Zarja Peters starts her piano career at the young age of 5. After she completed her musical studies at the Koper Music School in Slovenia, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in piano performance and scholastic record in 2003 she was awarded the highest state scholarship “ZOIS” for her undergraduate and graduate studies. She continued her piano studies at the Koper Art Grammar School under the supervision of Mrs. Aleksandra Alavanja Drucker, MA. In 2005 she was honored with the Golden Award of the Koper Grammar School for outstanding scholastic achievements. Thereafter Zarja Peters enrolled at the Slovenian State Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana in the class of Professor Siavush Gadijev subsequently passing her music and piano degree with honors.
During the period 2007 to 2012, Mrs. Peters studied piano performance at the State Conservatory Klagenfurt (Austria) under the supervision of Professor Alexei Kornienko. Starting in September 2013, Mrs. Peters enrolled her piano master studies at the Bern University of Arts (Switzerland) in the class of Professor Patricia Pagny and completed her master degree program in June 2014.
During her university tenor she performed numerous solo concerts in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Hungary followed by recordings for Radio Koper and the ARS program (classic art radio Ljubljana/Slovenia). Since 2008 the Austrian State Radio Station “ORF” (Österreichischer Rundfunk) has been recording Zarja’s appearances as a soloist and chamber musician at the ORF-Matinee for further broadcasting.
In January 2011 during a festive ceremony on the occasion of the Concert Gala of the State Conservatory Klagenfurt Zarja Peters was awarded the annual Fiedler-Scholarhsip for the year 2011.
Zarja’s accomplishments to date are numerous including golden awards and first prizes at regional, international and state competitions. Amongst her many awards some of the more noteworthy are winning first prize in Pianell Val Tidone (1999), in Povoletto (1999), in Genova (2000) competitons. Winning the golden award at the State Competition TEMSIG (2001), placing second at the competition in Verbania (2005) and placing first at the international competition Marco Fortini in Bologna (2005).
Concurrently Mrs. Peters has been fostering her mastery of the instrument with numerous post-graduate courses, advanced studies and master classes with world class professors and pianists (Siavus Gadijev, Roland Proll, Igor Lazko, Svetalna Boginova, Marian Mika, Joachim Achucarro, Arbo Valdma, Lovro Pogorelich, Konstantin Bogino).
During 2010 Mrs. Peters was invited to become a member of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now in Austria.
Since 2013 she has collaborated closely with the famous French composer Jean-Jacques Werner; she premiers his works on her Swiss music tours and introduces his pieces to the wider public.
In 2014, Mrs. Peters participated in an art project under the patronage of Yamaha Switzerland and the Bern University of Arts in the production of a sound recording named “Entre la France et le Japon – un sentiment de parfaite harmonie…“.
Entre la France et le Japon
Patricia Pagny et sa classe de pianistes a la haute Ecole des Arts de Berne
Zarja Vatovec: simbioza mode in glasbe
govori.se, 26 June 2014
Patricia Pagny avec ses élèves pianiste
Dernier Nouvelles D’Alsace, 25 février 2015
Z duom skozi zgodovino tanga