A versatile pianist, Mina Gajić began her education and music career in Yugoslavia. She has concertized in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro, China, and in the United States. She performs chamber music focusing on an eclectic repertory spanning the centuries and styles, on historic period pianos in addition to modern concert instruments. She has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras in Europe, the United States, and South America, and has appeared at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Prague Piano Festival and the Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado. Her awards include first prize at the International Competition Cittá di Stresa, Italy; third prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein Competition in Paris; first prize at the Competition of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic Competition of Serbia for five consecutive years; first prize at the Stanković Competition in Belgrade with special distinction for collaborative artistry, as well as semi-finalist at the Shanghai International Piano Competition.
Ms. Gajić holds degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she was awarded the Charles Ross fellowship, and was a winner of the Carl and Lillian Illig and the Diane Sacks Prizes.
Ms. Gajić has held teaching positions in music performance and literature at
Sam Houston State University School of Music and the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory School. She is currently Director of Education and Outreach of the Boulder Bach Festival, and collaborates with numerous venues, schools, universities and presenters, programming thought-provoking education events across the State of Colorado. She maintains a private teaching studio in Boulder, coaches chamber music, and teaches master classes.
Mina Gajić records and performs on an immaculate Érard concert grand, built in Paris in the year 1895. Her historic piano is one of few instruments to have been preserved in such a state that nearly every part is original, including the strings in the low register. Gajić has developed a reputation for coaxing special tonal colors, “making the piano sound as a bassoon, a guitar, drums”, in solo, concerto, and chamber music repertoire. She and her Érard recently performed lesser-known works by Franz Liszt and Benjamin Britten, as soloist with Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and in 2016 record Brahms and Gouvy chamber music on original instruments.
Ms. Gajić is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition.