Croatian virtuoso pianist Maksim Mrvica plays classical cross-over and is himself a world class act. Since performing his first concerto at age 11, nothing, not even war, has prevented Maksim from creating beautiful music. Mrvica gives heart-stopping performances, made all the more memorable and poignant by the fact that this young man learned his art while his nation waged an epic war.
Maksim Mrvica (pronounced Mer-Vitsa or Maravitsa) was born May 3, 1975 in Sibenik, Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. When war broke out in Croatia in 1991, Maksim was already an accomplished pianist. He describes his family’s experiences during war, this way “There were more than 1000 grenades a day. At one point there were seven whole days when we stayed in the basement and didn’t see the sun. But you got used to it: you had to go on living.” (EMI Classics). In spite of living in a country at war, Maksim Mrvica performed in Zagreb in 1993 and won the first of his many awards.
All this and more of Maksim Mrvica’s history you could read in different biographies across the web; what you can not know, until you experience the music that is Mrvica, is his passion and intensity. Maksim’s first album ‘Gestures’ in 1999, has generated several other albums: The Piano Player, Variations Part I and II, A New World, Electrik, Pure I and II, Greatest Maksim and in 2010, Appassionata. To really know the full Maksim Mrvica, however, you must watch on of his music videos. Maksim Mrvica is piano, but he is orchestra and dance and drama. His costumes are edgy and erotic in a cerebral, monastic sort of way.
Youtube features several Maksim Mrvica music videos, but I warn you, before you watch them: they are stirring and haunting and addicting. To date, Maksim has performed music videos for The Gypsy Maid, New World Concerto, Somewhere In Time, Nostradamus, Exodus, Olympic Dream, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Prelude in C, Anthem and Child in Paradise. Each time I watch a new music video of Maksim Mrvica, I’m convinced it’s his best yet. Looked at objectively, I would have to choose Nostradamus and Exodus as the most compelling to me personally. The videos blend history, romance, travel and even a metaphysical presence. Maksim Mrvica communicates a depth of spirit with his performance, that I have rarely seen from an instumental performer.
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