Vedrana Subotic
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Vedrana Subotic

Associate Professor (Lecturer), Piano

DMA Indiana University, Bloomington
MM Michigan State; Artist Diploma Indiana University, Bloomington
BM Belgrade University

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Biography

Over the course of her musical career, Dr. Vedrana Subotic has distinguished herself as an acclaimed concert artist, pedagogue, chamber musician, and concert producer.

Dr. Subotic is a co-founder and Music Director (2002-present) of the Intermezzo Chamber Music Series

Under her leadership, Intermezzo CMS has earned critical acclaim for its bold programming, and tour de force performances. (Intermezzo Press/Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake Magazine, Reichelrecommends) Her energetic leadership style and a creative mindset have generated a number of new performance and education initiatives in the greater Salt Lake City’s community, incorporating media technology, education, and performance. She is the producer of the new live-streaming concert series Live@Libby at the University of Utah, and has founded the new Teacher Development Program at the University of Utah’s Preparatory division. Dr. Subotic has also been actively involved in the community outreach, as the music advisor for after-school music programs (Waterford school), guest lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator (Utah Symphony’s Youth Guild, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Utah Music Teachers Association conferences), and in the outreach programs where she has provided tuition-free instruction to gifted students. In 2015, under her mentorship, a former outreach student, Ubeeng Kueq, received the prestigious Presser award at the University of Utah, after completing a BM on full academic and performance scholarships.

Dr. Subotic’s engaging, insightful, and focused teaching style led to early teaching career appointments at the Indiana University, the Hartford Conservatory, and at the Chautauqua Institution (NY). In 1997, she joined the piano faculty at the University of Utah, where she currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano (Lecturer). In 2003 she was appointed the Director of the piano program at the Horne School of Music at Snow College in UT, a position she held concurrently with the one at the University of Utah, from 2003-2008. During her tenure at the Horne School of Music, an all-Steinway school, Dr. Subotic led the newly founded program towards establishing its reputation as one of the best in Utah, and towards performance degree partnerships with the flagship state institutions - the University of Utah, Utah State University, and the Brigham Young University.

Dr. Subotic recruits talented students for the piano program at the University of Utah each year. She has distinguished herself as a teacher who produces award winning young performers: her students have played concertos locally with the Utah Symphony, American West Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony, and in the winners’ recitals in the city’s top performance venues - the Abravanel, Libby Gardner, and Vieve Gore concert halls, and the Assembly Hall at Temple Square. Dr. Subotic’s University of Utah college students have been accepted and awarded scholarships to prestigious graduate piano programs nationally and internationally, at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, the Royal College of Music in London, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Yale University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and the University of Michigan. They have also participated in summer programs at Indiana University, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (in collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition), and Interharmony International Music Festival.

As a faculty member at the University of Utah, Dr. Subotic has received a number of teaching grants, for projects ranging from performing the Beethoven sonatas, to bringing distinguished artists to present masterclasses to the students in the piano program. She has taught private piano lessons to piano majors pursuing BM, MM, and DMA performance degrees, and courses in undergraduate and graduate piano literature, graduate piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, and career development. Her current Doctoral students have been invited to present their research at the national Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, Dr. Subotic was nominated for the University’s distinguished teaching award. Her teaching has been praised for her “great presence and friendly demeanor,” and her “clear, concise, and effective class sessions.”

As a concert pianist, Dr. Subotic has won acclaim from critics and audiences for her “fierce playing,” and “impressive chops” (Salt Lake Tribune, 2014), and her “nuanced and expressive playing, beautifully phrased lines, and a wonderfully light touch.” (Reichelrecommends, Deseret News). The Artistsofutah.org’s 2015 in Classical Music: A Look Back said of her Beethoven series concerts: “Vedrana Subotic’s ongoing multi-year traversal of all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas was uniformly excellent. On October 11, her rendition of his sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 “The Hunt,” revealed a profound feel for the subtly scampering rhythmic vagaries of this piece” and of her August 3 performance of Schubert’s Piano Trio No.1, “one of the most intuitively verdant and emotionally draining performances of any of Franz Schubert’s compositions that I have ever heard, live or on a recording…truly astonishing.”

Dr. Subotic’s musical career began at age nine, when her performance of Debussy’s piano works for children aired on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia. Upon winning the top prize in Yugoslavia's National Piano Competition, she moved to the United States. Dr. Subotic has since been active as a soloist and a chamber musician in the Americas and Europe, where she performs in dozens of concerts a year, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances.

In 2014, Dr. Subotic began the massive project of performing the complete solo sonatas, duo sonatas, and piano trios by Beethoven - 57 works in all. Her Beethoven performances have aired regularly on the local and national broadcasts of BYU's classical music program, Highway 89. The 2016 engagements include two performances of Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with the Alpine Symphony, four new Beethoven programs, and international performances and masterclasses in Prague, Chile, Italy, Croatia, and Serbia. Dr. Subotic’s other recent performances include several solo appearances with the Utah Symphony, and with the Utah Chamber Artists orchestra, playing both Chopin piano concertos back-to-back; concert tours in Puerto Rico, the Utah premier of Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto; appearing as a soloist in Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony, and Prokofiev’s third piano concerto at the Chautauqua Festival in New York, as well as chamber music concerts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Nis, Serbia, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, and Intermezzo, Nova, Chamber Music Society, Westminster Concert Series, Sundays@7, and Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Subotic has collaborated in recital with such artists as Joseph Silverstein, Paul Neubauer, Robert DeMaine, and the Muir Quartet. Her artistry and extensive concert activity attracted the attention of the Director of the Worldwide Concert and Artists division at the Steinway Corporation ) in NY. In 2003, she was invited to join the distinguished roster of Steinway Artists.

Dr. Subotic graduated from the former Yugoslavia’s State Music Conservatory at age fifteen, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University four years later. She has since earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her Doctoral thesis explored the cultural and compositional connections between Claude Debussy’s and Toru Takemitsu's piano works. Her teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Evelyne Brancart, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Ralph Votapek, Gyorgy Sebok, Byron Janis, Janos Starker, and Josef Gingold.

Courses Taught

  • Piano - Private Lessons
  • Career Development and Volunteerism I
  • Career Development and Volunteerism II