Meet the Director

Esma Pasic-Filipovic

 

Born in former Yugoslavia, pianist Esma Pasic-Filipovic rose in prominence as a nationally award winning soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist for the national Radio Sarajevo. She received a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with Professor Arbo Valdma from the University of Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia in 1987. Post graduation, Pasic-Filipovic mainted a private piano studio and was the full time staff accompanist in the music department at the Sarajevo Highschool (1987-1989). In 1988, Pasic-Filipovic served as the Director of premier PV Forum Multimedia Art Festival in the international Sarajevo’s Winter Festival. She returned to the University of Novi Sad and received a Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance (1991) and completed post-graduate studies in the musicology department with Professor Walter Salmen at Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1991. Pasic-Filipovic returned to Sarajevo concurrently with the outbreak of the Balkan War in 1991 and continued nationally concertizing and working in an active combat zone as a private piano teacher and faculty accompanist at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia. Pasic-Filipovic permanently left her native country and immigrated to Austria in 1992 where she commenced an active performance career and concertized extensively until 1997 as a soloist and chamber musician in Croatia, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria to critical media acclaim. While living in Vienna, Austria, Pasic-Filipovic maintained a private piano studio, accompanied the private studio of Olivera Miljakovic, Soprano from 1993-1996, and was a staff accompanist in the studio of Raphael Leone, Flute at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria from 1995-1996.

In 1997, Pasic-Filipovic immigrated to America and forged a multifaceted career as a pedagogue, administrator, and performing artist. Pasic-Filipovic joined the piano faculty at Westminster Conservatory of Music of Rider University in Princeton, NJ in 1999. Her piano students have performed at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, NYC and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA and are prize winners at the regional and international levels. An active adjudicator since 2005, Pasic-Filipovic regularly serves for NJMTA, SMEA, AAFAA and Music Fest. Pasic-Filipovic joined the staff of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ as an instructor in the Professional Development Certificate Program in the Continuing Education Department (2004-2016) and as a staff accompanist in the voice studio of Elem Eley, Baritone (2016-present). Pasic-Filipovic has served as an administrative coordinator for multiple programs at Westminster Conservatory of Music, (2003-present) and as a staff accompanist for the Westminster Conservatory Summer Flute Camp with Master Teacher, Gerald Carey (2003-present). Pasic Filipovic is currently the Director of the Westminster Conservatory Honors Music Program, one of the premier college preparatory music programs in the country. In recognition of her diverse career, Pasic-Filipovic was honored with membership to the prestigious Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

 

Pasic Filipovic has continued an active solo and chamber career and regularly performs in the Westminster Conservatory Faculty and Nassau Series, (Princeton, NJ) and Steinway Series (Lawrenceville, NJ). She frequently collaborates with Katherine McClure, Flute, Larissa Korkina, Piano, and Elem Eley, Baritone. Pasic-Filipovic resides with her son in Princeton, NJ.