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“Touch” on One World Music Radio in UK

“Touch” on One World Music Radio in UK

I just got a message from Steve and Chrissie from One World Music Radio:

We are pleased to inform you that Chrissie has included your music in her show Eighty Eight Keys #21, the show is now available as a podcast, which means you can listen to the show anytime you want by just following this link:

https://www.oneworldmusicradio.com/chrissie-sheppard

All the best, One World Music Radio

Listen and enjoy this soft and relaxing playlist there

New single “Hopeful” coming in Dec.

New single “Hopeful” coming in Dec.

Hopeful
The composition signifies hope for my friend that is suffering from cancer. Although she is brave and full of life despite her therapies and pain that she has been facing, I am expressing, through “Hopeful”, my sadness and pain for what she has been going through, but also my admiration for Heike being so amazingly brave, dedicating her remaining energy to coaching others and playing beautiful concerts with her magic touch on her guitar.
“Touch” – a story behind

“Touch” – a story behind

This summer I had a concert at Ponta Lopud Festival in Croatia, and had once-in-a-lifetime audience, including Frances McDormand and her husband. After the concert we were invited to a dinner at a restaurant. I approached there Frances to thank her for coming to my concert and before I said anything, she took my hand like on the artwork, and said “thank you, it was magnificent”. This episode inspired me to write a composition “Touch”. On the top of everything, I had a boat accident, where my pointer finger was badly hurt. This song can be performed with 9 fingers 🙂

“Touch” – my new single is coming out on Oct. 14th to be published by Yellow Rose Records, and was beautifully mastered by Eldar Ibrahimovic. It will be available on all major streaming platforms.

Piano Love Songs playlist by Double J

Piano Love Songs playlist by Double J

Feeling very grateful that Double J in UK took my newest single “To You” on their amazing playlist “Piano Love Songs” on Spotify. My composition found home :)!

 

“To You” score is out

“To You” score is out

The singe “To You” dedicated to love of my love, came out on July 1st, published by Yellow Rose Records.

In the link below you can directly find where to purchase this score – bprmusic.

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A beautiful review by Aleksey Igudesman

A beautiful review by Aleksey Igudesman

“Antonija Pacek writes simply beautiful music. Clear lines, gorgeous melodic structures and a great sense of aesthetics define her work. Her music is loved by many and she keeps astounding us with her seamless creativity and output of publications. Like the various colours of the seasons, she touches us all.”
Aleksey Igudesman

I am very honored and grateful for such an amazing review and recommendations by Aleksey, who is known as a virtuoso violinist, composer, conductor, comedian, film maker, actor, writer, poet, and entrepreneur.

Scores for Dreaming

One of the most streamed compositions on Spotify from my newest album “Seasons of Life” is the composition “Dreaming”. Would you like to play it? Go to bprmusic.com and if you search Antonija Pacek, you will find the score “Dreaming” and many more…

A beautiful memory – concert in Dubrovnik

A beautiful memory – concert in Dubrovnik

What a beautiful venue at “Sponza” in the middle of the Dubrovnik center, warm audience and a perfectly tuned concert piano. The concert that I performed at the end of June in 2022 will always stay in my memory – it was very emotional. Thank you Daria Mikulandra for your great organization and your friendship!

Scores for Springtime

Scores for Springtime

Would you like to play Springtime that was broadcasted on FM Classic Radio in London? Please go to bprmusic.com and search under Antonija Pacek, you will find this score and many more…

To You CAME OUT on July 1st

To You CAME OUT on July 1st

Feeling excited, as “To You” composition, dedicated to love of my life was published by Yellow Rose Records yesterday! Here is the link to several streaming platforms to hear the song:

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A beautiful review for my concert in Dubrovnik

A beautiful review for my concert in Dubrovnik

“Quite emotional concert by Antonija Pacek at the place Sponza”

Emotional concert by Antonija Pacek is a real sensation in the program done by Midsummer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik.

Croatian Austrian cinematic music composer Antonija Pacek performed a beautiful and emotive concert at the place Sponza in Dubrovnik as a part of Midsummer Scene Festival. This monumental palace seems to be made for compositions, inspired by the sea and summer feeling….

