Ivana Kiš

Ivana Kiš je rođena u Zagrebu 1979. godine. Diplomirala je kompoziciju na Zagrebačkoj muzičkoj akademiji u klasi Marka Ruzdjaka, a magistrirala na Royal Conservatory u Den Haagu u Nizozemskoj u klasi Louisa Andriessena, Giliusa van Bergeijka i Diederik Haakma Wagenaara.

Kompozicije Ivane Kiš izveli su mnogi ansambli (ASKO, MAE, Cantus ensemble, Nederlands blaazers ensemble, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Television Symphonic Orchestra, Ensemble21). Napisala je dvije predstave muzičkog teatra na narudžbu nizozemske Diamantfabriek produkcije (“Robe of feathers”, “Look at her Look at her Look at her”).

Balet “Selfish gene machine” je izveo baletni ansambl HNK-a. U svojim djelima Ivana Kiš povezuje muziku sa dramom i/ili vizualnim elementima, te istražuje emocionalnu ekspresivnost muzike.

Ivana Kiš živi i radi u Izraelu.

Rezervirajte ulaznice za ovaj događaj OVDJE, nakon čega ćete dobiti link za ZOOM.

Lovro Peretić

Lovro Peretić is an internationally award winning classical guitarist from Zagreb (Croatia) currently based in Geneva (Switzerland) where he is doing his postgraduate studies with Judicaël Perroy at the Haute Ecole de Musique Genève.

Lovro started studying guitar at a young age under tuition of prof. Xhevdet Sahatxhija in music school “Pavao Markovac” in Zagreb. After that, he graduated with distinction at the Music academy in Zagreb in the class of prof. Darko Petrinjak studying for one year in a student exchange program at L’École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France in Lille (France) with prof. Judicaël Perroy. He has been awarded the Dean's award and Rector's award of University in Zagreb. Today, he is regarded as one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation, regularly giving concerts in Europe and winning numerous awards at some of the most prestigious classical music competitions.

Lovro has greatly benefited from numerous masterclasses with musicians and scholars such as Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Lorenzo Micheli, Ana Vidović, Paolo Pegoraro, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Ricardo Gallén, Marco Socías and more. He has given concerts all around Croatia and in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Italy, France, Austria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Hungary and Greece as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed and given masterclasses in many of the worlds most prestigious guitar festivals and music concert series’, including Paris International Guitar Festival, Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov” in Moscow, Zagreb Guitar Festival, Antwerp International Guitar Festival, José Tomás Villa de Petrer International Guitar Festival and many more.

He has won over 30 prizes in international competitions, including the International Concert Artist competition of GFA (USA), Changsha International Guitar Competition (China), Andres Segovia guitar competition in Velbert (Germany), Anna Amalia guitar competition in Weimar (Germany), Zagreb Guitar Festival (Croatia), Boris Papandopulo music competition in Zagreb (Croatia), Antwerpen Guitar Festival (Belgium), Enrico Mercatali guitar competition in Gorizia (Italy), Fernando Sor guitar competition in Rome (Italy), Volos Guitar Competition (Greece), Concours international de guitare d'Antony (France), Peja International Guitar Festival (Kosovo), Sarajevo International Guitar Festival (B&H), “Paola Ruminelli” international chamber music competition (Italy), Split Guitar Festival (Croatia), Mörski festival kitare (Slovenia), International guitar competition ”Porečki tirando”, Brussels International Guitar Competition ”Ilse and Nicolas Alfonso” (Belgium), International guitar competition ”Ida Presti” (Croatia). Lovro’s biggest success in a competition so far was in 2020 when he won the 3rd Eurostrings competition, one of the most important competitions for guitar which brought him an opportunity to give numerous concerts and master classes in 18 countries of Europe, as well as in Asia and the USA.Except as a soloist, he regularly performs in various chamber music groups among which the most significant ones are duo with violinist Katarina Kutnar and guitar trio Evocación, with whom they recently released their first album named Evocación. As a soloist, he played with the Symphony orchestra of Croatian radio television, Dubrovnik symphony orchestra, Zagreb soloists and more.

