Technique should create itself from spirit not from mechanics.

Franz Liszt to Lina Raman

Kemal Gekić Piano Master Class at the Liszt Academy

3 March 2020

We hereby inform our students and the audience, that Kemal Gekić’s master class is cancelled.

Dates and Venues

Thursday 2 April 2020, 10.00–13.30 & 14.30–17.00, Main Building Auditorium (Room I)

Friday 3 April 2020, 10.00–13.30, 14.30–17.00, Main Building Room X


Participation and application

Active participants:

  • Only students of the Liszt Academy may apply by filling in the online form below.
  • Application deadline: friday 20 March 2020
  • Selection of active participants is done by the Keyboard and Harp Department.

Passive participants:

  • Only students and teachers of the Liszt Academy may attend the master class, it is mostly recommended for pianist students to attend.


Performing worldwide from vast repertoire, Kemal Gekić presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations as a soloist and in collaboration with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Warsaw Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra . As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. Among his 15 solo-albums, his Rossini–Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be one of the most compelling recordings of the set in history. He won a double Grammy Nomination for his recording of Fredrick Kaufman's Guernica Concerto which was commissioned by him.

Born in Split, Croatia he earned his MD at the Art Academy of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia, and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999. Since 1999 he has been Artist in Residence and a Full Professor at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. Kemal Gekic is a guest lecturer at numerous universities and academies throughout the world. He has served as a juror on numerous international piano competitions. Since 2010 he also directs Kemal Gekic Summer School and Festival in Split, Croatia. Kemal Gekic is a Life Member of The American Liszt Society and Steinway Artist.

“Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius”, “He is something like a general who has learned all the rules in the book and is therefore free to ignore them in the time of war”, “His playing is transcendental as well as incandescent” – wrote about him the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald and Dallas Morning News.