ORGAN OF THE ZAGREB CATHEDRAL
11 / 7 – 26 / 9 / 2019
“BACH is the beginning and end of all.” (Max Reger)
About the Zagreb Cathedral
The Zagreb Cathedral is an exceptional edifice. It is considered to be the greatest and most important sacral building in Croatia. It is an edifice that belongs among the monumental Gothic cathedrals and it indicates that Zagreb was a powerful medieval centre. The institution of the bishopric in Zagreb in 1093-1094 definitely initiated the building of the cathedral. Many archaeological finds prove that there already stood another old church. The cathedral as we know it was built in several stages, with interruptions between the 13th to the beginning of the 16th century, when the arches of the aisles were completed. What we definitely know is that the cathedral was completed and consecrated in the year 1217. However, it was severely destroyed at the time of the Tartarian incursion in the year 1242, but Bishop Timotheus continued thoroughly with its restoration in the Gothic style. The cathedral gets the southern massive bell-tower in the period from 1633 to 1641, at the time of the extremely active bishop Franjo Ergelski Hasanović. The builder of this period was the Swiss Ivan Albertal. He also participated in the restoration of the cathedral after the great fire of the year 1645. In the course of the 17th century and especially in the 18th century the interior of the cathedral was filled-in with baroque inventory, altars (eighteen), pulpits and memorial plates. The cathedral experienced the hardest blow in the great earthquake of the year 1880. After the earthquake which also gravely destroyed Zagreb there was a fundamental restoration of the cathedral undertaken and from 1880 to 1906 the cathedral was restored in the Neo-gothic style. The projects were prepared by the Viennese architect F. Schmidt; the construction was carried out byHermann Bollé. Bollé also carried out the work on the restoration, and he partly changed Schmidt’s projects. It was exactly in this restoration carried out under the management of Hermann Bollé that the cathedral received its current recognizable view with the two slender towers, tall truss roof, new pillars and new altars while the baroque ones were mostly removed. Along with many Croatian eminent men who were given crypts here, there are Petar Zrinski and Fran Krsto Frankopan, Ivan Antun Zrinski, Eugen Kvaternik and the definitely most outstanding person among all, the blessed Alojzije Stepinac, whose name is present in the frequently named cathedral as Stepinec’ cathedral. Nowadays, it is Bollé’s cathedral that gives the visual identity to Zagreb.
The cathedral takes central place of the spiritual life of all Croats.
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Since 2011 ANDREAS BOLTZ appears as Director of Music of Emperor´s Cathedral St. Bartholomew in Frankfurt. He is also artistic director of the Cathedral Concerts and gives concerts several times a year in this series with usually thematically positioned programs.
As an organist and conductor he often gives performances in Germany and abroad. In summer 2013 appeared his first CD oft he Frankfurt cathedral organ Mainmixtures – composers in Frankfurt and in autumn 2017 the follow-up-production Main-Stream at the label www.organophon.de.
Beside the liturgical organ playing his focus of activities was the establishment and the direction of the Frankfurter Domsingschule for meanwhile 330 boys and girls. For this musical and pedagogical function he was awarded the Schumann-Preis of the Schumann-Society Frankfurt. With the adult choirs oft he cathedral he designs the mass services an concerts in the cathedral with music from gregorian chant to contemporary music.
His broadly based development he received at Würzburg conservatory with diplomas in sacred music, artistic organ playing and conducting. Among his teachers are numbered Günther Kaunzindger, Daniel Roth, Guy Bovet and Jon Laukvik (organ), Eric Ericson (conducting), Glen Wilson (harpsichord) and Zsolt Gárdonyi (composition).
From 1989 to 1933 he was assistant oft he Director of music of Würzburg cathedral, between 1993 and 2011 he appeared as musician at St. Ludwig´s church in Darmstadt and as an lecturer for organ and conducting at the institute for church music oft he diocesis of Mainz.
