EXCLUSIVE FLVR RADIO INTERVIEW WITH MARINA ARSENIJEVIC 

 

Marina Arsenijevic (born 1970) is a Serbian-born American pianist and composer who also goes by the professional name "Marina". She is known for playing on a transparent piano, recording popular albums in her native country, and performing on a PBS television show featuring her original compositions.

Arsenijevic was born in Belgrade to a soccer player father and a mother who worked for the government. She started playing the piano at age four and at age nine performed for an audience of 2,000 people. She began her higher education studies early, when she was only fifteen years old, later obtaining a master's degree from the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Arsenijevic has composed and performed in a classical crossover style, mixing and transforming genres. Described as being "unique to the ears, yet familiar to the soul", her compositions have combined ethno-rhythms with classical techniques."She recorded "Ethno Classic & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" in 1997 and "Mother Tongue" in 1999; both albums were produced in Serbia.In the United States, she released "My Balkan Soul" in 2002, as well as "Fire & Soul" in 2007, "Chopin: Waltzes" in 2004, and "Marina at West Point" in 2010 

Arsenijevic continued her music career in the United States, playing solo at Carnegie Hall in 2003 and 2004. The program, "Marina in America", consisted of classic crossover music paired with a multimedia show.That same year, she performed at the White House for the First Ladies luncheon with former first lady Laura Bush and Cherie Blair, wife of the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.Arsenijevic performed at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO for astronaut Neil Armstrong benefiting Just For Kids Foundation. In 2004, she had a concert at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.She has also played at the Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago's Navy Pier and the Toronto Centre for the Arts.Critics have described Marina as a "James Bond" beauty with a powerhouse technique that delivers an emotional punch like a "Balkan thunderbolt," while her compositions have been described as "breathtakingly original" and "captivating the soul" 

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