The pianist, educator and manager Ranko Marković was born in Zagreb in 1957, has has been living in Austria since 1969, is based in Vienna since 1999 and moved to work in Zürich in 2014. After graduation at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg he has undertaken further studies in Moscow (Tschaikowsky-Conservatory), Budapest (Liszt-Academy) and in London. He is currently working on his PhD thesis at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. In addition to his studies of piano and chamber music performance he has been engaged in scientific and educational fields from the very beginning of his professional career as a teacher and lecturer.
His postings included a professorship at the Bruckner-Conservatory in Linz and teaching assignments at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. He has held lectures and conducted workshops and masterclasses at the Chopin-Academy Warsaw, the Shanghai Conservatory, the McGill University Montreal, the Royal Irish Academy Dublin an in other major cities throughout the world.
Markovic frequently sits on jury-panels such as for the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna and for the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in Madrid. He is also Executive Board member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. As a performer he often appears in concert with string quartets such as the Mozarteum, the Kopelman and the Carmina Quartet und has established a regular international stage presence in piano duo with Marialena Fernandes. Recent performances include concerts in Rio de Janiero, New York, London, Zürich, Vienna, Seoul an Bangalore. The duo has published several CDs for the Austrian Gramola label.
Marković was director of the „City of Vienna Music Educational Institutions“ from 1999 till 2004 and Artistic Director of Konservatorium Wien University 2004-2014. In 2014 he has been appointed Professor at the Zürich University of the Arts where he is in charge both as Head of BA in Music and as Head of International Relations in Music.