His compositions have been released in many publishing companies, in 1993 he received the Premio Speciale of the international competion for composers in Trieste | Italy.
EDMUND ANDLER-BORIĆ won his first degree in the piano with Ida Gamulin and the organ with Ljerka Očić, going on to do a Master`s degree in the organ with Mario Penzar. He continued further studies in the organ interpretation in the master classes of Jaroslav Tuma, Pieter van Dijk and Daniel Roth. As an excellent student he was the absolute winner at the 2nd Franjo Dugan Croatian Organist Competition in 1999 and captured attention by his performance of virtuoso compositions from the period from Romanticism to contemporary music. He is particularly active in appearing at concerts, having given several hundred concerts all over Croatia, in Slovenia, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Russia and the USA, making him the most prominent young concert artist. As well as making guest appearances at many festivals, he has launched several events of this kind in Croatia: he is one of the initiators and the artistic director of the international organ festivals Organ of the Zagreb Cathedral and Ars organi Sisciae in Sisak as well as Organ of the island Vis. The Croatia Records publishing house published his first soloist CD in 2009 that was awarded the Croatian discography prize Porin in 2010.
2013 released a second and 2016 third CD under the name Sisak Organ Heritage published by Croatia Records.
In the year 2016, the fourth solo CD was released under the title of Orgulje Sisak Biskupija-Voloder. In the year 2018 he released the CD Cantus by Miroslav Miletić with the organ works of this distinguished Croatian composer.
He was awarded the Milka Trnina diploma for the promotion of organ art.
IVAN BOSNAR, a native of Croatia, is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies organ with Nathan Laube and improvisation with Edoardo Bellotti and William Porter. He took his first organ lessons at Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb where he studied with Jasna Šumak-Picek. Following high school, he studied organ at Zagreb Music Academy with Mario Penzar and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Ulrich Walther. Ivan won First Prize in the Croatian Organ Student Competition in 2009, and Second Prize and Audience Prize in the University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition in 2016. He has appeared in several organ festivals, both in Croatia and abroad (Požega Cathedral, Zagreb Cathedral, Loretto, Graz, Pecs, Berlin). He has collaborated with the Croatian Military Symphony Orchestra and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. As a church musician, he served as organist at St. Peter’s Church in Zagreb, at St. Mary’s Church in Zaprešić, Croatia, and at St. Boniface Church in Rochester, New York. He currently serves as Music Director and Organist at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport, New York.
NIKOLA CEROVEČKI graduated from the Music Academy at the University of Zagreb in the class of prof. Ljerke Očić. As part of the Erasmus International Exchange Program, the academic year 2015|2016. he spent studying in the class of prof. Gunther Rosta at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where he is currently completing postgraduate study of the organ, concert direction. He won first prizes at regional and national competitions for students (2013 and 2015) and other awards at the organ competition Martha Debelli (2016) held in Graz. At the Tribune Darko Lukicin season 2017|2018. won the Croatian Composers’ Society Award for Best played piece of Croatian composer. He regularly performs concerts throughout Croatia and abroad, as well as at domestic and foreign festivals: Young musicians, Organ Festival Don Petar Nakić, Ars organs Sisciae, Salon Očić, The Sounds of the Places, Orgelfrühling Steiermark etc. During the study in Zagreb he was the permanent organist of the parish church of St. Paul in Zagreb-Retkovec. He is regularly trained at expert art interpreters’ seminars (Cristoph Bossert, Andrew Benson Wilson, Roman Perucki, Nathan J. Laube, Hans Fagius, Martin Schmeding).
Soprano ANTONIA DUNJKO finished master studies in 2017. at the Music Academy of Zagreb in the class of professor Lidija Horvat-Dunjko. She participated in numerous master classes, among which the following should be mentioned: Helena Lazarska, Gerhard Zeller, Dunja Vejzović, Daphne Evangelatos, Marijana Mijanović, Rosemary Joshua, Bavarian Opera Academy (Monika Hauswalter, Kalle Kanttila). From season 2017.|2018. she is part of The Fat Lady Operagroep in the Netherlands (artistic director mo.Tamir Chasson).
