International Choir Competition
Zadar ~ Croatia
21st and 22nd May 2021

International Jury

Jasenka Ostojić, president

Croatian conductor Jasenka Ostojić is full professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, from where she graduated in conducting in the class of Prof. Pavle Dešpalj, with whom she also completed her specialisation as Lovro & Lilly Matačić Foundation scholarship recipient. She teaches the courses Choir and Chamber Choir, with which she has realised exceptional vocal-instrumental projects acclaimed by domestic and international critics and collaborations with some of the most renowned contemporary artists (Milan Horvat, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, etc.). She has given lectures and has held seminars and professional training courses, and has been a visiting lecturer at universities in the Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the United States. She has been member of expert juries at conducting, orchestra, and choir competitions in Zadar, Zagreb, Split, Novigrad, Primošten, Dubrovnik, and abroad (Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. As choir and orchestra conductor she has won tens of national and international awards, among which are two European Grands Prix. She has widely appeared in concerts in Croatia (Osor Musical Evenings, Varaždin Baroque Evenings, Samobor Musical Autumn, etc.) and abroad (Great Britain, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Greece, and the United States of America). She has conducted first performances of works by numerous composers (A. Marković, N. Njirić, P. Gotovac, J. Magdić, T. Uhlik, I. Josipović, D. Bobić, D. Bukvić, S. Drakulić, M. Tarbuk, A. Knešaurek, , F. Đurović, I. J. Skender, V. Čop, B. Vlahek, and others), for which performances she was awarded special awards on several occasions. As conductor, she has worked with the Zagreb Soloists, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Army, Choir of the Croatian Radio-Television, and others. She specialised in vocal training of young singers with the Vienna Boys’ Choir (Austria). She was the conductor of Zagreb Boys’ Choir, where she mentored numerous boys soloists, who have appeared in productions of national opera and concert houses in the last twenty years. In 2006 she founded Collegium pro arte Croatian society which comprises the renowned Cappella Zinka and Cappella Odak choirs (the work of those two ensembles was crowned with the publishing of the CD Mir/Peace with Croatia Records) as well as professional ensembles Odak Camerata and ensemble Celeste, a musical theatre. She is the artistic director of the World Choir Festival on Musicals in Thessaloniki (Greece).

Tomislav Fačini

Born in 1975, he completed his studies in 1996 and he received the Rector’s award. He specialized at the Accademia Hans Swarowsky Institute in Milan and at Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. He won the International Competition Antonio Pedrotti. He teaches conducting at the Academy of Music in Zagreb.
From 1994 to 2008 he led the Oratory Choir of St Mark’s church, from 2003 to 2009 he was conductor-in-chief of the Croatian Army Orchestra, from 2006 to 2009 he was artistic director of Musical Evenings in St Donat’s, and from 2014 he has been conductor-in-chief of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 he took over the conducting of the Croatian Radio-Television Choir, as well as the popular cycles Sfumato and Kanconijer.
He is artistic director of ensemble Antiphonus, with which he has had very successful appearances and repeated invitations to all Croatian stages, as well as international guest performances, next to a considerable concert season in Zagreb. He advances his conducting on concert stages, as well as on operatic stages. He has appeared in numerous significant festivals in neighbouring countries, as in practically all Croatian festivals.
He has appeared with all Croatian ensembles and he has realized many recordings for CDs, film and phonoarchives with the Symphony Orchestras of the Croatian Radio-Television and Slovenian Radio-Television. He regularly conducts the International Youth Orchestra, based in Neumarkt, which gathers young musicians from some ten countries. He has realized a number of first contemporary performances of Croatian old masters and has premiered new pieces, thus promoting Croatian music on every occasion.
Besides conducting, he also composes and arranges music.

Viktorija Čop

Viktorija Čop graduated in composition from Music Academy in Zagreb in 2003, in the class of Professor Željko Brkanović. In 2005 she obtained her Master's degree at the Faculty of Music in Utrecht in the Netherlands (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht), and was awarded the HUYGENS scholarship by “nuffic” organization (Dutch organization for international cooperation in higher education).
She won a number of awards for her compositions: the 3rd prize at the International Summer Academy “Wien – Praha – Budapest 2001” in Reichenau, Austria; the Rector’s Award in 2003, for orchestral piece the Shadows of Sunken Colours; in 2007 she received the Stjepan Šulek Award for orchestral composition Adieu; and the Rudolf & Margita Matz Foundation awarded her in 2010. In 2016, her piece Makapaka (for piano) was selected to be the Croatian representative at the World Music Days during Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea.
Some of her compositions were published as music score editions by Donemus, MuziekGroep Nederland, Cantus Ltd / HDS – Ars Croatica and Music Information Centre (MIC) in Zagreb. Cantus Ltd also published an audio CD with her original works: Viktorija Čop – Musical moments, which was nominated for Croatian discography prize Porin (The Best Classical Album of 2012).
Her music is performed both in Croatia and abroad. Furthermore, as composer she often participates in theatre and movie projects.
Besides her pedagogical activities, since 2007 she has also worked as music producer and music director of television recording of classical music concerts for Croatian Radio-Television, and as music score editor and proof-reader. Since 2019 she has been associate professor of Music Theory at the Institute for Church Music of the Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb.

Csaba Kutnyánszky

Csaba Kutnyánszky graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he received the Diploma in Theory of Music and Choral Conducting. After receiving a scholarship, he conducted research at the University of Bologna in 1998. He has attended several master-courses. In 2005, he received his doctoral (DLA) degree from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

He has conducted the Female Chamber Choir of Pécsvárad, and up to 2008, the Vox Medicata Mixed Choir of the Medical Faculty of the University of Pécs. With the latter one he won first prizes at five international competitions. He founded the UniCum Laude Vocal Ensemble in 1994, with which he has given concerts in numerous European and Taiwanese festivals.

He has produced several radio recordings with his ensembles (mostly with the Hungarian Radio), and has contributed as conductor or artistic director in eight CDs.

In 2009 and 2010 he was the leader of the Masterclass in Choir Conducting of the Renaissance and Baroque Days in Keszthely. In 2011, he was the chairman of the Artistic Committee of the 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest.

As full professor he teaches choral conducting and conducting practice at Liszt Academy of Music, he is the Head of the Orchestral and Choral Conducting Department, and the Chairman of the Doctorate Committee. Since 2011 he has been the Vice-Rector for Education at the Liszt Academy.

He is a member of the Presidency of the Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras (KÓTA), and the International Kodály Society (IKS).

Karmina Šilec

Conductor, composer and director Karmina Šilec is artistic director of Carmina Slovenica, of the ensemble !Kebataola!, and  Choregie – new music theatre. With her unique concept of choregie she has brought freshness and originality to the world of vocal music and theatre, she has opened wider artistic spaces and has set trends worldwide. As conductor and director she has realized projects with various institutions, opera houses and ensembles. Her productions have been performed on stages and festivals worldwide. Karmina Šilec has received more than 20 prestigious international awards at choir competitions, as well as the Robert Edler International Prize for Choral Music, for her exceptional contribution to the world choir movement. She also works as artistic advisor for choral music, university professor of conducting, a guest conductor and jury member at festivals and competitions.

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