Eugen INDJIC, Honorary President
Eugen Indjic was born in Belgrade in 1947. His mother was a Russian amateur pianist and his father a Serbian army general under King Peter II of Yugoslavia. Immigrating to the US with his mother at the age of four, he there became interested in music after hearing a recording of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu and Polonaise in A flat major.
Moved by a desire to master these pieces, he took systematic piano lessons with Georgian pianist, Liubov Stephani and Benjamin Kalman, a student of Emil von Sauer in Berlin.
Eugen Indjic made his first public performance at the age of nine, appearing with the Springfield Symphony, playing Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto.
After two years, Mrs. Stephani introduced him to Alexander Borovsky (the eminent Russian pianist and Prokofiev’s classmate in Yesipova’s class) who taught him in Boston for the next five years (1959-1964).
At the age of eleven, he was already playing Liszt’s Campanella and 13th Hungarian Rhapsody on NBC television and at twelve, made his first recording for RCA Victor on Rachmaninov’s own piano, playing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.
Véronique Bonnecaze, Chairwoman
Véronique Bonnecaze is a classical concert pianist and piano teacher on the faculty of École Normale de Musique de Paris.
She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where she was awarded first prizes in piano and chamber music. She also won prizes and was a finalist at international piano competitions (CIEM Genève, Mavi Marcoz, Pescara, Jaen…). She now pursues her career as a international soloist.
Many of her recordings were recognized by the press and obtained awards.
She has also directed the Half Past Noon Concerts at the Cortot Concert Hall and launched numerous musical events, and recently, the International Piano Competition France-Amériques in Paris.
Véronique Bonnecaze will serve EPTA with all her experience, energy and passion for piano.