Mia Grozdanić (Pula, 1987) is a prominent musician of extraordinary musicality, as evidenced by her collaboration with the eminent Croatian composer Davor Bobić, who dedicated three works to her. She premiered two of those works (The Seasons and St. Lawrence’s Tears) with the Zagreb Soloists chamber string orchestra. She is also one of the most successful accordion pedagogues in Croatia.
Mia completed her accordion studies at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac (Serbia) with the highest grade, and her master’s degree studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), also with the highest grade. She studied in the class of Vojin Vasović, Mika Väyrynen and Matti Rantanen, world-renowned pedagogues of this instrument. She also worked with Elsbeth Moser, at the University of Music, Drama and Theater in Hanover (Germany). Mia completed her arts PhD studies at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac with the thesis entitled Comparability and compatibility of The Seasons by P. I. Tchaikovsky and D. Bobić, under the mentorship of mr Vojin Vasović and dr Nevena Vujošević. Among the prizes won as a professional musician, the golden medal with high distinction for her performance in Manhattan International Music Competition stands out (2022).
Besides her collaboration with Davor Bobić, she cooperated with composers Damir Bužleta, Saša Bastalec and Dražan Kosorić. She premiered pieces written for accordion solo, accordion and string orchestra and chamber music ensemble (saxophone, marimba and accordion). Among numerous performances, the concert with Croatian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Chief Conductor Miran Vaupotić and the solo concert at Accordionfest in Tallin (Estonia) need to be mentioned, as well as solo concerts at the: Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), music academy in Zaragoza (Spain), Istrian National Theater (Istarsko narodno kazalište, Pula, Croatia), Great Concert Hall of the Croatian National Theater in Varaždin (Croatia) and 29th International Festival of Accordion Artists in Kragujevac with the City Chamber String Orchestra Schlesinger.