from the Art School of Music and Ballet in Podgorica in the class of prof. Anka Asanović. Šišević is currently a 3rd year undergraduate student at the Royal College of Music in London firstly with British pianist Gordon Fergus-Thompson and recently with Professor John Byrne.

2020 will be featuring Šišević’s performances in Podgorica, Cetinje, Budva, and Bar, Montenegro, London, UK. In July he will be performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the KotorArt Festival in Montenegro.

Described by famous British pianist Gordon Fergus-Thompson, as a most talented pianist who possesses the roots of a strong virtuoso technique and his intellectual curiosity and musicianship inspire sophisticated interpretations.

submission November 2020