Misha Dacic, Piano
After his stunning American debut at the Discovery Series of the Miami International Piano Festival in 2003, Misha Dacić quickly became a sought-after soloist throughout the U.S. and was featured at Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series in Chicago, followed by Gilmore Keyboard Festival Rising Stars Recital Series in Kalamazoo, Xavier University Classical Piano Series in Cincinnati, The Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival at Princeton University, and Frederic Chopin Society’s Concert Series in Minneapolis among numerous others.
In a recent review of the Album “Liszt” Jed Distler states:
Misha Dacic’s formidable Lisztian reputation is completely borne out by the stunning virtuosity and passionate, fearless embrace of the composer’s idiom that he displays throughout this disc. His interpretation of the B-A-C-H Fantasy and Fugue matches Marc-André Hamelin’s staggering precision and coiled intensity, but with more fanciful inner voices and tempo modifications that detract not a whit from the music’s contrapuntal rigor. Dacic’s spacious account of Les Cloches de Genéve projects the relatively sparse textures in seemingly three-dimensional layers through imaginative pedaling. The Grosses Konzertsolo boasts generous dynamism, effortlessly sweeping arpeggios, and proudly rhetorical bass lines.
Dacic begins the Dante Sonata quietly and takes great care to scale his dynamics so that we follow the melodic trajectory of the largely predominant octaves. The little expressive teasings and wry accents that Dacic sprinkles across the Ninth Hungarian Rhapsody help to keep this brawny opus afloat and interesting; it’s too often banged out in a heavy-handed manner. And in contrast to many slow, flat performances of La Lugubre Gondola No. 1, Dacic’s animated basic tempo, skillful legato pedaling, and tonal gradations give the music shape and meaning without compromising its intentionally stark qualities. Occasional stage noises, audience murmurings, and big intakes of breath on Dacic’s part will not detract from the immense conviction and communicative immediacy of these remarkable performances.
In recent seasons Dacić made his debut in Turkey performing at the prestigious International Antalya Piano Festival and as a guest soloist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra at the Tourmaline Pianists Series performing at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, as well as with the National Symphony of Panama at the ASM Festival in Panama City. In 2010 Misha Dacić made his debut in Argentina and his tour in Germany, with performances in Saarbrucken and at Mendelssohn’s house in Leipzig among others, was received with greatly acclaim.
Misha Dacić was born in ex-Yugoslavia, into a family with a musical tradition, where he first impressed audiences at the age eleven by performing with a local orchestra. Kemal Gekić, Frank Cooper, Lazar and Valentina Berman, Jorge Luis Prats are counted among his mentors.
Dacić toured Europe, Israel and Japan in collaboration with the celebrated violinist Ida Haendel. Their concert scheduled at the National Gallery in London at the legendary Myra Hess Tribute of the War Concerts, took place on October 5th was an experience that will stay forever in the hearts and minds of everyone.
The DVD ‘Misha Dacić in Recital’, featuring several live performances, has recently been released by VAI (Video Artist International). Celebrating Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary, Dacić has been asked to perform a Liszt Marathon for the 2011 Master Series of the Miami International Piano Festival, as well as in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He currently teaches at Mersin University State Conservatoire, Turkey and the University of Niš Faculty of Arts, Serbia.
Misha Dacić has been a recipient of support from Patrons of Exceptional Artists.