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Midsummer Scene Festival Program in Dubrovnik

Midsummer Scene Festival Program in Dubrovnik

MIDSUMMER SCENE 2022
21.06. – 05.07. 2022

24.06. – 03.07. u 21:30h – every night except for on 27.06., Romeo & Juliet  – Lovrjenac, Dubrovnik

27.06. u 21h – Hamlet in Croatian with English subtitle – at KMD

27.06. u 21:30h – Seasons of Life – concert by a pianist and a composer Antonija Pacek with narration from Lidija Begić in regard to 750 years of Dubrovnik Statute – at Sponza

04.07. u 21:30h – Millions of Strange Shadows, premiere, Klapa Kaše will sing Shakespeare sonatas, composed by Vicko Dragojević, guests Quartet narration by Filip Krenus – Lovrjenac

05.07. u 21h – A Poor Player  – Marin Držić Theater

Thank You, Mama Workshop

Thank You, Mama Workshop

I immensely enjoyed the “Thank You, Mama Workshop”, where I also introduced some ideas on perception, perceptional errors and creative processes. I also played some of my self-composed compositions that would enhance some of the exercises during the workshop.

I would warmly recommend “Thank you, Mama Workshop”, created by Ana Tajder, as it is self-reflective, liberating, full of meaningful exercises and dialogues throughout our quest to explore motherhood (what we cherish from our mothers and how we could better mother ourselves). I appreciated Traude’s meditative exercise that gave us a special energy during this exploration and helped participants to bond with one another. It felt energizing and full of reflective thinking.

Ponta Lopud Festival

Ponta Lopud Festival

For the second year in a row, as part of its additional program, the Ponta Lopud Festival welcomes the celebrated Croatian-Austrian composer and pianist Antonija Pacek, who will give a film music concert in the church of St. Nicholas on Lopud on June 25, 2022 at 8 p.m.
 
On this particular occasion, Antonija will perform the original film compositions from her latest album, entitled Seasons of Life, which was released in March 2022 by Yellow Rose Records. Her music is described by critics as “close to meditation of angels, a symphony of emotions, and music as beautiful as a radiant jewel”. As for her latest work, the music critics point out that her superb, intimate yet powerful new album brings a refreshingly unpredictable edge of creativity to the neoclassical realm.
The audience will enjoy the following compositions: “If Only Time Allowed”, “Springtime”, “Winter Waltz”, “Summer Tale”, “Fall Train”, “Dreaming”, and “Life Is”. For her latest album, the artist found inspiration by drawing parallels between the four seasons and life during the pandemic. Thus, “Springtime” and “Winter Waltz” are interwoven with hope and strong feelings, a sense of uplift and awakening, and bring melodic notes of waltz full of fantasy and hope for a better future. “Summer Tale” is a cheerful composition inspired by the sea, summer feelings of carefreeness, inner peace, family gatherings in their summer house on Lopud, the island of eternal inspiration, where she will perform these compositions for the first time. The program will end with “Life Is”, a composition that is her musical vision of life, its ups and downs, growth, learning, extremely beautiful and intense moments.
Backstage Podcast no. 99

Backstage Podcast no. 99

Leni Bohrmann, an actress and a screenplay writer from Germany has a very interesting BACKSTAGE podcasts. I am very grateful and honored that she chose to interview me for her podcast no. 99. She was fascinated by the fact that I enrolled myself (on my own) to the music school with the age of 6, that although I am a composer, I studies only psychology, and that after so many years without the piano – when I got one again, I decided that I will never let it go again… So we talked about my childhood, living my country, my studies, my music and my future projects. You can find it on the below links:

direct link

youtube

HUGHES HALL article

HUGHES HALL article

Thank you HUGHES HALL magazine for writing news about my work and music… I keenly remember my time when I studied my masters degree at the University of Cambridge and lived by the Hughes Hall college in 1996/97

NEW SINGLE coming out soon

NEW SINGLE coming out soon

My new single “To You” is coming out on July 1st and is dedicated to my dearest men in the whole world! Stay tuned…

New Music Sheet

New Music Sheet

Would you like to play or to buy as a present, one of my most listened to compositions on Spotify? “If Only Time Allowed” is now available on www.brpmusic.com. Happy playing!

Concert in Dubrovnik in June 2022

Concert in Dubrovnik in June 2022

Dear friends and listeners, for those who might be in Dubrovnik at the end of June, there will be the Midsummer Festival, organized by Darija Mikulandra Zanetic, with the tragedy of “Romeo and Julia” and with monodrama “A Poor Player” from June 21st until June 25th. My concert will take place on June 27th (Monday), which will celebrate the 750 years of Dubrovnik Statute.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Full article in Croatian Jutarnji List

New CD in production

New CD in production

As of April 26th, my newest CD went into production at CSM Organization. Michael Hofbauer, made the beautiful art work for the back side and inserted page inside of the CD box, as well as the print on the CD itself. Back side photography is done by Dean Tosovic. The CD is featuring two songs with Sanja Romic. Mastering was beautifully done by Davor Rocco, who also mixed “Sadness” and “Rain Drops” (piano and oboe). I am incredibly lucky with wonderful people I have been working with.

