“Delicate musicality, a simplicity of gestures, lyrical sensibility, virtuosity, a thoughtful interpretation, feeling for musical form and sound, rich inner world, meaningful piano performance, the skill of mastering timbres as a specific parameter, an exceptional dynamic potential, temper and interesting personality”
are but a few of the characteristics attributed to Sabrina Zelić by critics and her former educators and professors.
Sabrina Zelić was born in 1967. She attended and finished her elementary school and musical high school in Sarajevo (under supervision of Professor Neda Stanković). During that period she took part in many local, national and international competitions, winning numerous national and international awards as both soloist and a member of the piano duo with Boris Kraljević.
In 1985 she entered the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb to study piano. She finished her studies under supervision of the renowned pianist, Professor Pavica Gvozdić. During the studies she had numerous solo concerts and chamber music concerts. Zelić’s musicality, temper and high technical skills are best manifested in her romantic and impressionist repertoire.
Sabrina Zelić’s marked qualities won her a government fellowship so she continued her studies at the prestigious P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory where she underwent advanced training under supervision of Professor G. Mirvis (assisted by I. Plotnikova). Continuing her advanced training at the Moscow Conservatory, she completed her postgraduate studies in 1996, under supervision of Professor Nikolai Petrov, who describes her as a “high-quality musician with a good feeling for form and sound”. During her studies she collaborated with renowned educators and pianists such as Evgeny Timakin, Rudolf Kehrer, Arbo Valdma, Alexander Satz and Elisaveta Ginzburg.
Since her first solo recital at the age of 13 to the present day, Sabrina Zelić has been permanently active as a piano performer. She has had some 200 solo recitals in numerous cultural hubs of Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia, Tatarstan, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has regularly collaborated with the renowned Russian pianist Rustem Kudoyarov in a chamber ensemble.