Diana Brekalo was born and brought up in Stuttgart (Germany), and is of Croatian descent. Her formative studies in Germany were with Ana Hartauer, Monika Giurgiuman and Prof.S.Rudiakov, and by the age of twelve she had already won four first prizes as soloist and two first prizes as a chamber musician in the German "Jugend musiziert." Her musical development was continued through generous grants from the "Oskar und Vera Ritter" foundation, the Baden-WĂĽrttemberg Associations Patronage Price, and the ZEIT grant in the "Deutsche Sitftung Musikleben".
From 2001-2004 she was a Junior Student at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, and studied with Prof.S.Rudiakov. In 2006 she continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the guidance of Joan Havill, and gained a distinction in the Bachelor of music (Hons), as well as in her Master of Music (performance). She enjoyed financial support from the Leverhulme Trust and the Worshipful Companies of Innholders and Insurers, as well as the Simon Phillis and Sergei Rachmaninoff awards.
Diana has performed in cities and major concert halls throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, China (Oriental Arts Centre Concert Hall, Shanghai, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing), and Croatia, including live broadcasts on TV and radio.
In the UK she has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St.James Piccadilly, St.JohnÂ´s Smith Square, St.Martin-in the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield Halls, and as a concerto soloist she has played with orchestras including the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphonie Orchestra and others.
Diana had her début with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in April 2011 when she performed the world premiere of English composer Peter Fribbinsâ€™ Piano Concerto and Shostakovichâ€™s Piano Concerto No.1.
She is keen to promote contemporary music, and this resulted in the world premieres not only of Christopher GunningÂ´s Piano Sonata but also her compatriot Milko KelemenÂ´s ,â€ťSonata Oubliéeâ€ť in 2015.
"A pianist to listen out for"
"A tremendously appealing soloist"
Seen and Heard International
"Splendid performance with the RPO"