She first picked up a guitar at age 5 and was performing internationally by the age of 11. She has played everywhere from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to the Hong Kong Coliseum in China, the University of Miami to the Cathedral of the Isles in Scotland. Next week, virtuoso classical guitarist Ana Vidovic will present a solo recital at the New Port Richey Library.
A Croatian native who launched her career as a child prodigy and has released six CDs and two DVDs, Vidovic has been on the cover of major music magazines including Guitar Player, Guitare Classique and Acoustic Guitar, and is listed in Who's Who of Classical Guitarists. She has won top prizes in international competitions, including the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
She has performed both as a solo artist and with chamber orchestras and philharmonic orchestras, and also teaches master classes for developing musicians around the world. She told the Times that every day she gets to do what she loves best — play guitar — and she's looking forward to sharing her life's passion with a New Port Richey audience.
"I've never played in a library setting before, and it's something different," Vidovic said. "It is an intimate venue, one perfect for a soft, soothing instrument like the guitar. I get to relate to the audience on a more personal level."
Vidovic is known for the diversity of her repertoire. She has recorded pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart and performed the Beatles' Yesterday and The Pink Panther movie theme in live performances. Next week's concert will reflect a full range of music.
"They'll hear a variety of different styles, from Spanish pieces to popular songs … and I love the Beatles, so I'll present some Beatles arrangements," she said. "There will be something for everyone."
Vidovic boasts a sizable local fan base that eagerly anticipates her performance, said library outreach director Ann Scott.
"The show is now at standing-room-only capacity," she said, adding that the library message board has been filled with messages from Vidovic's fans, who call her upcoming concert "a dream come true" and "an exhilarating event for the post holiday season."
"I have been fortunate to create and experience a lot of library programs," Scott said. "I have found that if one listens closely and with heart to the community, drawing on past successes and being daring enough to try something different, anything can happen."