She has won many first prizes at national and international competitions (State Chamber Music Competition, Croatian Sing Competition, Bruna Spiler in Montenegro, Heferer’s Voice and Orgl Competition, Lazar Jovanovic in Belgrade, Iuventus canti in Slovakia, Lav Mirski in Osijek, Jozsef Simandy in Hungary, Concorso di sacra musica San Colombano Italia and others.)
In 2013 she was nominated for the Singer of the Year in the Molto cantabile concert cycle in co-operation with the Zagreb Concert Management. She held concerts at home and abroad (Italy, Austria – Mozarteum Wiener Saal, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Serbia, USA – Washington – Kennedy center …).
In addition to concerts, she has performed numerous opera and operetta roles (I. Stravinski: Nightingale, CW Gluck: Amor, I. Zajc: Ema, GF Handel: Poppea, L. Janaček: Bystrouska, E. Kalman: Mariette la Tourette , C. Monteverdi: The Music and Eurydice, WA Mozart: Pamina). For her achievement, she was awarded the Dean Award.
She collaborates with numerous orchestras: The Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy and conductors mo. Tarbuk, mo. Juranić, mo. Fačini and mo. Ivezić), Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (mo. Marevci and mo. Hager), Symphonic Orchestra of OSRH (mo. Vukovojac Dugan), HRT Tamburitza Orchestra (mo. Leopold), HRT Symphony Orchestra, (mo. Lipanović and Skender), Early Music Ensemble Minstrel and others…
EUGENIO MARIA FAGIANI is not only a virtuoso organist, but also a very talented composer. As an affirmed international concert organist he performs in whole Europe, Belarus, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Syria, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA on the most important instruments.
He is invited to hold masterclasses (both in Interpretation and Improvisation) and lectures for several top-class music institutions around Europe and North America as the Cambridge University Organ Scolar’s Forum (UK) and the RCCO, Toronto (CDN). He is also invited to serve as jury member in international competitions.
From 2008 he is the Organist of the Franciscan Shrine of La Verna, Arezzo. In 2010 he started the collaboration as the organist with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano La Verdi (with which he recorded several times for the Italian’s state broadcasting company Radio Tre Rai). He also performed, both as a soloist as well as with the orchestra, in the recording project of the symphonic music by Nino Rota, published by Decca (8 CD’s, up to now, under the conduction of maestro Giuseppe Grazioli) that started in 2013.
With La Verdi he performed at the BBC Proms in London (broadcasted worldwide live by the BBC), on the magnificent instrument of the Royal Albert Hall, under the baton of Xian Zhang. He was also the organist in the highly praised performances of the Mahler’s 8th Symphony that the La Verdi gave with maestro Riccardo Chailly in Milano.
During February 2017 he has been the first Western musician since 2011 invited to perform in Syria. Two historical concerts were given in the Damascus Opera House, with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Missak Baghboudarian (the program includes Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante and Saint-Saëns Third Symphony, recorded live by the Syrian National TV) and then in the Saint Anthony’s Church, in the First Syrian Pipe Organ Week, then in November 2018 he did the dedication concert of the refurbished organ at the St. Francis Church in Aleppo. His works as a composer (as well of a successful series of organ transcriptions) are now part of the repertoire of some of the most prestigious artists of our time as Stephen Tharp and David Briggs.
