Visiting pianist Miha Haas will present an evening of piano music on Monday, February 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall. The program will feature “Carnaval” by Robert Schuman and “Images II” by Claude Debussy. IUP piano professor Henry Wong-Doe will also join Haas in performing two piano duos. The concert is free and open to the public.
Haas is a faculty member at the prestigious Music Academy in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a school that has been part of an exchange partnership with the IUP College of Fine Arts since the late 1990s. He will spend a week on campus working with IUP music students in a variety of events.
The master class and lectures will take place in Cogswell Hall, Room 126. These events are free and open to the public.
Haas was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1983. His first contact with music came through his parents, who are also classical musicians. He began playing the piano at the age of six and continued with musical education throughout his school years. After finishing his studies at the Ljubljana Music Conservatory in 2001 he was accepted into the class of the famous pianist Dubravka Tomšič.
During his studying years he was active as a soloist and in chamber groups, particularly in piano duo.
After graduating in 2006 he moved to Belgium where he studied two additional years at the Royal Music Conservatory in the class of the renowned pianist Aleksandar Madžar.
During his studying years he attended several international master classes, led by professors such as I. Lasko, J. Siirala, P. Paleczny, J. M. Huizing, M. Voskresenski and others.
In 2005 he was awarded the Prešeren prize, the highest student prize awarded by the University of Ljubljana.
He has performed in countries around Europe, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Serbia, and the U.K. He has won prizes at different competitions, participating as a soloist or a member of chamber groups. As a soloist he has collaborated with different orchestras, performing works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin, Gershwin, and various Slovenian contemporary composers.
Haas regularly participates in first performances of works by contemporary Slovenian composers. He has made recordings for Slovenian radio and television, and his performances have been acclaimed in domestic as well as foreign press.
In 2010 he released a CD of works for cello and piano (Grieg, Martinů, Savin, Pucihar) with cellist Nikolaj Sajko. The same year he also released a CD of complete works for clarinet and piano by the Slovenian composer Alojz Ajdič, together with clarinettist Tadej Kenig.
Since 2012 he has been working as an assistant professor at The Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana.