Petra Hollaender-Pogády is one of the promising pianists of her generation praised for her "enviable virtuosity" and "rousing stage-presence". She has performed in most European countries, the United States and China.
Born in Bratislava / Slovakia , she showed an eminent interest in music very early and started to play the piano at the age of 5 at the Central Music School of her hometown. Two years later she moved to Austria with her family and started the training course for highly talented children at the Anton Bruckner Private University of Music in Linz in the class of Gottfried Hemetsberger.
Petra Hollaender-Pogády won the nationwide music competition "Prima La Musica" , played her first solo recital at age 14, appeared in the National Slovak Television in a broadcast for young artists and won the presitigious Bösendorfer-scholarship award as youngest participant.
She earned her Master of Arts degree in piano performance with honors after studying at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz (Gottfried Hemetsberger), University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Stefan Vladar) and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse Paris (Georges Pludermacher).
She participated also in numerous masterclasses with Rudolf Buchbinder (Vienna), Andrzej Jasinski (Poland), Jerome Rose (USA), Pnina Salzman (Tel Aviv) and Nina Lelchuk (Moscow) and in festivals such as Tel Hai Piano Festival Israel and International Keyboard Festival New York.
Petra Hollaender-Pogády won the Pnina Salzman award and appeared in a documentary movie about this legendary pianist with her interpretation of the 2nd Piano Sonata by Chopin.
As a firm believer that music should be available for everyon joined the "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music NOW!" Foundation, which is dedicated to bring music to orphanages, nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. She has played more than 80 recitals for "Live Music Now."
In 2017 she made her debut in the Slovak Philharmonic with the 2nd piano concerto by Franz Liszt. In 2018 she will present the new CD of piano works by Eugen Suchon on which she participated.
Petra Hollaender-Pogády resides in Vienna / Austria.