Alexander Djordjevic

Piano Faculty
Instruments: 
Piano
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Academy
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2009
Education: 

MM, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign); Aufbaustudium Diploma, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany; BM, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Mr. Djordjevic is a Fulbright Scholar who was the winner of numerous piano competitions.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Vitaly Margulis, Gustavo Romero, Joel Shapiro, William Heiles, Ann Schein, John Wustman, Eric Dalheim

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

"Each student is unique and requires a specific individualized approach."  His studio consists of children, adolescents, college students and adults. Alexander Djordjevic enjoys teaching students at all levels of experience. Whether you are a complete beginner, have played for a number of years, are preparing to audition for colleges, are currently a teacher yourself or even a performing musician, you will improve your piano skills in Alexander Djordjevic's Piano Studio. His comprehensive approach to teaching covers such topics as music theory, sight reading, transposition, ear training, dictation and piano technique, as well as learning to play music for pure enjoyment.

Awards and achievements: 

2010 Recipient of the 35th Annual Franz Liszt International Grand Prix du Disque for recording, "Gray Clouds: Piano Music of Franz Liszt"

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Member of American Liszt Society; Secretary/Treasurer of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the American Liszt Society; Member of Music Teachers National Association; Member of Illinois State Music Teachers Association; Solo, Chamber and Concerto Performances throughout the USA and Europe; Also teaches Piano at College of DuPage.

Alexander Djordjevic is a performing classical pianist who teaches private lessons to students of all ages at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn and at the Music Institute of Chicago's Downers Grove location.

He frequently performs as a recitalist and concerto soloist, and has an extensive background in accompanying and chamber music. His academic and performing experience greatly contributes to his expertise as a teacher. Having taught professionally since 1992, Djordjevic has taught piano at the University of Illinois, College of DuPage, Wheaton College, University of Notre Dame, Benedictine University and Elgin Community College.

Interests outside of music: 

I also enjoy bicycle riding, classic cars and spending time with my family and friends.

Favorite practice tip: 

First, practice as slowly as possible. Then, practice twice as slowly as that.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Franz Liszt

Favorite musical moment: 

Performing a solo recital at the Old Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary on Liszt's 199th birthday, where Liszt himself often performed.