Fall Train travels all the way to Japan

Fall Train travels all the way to Japan

Thank you Akiko Hori for adding “Fall Train” composition to your International Piano playlist, which is based in Japan. It feels so nice to have my music to travel all the way to Japan. I follow Akiko’s work, she is also a composer. I highly recommend her music as well!

Happy Conference Impressions

Happy Conference Impressions

What are great memory on the fantastic audience and a beautiful city of Portugal. I presented The Joys of Stress, on how to not take stress only as a villain and suggested techniques and mindset resetting in order to cope with stress. After my presentation, I played “If Only Time Allowed” to support the audience during their self-reflective exercise.

Thank You, Mama

Thank You, Mama

Dear Ana Tajder interviewed me for her Thank you, Mama podcast (available on Spotify and Apple Music) about my mom Slavica who gave me some important lessons for my life. The major lessons were that everything is possible, that we need to believe in our dreams, invest time and effort in education, leave something behind (I am leaving my music behind), express your creativity and be kind, loving, giving to others (and don’t forget to smile).

You can also find out more about my mom’s life in this episode. Thank you for listening!

Thank you Andy Brown for your impressions

Thank you Andy Brown for your impressions

“Hi Antonija, I’m still working my way properly and without distractions through your new album and have to say there are 2 compositions in particular which I am in love with. I love the whole album and it certainly takes me to different places at different times of the day. Thank you so much for your amazing compositions. Blown away yet again. Fantastic !!! ❤️

‘Life is…’ and ‘Spur of a moment’ are pretty much on repeat. Too beautiful for words and thought provoking in such amazing ways that I’m in awe. ‘Life is…’ started to play and it took me straight back to the night your composition ‘Almost Goodbye ‘ was played on Classic FM (London) and it woke me which I am still bewildered at. You’ve no idea how happy I am that somehow the beauty of it triggered the brain. I can’t recall any other musician being able to do that. Have a super evening 🙂 ❤

My response to Andy was:

“Dear Andy, thank you so much. I feel moved that you would choose these two compositions and thank you for your description how you feel about them. I am endlessly grateful for your sharing this with me. “Life Is…” is a musical vision of what life means for me. Life consists of ups and downs, learning and developing, simply beautiful and intense moments. I intentionally left the title open, so that everyone could define life for themselves while listening to the song. “Spur of a Moment” was created at a moment of happiness, when my heart was full of joy. If I get sad, I play this composition, and it gives me a sense of joy. I wanted to finish my album this uplifting, cheerful melody.

Thank you dear Andy, have a great weekend!

Whisperings Radio broadcasts my new tracks

Whisperings Radio broadcasts my new tracks

I celebrate 13 years since Whisperings Radio in the USA started broadcasting my first albums. David Nevue, the father of Whisperings Radio, just informed me that his favorite composition from “Seasons of Life” album is “Spur of a Moment” and next to this one, David put also in rotation on solopianoradio.com “Rain Drops” (solo piano), “Life Is…”, “Winter Waltz”, “Dreaming”, “Fall Train” and “Lost and Found”, a total of seven composition. Feeling so honored, delighed, grateful, and encouraged to keep on creating… Thank you so much David!

TwentySound Radio broadcasts “Seasons of Life”

TwentySound Radio broadcasts “Seasons of Life”

Despite the dart times, radio TwentySound in Berlin, Germany, did not forget to add my new album “Seasons of Life” into the twentysound “New Arrival” program as of March 19th – during the weekends at 6 pm. Thank you Jörgen Schwarz for your kind impressions!

The new compositions will also be included in the new Relaxed Morning program, as well as Pianissimo program.

To go directly to the radio please klick here

OUT NOW “Seasons of Life”

OUT NOW “Seasons of Life”

Happy to announce that today my newest album “Seasons of Life” is available on all major streaming platforms.

To choose your favorite streaming platform, choose here

Shades of Classics broadcast

Shades of Classics broadcast

John, the program director of Shades of Classics in Canada, just wrote to me:

“I just wanted to let you know that I will be playing a set of 5 pieces from your new album on my Shades of Classics – March 27 program.  The set will air just after 9:30 AM CDT (Winnipeg time) that morning.  I will be airing the following pieces: “Dreaming”, “Fall Train”, “Sadness”, “Lost” (solo piano) and “Life Is…” (bonus track).

People can listen live to the show at https://ckuw.ca/, or download the podcast later that day at:

https://ckuw.ca/programs/detail/shades-of-classics

Thank you so much John!

Soon my newest album is coming out

Soon my newest album is coming out

I feel delighted and excited that my album “Seasons of Life” is coming out this week on Friday! Stay tuned!