Maksim Mrvica is a popular pianist from Croatia. Mrvica was born in Šibenik, a town on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. He started taking up piano lessons at the age of nine from Marija Sekso and gave his first public performance in the same year.
Just three years later he gave his first concert performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in C major. When war broke out in 1990, both Mrvica and his professor were determined that this would not disrupt his music studies. In spite of the war and surrounding turbulence, Mrvica entered in, and won, his first major competition in Zagreb in 1993.
Mrvica went on to study at the Music Academy in Zagreb where he spent five years under Professor Vladimir Krpan, who himself was a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He then spent a year at the Franz Liszt Conservatoire in Budapest and during this year he won first prize at the Nicolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition. In 2000, he moved to Paris to study with Igor Lazko and gained first prize in the Pontoise Piano Competition in 2001.
When he returned to Croatia he found himself to be the focus of intense media interest and he made frequent television appearances as well as giving a great number of interviews. He soon found himself recording his first CD, Gestures, an album of contemporary Croatian piano pieces. Gestures became one of the fastest-selling classical recordings to be released in Croatia, and Mrvica was even invited to officiate the Porin award ceremony, an honour not usually granted to a classical artist.
Even though he experimented a lot, all of Maksim's albums have been generally well accepted. As already stated, Gestures gained popularity immediately and his next album The Piano Player received great reviews and continued the tradition. The follow-up album, Variations Part I&II , hadn't gone unrecognised either and again Maksim gained popularity all over the world. Very soon, he released album A New World followed by album "Electrik" in which Maksim has experimented a lot and given electronica beats and sounds to some of the most famous classical works. The album was, once again, well accepted and followed by his latest album "Pure II", totally opposite to his previous album, discarding the electronica beats and leaving pure piano only.