Zala Kravos

Born in Slovenia in July 2002, Zala Kravos was initiated into music from the age of three in Brussels and received her first piano lessons at five in Luxembourg, where she lives with her family. At six, she entered the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg, where she studied piano with Marco Kraus and Jean Muller and has obtained all available diplomas in piano performance and several diplomas in music theory. From 2012 to 2016, she studied in parallel at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium) with Maria João Pires, who considered her as ‘one of the greatest talents she had ever seen’; she then continued with Louis Lortie until May 2018, when she obtained the ‘Young Artist Diploma’. In 2019, she was accepted – despite her young age – in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programme at the Royal College of Music in London where her piano professor is Norma Fisher. Since 2010, she regularly participates in master classes with internationally renowned pianists.

Every year from 2009 to 2014 she won several national and international competitions in Luxembourg and France and in 2016 in the USA, where she was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall.

In her portrait, published in May 2019, the UK International Piano Magazine wrote that she had ‘a performing career that is already international enough to make her talk as if she's an old hand’. Indeed, since the age of six, she has been making dozens of public appearances per year and has already performed in eighteen countries, including China and the USA. She has participated in many festivals in a dozen European countries.

Since the age of eight, she has been giving solo recitals and playing regularly as soloist with orchestras. She has also regularly performed pieces for piano duet and duo with her younger brother Val. She also occasionally plays chamber music in duos and trios.

In December 2018, she was nominated for the prize ‘Export Artist of the Year’ in Luxembourg as the only teenage performer until now.

At the age of eleven, she recorded two impromptus (Schubert and Chopin) for the jubilee CD marking the 150 years of the UGDA, Luxembourgian music education association.

In 2017, at fourteen, she recorded in Germany her first solo album, which has been very well received by the critics and the media in seven European countries. For example, one of the first critics wrote that her ‘musical insight (…) goes so much beyond a “computerized wunderkind”, whose skills are often obtained through endless practice’, the Spanish Ritmo Magazine presented her as the ‘youngest pianist in the world’ and selected her album as one of the albums of the month, alongside with Barenboim’s recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Her album was presented twice at the Belgian radio station Musiq3, it was the ‘CD of the week’ at the Radio Klassik in Vienna, Austria, etc. Radios, especially German ones, often include pieces from the album in their programmes.