Mirna Lekić



Mirna Lekić is a Bosnian-American pianist active as a recitalist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for her “intelligent and sincere pianism” and “natural inventiveness and emotion,” she has performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe, at venues including New York’s Carnegie-Weill Hall, Symphony Space, World Trade Center, Chicago Cultural Center, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Théâtre de l'Ile Saint-Louis, Théâtre de la Vieille Grille, and Accueil Musical series in Paris, and the Hall of the St. Petersburg Union of Composers and the Gorki Leninskiye Museum in Russia. Her solo performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT, WPRB, and Bosnian TV and radio stations, and her recent publications include two critically acclaimed recordings: a solo album, Masks (Centaur Records), and Eastern Currents (Romeo Records), a disc of contemporary chamber music. Most recently, Mirna was a laureate of The American Prize piano competition.

Mirna plays a wide range of repertoire that reflects her interests in intercultural music, historical performance practice, and contemporary works, celebrated through commissions and premiere performances. A founding member of Ensemble 365 and Duo RoMi, she has presented premieres at the Queens New Music Festival, Princeton University Sound Kitchen, International Festival for Contemporary Performance, the Firehouse Space, College Music Society Conferences, Composer’s Voice series in New York, and in collaboration with Dr. Faustus and the Composers Now Festival.

Mirna's work has been supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant, Artists International Special Presentation Award, City University of New York Music Fellowship, NEH-Kupferberg Holocaust Center grant, and multiple PSC-CUNY awards. Her recent pedagogical publications include two chapters in Humanistic Pedagogy Across the Disciplines: Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in the Community College Context, edited by Amy E. Traver and Dan Leshem. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan). She has also written for the American Music Teacher.

Ms. Lekić studied piano with Ursula Oppens, Irina Morozova, Vladimir Valjarević and Douglas Humpherys, and has participated in fortepiano classes taught by Bart van Oort and Malcolm Bilson. She graduated with high honors from the Eastman School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she earned a doctorate with a dissertation focusing on the music of Claude Debussy. She subsequently presented her research at several national and international conferences. Mirna’s festival experience includes American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, London Master Classes, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance and International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Italy, Westfield International Academy at Cornell, Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, and Baščaršija Nights Festival in Sarajevo. She has also studied The Art of Practicing techniques with Madeline Bruser.

Ms. Lekić serves as an Associate Professor of Music at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York and Associate Faculty in Piano at Columbia University. She has also taught piano pedagogy at Mannes School of Music. In 2018 Mirna was honored with the CUNY Academy Henry Wasser Award for outstanding assistant professors. 




                                                                      Photo by Manuela Rana


Excellent playing; beautiful colors and style."   

Jeffrey Biegel, pianist/ American Prize judge 


"Takemitsu's score is exquisitely balanced, its otherworldliness superbly evoked by Karen Rostron and Mirna Lekic."

 Colin Clarke, Fanfare


"Mirna Lekic's sound was beautiful even when she played in the register with the necklace, and her rhythmic acuity gave subtle energy to every gesture."

Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review


"Gracious, energetic, spirited, lovely and assured playing. Physical ease is a highlight throughout. The performance is focused on sound and not on show - refreshing! A lovely presentation in all respects, a pleasure to listen to."  

The American Prize Jury


"intelligent, sincere, and restrained pianism"



"Serious, compelling, thought-provoking music, performed at exceptionally high levels of artistry."

David Katz (The American Prize Honorable Mention comments for Eastern Currents album)


"A beautiful performance! Rich, full and elegant sound... Very strong musical sense... poised, polished and colorful."

Liliane Questel, concert pianist 


"Wonderful ears, talented and very musical... a pleasure to hear."

Jose Ramos Santana, concert pianist 



Para America Magica at Symphony Space (3/10/2011)  - Reviews: