Sandra Simich was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia. There she attended a school for the performing arts, playing in concerts around the country. She went to the Conservatory in former Yugoslavia, receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance studying closely with Marian Mika, Irina Chukovsky and Slava Gabrielov. She attended graduate school at San Francisco State, working with Carlo Bussoti. In London she studied with Stephen Kovacevich.
She appears regularly as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in California and Europe. Her performances include piano recitals at both Steinway Hall and St. James Church, Piccadilly, in London. She performed as an artist in residence at the International Peace Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia and with The Tamalpais Trio for the International Red Cross relief efforts in Kosovo. She also gave regular, annual concerts as part of the Piano Duo with Alberto Portugheis, an Argentine pianist from London. Ms Simich also performed with many talented local musicians including Aenea Keyes, Anne Lerner-Wright, Susannah Barley, Seth Montfort, Matthew Montfort and Ayaka Isono. Ms Simich also gave a world premier performance of “Tangazzero”, composed by San Rafael composer, Moses Sedler.
“Lyrical and quietly poetic she transports wished memories into keys with her intimate and technical mastery of Brahms” — one reviewer from the San Francisco Bay Area recently quoted. Another review from the Pacific Tribune said -“Ms. Simich’s playing is articulate, insightful . . poetry and dream within a swirl of technical marvel.”
San Francisco Virtuoso quotes “rhythmic vitality, silky phrasing”.
Ms Simich has been a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) for more than 10 years. Currently she teaches a large class of students, children and adults, in her San Rafael, Bay Area piano studio. She was on the piano faculty of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, for 7 years.
Some of the recent collaborations include performances as a soloist with conductor Geoffrey Gallegos and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and series of chamber music concerts with Pablo Galdo, from Viggo, Spain. On her docket coming up are chamber music collaborations with Croatian pianist Alberto Frka in Dubrovnik, solo piano recitals in Marin County and La Jolla and concerts with an orchestra in Mexico.
Ms Simich is currently working on her all Chopin piano CD.