Alois Mühlbacher

Musicians, some of whom world famous, who have worked with Zala have been impressed by her talent and musical maturity. Maria João Pires, her former teacher at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, declared that Zala was one of the greatest talents she had ever seen.

Born in Slovenia in July 2002, Zala was initiated into music at the age of three and received her first piano lessons at five. At six, she entered the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg, where she has obtained several diplomas in piano performance and music theory (solfeggio, harmony, music analysis, and sight-reading). From 2012 to 2016, she studied at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires and has continued with Louis Lortie since then. Since 2010, she regularly participates in master classes with internationally renowned pianists.

In 2009 and 2011, she won gold medals at the Luxembourg Competition for Young Soloists. She is also laureate of some international competitions including the International Piano Competition of Île de France (2010), the International Piano Competition of France (2011), the European Piano Competition in Luxembourg (2014) and the AADGT 'Passion of Music 2016' Competition in Carnegie Hall (New York).

In spite of her young age, Zala is already an experienced artist. Since the age of six, she has been making dozens of public appearances every year and has already performed in fourteen countries, including China and USA. Her repertoire extends from classical and romantic to contemporary music, sometimes written especially for her.

She has participated in several festivals, for example Flagey Piano Days and Classissimo in Brussels, ppIANISSIMO and Piano Extravaganza in Sofia, Klassiek op het Amstelveld in Amsterdam, and ISCM World New Music Days in Bratislava. She gave her first solo recital at the age of eleven. She played with an orchestra for the first time when she was eight and since then, she has made more than a dozen appearances in concertos by J. C. Bach, Beethoven, Berkovich, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, and Ravel.

She recorded her first solo album when she was fourteen and at the age of eleven, she recorded two impromptus (Schubert and Chopin) for the jubilee CD marking the 150 years of the UGDA music education association in Luxembourg.