a musical journey
Petra Hollaender-Pogády is among the most promising pianists of her generation acclaimed for her "enviable virtuosity" and "exhilarating stage presence".
She has performed in most European countries. the USA and China.
Born in Bratislava, she developed an interest in music at a very early age and began playing the piano at the age of 5 at the Central Music School in her hometown. Two years later she moved with her family to Austria and began her studies at the talent children course at the private Anton Bruckner University in Linz.
She is laureate of the national competition "Prima La Musica" and Rudolf Heydner International Piano Competition as well as the youngest awardee of the prestigious Bösendorfer scholarship and the special scholarship of the Musikstiftung Zürich.
She got her master's degree in piano performance after graduating at the Anton Bruckner University Linz (Gottfried Hemetsberger), the UNiversity of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Stefan Vladar and Conservatoire National Supérieure de musique et de Danse Paris under Georges Pludermacher. She has participated in numerous master classes - under Rudolf Buchbinder (Vienna), Andrzej Jasinki (Poland), Jerome Rose (USA), Pnina Salzman (Tel Aviv) and Nina Lelchuk (Moscow) as well as at festivals such as the Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel and the International Keyboard Festival New York. She won the Pnina Salzman Award and took part in the TV documentary about this legendary pianist with a performance of Xhopin's Piano Sonata 2.
Firmly convinced that music should be accessible for everyone, Petra Hollaender-Pogády joined the "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music NOW!" foundation dedicated to presenting music in orphanages and homes for the elderly, prisons and hospitals. She has perfoermdd more than 100 recitals for Live Music Now.
In 2018 she participated in the first historic CD-recording of piano works by Eugen Suchon.