Dr. Marina Grozdanovic, a pianist whose performances critics describe as ‘virtuosic yet extremely expressive’, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she began her piano studies with Professor Gordana Izrailjevic. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Music Art, Belgrade, a Professional Studies diploma from Mannes College of Music, New York, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, South Bend. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Music Arts degree, majoring in Piano Performance, as an Honors student. She has studied under the guidance of highly acclaimed pianists like Arkady Aronov, Alexander Toradze and Daniel Pollack.
Having graduated from the University of Southern California with exceptional academic and professional achievements, she was invited to become a member of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She is also a member of the Music Teachers Association of California.
Marina Grozdanovic was a winner of the Yugoslavian National Piano Competition , the Phi Beta National Professional Association for the Performing Arts competition in Los Angeles, the Pinault International Piano Competition in New York, the Ibla Grand Prize International Piano competition in Italy and most recently the Grand Prize winner of the MTAC Eleventh Annual Piano Ensemble Festival in Fullerton, California.
Her career as a soloist as well as a chamber musician includes performances in cities throughout the United States and Europe. She is a Board Member ( Public Relations ) of the Chopin Foundation of the United States , Southwest Council, a non-profit organization promoting the musical legacy of Frederic Chopin, through organized concerts, recitals, competitions and other music events.
She has more than twenty five years of teaching experience which includes students of all ages and levels, as well as prize winning students from the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles areas. She has served as a faculty member of East Los Angeles College, where she instructed students majoring in piano performance.
She is the founder and proprietor of Virtuoso Piano Studio.