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Loreta’s first albums were classical piano masterpieces (“Loreta Kovacic, pianist” and “Piano Notturno”). Her latest albums are original children’s theater songs: “Cantabile”, “Brother Tadpole” (Grammy nominated) and “SpaceWiggs”. (YouTube, Itunes, Amazon, etc).



LORETA KOVACIC (also known as the “Alchemist”) is a singer-songwriter, piano player and children’s theater director, originally from Croatia, living in Houston TX.
Also known as the “Texas Slav’ or the “Alchemist”, Loreta calls her own style “Slavic & Western Alchemy”. She moves from classical to pop and jazz genres as fluidly as her fingers dance around the ivories (Houston Press). “Her show has a distinctive cabaret feel to it, with all the notes filtered through her larger-then-life personality.” (Culturemap, Houston, 2010). Known for her virtuoso performances from Boom Boom room to Carnegie Hall, she is also recognized as an author of imaginative children’s music. Her album “Brother Tadpole” was recorded at SugarHill studio in Houston, and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of best children’s album in 2011.
In her native ex-Yugoslavia, Loreta was known as her country’s first female electronic keyboard player as well as a classical pianist. Her songs have been played on Croatian radio and TV, Houston’s radio KUHF and KPFT and the International Space Station.
Loreta enjoys performing music for silent films of Charlie Chaplin and Georges Melies at venues like Discovery Green and MFAH. She often performs with APT children singers and actors; especially with her dedicated theremin player Joe Parani, also known as “Brother Tadpole”.
Loreta holds a Doctorate degree in piano performance from Rice University. She plays, composes, teaches, directs, and creates original children’s musicals at her piano studio in Houston Heights. Her children’s musical theater “APT” (AlchemistPianoTheatre) is a non-profit organization helping children with dyslexia.