Biljana Urban received her Ph.D. in Music (Piano Performance) summa cum laude from the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In her native country (the former Yugoslavia) she received the most prestigious awards. She also studied at the Ecole Normale de Paris and settled in Paris in 1983. Her musicianship has been strongly influenced by Elisso Virsaladze, Tatiana Nikolayeva, and Eugene Indjic. Since 1991 she has been based in Amsterdam. Biljana Urban has performed in the most renowned international concert halls, including the Fresno Concert Hall, California, for the Philip Lorentz Memorial concert series. She has taken part in international music festivals such as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the festival of Flanders and the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. As a chamber musician she has performed with soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Monnaie Orchestra, Brussels, and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and her recitals have been broadcast by Radio 4 in the Netherlands, Radio Klara in Belgium, by radio and television companies in Croatia and Slovenia, and by Valley Public Radio in the United States. In Paris she has taught at the École Supérieure César Franck and the Conservatoire de Neuilly. In 2012 she was artist-in-residence at California State University in Fresno and in 2013 she was appointed associate professor at the University of Arts in Osijek, Croatia. In 2010 Biljana Urban released an acclaimed recording on Naxos [9.70120] of the piano works of her grandfather, the Czech-Serbian composer and conductor Jan Urban (Prague 1875–Valjevo 1952).
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