Zemira Maslesa

Pianist, Composer

Founder and Director of Bosnia International Music Festival (BIMF)




​​Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Zemira Maslesa has lived and worked  in the USA since 1996. After graduating with Double Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Composition at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), she continued to work as Adjunct Piano Faculty for School of Music at UNLV.  

Zemira has performed in numerous concerts, including the International Horn Society Convention, and the grand opening of Old Bridge in Mostar organized by the Pavarotti Music Center, which was broadcast by Spanish National Television.  Zemira performed a world premiere of “Pajarillo” by American-Ukrainian composer, Virko Baley. She also recorded Ravel's composition “Ondine” for the movie “Night Guards” by renowned award-winning Bosnian script writer and movie director, Namik Kabil, which premiered at Venice Film Festival in 2008. She performed at First American Cultural Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina organized by Embassy of United States in Sarajevo in 2009.

Her music compositions had their world premieres by famous Zagreb Soloists and “WAITING and SILENCE” has been included in their regular repertoire.

Maslesa is Founder and Director of Bosnia International Music Festival (BIMF) since 2005, the first international festival of classical music in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the war, marking its 12th birthday in 2016. Success and pure intention that gave birth to BIMF led to have it declared an honorable status of an “official cultural manifestation of the importance for City of Sarajevo” by decision of Sarajevo City Council and Mayor of Sarajevo. 

Zemira also established 1st world composition competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as unique program for film music named "Chopin Project", hosting Oscar award winning American composer, John Corigliano.