recital & lecture„A. Scriabin and Contemporaries from Central Europe—D. Pejačević and B. Bartók“
– on the occasion of marking 140 years since Bartók was born and on the eve of Scriabin’s 150th birthday
VELJKO GLODIĆ, piano
– “Svetislav Stančić” Hall, Zagreb Academy of Music, Trg Republike Hrvatske 12
– Friday, 18 June 2021, at 07:00 p.m.
The program is realized with the support of the City of Zagreb and in partnership with the Zagreb Academy of Music
Dora Pejačević: Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 57
Aleksandar Skrjabin: Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70
Béla Bartók: Piano Sonata, Sz. 80
The work of Scriabin, Bartók and Pejačević derives from the stylistic features of the artistic epoch they belonged to. If the notion of style includes the totality of creative features of a particular epoch, characteristics of musical forms and personalities of artists, the most profiled styles at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries were, along with late Romanticism, Impressionism and Expressionism. If we consider the artistic and historical premises from which the compositional worlds of Alexander Scriabin, Bela Bartók and Dora Pejačević grow, individualism imposes itself on us as a common link between these three composers and as a fundamental principle of the musical epoch from which they originated. By creating works of art, the individual creative genius expresses not only his personal world of feelings and imagination, but also penetrates to the higher spheres of spiritual experience and through art reaches the realization of the spiritual meaning of life and the universe.
Veljko Glodić (Sisak, 1958) graduated in 1980 from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of prof. Jurica Muraj. In the same year, he won the 1st prize at the student competition in the former Yugoslavia, and the “Svetislav Stančić” award of the Croatian Music Institute. He continued his artistic training at The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, USA, where he received his master’s degree in 1982 in the class of Jacob Maxin. As an excellent postgraduate student, he won the Dean’s List 1981 award. After his master’s degree, he studied with the famous American pianist Leonard Shure, a student and assistant of Arthur Schnabel. He received his PhD in 1988 from The Florida State University USA in the class of Edward Kilenyi, who, along with Ana Fisher, Geza Anda, George Cziffra and Georg Solti, is among the most famous students of Ernest von Dohnanyi’s class at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest.
Upon his return to Croatia, he gave a series of concert performances throughout Croatia and in Germany, Russia, USA, Belgium, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria. He has performed at several domestic and international festivals such as Evenings on Grič, Varaždin Baroque Evenings, with the Zagreb Soloists Ensemble in 1991, giving solo recital in 2003, at Interbis, Hvar Summer, Skopje Summer, European Days of Culture in Ljubljana, Szeged International Jazz Festival, Zagreb Music Biennale, Alexander Goldenweiser Days and he gave the cycle of concerts Paths to Scriabin in Moscow. In 2010, his recital at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad was awarded the Diploma of Piano Excellence by the World Piano Techers Association.
As a member of the jury, he gave a solo recital at the Vera Lotar Shevchenko International Piano Competitions in Russia (2010) and Scriabin Rachmaninoff in Bulgaria (2016), where he received a diploma of High Artistic Achievement from the Organizing Committee.
His performances have been broadcasted on Florida Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, Slovenian Radio, Hungarian Radio, Moscow Radio and Croatian Radio, for which he has recorded chamber and solo works. He has appeared on Croatian Television, Hungarian Television, Skopje Television, and Bosnia and Herzegovina Television. He recorded on CD the piano part of the A. Jolivet Percussion Concerto with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kazushi Ono. He also recorded four solo recordings (Croatian Society of Composers, Orfej, Croatian Radio-Television), promoting a wide range of piano repertoire.
Engaged in intensive and professional work, he translated the capital book An Essay on the Real Art of Piano Playing by CPE Bach, writing a foreword (Academy of Music 2004). His works are included in the books Scriabin in the Cultural Spaces of the 20th Century (Moscow 2005) and Scriabin and Contemporaries (Moscow 2016). In March 2005, he held a Master Class at the Moscow State Conservatory “P. I. Tchaikovsky”, organized by EPTA Russia. He has worked as an Artist in Residence at the Goucher College, Baltimore, USA. He is the Vice President of the Croatian Society “Alexander Scriabin.”
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