An Italo-Croatian classically trained pianist, Ani began to learn the piano at the age of 4 and clarinet at the age of 12 in her home town of Rijeka, Croatia. She holds a Masters Degree in piano performance from the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia (Italy) and a Bachelors degree in the same field from the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini di Trieste (Italy); she received a scholarship for both degrees.
During her years of academic studies, Ani attended various master classes in piano and chamber music, and had the privilege of attending many classical concerts of some of the greatest living musical artists including pianists Martha Argerich and Grigory Sokolov, cellist Mischa Maisky, clarinetist Martin Fröst and Alessandro Carbonare.
Before moving to Finland, Ani lived in Cork (Ireland) for five years, where she worked in different music schools and evenintually opering her own International School of Music: ISM Cork. She attended various seminars of early childhood teaching as well as a summer course at the Dublin City University based on Z. Kodly’s teaching methods. In 2019 she obtained her diploma in teaching from the London College of Music.
Over the years, Ani has participated in many prestigious international events. Most memorable was the 2010 “Le vie dell’Amicizia” concert where she performed for over two thousand people and three heads of state under the world-known music director Riccardo Muti. She also performed at the concert for Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican, in 2006. The following year Ani toured with some of the biggest names of the Balkan musical scene.
As a teacher, Ani takes a uniquely personal approach with each of her students, and has the ultimate goal of making classical music more accessible to young pupils especially. She is a firm believer that music improves our quality of life and therefore is for everyone, no matter the age or the level.