With the CD Crucis Christi Mons Alvernae, recorded with the choir of La Verna’s friars, obtained the Recording of the year 2009 acknowledgement from Alias, cultural review of the Italian National newspaper Il Manifesto. Eugenio is the Artistic Director of the Festival Internazionale di Musica d’Organo de La Verna from November 2014. In April 2015 he received by the Archbishop of Arezzo the title as the Artistic Director of the new Festival Organistico S. Donato in the Arezzo’s Dome on the astonishing Luca da Cortona organ (1534 – 1536). From 2016 he has also been appointed as the Artistic Advisor of the Terra Sancta Organ Festival, organized by the Custody of the Holy Land (a Festival that include many countries in the middle east region in a unique season of organ concerts). He records with: VDE-Gallo (Switzerland), Spektral Records (Germany) and Decca (UK).
MILAN HIBŠER obtained his degree in philosophy and religious culture from the Philosophy Faculty of Society of Jesus in Zagreb. Along with the philosophy studies he attended a part-time organ studies at the Institute of church music Albe Vidaković and later changed his status into a full-time student. He studied organ (8 years all together) with doc. Mirta Kudrna and improvisation with doc. M.A. Ante Knešaurek and graduated in 2009. During and after his studies he regularly performed on numerous organ productions, seminars and master classes amongst which Jose Luis Gonzales Uriol (Spain), Roman Perucki (Poland) and Mario Penzar (Croatia). He is currently attending his master’s degree studies in organ at Akadenija za glasbo in Ljubljana. As an organ rehearser, improviser and score-writer he has recorded several CDs. He is engaged in composing liturgy music and organ music and he is a joined member of Croatian Composers’ Society. He is an organ player in Church of St. Antonio of Padua on St. Spirit in Zagreb and occasionally in Zagreb Cathedral. He teaches improvisation at the Institute of church music Albe Vidaković in Zagreb.
CHRISTIAN IWAN, born 1974, studies at the University of Music in Vienna: organ and organ-improvisation with Wolfgang Capek, Herbert Tachezi and Guido Mayer, piano with Christiane Karajev, harpsichord with Wolfgang Glüxam and church music master classes with Ludger Lohmann and Michael Radulescu. Winner of the 2nd prize, audience prize and special prize in the organ competition of the ION-Nürnberg in 2004 and 1st prize in the 3rd international organ competition in Erfurt 2005.
From 1999-2009 he is organist at the Cathedral in Eisenstadt and liturgical music director of the diocese Eisenstadt. Since 2009 he is organist at the Cathedral in Graz, lecturer for improvisation and basso continuo playing at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz. He is an international concert organist and consultant for organ building and organ restoration.
KATARINA JAVORA (1986.) was born in Zagreb, where she graduated piano in class of prof. Renata Strojin Richter. She finished her organ studies on Zagreb Music Academy in class of prof. Ljerka Očić. She studied harpsichord in the class of prof. Pavao Mašić and prof. Emanuel Schmelzer Ziringer. She completed her harpsichord master degree on Zagreb Music Academy in class of prof. Višnja Mažuran. 2013. year she completed her master degree in organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Pier Damiano Peretti. During her studies she performed as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and with orchestras in various festivals in Croatia, Austria and France. She has participated in several regional competitions and national competition HDGPP, and Ferdo Livadić, Darko Lukić, Vinko Lesić and Petr Eben competition. Katarina Javora won special Rector’s prize on 2011. year. She attended various seminars by Croatian and foreign professors such as Libor Dudaš, Theo Jellema, Martin Sander, Ferdinando Luigi Tagliavini, Chr. Bossert, Ante Knešaurek. Pavao Mašic, Aline Zylberajch, Jean Baptiste Robin, Hans Fagius, Nathan Laube… She is an organ player in the Church of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and she teaches in Music schools Brkanović in Zagreb and Franjo Lučić in Velika Gorica.
NEVEN KRALJIĆ (Rijeka, 1976) After completing high school music education in Rijeka, he studied and graduated from the Institute for Church Music Albe Vidaković at the BCE and at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb.
More than eighteen years ago she was the organist of the Basilica of Mother of God Trsat, and since 2004 he is a permanent organist of the Zagreb Cathedral.