Judicaël Perroy

Now highly sought after as a concert artist and pedagogue worldwide, Judicaël Perroy began his international career after winning the First Prize of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention in 1997. The resulting tour of the United States and Canada, was only the beginning of what is now an extensive career. With numerous appearances in Europe and Asia, he is a highly regarded audience favourite and regular returning artist.
In great demand as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at the top conservatories and universities around the world. His students continue to win numerous top prizes in national and international competitions around the globe, while emerging as mature and rising stars of classical guitar in the international music scene.

Judicaël Perroy currently resides in Paris while he enjoys teaching at Lille’s ESMD (École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France- Lille) Nord-Pas-de-Calais a position he has held since 2010. He taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 3 years where he took over the position held by Sergio Assad. In 2020 he was invited to replace Dušan Bogdanović at the Haute École de Musique Genéve where he is now principally active as a teacher. 

Multimedia concert and promotion of a CD by Krešimir Bedek & virtual talk with composer Ivana Kiš

Krešimir Bedek, guitar
Ivana Kiš: Supertramp's journal for guitar and video
Big John Campbell's last song

Photo credit: Liat Chen

Video animation: Roy Shapira

Both compositions belong to the field of program music. Composer Ivana Kiš dedicated them to Krešimir Bedek. Big John Campbell's last song is her first work for guitar, and the composition is unique in the guitar repertoire since it starts with a theatrical verbal introduction. Furthermore, it is also the first work of Croatian guitar composers for solo guitar in which a prepared instrument is being used. Big John Campbell's last song is nostalgically dedicated to the time of famous rock guitarists, and the program character is evident in the visual moments of the performance which at the end of the composition irresistibly remind of the spectacle that could often be witnessed on stages during rock concerts.

While the story about Big John Campbell is a fictional composition, Supertramp's journal is based on a true event - inspired by a diary written by Christopher McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, who was writing during his tragic Alaska adventure without writing many words to describe emotions and experiences. Our renowned composer, who grew up in Samobor and currently lives and works in Israel, chose two Israeli artists for the visual component of the work - Liat Chen and Roya Shapiru. Inspired by selected quotes from Supertramp's diary and Bedek's interpretation of Ivana Kiš' music, academic artist Liat Chen made paintings for each of the ten movements, and Roy Shapira used her paintings to make a video animation as part of the composition. This big suite for guitar and video is about 40 minutes long and it is a significant work not only for Croatian music, but also worldwide because even the greatest compositions for guitar solo do not exceed thirty minutes, and compositions for guitar and video are rare.


Guitars in the Warmer World

The issues to be discussed relate to the impact of human activities and the consequences of global warming on the quality and availability of wood used for building guitars in the near future. Do we have to worry about the degradation of existing guitars? Are guitars critically endangered species? Different questions will be raised and possible solutions will be presented.

Get tickets for this event HERE. After that, you will receive a Zoom link.

Lecture by Candice Mowbray: Women in the History of the Classical Guitar


Dr. Candice Mowbray leads audiences through an appreciative look at the accomplishments and contributions of women as players, teachers and composers throughout the history of the classical guitar. Beginning in the early Baroque and continuing through the 20th century, this lecture spotlights the careers of women such as Francesca Caccini, Emilia Giuliani, Madame Sydney Pratten, Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, Maria Luisa Anido, Ida Presti and Luise Walker. The purpose of the presentation is to celebrate the careers of great women guitarists, give a broader and more inclusive view of the history of guitar, and inspire the inclusion of women and their works in programming and study of the instrument.

Everyone interested in this lecture can also watch it via Zoom, after they apply for this event on the following link: https://guitarprestisamobor.com/en/tickets/

Presenter Biography:

Candice Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and, in addition to performing, has been a dedicated instructor of music at several colleges and schools for over twenty years. An experienced lecturer, her talks have been described as “enthusiastic” and “insightful” by Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call. She has presented talks for numerous organizations and series including the Guitar Foundation of America, Berklee College of Music, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Boulanger Initiative, Ibero-American Guitar Festival, Toronto Guitar Weekend and Marlow Guitar International. She speaks about a variety of musical topics and has been an advocate for women’s contributions to guitar history, giving her first lecture on the subject in 2006 and completing her doctoral thesis about the legendary French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, in 2012.  Her CD Reverie, which includes music by Presti, was named one of the Top 10 CDs of 2017 by Classical Guitar Magazine, and her writings have been published in Soundboard and Prodigies (publication of the Guitar Foundation of America).

