George Radosavljevic

Piano Faculty
Instruments: 
Piano
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Musicianship
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2017
Education: 

M.M. in Piano Performance from DePaul University as a scholarship student of Dmitry Paperno

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Dmitry Paperno for Piano

George Flynn for Theory and Music Literature

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I focus on three areas:

Understanding of the score - including structure, harmonic language, and style

Effective technique - developing a natural technique that allows all details of the music to be brought to life

Enjoyment of music and art in general, and especially music for the piano!

Awards and achievements: 

Many solo and chamber music recitals broadcast live on WFMT Radio

Pianist for the Lake Forest Symphony

Director of the Robert Morris University Chamber Ensemble

Founding Member of "Trio Capriccio" (piano, violin, cello)

Performances at many venues including Symphony Center Ballroom, Pick Staiger, Preston Bradley, among many others

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Board member of North Shore Music Teacher's Association

Board member of the Chicago Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society

Past member of the Wilmette Village Fine Arts Commission

Interests outside of music: 

Golf, skiing, cooking and art galleries

Favorite quote: 

Some current favorites are:

 

"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." ― Leonard Bernstein

 

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” ― Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Favorite practice tip: 

Practice with purpose - repetition is the way we learn our music, but the repetitions must be accurate and directed towards a specific goal. Then the results will be amazing!

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

First of all is Beethoven, simply the greatest, then Liszt, who makes the piano sound more orchestral than anyone, Debussy, Chopin...the list goes on

Favorite musical moment: 

Hearing Emil Gilels play a piano concerto (Beethoven) at Carnegie Hall - during the applause he acknowledged someone in the audience - turned out to be Horowitz.

My first live broadcast on WFMT was an all Liszt recital - including the Sonata in B minor, which happens to be my favorite piano composition.