A unique artist
With unparalleled technical, musical and communication skills, Marika Bournaki is at once, a world class performer, outstanding pianist, vivacious young woman… and the freshest face on the classical music scene. Marika’s innovative approach to her art and performance is reflected in her recent collaboration, “Let’s Play”, with cutting-edge and world-renowned multimedia creative shop, Moment Factory. Her role as Ambassador to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s summer event, “A Cool Classical Journey” was an exceptional opportunity to explore new and exciting ways to share her music with the public. Marika not only brings distinctive interpretations to favourite standards, she also extends her passion for music by commissioning works by younger composers and collaborating with artists from various fields.
A different kind of star
The award-winning documentary, “I am not a rock star”, directed by Bobbi Jo Hart and featuring Marika, has captivated audiences of all ages in festivals around the world. The feature-length film… (see it at http://vimeo.com/50312292) … chronicles Marika’s evolution as an artist from the age of 12 to 20. A runaway success at multiple international film festivals, “I am not a rock star” was screened at, among others, the 30th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal, the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival in Greece, the Barcelona Music Documentary Film Festival, the DocsDF Festival in Mexico, the Napa Valley Film Festival in California. Marika’s unique approach and intense passion have also been heard over the airwaves on Radio-Canada, Radio-France, BBC, WQXR in New York City, and Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM. She has been featured on television networks such as ERT, TF1, France 2, CTV, Global, Radio-Canada, CBC, and Canal+.
An internationally renowned classical pianist
Recent performances include a recital at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece, a recital at Plaza Hidalgo in Mexico, a benefit recital for the Glenn Gould Foundation at New York’s Carnegie Hall, a guest solo appearance in Montreal with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, recitals at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, at the Flanders Festival in Belgium, the Konzert Accordate Series in Aachen Germany, the EMMA Concert Association in Florida, Chamber Music Northwest in Oregon, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Other engagements include performances with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in Russia, as well as recitals in South Korea, Romania, Italy, Switzerland, and England. Marika holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music, in New York. She participated in the International Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Internationale Mendelssohn Akademie in Leipzig, playing in master classes for Dmitri Bashkirov, Andras Schiff, Karl-Heinz Kammerling and Arie Vardi.
A gifted performer
- At the age of 5, Marika began her piano studies.
- At 9, she was soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17.
- At 11, she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She also won First Prize at the Pro-Piano Romania International Piano competition, held in Bucharest, and was awarded the Mihail Jora Prize by the Association of Music Critics.
- At 12, Marika was invited to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.
- At 15, she won Third Prize at the 17th International Roma 2006 Piano Competition in Italy.
- At 16, she was selected as one of eight pianists worldwide to participate in the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, and was invited back in 2009.
- At 20, Chatelaine Magazine named her one of Canada’s 2011 Women of the Year.
- At 21, the documentary, “I Am Not A Rock Star”, was presented as a world première at the 30th International Festival of Films on Art in Montréal. Since then, the award-winning documentary has been presented in several international film festivals.
“Marika Bournaki delighted the audience … her playing projects intensity and self-confidence”
“Marika Bournaki … an undeniable talent”
“The Celine Dion of classical”
“In the documentary “I’m not a rock star”, Marika Bournaki blossoms into an independent-minded woman and artist”
“… Marika Bournaki exuded passion all evening and the public warmly rewarded her for it”
“A performance of astounding maturity”
The most poignantly moment came during 17 year-old pianist Marika Bournaki’s arrangement of Oh Canada, when the capacity crowd leapt to its feet to sing along. When did she pen this stunning version, I asked? “Yesterday,” she told me.” But it worked out well.”
“… Marika Bournaki dazzled the crowd”
“We were all immediately struck by the intensity, passion, concentration and depth of emotional commitment in Marika’s playing. The promise for great things to come was unmistakable. “
“… 18 year-old pianist Marika channels Glenn Gould’s spirit like no other”
“Marika’s playing displays disconcerting self-assurance… her determination and discipline lead me to set very hopes on her talent.”