Margareta’s music is colorful, humorous, deep and strives to create absurd sound-images. She achieves this characterization through ironic treatment of traditional musical aesthetics, audial fragmentation of other art forms, implanting vivid rhythmical impulses, transforming theatrical gestures into timbre and exploring the intensity of extended instrumental techniques. The inspiration for her scores comes from literature, art, movies, science, politics, philosophy, remarkable individuals or bizarre life situations.
Margareta Ferek Petric (b. 1982) was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She studied composition with Ivan Eröd, Chaya Czernowin and Klaus Peter Sattler at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She was granted scholarships from various institutions and foundations such as (i.a.) the Home Suisse Foundation (2006–2009), the Thyll-Dürr Foundation (2009/2010), the Austrian Ministry of Culture (2012), as well as the Office of the Austrian Federal Chancellor (the State Scholarship for Composers, 2016). In 2010, she was invited for a working stay in Casa Zia Lina on Elba by Thyll-Dürr Foundation. In 2011, she received a Theodor Körner Award for her orchestral composition “Take 7”. Since 2015, she works on the managing committee of the Austrian Society for Contemporary Music. In 2016, Croatia was represented by Margareta’s music at the 63rd International Rostrum of Composers. In 2017, she became a Förderungspreis der Stadt Wien award winner. In 2018, Ferek-Petric was an artist in residence at the Carinthian Summer Music Festival, she was awarded the Josip Stolcer Slavenski Prize and the Boris Papandopulo Prize – both for “All the World’s a Stage”, the Second place for the Prix Annelie de Man, and an Audience Prize in Amsterdam – both for the harpsichord piece “Ištaratu”. A few of her latest works have been recorded on albums published by Decca Records and Croatia Records. Her music is being regularly commissioned and performed by renowned ensembles and instrumentalists, diverse festivals and played on radio stations around the world. Margareta’s work is “colourful, ironic and deep – with a strive to create absurd sound images”. She lives and works in Vienna, Austria.