Macedonian pianist, Marina Stojanovska, has distinguished herself as a fearless and versatile pianist, having made her concerto debut with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra at age 14. She was hailed by the Macedonian Music Society Post as “…one of the most expressive young pianists of Macedonia.” She was a five-time First Prize winner of the MSC competition in Skopje. Additionally, she has won First Prize in numerous international competitions including Ohridski Biseri, Interfest, and Duo Piano Competition in Stip, Macedonia. Ms. Stojanovska has won Second Prize in FSMTA Byrd Piano Ensemble, and Liszt-Bartok in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was a prizewinner of Gray Perry Young Collegiate Piano competition FSMTA, Walenstein Competition, and received the title “Best Piano Accompanist” for the Woodwind Competition of Lazarevac, Serbia. She has appeared with leading orchestras including the Macedonian State Symphony Orchestra and Serbia Philharmonic. She has performed recitals in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Brazil and the U.S.
In addition to her solo career, she has an acclaimed piano duo with her sister, Natasha Stojanovska, known as “The Stojanovska Sisters.” The duo was a three-time First Prize Winner of the Macedonia State Competition. They have performed recitals in Europe and the U.S. Their performances were broadcasted live on Radio Meff, Radio Ternipe, Sitel TV and Kanal 5.
She has worked with internationally renowned pianists such as: Olga Kern, Arnaldo Cohen, Norman Krieger, Alexander Toradze, Yael Weiss, Daniel Shapiro, and Phillipe Entremont. She has collaborated with other acclaimed artists such as: Carol Venesse, Sylvia McNair, Andreas Poulimenos, Myron Bloom, Richard Seraphinoff, Carl Lenthe, Dee Steward, Mary Ann Hart, Wolfgang Brendel, Patricia Wise, Patricia Stiles, Timothy Noble, Thomas Robertello, James Campbell, and Eli Eban.
Marina Stojanovska began piano lessons at age three and was the youngest student to be enrolled in the Prilep Academy. Her progress soon accelerated by studying at the Music Academy in Skopje, where she was again the youngest student. She moved to the U.S. at age 16 to study at the Interlochen Music Academy. She later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where she was the first Macedonian pianist to receive a full scholarship. In addition, she served as a piano instructor at the Preparatory School of Music, teaching pre-college students. She participated in the New Music Festival, where she premiered new piano works by young composers. She earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where she also earned a second degree, Performance Diploma, while serving as an Associate Piano Instructor. There, she studied with Luba-Edlina Dubinsky, member of the legendary Borodin Trio. Ms. Stojanovska is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University with Panayis Lyras, where she serves as a teaching assistant.
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