• - private study with Rudolf Macudzińský in Bratislava, later private piano lessions with Magdaléna Móryová-Szakmáryová in Spišská Nová Ves  

  • 1953 – 1958

    Bratislava Conservatory (piano – Anna Kafendová)  

  • 1958

    one-year study stay at Petrohrad Conservatory in Russia with Professor M. J. Chaľfin  

  • 1959 – 1963

    Academy of Performing Arts (Anna Kafendová)

  • since 1966

    stipend from Ján Cikker and study at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik (Bruno Seidlhofer) 

  • 1966 – 1993

    teacher of piano playing at the Department of Keyboard Instruments in the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava (1988 dozent)

After graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts, Ivan Palovič engaged in richly varied activity as a performer, which comprises the fundamental part of his creative legacy. Apart from piano recitals, he often performed as a soloist with Slovak and Czech orchestras. In the field of chamber music he collaborated with several Slovak performers and also with the well-known Russian violinist Boris Pergamenschtschikow.


Palovič as a performer was associated by critics with an energetic temperament, sense of style, fine rhythm, technical resources, brilliant play of octaves and chords, considerable gradational abilities etc. By his make-up as a performer he was drawn more to the works of the romantics, and particularly to 20th century works (Rachmaninov, Skriabin, Prokofiev, Bartók etc.).


In his rich concert repertoire Palovič had a sincere and special attachment to performing original works by Slovak composers. He was one of the first Slovak performers of the piano work of the Bratislava native Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and he evoked unusual interest and recognition by his performance of Jána Cikkera’s Concertina, and still more so by his project of producing the entire work to that point of Dušan Martinček, which he introduced to concert life (i.e. work produced up to the beginning of the 1990s). Apart from Martinček’s works, he also successfully premiered a series of other Slovak composers (Juraj Hatrík, Vladimír Bokes, Jozef Malovec etc.).


He completed a great many recordings for Slovak Radio and Television and for recording companies.


During his 27 years in the Academy of Performing Arts he educated many graduates who have successfully taken their places in Slovak concert life and music education.

(Pergler, František: Ivan Palovič (1938 – 1993): Chapters from the History of Piano Art and Teaching in Slovakia. In: Hudobný život 2006/6, p. 26–28.)