Ivana - Eng
I was born in the capital of Croatia –Zagreb back in 1979. My parents sang in a church choir and my mother played the piano – therefore at a young age I was surrounded by a love for music. At the age of six I wanted to learn how to play an instrument and someone recommended the violin- I started playing and eventually finished elementary music school Josip Slavenski in Zagreb. When I got to the age of 15, an important decision was to be made-should I continue to play violin or not. I loved it but I knew deep down that it was not my instrument for life. I had been thinking about the harp for some time- I loved its elegance, its grandeur and off course its soothing sound. So, at 15 I started studying harp at conservatory Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb with professor Biserka Krčelić. People say that when you are good at something and you love it that you will naturally reach success. After only a few months of harp lessons I took part in a national competition and won the 5th prize! I felt very enthusiastic and this reward pushed me to continue. Two years later, on the same competition I won the 3rd prize. At the same time I had the opportunity to perform for the first time: in the „Kaptol“ restaurant of the well-known Hotel Intercontinental in Zagreb. Since then I have regularly played the harp at various events- memorable weddings, elegant christenings, «chic» cocktail parties, promotional events, art exhibitions and similar. In 2003 I had the very fulfilling experience of moving abroad and learning a new language. I was accepted to study harp at University for
music and performing Arts in Graz, Austria (KUG). There I continued my harp studies with professor Arcola E. Clark. I also had the great opportunity to take
courses with master harp players such as Gretschen van Hoesen (USA), Stephen
Fitzpatrick (DE), Dalibor Bernatović, Ruda Kosi-Ravnik (SLO), and also the unique jazz harp with Park Stickney (USA). I also had lessons with the famous Austrian harpist Ulrike Mattanovich from the conservatory in Klagenfurt, in Austria for a few years. I have collaborated with different kinds of orchestras and ensembles: Croatian National Opera in Zagreb, New Music ensemble of KUG with the conductor Edo Micic; KlangImPuls Opera Orchestra of KUG; Academic Philharmonic Orchestra ; Wind Orchestra of Croatian Army, Croatian Chamber Orchestra and Cantus ensamble. My most memorable collaboration however was the one with HGM Big Band and Mark Feldmann as a soloist conducted by Sigi Feigel. It was my first experience in Jazz music which I loved very much, ever since my teenage years when my father introduced me to the classics like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington etc. Since my graduation as a Bachelor of Arts from the University, I have been happily playing the harp. Since the 2012/13 season, I also work as a prat time harpist at the Croatian National Opera in Zagreb.
Together with a young Croatian composer Davor Branimir Vincze I have started a new and exciting project in 2014. A contemporary music festival in Croatia, with concerts, workshops and performances in Zagreb, Zadar, and NOvalja on the Island Pag.
In 2015. I have decided to learn more about Music so I started my MA degree of Musicology at the University of Vienna. in Vienna I have worked as a resident harpist in some of the best Restaurants (Al Borgo) and Hotels (Hotel Imperial Vienna- starting in December 2017).
Life in Vienna means having daily struggle to choose between the greatest soloists, orchestras and conductors in Musikverein or Wiener Konzerthaus. Another dilemma is choosing between operahouses such as Theater an der Wien or Wiener Staatsoper (or maybe Volksoper?) So inspired by these wonderfull music institutions I started writing rewieves for the Croatian magazines s Globus, Cantus and klasika.hr.
Rođena sam u Hrvatskoj, u Zagrebu.Glazbeno školovanje započinjem u šestoj godini, sa nastavom violine na Glazbenoj školi Rudolf Matz u Zagrebu. Nakon završene osnovne škole počinjem učiti harfu na Glazbenoj školi Vatroslav Lisinski kod prof. Biserke Krčelić. Nakon samo pola godine učenja harfe odlazim na državno natjecanje gdje osvajam petu nagradu.Dvije godine kasnije na istom državnom natjecanju osvajam i treću nagradu.
U to vrijeme stječem i prva iskustva u izvođenju prigodne glazbe (entertainment music) u restoranu "Kaptol" hotela Intercontinental, te od tada redovno sviram na vjenčanjima, krštenjima, domjencima (Švedska ambasada u Zagrebu, godišnje proslave gradonačelnika Graza itd.) i u restoranima ("Kaptol", "Lido" itd.).
Paralelno završavam i gimnaziju, te upisujem Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, smjer Etnologija i Češki jezik.Daljenje glazbeno školovanje nastavljam na Glazbenoj akademiji u Grazu (Kunst Uni Graz), u klasi profesorice Arcole E. Clark. A također radim i s profesoricom Ulrike Mattanovich sa Konzarvatorija u Klagenfurtu.Diplomirala sam s titulom Bachelor of Art 2011. godine.
Tijekom studija usavršavala sam se na seminarima klasične harfe kod profesora Gretchen Van Hoesen (USA), Stephen Fitzpatrick (DE), Ruda Kosi- Ravnik i Dalibor Bernatović (SLO), i jazza kod Park Stickneya (USA).Surađivala sam sa različitim orkestrima i ansamblima: Ensamble fur Neue Musik der KUG (Ansambl za suvremenu glazbu); KlangImPuls Opern Orchester der KUG (Operni orkestar);Grazer Akademischen
Philharmonie (Akademska Filharmonija Graz); Big Bend HGM sa gostom Mark Feldmanom pod ravnanjem Sigi Feigla, Zagrebu te Simfonijskim puhačkim orkestrom hrvatske vojske.U razdoblju od 2012-2015.godine djelujem i kao honorarni suradnik Hrvaskog narodnog kazališta u Zagrebu, Cantus Ansambla i Hrvatskog komornog orkestra.
U tom razdoblju surađujem i sa mezzosopranisticom Ivanom Srbljan te ostvarujemo značajne koncerte u Hrvatskoj i Sloveniji.
Sa mladim kompozitorom Davorom B. Vinczeom, 2014. godine pokrećem fesival za suvremenu glazbu Novalis music+art festival koji se fokusira na priblizavanju suvremene glazbe i srodnih umjetnosti široj publici. Koncerte i seminare organiziramo u Zagrebu, Zadru i Novalji na otoku Pagu.
Kako bih proširila svoje znanje o glazbi 2015. .godine upisujem Magisterij iz Muzikologije na Univerzitetu u Beču te počinjem i sa pisanjem osvrta sa glazbenih događanja za časopise Globus i Cantus i online portale Soundguardian i klasika.hr.
U Beču djelujem kao harfistica u nekim od najpoznatijih talijanskih restorana (Al borgo- 2016.godine) i Hotela (Hotel Imperial od Prosinca 2017.godine.)