Numerous organ concerts have to be performed specially on the third pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II to Croatia and the city of Rijeka on 2003 and his visit to the Basilica of Mother of God as well as during visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Zagreb on 2011.
His repertoire includes compositions from all periods, from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary music. Particular attention is paid to the compositions of Croatian composers. It should be noted his impressive sensation and imagination as well as technically exceptional and inspired play.
He collaborates with soloists, choirs and orchestras and performs concerts at home and abroad. So far he has made several sound carriers.
KATARINA KUTNAR, born in Zagreb in 1995, comes from a family of musicians and has been studying the violin since her fourth year.
In 2017. she has won the national Papandopulo competition in Croatia and she has played in the finals of International Violin Competition Vaclav Huml on which she won fourth prize. She has also got the Ivo Vuljević award for the most successful Croatian musician of the year 2016. At the international Donaufest competition in Ulm, Germany she got the 1st prize. The Academy of Music in Zagreb awarded her a dean award. For best recording of the year with a composition for the violin, she got the prize Stjepan Šulek. In 2018 she got the prize Darko Lukić for the best recital in the season, such as Ferdo Livadić prize on international competition at Samoborske glazbene večeri. She received her first musical training at the music school Elly Bašić with Prof. Helena Žubrinic. From 2007 onwards, she took part in the course for high-gifted students at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in the class of Marina Sorokowa. After that she studied with Prof. Leonid Sorokow at the Music Academy in Zagreb. Since 2016 Katarina Kutnar has been a master student at the Weimar Music Academy Franz Liszt, in the class of Prof. Friedemann Eichhorn.
In 2012, Katarina won the national competition for the Eurovision Young Musicians in Croatia and performed as a representative of Croatia with a solo program at the Konzerthaus Wien. She won many 1st prizes at international competitions, for example at Ars Nova in Trieste or at the Bistrički zvukolik competition in Croatia. She was also successful in a duo with a guitarist Lovro Peretić on different competitions; such as the Croatian National Competition, the Lions Grand Prix and the Enrico Mercatelli competition in Gorizia and many other competitions. In recent years Katarina Kutnar has gathered many experiences on large stages. She has also played in several radio and television broadcasts and has been heard at numerous humanitarian concerts. She has performed solo with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Croatian Radio Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Jena Philharmony, chamber orchestra of Slovenian Philharmony, Symphony Orchestra of the Sondershausen. She has performed in numerous professional ensembles such as Methamorphosen Berlin, Splendor Baroque ensamble, Croatian Baroque Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, and European Young Musicians Orchestra. In order to perfect her musical skills, she attended master classes with Volodja Balžalorsky, Marko Žepić, Marina Sorokowa, Evgenia Epstein, Violeta Smailović- Huart, Yova Yordanova, Ofer Falk, Guy Braunstein, Hagai Shaham, Leonid Sorokow and Friedemann Eichhorn. Katarina is playing on the Gagliano violin from 1750.
