Zoran Dukić

Zoran Dukic (1969, Zagreb) was presented with a guitar at the early age of six. Today he is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike. He performed in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, such as Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam or Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.

He graduated from the Music Academy of Zagreb with Darko Petrinjak and completed his studies with Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In his "tour de force" competition years (1990-1997) Zoran Dukic has won an astonishing number of competitions, being the only guitarist to have won both "Andrés Segovia" competitions, in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca. Showing astounding mastery in a wide variety of musical periods and styles he has also won competitions dedicated to "Fernando Sor", "Manuel Ponce", "Manuel de Falla", "Francisco Tárrega" among others. In the greatest Spanish guitar competition in Madrid, patronized by the Royal Family, he was awarded, in addition to the first prize, the special prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music (first time awarded to a non-Spaniard). In numerous competitions he was selected by the audience itself for the prize of the public, a self-evident testimony to his natural ability to communicate through music. His performances throughout the 5 continents have inspired numerous composers to dedicate their works to him. His premiers of new music are strengthened by his admiration of contemporary musical expression. His programs include works by Takemitsu, Henze, Reily, Carter or Gubaidulina among many others. He has also toured with entire Bach programs, performing complete cycles of lute, violin or cello suites. Music by J. S. Bach is still the focal point of his musical life. He also has a special affinity for Spanish and South American musical idiom, the core repertoire of classical guitar. Currently, his carefully balanced programs present a range of music from Bach to Britten, from Sor to Albéniz, from Tárrega to Villa-Lobos and Brouwer. Being exceptionally enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching, his pedagogical activitiesare equally impressive. Having taught at the Escuela Superior in Barcelona and at theHochschule Für Musik in Aachen, he is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatory ofMusic in The Hague and as a guest artist at Royal Welsh College in Cardiff. He has educatedgenerations of young classical guitarists and has one of the most successful classes in Europe.In addition to this, he regularly gives masterclasses all over the world and is often an invitedguest to numerous guitar festivals. Zoran Dukic is also a very active chamber music performerand a member of the "European Guitar Quartet" and duo with Aniello Desiderio. He is aD'Addario artist since 2011.He has recorded compact discs for labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil,Netherlands, Croatia and Canada.