Eugene Indjic 4th Prize winner, 8th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1970). Eugen Indjic’s mother was a Russian amateur pianist and his father a Serbian army officer. He emigrated to the US with his mother at the age of four. He became interested in music by chance, after hearing a recording of Chopin’s Impromptu in C sharp minor and Polonaise in A flat major. Moved by a desire to master these pieces, he took systematic piano lessons with Georgian pianist Lubov Stephani. After two years, she introduced him to Alexander Borovsky, who was his teacher for the next five years (1959–1964). Simultaneously, Mr. Indjic studied piano playing at the Juilliard School of Music with Mieczysław Münz and Rosina Lhévinne’s apprentice Lee Thompson (1965–1968), and theory and composition at the Harvard University with Lorin Berman and Leon Kirchner (1965–1969). In 1968, he met Artur Rubinstein with whom he consulted in New York and Paris for over ten years. Between 1965 and 1972, Indjic taking private summer lessons with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Clifford Curzon in Fountainebleau. Before enrolling for the Chopin competition, he also worked with Witold Małcużyński in Majorca and Konstanty Schmaeling in Paris, for several months.
Mr. Indjic was awarded at three international piano competitions: 4th Prize in Warsaw (Chopin Competition, 1970), 3rd Prize in Leeds (1972) and 2nd Prize in Tel Aviv (Artur Rubinstein competition, 1974).
Mr. Indjic made his first public performance at the age of ten, appearing with his school orchestra in Springfield in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. At the age of 11, he was already playing Liszt’s Campanella and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13, and two years later he performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto in E flat major with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra. At 14 with the same orchestra, he played Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, a work he played again in 1965 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Erich Leinsdorf, becoming the youngest soloist ever to appear with the famous orchestra.
Between 1961 and 1969 on invitation of Arthur Fiedler, Mr. Indjic appeared each season at the Tanglewood Summer Festival with the Boston Pops orchestra. His first concert tour (consisting of 13 concerts) was to Denmark (1963), together with Alexander Borovsky.
Mr. Indjic has performed in almost all European countries, the Americas, Africa and the Middle and Far East.
Mr. Indjic performs frequently in Poland. Music critics emphasize his great talent which allows him to play “Chopin like Pole, Débussy like a Frenchman and Prokofiev like a Russian.”
Mr. Indjic has recorded for Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Columbia, RCA Victor, Claves and Calliopé. His discography includes works by Chopin (Piano Concertos, complete Ballades and Mazurkas, Sonata in B flat minor and in B minor, Berceuse and Fantasie in F minor) Débussy, Schumann, Prokofiev, as well as Beethoven and Saint-Saëns (performed on Rachmaninov’s piano in the RCA Victor studio).
Mr. Indjic has been an international piano competition juror in Warsaw (Chopin Competition, 2000), Lisbon, Tel Aviv and Monte Carlo. He holds summer masterclasses in Paris and Prague.