Born in the Czech Republic, prize-winning pianist Petra Milarová moved to the UK shortly after completing her Master’s studies in Prague under Professor Ivan Klánský. In demand as both a soloist and collaborative musician, she successfully combines her playing career with tutoring at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and Repton College in Derbyshire. Petra is a founder member of the Mercia Duo and Mercia Ensemble. Her interest in musical performance health has led her to pursue her goal to become a Dru Yoga instructor and she is also currently training to become one of the few Licensed Andover Educators in Body Mapping techniques in the UK.
A prize-winner of international piano competitions (Concourse Musicale de France 2012, Cittá di Barletta - Young Pianist Prize and Chamber Music Prize 2011 in Italy, Smetana International Piano Competition 2010, Beethoven and Chopin Piano Competitions in the Czech Republic), Petra has appeared in concerts both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout many varied venues in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, UK and the USA; in concertos with Czech Pilsen, Janáček, Olomouc, Turkish Haccettepe Symphonic Orchestras, English Wyre Forest and Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestras; concerts with the National Theatre in Prague, British Isles Music Festival, California Summer Music, and featured in the Ambassador’s Concert Series in Prague as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London. Petra has also recorded a CD for the InnoVatio company in Germany.
After having graduated from the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava (studying with Monika Tugendliebová), Petra attended Musikhochschule Luzern where she obtained Konzertdiplom with honours and the Edwin Fisher Prize. Whilst teaching piano at the Prague Conervatoire, she continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts as a student of Professor Ivan Klánský and in 2011 graduted with a Master’s degree. During her studies she attended masterclasses with Garrick Ohlsson, Arakdi Zenzipér, Jenő Jandó, Andrew Ball, Hans Boepple, Avedis Koyoumdjian, Marina Primachenko, Pierre Jasmin and Elena Galynina. After having moved to the UK, Petra studied with Margaret Fingerhut at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she obtained first prize in the Peter Donohoe competition, Renna Kellaway Piano Recital Prize and John Ireland Prize.