Ms. Peršolja with two of the judges: Justin Kolb (a member of the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society) and Hungarian pianist Éva Polgár.
Graduate pianist Petra Peršolja won second prize in Division 5 of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition this past weekend, November 19-20. She performed Franz Liszt's Tarantella (Années de pèlerinage II), and competed against sixteen other pianists. Ms. Peršolja is a doctoral student in the UCSB Department of Music, where she studies with Professor Paul Berkowitz. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Hawaii, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Rowan University in New Jersey, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.