Monika Mockovčáková

Slovak pianist Monika Mockovcakova began her piano studies at age six and at the age of thirteen she won the National Music Competition of Czechoslovakia. Monika Mockovcakova graduated with honors from The University of Musical Arts of Bratislava, Slovakia, where she received her Master of Music .In Slovakia she studied piano with Ida Cernecka-a pupil of renowned pianist and master teacher Vera Gornostayeva and is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree at The University of Musical Arts of Bratislava. In the United States, Monika expanded the scope and range of music in her repertoire by studying with pianist and professor Dr. Robert Pennington. She has attended many international performer courses under the direction of famous pedagogues and performers like: M.Gutman, E.Hagenah, E.Indjic, P.Toperczer, S.Rodriguez,A. Koscielny and others. Her concert tours have taken her to Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Belgium, United States. In 2003, she represented Slovakia at the "Concert of Stipendium Holders" of the International Academy of Prague-Vienna-Budapest "Musik-Erlebnis Mitteleuropa" under the aegis of the President of Slovakia and Austria. In addition to her solo activities, Monika is often welcomed as a lieder accompanist and chamber music performer. Together with noted Slovak violoncellist Teodor Brcko they were laureates of L. van Beethoven and B. Martinu competitions in Prague in 1997 and they succeeded again on B. Martinu competition where they were awarded by first prize and special prize for interpretation of works of B. Martinu in December 2003. In 2007 she won 2nd Prize in the Washington International Piano Artists Competition, as well as the Press Award and the Award for Best Performance of a Classical Work . She worked as Professor at The Conservatoire and the University of Musical Arts of Bratislava. Throughout her career Monika has developed a reputation as a dynamic pianist who blends an immaculate command of the instrument with deep musical understanding to express her fresh artistic interpretations. She has recorded for Slovak Radio, Czech Radio and Slovak TV.

Photo by Donna Christenson, 2007



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