Branka Parlić (1955) is a pianist actively dedicated to performing the music of the French composer Erik Satie, as well as the music of the 20th and 21st centuries – Minimalism and Postminimalism. She completed her piano studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and later honed her craft with the renowned professor Pierre Sancan at the International Summer Academy in Nice, France.
She performed in Serbia, the region and all over Europe. Branka Parlić has participated in numerous music festivals, such as Zagreb Biennale, Budva Summer Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, Bitola Festival, Aarhus Festival, Novi Sad Music Festival, Ring Ring, Remusica, Gandusiana, Exit Festival, Jazz in Church, BUNT, Motovun Film Festival and Niš Music Festivals.
In 2004 in Novi Sad, she premiered compositions for solo piano written by Philip Glass. A recording of this concert appeared on the CD “Metamorphosis” (B92, 2006). The composition “Metamorphosis No. 2”, which she performed at this concert, was broadcast regularly on the prestigious British TV channel Classic FM whilst part of her performance of the piece was included in the movie “Radioactive” (2019), directed by Mariane Satrapi.
The first recording of Erik Satie’s music in Southeastern Europe, titled “Initiés”, was released as a vinyl record in 1988 by M Production Radio Novi Sad. Ten years later, the new updated edition, CD “Initiés ’88 – Initiés ’99” was published by Novi Sad Radio 021. The video HAOS by the British visual artist Charles Stuart, which was inspired by the composition “Gnossienne No.1”, was broadcast on the British TV channel C Music. In 2013, Branka recorded the LP “Satie & Beyond”, in Leeuwarden (Holland). The label for Serbia was Odličan Hrčak. Double LP “Initiés 2017” was recorded in Switzerland and released in 2019 by the Triston Master Recordings (Swiss) and Odličan hrčak (Serbia). For this vinyl record, Branka Parlić received the Silver medal of the Global Music Award.
Along with Nada Kolundžija and Nataša Penezić, Branka Parlić premiered the integral version of 20 Etudes by Philip Glass, at the “Self Portrait” concert in 2015 (Ring Ring Festival, Belgrade).
Music performed by Branka Parlić was often used in theater plays, films, video works and performances.
She acts as Artistic director of the concert serial “New Ears for New Music” and is often holding lectures and seminars focused on New Music.
Branka Parlić has been a member of the Ensemble for Different New Music from Belgrade since its foundation back in 1977.