Kemal Gekic, born 1962 in Split, studied at the Art Academy in Novi Sad, where right after his study he became assistant professor and headed the piano department until 1999. Since then he has been artist-in-residence at the Florida International University in Miani. He is guest professor at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo and holds master courses at numerous universities all over the world. His venturesome manner of approaching sound and form prove Kemal Gekic to be a maverick in the music world: "Gekic moves on the charismatic threshold to genius," pronounced Richard Dyer in the Boston Globe. His oustanding recording of the Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won "The Rosette" of the Penguin Guide for Music, the recording of the 12 Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt is considered one of the best cycles overall.