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        Pianist and 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.

       Bruno was 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. His 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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