Marina Petrov

Award winning Pianist, Occupational Piano Injury Specialist, Lecturer & Piano Teacher Managing Director of Around the Globe Music & Arts

Award winning Pianist, Occupational Piano Injury Specialist, Lecturer & Piano Teacher / Managing Director of Around the Globe Music & Arts

About me: CV

Professional Summary

Marina is an award-winning classical pianist, experienced piano educator and lecturer, specialising in preventing occupational injuries in keyboard players. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching junior and adult pianists, from beginners to highly advanced music professionals. Marina's students have a very high passing rate of various piano examinations in the UK, including LRSM and FRSM diplomas, and they perform regularly, often at piano competitions, with many of them winning awards and prizes. As a classically trained pianist, Marina has given over 300 piano performances across the UK and Eastern Europe.

Marina has been running the London-based competition Around the Globe Piano Music Festival since 2014.

Concert in February 2015

At the St Sava's Academy February 2015, at the POSK's theatre in London

Key Skills

  • Teaching solo piano, accompaniment and working with ensembles
  • Highly trained and experienced classical pianist
  • Teaching appropriate techniques for a variety of piano music styles, from baroque to modern
  • Preventing occupational piano injuries in young and adult pianists
  • With younger students, developing aural and sight-reading skills
  • Advanced knowledge of subjects related to musicianship including music theory, counterpoint, composition, music history and analysis
  • Excellent communicator and listener, with great aptitude for observation
Marina with her students after the Students' Piano Recital at Jaques Samuels, London

Marina with her students after the Students' Piano Recital at Jaques Samuels, London

Work Experience

  • 2014 -

    Co-Founder and Managing Director and of non-profit company Around the Globe Music & Arts and Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

    • Competition aimed at all age groups and levels including professional players
    • Created unique syllabus promoting various piano styles, including current music trends all around the world, to encourage performance of contemporary piano music
    • Does main editorial work on Festival's yearly magazine and blogs
    After the concert and launching of the company Around the Globe Music & Arts with fellow musicians Maya Jordan, Olga Dudnik, Vera Milankovic, Lola Perrin and actress Vesna Stanojevic; 1st February, 2018 at St Cypran's Church, London NW1

    After the concert and launching of the company Around the Globe Music & Arts with fellow musicians Maya Jordan, Olga Dudnik, Vera Milankovic, Lola Perrin and actress Vesna Stanojevic; 1st February, 2018 at St Cypran's Church, London NW1

  • 2007 - 2009

    Vice Chairman of International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance (ISSTIP) charity

    • Chief Editor's work for the charity
    • Occupied position as their Secretary for over a decade
  • 2006 -

    Piano master classes on various music styles in London

    Including Romantic & Early XX Century Piano Styles in 02/2017 at Peregrine's Pianos in London

  • 2006 -

    Seminars and workshops on Prevention of Occupational Injury in Pianists

    Including Thames Valley University in London, CIT Cork School of Music in Ireland and a workshop for advanced level students on 'Healthy Piano Techniques - various styles' at the Study Society, London, 03/14.

  • 2002 - 2012

    Piano teacher at Hornsey School for Girls

    Beginners to advanced levels including professionals

  • 1990 -

    Piano teacher at Watford School of Music, UK

    Beginners to advanced including diploma level students

  • 1989 -

    Private piano tutor in London

    Beginners to advanced levels including professionals

  • 1994 - 1996

    Piano teacher at Noel Park School, London

    Beginners to intermediate

  • 1991 - 1993

    Chamber Music teacher at Watford School of Music

    Advanced level

  • 1990 - 1993

    Piano teacher in Hammond School of Music, Watford

    Beginners to intermediate

  • 1987

    Invited to privately tutor students from Purcell School of Music, London, UK

    Intermediate to advanced level

  • 1981 - 1988

    Private piano tutor in Belgrade

    Intermediate to advanced level

  • 1985 - 1987

    Ballet accompaniment at National Theatre in Belgrade and Terazije Theatre

  • 1985 - 1987

    Piano teacher and ballet class accompaniment at L. Davicho School of Music & Ballet, Belgrade

    Beginners to intermediate level

Professional Achievements and Honours

  • 1st Prize at the Federal Competition for Young Pianists in former Yugoslavia (1969) followed by Marina's debut playing piano solo recital at Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade (aged 8)
  • Numerous performances on Yugoslavian national TV and Radio as a child piano prodigy, as well as multiple tours across the Balkan States and Eastern Europe
  • National and Federal Piano Competitions and Piano Festivals for Young pianists in former Yugoslavia: multiple wins between 1969-1978
  • Awarded Yugoslavian state full scholarship to continue her music studies at the State Moscow Conservatoire in USSR (1979-1984)
  • Sir Jack & Lady Lyons Performance Scholarship studying MA at City University, London, 1998
  • Wide spectrum of piano solo and ensemble performances across UK since 1989 including Darlington Hall, Regents Hall, POSK Theatre and at St John's Smith Square in London
  • Numerous recordings of Russian composers (Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov), as well as Bach, Mozart and contemporary music

Education

  • 1996 - 1998

    Master of Arts in Music (Performance in Piano) at The City University, London, UK

  • 1985 - 1987

    Degree of Professional Musician/Pianist, Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music

  • 1979 - 1984

    Academic Certificate in Piano Faculty, The State Moscow Conservatoire P.I. Tchaikovsky, Moscow

  • 1973 - 1979

    Secondary Music Education Certificate at Mokranjac School of Music for gifted children, Belgrade

  • 1967 - 1973

    Primary Music Education Certificate at Stankovich School of Music, Belgrade

Selected Publications

  • Listed in International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory since 14th Edition 1994/95, Cambridge, England
  • Listed in British and International Music Yearbook since 1996, Twenty Second Edition, London, UK
  • Article on Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Young Pianists, in ISSTIP Journal, Vol.14, winter 2007
  • Article on Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Young Pianists, in Piano Professional, EPTA UK; Summer 2010, Issue 23
  • As well as other publications in The Times, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, West Country Tribune, Politica, etc.

Other Abilities and Interests

  • Writing: articles, novels and poetry
  • Cultural Events: organisation and promotion
  • Charity Work
  • Multilingualism: fluent mastery of English, Serbo-Croatian and Russian languages
  • Fitness: swimming, ice skating, Pilates, yoga, tai chi