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The Maksim fanlisting was last updated on the February 6, 2013.
Total fans: 58 Maksim fans.
Pending: 30 waiting to be added.
Maksim Mrvica (pronounced ‘Máravitsa’ with a rolled ‘r’) was proud of Gestures, his disc of contemporary Croatian piano pieces, he was realistic. He expected it to shift a handful of copies and languish on the shelves like so many other experimental CDs. But he was wrong. It became one of the fastest-selling classical recordings ever to be released in Croatia, and ended up winning four Porin (Croatian Grammies) including one for Best Classical Album. Maksim was even invited to open the Porin award ceremony - an honour not usually granted to a classical artist and caused a sensation with his performance of The Dance of the Baroness.
And the reason for this success? Maksim believes passionately in attracting young audiences to classical music, and communicating with them in new and exciting ways. His performances involve drama. He’s not afraid to create atmosphere with video-screens, lighting and laser-shows. Articulate in his manner he likes to dress at the cutting edge of fashion. Most importantly he believes in the power of the music itself to reach people. It was this belief that sustained him when he was putting up his own concert posters in small Croatian towns. It also sustained him when grenades started exploding during the Croatian war, but he remained in the music school basement to practise. And it continues to sustain him now that he has the chance to reach larger audiences than ever before.
Maksim’s musical training has been rigorous. He was born in 1975 in Šibenik, a town on the Adriatic coast. He began piano lessons at 9 (giving his first public performance at the same age) and performed Haydn’s C major piano concerto with an orchestra just 3 years later. War broke out in 1990, but both Maksim and his professor Marija Sekso were determined that he should continue his musical studies. ‘There were a thousand grenades a day in my town,’ he says, ‘but you can’t just stop living - you must go on. And the only thing I could find to help me was my piano.’ Despite the awful circumstances, Maksim entered and won his first major competition in Zagreb in 1993. ‘I’ve always felt that that was my greatest victory, and the most wonderful memory of my whole career,’ he says.
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