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Bruno Vlahek

Bruno Vlahek (Zagreb, 1986) is one of the most prominent Croatian artists of young generation. Discovered as a specially gifted musician, he was enrolled to the Music Academy of the University in Zagreb at the age of 15. He graduated piano from the class of Prof. Vladimir Krpan in 2005 as one of the youngest students in history of that institution. As a Federal scholarship holder of Swiss Confederation, in 2008 he obtained a piano soloist diploma with distinction (avec félicitations) at the Conservatoire de Lausanne in the class of Prof. Jean-François Antonioli. From 2008/09 he is continuing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (Germany) with Prof. Vassily Lobanov.

Beside being an absolute winner of Croatian national competitions held in Dubrovnik in 1999 and 2001, he was a prizewinner at  international piano competitions in Pinerolo 1997 and Moncalieri 1998 (Italy), EPTA in Osijek (Croatia) 2003, Concours Grieg (Jury's Special Mention) in Oslo (Norway) 2003, EPTA - "Svetislav Stancic" in Zagreb 2007 and many others. In 2008, he won the First prize at the „Ricard Vines“ International Piano Competition in Lleida (Spain). For his artistic achievements he also received Rector's Award of the University in Zagreb 2004, Croatian Composers Society's Award 2005, „Prix Paderewski“ 2006 and „Max D. Jost“ Award 2008 (Switzerland).

He is regularly being invited to perform as a soloist in many European countries - Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. He also took part at eminent music festivals (Evenings in St. Donat, Pag Summer, Festival of Croatian Music in Vienna, Music Biennale Zagreb etc.) and performed with orchestras such as Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Genève and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra to mention few. His concert appearances were broadcasted on TV stations in Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Russia and Spain, as well as on Radio Suisse Romande.

He has specialized at masterclasses with renowned music teachers such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Noel Flores, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Jean-Bernard Pommier.
His other music activities include those of being an organist and composer. He has written about 30 works of various genres, with special emphasis on piano and chamber music. In 2007., his Sonata for two pianos has been awarded by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. His music gained most positive critics and has been performed in European music centres such as Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Lausanne, Prague, Zagreb and other cities in Croatia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia and Venezuela.

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