IGOR MRNJAVČIĆ (1991) was born in Zagreb. He graduated in 2016 from trumpet at the Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of Professor Dario Teskera. During the study, he has achieved remarkable results, including: 1st award as an absolute winner in the trumpet categories at the international trump competition Petar Konjović in Belgrade, and the same year (2012) also participated in the international competition Donaufest in Ülm Germany. He was awarded the 2nd prize and the special awards for Best Performance for the Trumpet Sonata by Stjepan Šulek at the 2nd Croatian Competition for young musicians Papandopulo, held in Zagreb in 2013, and 3rd prize at the same competition held in 2017. In 2014 won the 1st prize in the highest category at the international competition Petar Konjović in Belgrade and the 1st prize in a national competition organized by the Croatian Association of Music and Dance Pedagogues. He is also the winner of the 1st prize at the Woodwind & Brass International Competition in Varaždin in 2015, and was awarded the one-time scholarship for Yamaha as the best student in the competition of wind instruments at the Zagreb Academy of Music. He was awarded with the Dean Award for the Best Student for the academic year 2011/2012, 2012/2013. and 2014/2015, and several special dean prizes for participating in academic projects. As an Erasmus scholarship student he studied at the prestigious Academy Franz Liszt in Budapest in the class of trumpet virtuoso Gabo Boldoczki. He has performed many solo performances, including concerts at the Brass Festival in Velika Gorica, a concert accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia and the Brass ensemble of the Music Academy. As a chamber musician he actively plays in combination with a soprano and organ, and performs at the Festival Organ of the Zagreb Cathedral, at the organ festival Ars organi Sisciae, at the festival of the Island Vis, at the festival Days of Milko Kelemen in Slatina, at the Organ Festival Petar Nakić. He also collaborated with Quasars ensemble (Slovakia) and Busina brass quintet (Croatia). He is employed at the orchestra of Komedija Theater, and as an orchestral musician he is actively working with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the HRT Symphony Orchestra, the orchestras of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Rijeka and Split and co-operated with the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, orchestra of Dartmouth College of USA and with the Zagreb Youth Orchestra.
PIOTR RACHON is a graduate of the Academy of Music Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw, where he graduated with honors from two majors: Piano, Harpsihord and Organ (1994) and Church Music Section of the Music Education Department (2004).
He perfected instrumental skills at the Chigiana Academy in Siena, Italy, thanks to the scholarship of the Italian Government and the Ministry of Culture and Art of the Republic of Poland (1994) and in the summer Academie d`Orgue in Saint Maximin la Sainte – Baume (2009). A graduate of the Institute of Organ Training in Warsaw, operating at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology (1999). In 2006 he completed post- graduate studies in organ playing at the Music Academy in Warsaw.
Since 2002, he has served as an organist in the Archcathedral Basilica. St. John the Baptist in Warsaw. Since 2006, he is the first organist. By decree of the Primate of Poland from 2004, he was included in the work in the Church Music Committee of the Archdiocese of Warsaw. Lecturer at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (until the closing of the Musicology Section in 2013) and the State Musical School in Warsaw.
In August 2008 he began his doctoral studies at the University of Houston in the United States in the field of organ playing (Scholarship of the University of Houston, scholarship of the Kościuszko Foundation – New York). He defended his doctorate at the Music Academy in Poznań in 2015.
He conducts active concert activity as a soloist, chamber musician, choral accompanist in Poland and abroad (Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Israel, Czech Republic, Turkey, Austria, USA, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Russia).
MATIJA ŠKVORC, was born on 8.3.1979. in Nova Gradiška. From 1982 is in Zagreb. He finished the accordion at the elementary music school Josip Slavenski, solo singing at the Blagoje Bersa secondary music school and solo singing at the Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of prof. Miljenke Grđan. He is the conductor of Maranatha’s choir and the mixed choir of the Zagreb Cathedral, and sixteen years ago, he garnered the gospel choir The Messengers with which he won the Golden Plaque and was the first in the category of the 29th World Choir Choir and Ensemble in Verona. He was also for a four-year vocalist and composer of New Time ensemble. During his studies at the Academy of Music, he has performed in many operas, musicals and theatre production. In his free time he has worked in jazz and gospel and for the last two years he is also a vocal pedagogue for the musical in the dance studio Step by Step.
THE ZAGREB CATHEDRAL MIXED CHOIR was founded in 1985 with the purpose of participating in the liturgical events of the Zagreb Cathedral, as well as promoting sacred music in general. The Choir in these thirty-three years was performing in the Cathedral and outside the Cathedral on various occasions, festivals and choral music concerts both in and out of the country. The choir was founded and guided by Dr. Vladimir Babuš for twenty-eight years. Four years ago, the choir is being taken over by the current leader, Matija Škvorc, in the desire to bring this choir with sound, quality and recognition to the ultimate level of creativity and music. Last year, the choir won the silver medal at the international choir competition Aurora Cantat in Karlovac.