This Department, the most numerous one in terms of the number of teachers and students, has recorded significant results ever since the establishment of Academy and has had a rich concert production.
Besides tasks of soloist performance, students of this department intensely cooperate with string and wind players and solo singers in the form of artistic cooperation and formation of smaller ensembles of free choice.
History of Academy has recorded many successful piano pedagogues such as Matusja Blum, Ružica Savić, Marijan and Zlata Feller, Izolde Aćmbrožić, Milica Šnajder Huterer, Jasenka Dimitrijević, Dunja Dimitrijević, Sanja Lagumdžija Hadžić, Aleksandra Romanić, Neda Stanković, Svetlana Chlaidze. One must not omit to mention prof. Boris Kraljevi, who succeeded prof. Neda Stanković. Sarajevo piano-playing school is also recognized in the former country.
At present, piano classes are taught by Nihad Krečo, Dragan Opančić, Višnja Bakalar and Azra Medić, with teaching assistant Zlatan Božuta.
Besides the basic concentration in Piano, first students have now graduated from the second cycle of studies in concentrations Accompaniment and chamber music, and of Piano teaching methods.
Besides the main course, the course in so-called obligatory piano has always been significant for students.
Over the years of Academy’s activity, this course was taught, among others, by professors Mirjana Papić-Hrkaš and Olana Sijarić, and at present teachers include Maja Ačkar-Zlatarević, Emina Begić, Omer Blentić, Ehlimana Tikveša and Dina Fejzić.
One should also mention pianists – artistic associates, who have made activity of other instrumental departments impossible, such as Ljiljana Pećanac and the present employees such as Lejla Klepo-Hadžić, Milan Lucić, Dženana Hadžić i Adela Šabić.
The introduction of Bologna reform in 2005 saw the opening of concentration in Percussions, headed by prof. Joakim Anterot from Stockholm. Presently it is taught by prof. Davor Maraus.
It also witnessed opening of the concentration in Harp, where one harp player graduated from prof. Ljiljana Nestorovska's class.
Emina Begić is Head of Department.