Margarita Escarpa

Margarita Escarpa began her guitar studies at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid with some of Spain’s most distinguished teachers, receiving the highest possible honour, the Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera. She later worked with David Russell, Gerardo Arriaga and Miguel Angel Girollet and has taken part in many of Europe’s prestigious courses and festivals. At the same time she graduated at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Mathematical Sciences. As a competitor, she has won major prizes in several important competitions, including the 1990 Concurso Internacional Alhambra in Alcoy, the 1991 Esztergom International Competition in Hungary, the 1992 Concours International de Guitare of Radio France, the 1993 Concurso Internacional Andrés Segovia in Palma de Mallorca, and in 1994 at the Certamen Internacional Andrés Segovia in Granada and the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in Quebec. Margarita Escarpa works intensively as a concert performer and teacher in Spain and throughout Europe and has a number of recordings to her credit. Since October 2021 Mrs Escarpa  is an associate professor at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

Tomislav Vasilj

Tomislav Vasilj began studying music at the Ivan Zajc Music School with teacher Josip Burjan. He continued his secondary education with Alemka Orlic at the Blagoje Bersa Music School and after the third grade he enrolled in guitar studies at the Hochschulle für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria. In 1988, he obtained a master’s degree from the same university mentored by Martin Myslivecek. He took part in numerous seminars led by famous guitar teachers (A. Pierri, A. Carlevaro, T. Offermann, P. Steidel…). He has worked as a guitar teacher at the Blagoje Bersa Music School in Zagreb since 1999, where his students regularly perform on various occasions as well as at regional and national competitions, winning numerous awards. He performs both as a soloist and as a part of various ensembles. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Zagreb Guitar Quartet. As a part of this quartet, he has performed in more than 20 countries all over Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Furthermore, with this same quarter, he performed with different orchestras, one of them being the Zagreb Philharmonic. Not only that, as a soloist he has performed at numerous events, including the Varaždin Baroque Evening, Music Tribune in Opatija. Since 2014, Tomislav has been a member of the guitar duo called Coulé. He is also participating as a member of the jury on guitar competitions, and regularly organizes seminars for primary and secondary school students. He regularly holds seminars and summer masterclasses, the most prominent being the annual summer masterclass ‘Young masters’ in Samobor, Croatia, where he has been a lecturer since its first edition. He has also served on the juries of many guitar competitions. Since 2021, he has been the artistic associate of the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek, where he teaches chamber music.

Monika Krajnc Štih

Monika Krajnc Štih is a guitar teacher at the elementary music school and performing arts grammar school in Velenje, Slovenia.

She obtained her Bachelor’s and Masters degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, her mentor was prof. Martin Mysliveček. In her Masters dissertation she researched the life of one of the most important guitarists, Ida Presti and for this purpose she interviewed the revered guitarist and composer, John W. Duarte, and published the interview in the dissertation. She attended guitar seminars with professors Jerko Novak, Istvan Romer, Tomaž Lorenz, Abel Carlevaro, David Crosky, John W. Duarte, Pavel Steidl.

As a secondary school student she won many first prizes when competing solo or with chamber music. She released a CD with her husband Boris – in one of the first guitar duos in Slovenia. Since then, she performed as a soloist or a member of various chamber ensembles.

She dedicated a big part of her teaching career to developing guitar orchestra – not just at the music school in Velenje, but in the whole country. The guitar orchestra of music school Velenje won a first prize and performed with the orchestra of ZGF 2017 Zagreb Guitar Festival.

Her students are achieving the highest recognition awards and prizes at competitions on a national and international level.

She is also a member of juries in regional, national and international competitions, as well as a technical advisor for the national competition for young musicians TEMSIG.