The Croatian pianist and piano teacher, Pavica Gvozdić, graduated and obtained a masters degree from the Zagreb Academy of Music under Svetislav Stančić, and later studied with Magda Tagliaferro in Paris. She was the winner of the Munich International Piano Competition (1961) and the Magda Tagliaferro Competition in Paris (1962), where she also won the special Maurice Dandelot Award.
One of Croatias most distinguished pianists, Pavica Gvozdić has performed at the major music centres in Europe, Canada and Japan both in recitals and with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors such as Lovro von Matačić, Antonio Janigro, Milan Horvat, Kurt Sanderling, Leopold Hager and Carlo Zecchi. An artist with outstanding sensibility, Gvozdić has an extensive and varied repertoire raging from classical to modern piano works, in which a special place is reserved for the Croatian music. Her discography is remarkable and diverse, and her name is included in the Encyclopaedia of Modern Pianists (Moscow) from 1988. The Croatian composer Stanko Horvat has written many of his pieces with Pavica Gvozdić in mind.
A long-time piano professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music (from 1975), Pavica Gvozdić has conducted a large number of master-classes at the universities and conservatories in Canada, Cuba, Portugal and Japan.
Numerous awards which Pavica Gvozdić has won in her homeland include Vladimir Nazor, Josip Štolcer Slavenski, Milka Trnina, Orlando and