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Here I’ll share stories behind my music, pictures, upcoming concerts, or brief articles about my music. Follow my blog to stay updated about tour dates and new releases.

In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes

My newest composition “In Your Eyes”, written for my husband, is coming out on June 21st, 2024, and it will be published by the Yellow Rose Records label. Stay tuned!

The Wave

The Wave

Yellow Rose Records wrote: “The Wave is a modern classical single composed and recorded by Antonija Pacek, a native Croatian/Austrian awarded neoclassical composer and pianist. The tune is about riding a wave like our life with ups and downs, being constantly in motion.” it was published on May 10th. Please let me know what this melody evokes in you…

BBC Sleeping Forecast in London

BBC Sleeping Forecast in London

So delighted to share with you that “Almost Goodbye” from my fourth album “Forever” was broadcasted on the BBC radio in London, Sleeping Forecast program, on May 22nd, 2024 right at the beginning of this program!

A new music blog: Laura meets Antonija Pacek

A new music blog: Laura meets Antonija Pacek

Laura from Italy presents new artists every week. At the beginning of May, she presented me as a composer and an artist and my music to her audience.

I appreciate her words on her blog so much: “I can’t express how much I am honoured to introduce Antonija to my blog, who played in venues such as L’Arena di Verona (that for an Italian like me is simply a dream!)…” She also compared me to Ludovico Einaudi in her blog. For more information and for my interview with Laura, please go to my Instagram page: antonijapacek

BBC Sounds Piano Focus broadcasted “Reminiscent”

BBC Sounds Piano Focus broadcasted “Reminiscent”

It is an immense honor that BBC sounds led by Alexa Kruger, chose “Reminiscent” to be broadcasted on this popular Piano Focus program. The composition was awarded by OWMR radio in UK as the single of the month. “Reminiscent ” was inspired by a beautiful and awarded script for a theater play,  titled “Woman Anthem”, written by Davor Spisic.

“Spark” single on a Spotify editorial playlist

“Spark” single on a Spotify editorial playlist

On April 5th, “Spark” single was published with a Piano and Nature record company from the Netherlands. It is the first time that I work with this dynamic label. They placed “Spark” on the Calm&Focused editorial playlist on Spotify. The song is also on the playlist: Reading Music from Andante Piano records and several other great ones. I wrote the composition for a romantic scene of the “Woman Anthem” play.

Stars

Stars

I feel excited to share with you that my newest single “Stars” will be published on March 8th, 2024 by YRR. It will be out on special day, the International Women’s Day. “Stars” was inspired by the book by Neil De Grasse Tyson “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”, which depict a travel through space and how to understand what is happening to our universe. The song expresses my awe about the universe and the stars. The best compliment was given by my friend, who works for NASA. After listening to the composition, he told me that it moved him to tears. Feeling grateful and honored!

Award for “Reminiscent”

Award for “Reminiscent”

Feeling very grateful and honored that “Reminiscent” composition was the winner of the Chrissie Sheppard Award as the Best Single for Jan. 2024 on One World Music radio in UK. I wrote this composition for the theater piece “Woman Anthem” about the life of a renown writer and poet, Paula Preradovic. The play will be premiered on June 29th, 2024 in Pula and will be playing in many cities in Croatia, Serbia, Bosna and Herzegovina, as well as in Vienna, Austria.

BBC radio in London broadcasted “River”

BBC radio in London broadcasted “River”

Feeling happy that BBC radio in London chose to broadcast “River” (radio edit) at the very beginning of the program. Previously, BBC radio London played my composition “Awakening” that was beautifully orchestrated by Fanch Parker.

Here is the link so that you can hear the entire program.

Reminiscent will be published in Jan. 2024

Reminiscent will be published in Jan. 2024

My new single is to be published by Yellow Rose Records. The composition was inspired by the life of Paula Preradovic, an amazing writer. She wrote a beautiful text for the Austria anthem. Her life connects WW1 and WW2, Austro-Hungarian empire and the era after it’s fall, also connecting her place of childhood, Pula in Croatia and her mother’s country, that is Austria.

River

River

My new single “River” will be published by YRR on Nov. 24th, 2023. The composition represents the river running through all its obstacles, and finding new paths to overcome these stepping stones. Just like our lives…

New milestones

New milestones

Happy to celebrate with you that my composition “To You”, written for my husband, has already more than 111 k streams on Spotify, and that total streams on Spotify for all of my published music are more than 720 k!

I am also currently composing music for a theater piece, and will inform you about more details soon!

Thank you for listening to my music!

Spotify Numbers in 2023

Spotify Numbers in 2023

Dear listeners and curators!

Thank you so much for placing my music on various playlists and for listening to it. I was truly happy that so many of you listened to my music, from so many different countries and for so many hours during the 2023!

