Matea Leko is one of the most talented young Croatian pianists and has already over 200 performances on Croatian and European stages. She began her musical education in her hometown in the class of appreciated Professor Ivanka Kordic, whose students won over 250 awards at numerous piano competitions. As a high school student she won substantial awards at national competitions, out of which the most noted were “The award for the best performed composition by a Croatian composer“ and “Mira Sakač Award.” At the age of 17 she was admitted to the Music Academy in Zagreb as a first-placed candidate with the maximum number of points from the jury.
During her studies in the class of Professor Dalibor Cikojević at the Music Academy in Zagreb (2003 to 2008), she held numerous solo performances in Croatian cities and abroad.
As an outstanding music student she was a City of Zagreb scholarship holder, which enabled her additional training courses held by eminent pianists and piano pedagogues of international standing (Peter Feuchtwanger, Pavel Gililov, Konstantin Bogino, Arbo Valdma, Eugen Indjić, Alexei Kornienko, Andrzej Jasinsky, Roger Muraro, Michel Beroff, On Mitani).
Her performance of Ravel: Second piano concerto with the Zagreb Philharmonic (June 2006) won enthusiastic approval from both the audience and critics.
She has recorded for Croatian National TV & Radio Broadcasting Company (HRT). Furthermore, she has performed with leading Croatian orchestras and collaborated with esteemed conductors: Martin Sieghart, Tomislav Fačini, Aleksandar Kalajdžić, Alun Francis and Ante Milić.
The piano ain't gotno wrong notes Thelonious Monk
are black and white, but they
sound like a million colors
in your mind
She was the artistic director of the concert series “Virtuoso” in Zagreb from 2005 to 2007.
After successful graduation concert in the packed hall of the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb (January 2008), Matea continued her education and artistic development in Austria and Italy in the classes of world respected pedagogues: Professor Noel Flores and Professor Marialene Fernandes at “Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna and Professor Konstantin Bogino at the “Accademia Santa Cecilia” in Bergamo.
First foreign recognition came in February 2007, when she received an invitation to present works by Croatian composers at recital in Barcelona. Subsequently, she held many successful performances at festivals in Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Sweden, Italy and Israel.
She has worked with Professor Vlatka Oršanić and Kristina Beck at Opera singing seminars in France and Slovenia (in 2007, 2008 and 2009).
She was active as an artistic associate at Music Academy in Zagreb. Besides gaining experience in pedagogical work, she had an honor to work with respected Croatian opera artist Dunja Vejzovic at her Lied masterclasses.
Alongside numerous solo performances, she is actively involved in chamber music and has recently shared the stage with big European names on the music scene:
Konstantin Bogino (piano), Alissa Margulis and Yury Revich (violin), Boris Andrianov and Camille Thomas (cello), Aleksandar Milošev and Peter Langgarten (viola) and singer Daniel Serafin.
Her performance with Yury Revich in August 2012 at “Summer Music Festival“ in Bohinj/Slovenia got a standing ovation and will be repeated at the same festival in 2014 at the request of the audience.
November 2012 was rather substantial to Matea Leko due to successful concerts at Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, where she had the honor to share the stage with the greats of classical music: Garry Hoffman, Alexander Zemtsov, Peter Donohoe, Alexander Schultz...
Moreover, her performance of Tchaikovsky Trio with Alissa Margulis and Per Nystrom at the opening of a concert made the audience stood as one for prolonged applause.
The world premiere of the song "Café Music" at the “Diapason” festival held in Zagreb on November 25th, 2012 received a great support from the audience and critics alike, and was subsequently recorded for the needs of a cultural show on the HRT3 TV program.
In December 2012 she performed at “Vip Christmas concert” at Croatian National Theatre alongside many famous Croatian performers like Massimo, Maya Sar, Zagreb Soloists.. The concert was broadcasted on a Christmas day on HRT1.
Lied program „Forbidden and Banned“ created with austrian baritone Daniel Serafin in 2013. was presented in Vienna, Bratislava, Berlin and Tel Aviv.
Among various talented artist, she was chosen to record Mozart piano concertos with Kurpfaelzisches Kammerorkester in Mannheim. Under direction of swiss Maestro Johannes Schlaefli, the recording was produced and published by german label ARS Produktion in 2014. The recording was praised by international critic.
Her duo partner Yury Revich is an acclaimed russian violinist. As a Winner of an ECHO Klassik 2016 “Newcomer of the Year” award, “Young Artist of the Year 2015” at the International Classical Music Awards and “Young Musician of the Year” by the Beethoven Center Vienna, he is one of the most expressive and versatile musicians of his generation. Their performances regularly get standing ovations at european stages, or as a part of charity concerts, such as „All for Autism“ in Vienna.
Together with croatian pianist Kristina Bjelopavlović Cesar she founded piano duo „Twenty fingers“ in order to promote classical music in a fresh and interactive manner. Performance in Zagreb was sold out and two ladies with twenty fingers, four feet and one piano were invited as guests to Croatian national television for International Women's Day.