Vocal ensemble Asante
Asante is a vocal ensemble of 8 experienced singers and music lovers from Zagreb. They have been actively singing since 2014. The ensemble's conductor is Marija Bolfan Mihaljević. Their repertoir includes different music genres but emphasises a cappella arrangements of contemporary pop and rock music. Asante have performed at numerous humanitarian, social and cultural events and also organised their own concerts in Zagreb and many other towns. In 2016 the ensemble was awarded golden plaquette and first place in popular music category in «Croatia cantat» international choir competition in Osijek; in 2017 they were awarded golden plaquette in the same category in an international choir competition in Karlovac; in October 2018 they competed abroad for the first time – at «Canta al mar - Festival Coral International» in Calella/Barcelona were they were awarded silver plaquette in popular music category.
Marija Bolfan Mihaljević was born on 23rd June 1985. She finished her education in Zagreb at Music school Ivan Zajc where she played the piano, Classical high school and Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb. She works as a doctor specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry at KBC Zagreb. Music has been a part of her life since her childhood as she sang in various choirs. She conducted youth choir «Hilarus» from 2004 to 2014. In 2014 she founded vocal ensemble Asante. As a conductor she was awarded special awards in Croatia Cantat and Aurora Cantat international choir competitions in 2016 and 2017.