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Marina Petrov


Professional Summary & CV

Professional Summary

Marina Petrov

At the St Sava's Academy February 2015, at the POSK's theatre in London.

Mrs Petrov is an award-winning classical pianist, experienced piano educator and lecturer, specialising in various techniques to preventing occupational injuries in pianists and is an expert on many different pianistic styles and piano techniques. She has extensive experience performing, as her piano career started early, at the age of 8. Since then, Mrs Petrov has given over 300 piano performances across the UK, former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union states.

Since settling in London in 1989, she has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and accompanying opera singers in major concert halls across the UK and London, including Regent Hall, St John's at Smith Square, and other renowned music venues. In addition, she has contributed articles to EPTA, ISSTIP and AGMA publications on the Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Pianists. Her seminars, masterclasses, workshops on the subject, and different piano techniques, held at various universities and music colleges, including Thames Valley University in London and CIT Cork School of Music in Ireland (2008), were highly acclaimed and popular.

As a child prodigy, she won many national piano competitions for nine consecutive years, followed by tours, and media appearances, including TV and Radio Belgrade shows in Yugoslavia. Mrs. Petrov had studied at the most renowned music institutions, including Moscow State Conservatory, for which study she was awarded a national grant in 1979, and Belgrade University of Arts. Later, she also obtained a MAM degree at the City University in London (UK) in 1998.

In addition to her concert career, she has taught piano extensively in various educational institutions and privately for over 30 years, teaching junior and adult pianists, from beginners to highly advanced music professionals. Since 1990, she has been a piano tutor at the Watford School of Music specialist school for all levels and ages, including diploma-level students. Her piano students are of a high standard and often pass with high marking rates on different piano examination boards, including diploma grades in the UK and beyond. In addition, they regularly perform at piano competitions and festivals, winning awards and prizes.

Further to her performing and teaching career, the versatile Mrs Petrov is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival, established in London in 2014 and AGMA Piano Competition Online since 2020, where she also adjudicates. She is the Executive Editor of AGMA publications, including the informative and educational annual Around the Globe Music Magazine promoting contemporary piano music of worldwide composers. Mrs Petrov is managing the cultural organisation of Around the Globe Music & Arts since its launch in 2017. 

Her talents are renowned in the press, including The Times, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, West Country Tribune, and Politica. She has been listed in the International Who's Who in Music since 1994 and Musician's Directory (1996).

Marina Petrov

Marina with her students after the Students' Piano Recital at Jaques Samuels, London.

Marina Petrov

After the concert and launch of the company Around the Globe Music & Arts with fellow musicians Maya Jordan, Olga Dudnik, Vera Milankovic, Lola Perrin and actress Vesna Stanojevic; 1st February, 2018 at St Cypran's Church, London NW1

Key Skills (Teaching)

  • Teaching solo piano, accompaniment and working with ensembles

  • Highly trained and experienced classical pianist

  • Teaching appropriate techniques for a variety of piano music styles, from baroque to modern

  • Preventing occupational piano injuries in young and adult pianists

  • With younger students, developing aural and sight-reading skills

  • Advanced knowledge of subjects related to musicianship including music theory, counterpoint, composition, music history and analysis

  • Excellent communicator and listener, with great aptitude for observation

Work Experience

2014 -

  • Co-Founder and Managing Director and of non-profit company Around the Globe Music & Arts and Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

    • Competition aimed at all age groups and levels including professional players

    • Created unique syllabus promoting various piano styles, including current music trends all around the world, to encourage performance of contemporary piano music

    • Does main editorial work on Festival's yearly magazine and blogs

2007 - 2009

  • Vice Chairman of International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance (ISSTIP) charity

    • Chief Editor's work for the charity

    • Occupied position as their Secretary for over a decade

2006 -

  • Piano master classes on various music styles in London

    • Including Romantic & Early XX Century Piano Styles in 02/2017 at Peregrine's Pianos in London

2006 -

  • Seminars and workshops on Prevention of Occupational Injury in Pianists

    • Including Thames Valley University in London, CIT Cork School of Music in Ireland and a workshop for advanced level students on 'Healthy Piano Techniques - various styles' at the Study Society, London, 03/14.

2002 - 2012

  • Piano teacher at Hornsey School for Girls

    • Beginners to advanced levels including professionals

1990 -

  • Piano teacher at Watford School of Music, UK

    • Beginners to advanced including diploma level students

1989 -

  • Private piano tutor in London

    • Beginners to advanced levels including professionals

1994 - 1996

  • Piano teacher at Noel Park School, London

    • Beginners to intermediate

AGM magazine

For AGM magazines - The Editor of Around the Globe Music Magazines

Watford school of music

At the Watford School Of Music, room 105

London College of music, Marina Petrov

Giving seminar at the London College of Music (2006)

1991 - 1993

  • Chamber Music teacher at Watford School of Music

    • Advanced level

1990 - 1993

  • Piano teacher in Hammond School of Music, Watford

    • Beginners to intermediate


  • Invited to privately tutor students from Purcell School of Music, London, UK

    • Intermediate to advanced level

1981 - 1988

  • Private piano tutor in Belgrade

    • Intermediate to advanced level

1985 - 1987

  • Ballet accompaniment at National Theatre in Belgrade and Terazije Theatre

1985 - 1987

  • Piano teacher and ballet class accompaniment at L. Davicho School of Music & Ballet, Belgrade

    • Beginners to intermediate level

Professional Achievements and Honours

  • 1st Prize at the Federal Competition for Young Pianists in former Yugoslavia (1969) followed by Marina's debut playing piano solo recital at Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade (aged 8)

  • Numerous performances on Yugoslavian national TV and Radio as a child piano prodigy, as well as multiple tours across the Balkan States and Eastern Europe

  • National and Federal Piano Competitions and Piano Festivals for Young pianists in former Yugoslavia: multiple wins between 1969-1978

  • Awarded Yugoslavian state full scholarship to continue her music studies at the State Moscow Conservatoire in USSR (1979-1984)

  • Sir Jack & Lady Lyons Performance Scholarship studying MA at City University, London, 1998

  • Wide spectrum of piano solo and ensemble performances across UK since 1989 including Darlington Hall, Regents Hall, POSK Theatre and at St John's Smith Square in London

  • Numerous recordings of Russian composers (Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov), as well as Bach, Mozart and contemporary music


1996 - 1998

Master of Arts in Music (Performance in Piano) at The City University, London, UK

1985 - 1987

Degree of Professional Musician/Pianist, Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music

1979 - 1984

Academic Certificate in Piano Faculty, The State Moscow Conservatoire P.I. Tchaikovsky, Moscow

1973 - 1979

Secondary Music Education Certificate at Mokranjac School of Music for gifted children, Belgrade

1967 - 1973

Primary Music Education Certificate at Stankovich School of Music, Belgrade

Selected Publications

  • Listed in International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory since 14th Edition 1994/95, Cambridge, England

  • Listed in British and International Music Yearbook since 1996, Twenty Second Edition, London, UK

  • Article on Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Young Pianists, in ISSTIP Journal, Vol.14, winter 2007

  • Article on Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Young Pianists, in Piano Professional, EPTA UK; Summer 2010, Issue 23

  • As well as other publications in The Times, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, West Country Tribune, Politica, etc.

Other Abilities and Interests

  • Writing: articles, novels and poetry

  • Cultural Events: organisation and promotion

  • Charity Work

  • Multilingualism: fluent mastery of English, Serbo-Croatian and Russian languages

  • Fitness: swimming, ice skating, Pilates, yoga, tai chi

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