Born in the Czech Republic, award-winning pianist Petra Milarová moved to the UK shortly after completing her Master’s degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In demand as a soloist and collaborative musician, she successfully combines her playing career with tutoring at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire junior department and Loughborough Music School. Petra is a founder member of the Mercia Ensemble and works with several distinguished instrumentalists, singers and artists accross the UK and Europe.
Her interest in musicians' performance health has led her to pursue her goal to qualify as a DRU Yoga teacher and she is also currently training to become a licensed Andover Educator in the Body Mapping techniques, closely related to the Alexander Technique.
Petra is a founder and director of Musical Travels Ltd., creating events where music and arts travel to people to deliver education and promote well-being. She also runs her own Music & Movement Studio, currently based in Lichfield, where she mainly teaches individual piano lessons and postural alignment + movement therapy classes mainly for active musicians who suffer from stress and pain.
Petra started teaching piano 15 years ago. Over the years she taught at several music schools and conservatoires, such as the International School of Music of Fine Arts in Prague (2005-2012), Prague Conservatoire (2009-2012), Wolverhampton Grammar School (2013-2015) and Repton School in Derbyshire (2013-June 2019). She is currently a visiting piano teacher at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Loughborough Music School. As a private teacher and accompanist she worked in Switzerland, Czech Republic and currently in the UK where she has had over a 100 of successful ABRSM candidates, including higher grades and a few Diplomas, students winning school competitions and music festivals in England. A few of her recent students are now pursuing music careers at universities and conservatoires.
A prize-winner of international piano competitions (Concourse Musicale de France 2012, Cittá di Barletta - Young Pianist Prize and Chamber Music Prize in Italy 2011, Smetana International Piano Competition in Pilsen 2010, Beethoven International Piano Competition in Hradec 2003 and Chopin Piano Competition in Marienbad 2001), Petra has appeared in concerts both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout many varied venues in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the USA. She has performed concertos with Czech Pilsen, Janáček and Olomouc Philharmonic Orchestras, Turkish Haccettepe Symphonic Orchestra, English Wyre Forest and Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestras. Petra has featured in performances with the National Theatre in Prague, British Isles Music Festival, California Summer Music, Ambassador’s Concert Series in Prague as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London. She has also recorded a CD for the InnoVatio company in Germany.
After having graduated from the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava in 2004 (studied with Prof. Monika Tugendliebová), Petra attended Musikhochschule in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she obtained a Concert Diploma with honours and the Edwin Fisher Prize. She continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as a student of Prof. Ivan Klánský and graduted with a Master’s degree in 2011. After having moved to the UK in 2012, Petra studied at Birmingham Conservatoire with Prof. Margaret Fingerhut (Personal Study Programme) and won first prizes in the Peter Donohoe, John Ireland and Renna Kellaway piano competitions. During her studies Petra attended masterclasses in Europe and USA with Garrick Ohlsson, Arakdi Zenzipér, Jenő Jandó, Andrew Ball, Peter Donohoe, Avo Kouyoumdjian and various other world renowned musicians.