composer Bruno Vlahek has distinguished himself as one of the most
prominent and versatile musicians of his generation; being praised by the critics for
his "fantastic virtuosity" and "depth of musical thought
that bewitches the audiance".
Born 1986 in
Zagreb (Croatia), it was there that he received first piano lessons at the age of 9.
Only two years later, he already won the 1st
prize at the Pinerolo International Piano Competition in Italy and
became subsequently a two-time absolute winner at his native country's
national competitions in Dubrovnik.
He graduated as one of the youngest students in history of the Zagreb
Music Academy with Vladimir Krpan, obtained a soloist diploma at the
Haute École de Musique in Lausanne with Jean-François Antonioli and
received his master's degree with Vassily Lobanov at the Hochschule für
Musik Köln, where he also studied composition and improvisation. From
2010-13 Bruno studied with legendary Russian pianist and pedagogue
Dmitri Bashkirov at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid, as a
scholarship holder of the Spanish Foundation Albéniz.
awarded 1st prizes at the international piano competitions „Alexander
Scriabin“ in Paris 2010 and „Ricard Viñes“ in Lleida 2008; was laureate of
the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition 2012 and EPTA-Svetislav Stanèiæ Competition in
Zagreb 2007. In 2016 he won the Third prize and the Audience prize at
the Concours international de piano de Lyon (France). In his native country he received a
prestigious title of the Young Musician of The Year 2010, awarded by the
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the winner of the Swiss
prizes "Paderewski" and "Max D. Jost",
the Yamaha Music Foundation's Award in Madrid,
Pnina Salzman Memorial Award in Israel and Arists on Globe Award 2014.
For his achievements he was awarded ny Honorary Diploma from the hands
of Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.
Big impact on Bruno's piano career were the contacts he had with artists
such as Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Menahem Pressler,
Ferenc Rados, Masaaki Suzuki and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
He regularly appears as
a recitalist and soloist with leading orchestras in Europe, Asia, Africa,
South America, Russia and Israel -
in prestigious concert venues such as Palau de la Música Catalana in
Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Franz Liszt Academy
in Budapest, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Shanghai Concert Hall
or Seoul Arts Centre. He performed at the festivals such as Dubrovnik Summer Festival,
Busoni Festival in Bolzano, Music Biennale Zagreb, Verano de Palma de
Mallorca, Dar Smile Music Festival in Tanzania, Greta Erikson's Festival
in Sweden and
the Vladimir Spivakov's Festival in Moscow among others. In 2012 he was invited to
take part at the famous Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. He
toured China three times and performed in some of the country' finest
venues to great critical acclaim. He will return to China again in the
season 2015/2016. His performances were broadcasted worldwide on TV and
radio stations such as British BBC 3, Dutch NPO Radio 4, Spanish
Catalunya Ràdio or Radio Suisse Romande, for
which he recorded Saint-Saëns' 2nd Piano Concerto with Orchestre de
Chambre de Lausanne.
He collaborated with conductors and chamber music partners such as Leopold Hager, Milan Horvat, Jaime Martín,
Pascal Rophé, Alexander Ghindin, Cyprien Katsaris
and Viktor Tretyakov.
He performs with great success with pianist Dubravka
Vukaloviæ as D&B Piano Duo. In 2013 they were prizewinners of the
1st International Competition for piano four-hands in Monte-Carlo.
He is also active as a concert organist and composer. He has written more than 40 orchestral, chamber, solo and choral works
of various genres, mostly characterized by neoclassical form and
expression, often combined with idioms of jazz and popular music.
In significant number of his compositions is shown special
interest for sacred music.
has been performed on five continents in cities such as New York, Chicago, London,
Berlin, Amsterdam, Cambridge, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Moscow,
St. Petersburg, or Seoul, and at the ISCM’s World New Music Days 2010 in
Sydney (Australia). In December 2012 he won the first prize at the XXXIII International
Composition Competition for Organ Works "Cristóbal
Halffter" in Spain. His works have been awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Croatia and have been published in United Kingdom and USA.
Bruno Vlahek is
currently appointed professor at the Katarina Gurska Superior
Conservatory in Madrid.