Born in the Czech Republic, award-winning pianist Petra Milarová moved to the UK shortly after completing her Master’s degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In demand as a soloist and collaborative musician, she successfully combines her playing career with tutoring at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire junior department and LSF Music School in Loughborough.
Petra is a founder member of the Mercia Ensemble and has been working with various instrumentalists, singers and artists accross the UK and Europe. She has been also coaching opera singers, specializing in Czech language coaching for English and German speaking performers. Her interest in performers' health and well-being has led her to pursue her goal to qualify as a Dru Yoga teacher and she is also currently training to become a licensed Andover Educator in the Body Mapping techniques, closely related to the Alexander Technique. Petra is the founder and director of Musical Travels Ltd., creating concerts and workshops where music and arts deliver healing, education and entertainment. She also runs her own Music & Movement Studio, currently based in Lichfield.
Petra has performed concertos with Czech Pilsen, Janáček and Olomouc Philharmonic Orchestras, Turkish Haccettepe Symphonic Orchestra, English Wyre Forest and Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestras. She has featured in performances with the National Theatre in Prague, British Isles Music Festival, California Summer Music, Ambassador’s Concert Series in Prague as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London and has recorded a CD for the InnoVatio company in Germany.
A prize-winner of international piano competitions (Concourse Musicale de France 2012, Cittá di Barletta - Young Pianist Prize and Chamber Music Prize in Italy 2011, Smetana International Piano Competition in Pilsen 2010, Beethoven International Piano Competition in Hradec 2003 and Chopin Piano Competition in Marienbad 2001), Petra has appeared in concerts both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout many varied venues in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the US.
After having graduated from the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava in 2004 (studied with Prof. Monika Tugendliebová), Petra attended Musikhochschule in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she obtained a Concert Diploma with honours and the Edwin Fisher Prize. Whilst teaching piano as a second study at the Prague Conervatoire, she continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as a student of Prof. Ivan Klánský and graduted with a Master’s degree in 2011. After having moved to the UK in 2012, Petra studied at Birmingham Conservatoire with Prof. Margaret Fingerhut (Personal Study Programme) and won first prizes in the Peter Donohoe, John Ireland and Renna Kellaway piano competitions.
During her studies Petra attended masterclasses in Europe and USA with Garrick Ohlsson, Arakdi Zenzipér, Jenő Jandó, Andrew Ball, Peter Donohoe, Avo Kouyoumdjian and various other world renowned musicians.