Born in Belgrade in 1988, where she started the piano with Zlata Maleš, Sanja Bizjak became a student at the Paris Conservatoire, under Jacques Rouvier, at the age of twelve with a scholarship of the French government. In 2004 she finished piano and chamber music with Itamar Golan.
Since then Sanja has been studying with Alexander Satz in Graz and Elisso Virsaladze in Munich and has played in master classes for Ferenc Rados, Menahem Pressler, Maurice Bourgue, Oleg Maisenberg, Igor Lazko, Felix Gottlieb and Stanislav Pochekin.
Sanja is a postgraduate student and an RCM Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying piano with Dmitri Alexeev.
After winning many competitions for young pianists, she gained the 2nd prize at the 2003 “Vladimir Horowitz” competition in Kiev and two special prizes at the 2005 ARD Piano duo competition with her sister Lidija, with whom she founded a piano duo in 2002. Sanja has given a large number of recitals in Europe, the United States, South America and Japan and performances with Sinfonia Varsovia, Britten Sinfonia, l’Orchestre d’Avignon, l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Essen and Belgrade Philharmonic and Ukraine Symphonic orchestras.
She made her Paris début in l’Auditorium du Louvre in 2006 and has participated since in festivals such as the BBC Proms, la Folle journée in Nantes and in Tokyo, La Roque d’Anthéron, Nohant, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse in France and BEMUS in Serbia.
She has played in halls such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Cité de la musique, l’Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris, in Palazetto Bru-Zane in Venice and others.
Sanja made recordings for 3Sat, BBC 3, RAI 2, SAT, TV France 3, France Musique and Mezzo as well as a CD for the French label “Mirare” with works of Stravinsky and two non-commercial CDs for piano duo – a live recital for Radio France’s programme “Déclic” and a two pianos recital (Mozart, Schumann, Brahms) for the Meyer Fondation and the Paris Conservatoire.
In April 2013, Sanja released her first solo CD dedicated to S. Rachmaninov’s “Etudes – Tableaux” for the French label “DiscAuverS”.
She was a laureate of the Natixis foundation in Paris from 2005. The Belgrade-based association of artists ArtLink bestowed Sanja with the prestigious ArtLink Most Promising Young Music Artist in Serbia Award in 2011.
“Brilliant sound, precise fingerwork and excellent listening skills…” - Independent (Anna Picard)
“Excellent Serbian sisters, both are hugely talented and displayed wit and intelligence…” - Classical Source (Colin Clarke)
“…bags of charm…” - The Guardian (Tim Ashley)