BBC London broadcasted Awakening

BBC London broadcasted Awakening

On Aug. 1st, 2023, Awakening, an orchestral version, was broadcasted on BBC radio London in a program named, the Sleeping Forecast.

The program recording will be available until the end of Sept. on the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0g43wvz

 

Thank You Webster University Vienna

Thank You Webster University Vienna

Thank you Verena Carlson for publishing the news about my newest album on your online community website.

Please find the full blog here: https://alumni.webster.ac.at

BAROMUS Festival in Rovinj

BAROMUS Festival in Rovinj

If you are in Istria near Rovinj on July 3rd, join us for our concert in Rovinj at the BAROMUS Festival (19th Edition) at the Francis Monastery. The event has been mastered and organized by Domagoj Terzic. We all very much look forward to it and would be happy to see you there!

Piano Maniacs Triathlon in Dubrovnik

Piano Maniacs Triathlon in Dubrovnik

Thank you Dubrovnik Dnevnik.hr for publishing an article about Matthew’s, Matej’s and my concert on June 30th at Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik. The title reads, PIANO MANIACS TRIATHLON Three amazing musicians are preparing a spectacle for audience in Dubrovnik!

Three world renown musicians are coming to Dubrovnik to present a highly interesting project, very different and unique. Piano Maniacs Triathlon will take place on Friday, June 30th at the Rector’s Palace, as it gathers three very good friends – Viennese musician Antonija Pacek, American classical music star Matthew Mayer and Croatian virtuoso Matej Mestrovic.

Full article

OWMR Radio Mini Playlist

OWMR Radio Mini Playlist

Listen to this calming mini playlist sponsored by me on One World Music Radio. Surrender to the magic of calming piano compositions!

Just click on the link

NIGHT, the newest album coming out in June

NIGHT, the newest album coming out in June

“Night” is my brand new, sixth album, which I composed, performed, and recorded. The album starts with the composition that goes under your skin, also titled “Night” – quite emotional, touching, and personal. It was inspired by my recent car accident, having my youngest daughter present in the car as well, and by saying goodbye to their our dog. These sad happenings are reflected in a tune that is a mix of introspection, feelings of helplessness, but also hope. YRR will publish it on June 30th, 2023.

Music on my new album was beautifully mastered by Davor Rocco and Eldar Ibrahimovic.

Photography for the back side of the album by Dean Tosovic

Art design by Yellow Rose Records and Michael Hofbauer

Matej, Matt and I play concert in Dubrovnik in June

Matej, Matt and I play concert in Dubrovnik in June

If you happen to be around Dubrovnik on June 30th, please come to Rector’s Place at 9.30 pm, as we will play concert under name Piano Maniacs Triathlon. It will a lot of fun and so many beautiful melodies played. A huge thanks to Darija Mikulandra i Jelena Marzic for organizing this concert as a part of Mid Summer Scene Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Jutarnji list, a popular newspaper in Croatia wrote on May 31st: “A special musical desert for classical music listeners will be a concert from three globally renown pianists and composers “Piano Maniacs Triathlon”, that is Matej Mestrovic, Matthew Mayer and Antonija Pacek. They will perform the concert on June 30th at Rector’s Palace (Knezev Dvor) in Dubrovnik.”

Sky’s Crying is coming out this week

Sky’s Crying is coming out this week

After I watched a movie “The Love Letter” about unfulfilled love story, I immediately wrote “Sky’s Crying”. It is coming out on June 2nd, published by YRR.

Grace on OWMR radio in UK

Grace on OWMR radio in UK

Thank you One World Music Radio for featuring Grace on your amazing 88 Keys program!

Awakening beautiful orchestrated by Fanch Parker

Awakening beautiful orchestrated by Fanch Parker

After being in compilation “As Spring Comes”, published by Yellow Rose Records (YRR), “Awakening” as gorgeously orchestrated by Fanch Parker. It will be published by YRR on April 7th, and we cannot wait to hear your impressions about his beautiful version of this song!

Awakening on YRR compilation

Awakening on YRR compilation

Exactly on my birthday, a YRR compilation Dream Chasers Vol 5, As the Springs come was published, featuring 18 artists from all around the world and including my composition “Awakening”, with a theme around Spring, a time of rebirth – positive and uplifiting! Enjoy it!

Follow me on Spotify – “This is Antonija Pacek”

Follow me on Spotify – “This is Antonija Pacek”

At the end of last year, Spotify created the best of Antonija Pacek, called “This is Antonija Pacek”. Please go to Spotify, and enjoy more than an hour of my music. If you like it, please follow me (simply by clicking on FOLLOW).

Thank you

New Spring Compilation from YRR out in March

New Spring Compilation from YRR out in March

There will be a new Spring Compilation from YRR coming on my birthday – March 10th, called Dream Chasers, Vol. 5, titled “As the Spring Comes”. I am very honored that my composition “Awakening” will be part of this beautiful compilation, and to be among great artists included!