Jasenka Ostojić, conductor, graduated conducting at Music Academy of the University of Zagreb, where she also finished a professional training as scholar of Fund Lovro & Lilly Matačić. She is a full time professor at the Music Academy of Zagreb, where she is the conductor of the Chamber choir of the Music Academy with which she achieves excellent operatic and vocal-instrumental projects praised by the public and the music critics at home and abroad, as well as cooperation with eminent artists of today (M.Horvat, V.Gergijev, R.Muti, etc).
As a conductor of choirs and orchestras, she has won dozens of national and international prizes, including two European Grand Prix. She has accomplished rich concert activity at renowned festivals in Croatia (Varaždin baroque evenings, Music biennale Zagreb, Osor music evenings, Samobor music fall, etc) and abroad (United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and United States). She conducted the premieres of many 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 etc), and for these performances she was rewarded with special prizes on several occasions.
As a conductor, she collaborated with Zagreb soloists, OSRH Symphony orchestra, Samobor string orchestra, Croatian chamber orchestra, CEMAN orchestra, Zagreb youth chamber orchestra and the Chamber and Baroque orchestra oft he Music Academy. She specialized in vocal training of young singers at Vienna boys' choir, Austria. She was conductor of Zagreb boys' choir, whose soloists have performed regularly in the productions of national opera and concert houses in the last two decades. In 2006, she founded the Croatian Collegium pro art company, with the acclaimed choirs of Capella Zinka and Capella Odak, and the newly founded ensemble of Odak Camerata.
She is a member of expert juries at competitions of conductors, orchestras and choirs in Croatia and abroad. She is also a lecturer of seminars and professional trainings, guest lecturer at universities in the USA, Poland, Austria, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and an artistic director of the World Choir Festival on Musical, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Composer, pedagogue, organizer, and manager of a music season once in Varaždin, nowadays in Osijek; he is also a longtime director of Varaždin Baroque Evenings; recently became head of Music Program of Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin. Davor Bobić (1968) is undoubtedly one of the most influential musicians of contemporary Croatian music life. Bobić, who turned 50, last November, is also one of the authors to whom last year’s Osor Musical Evenings were devoted.
Davor Bobić finished secondary education and music high school in his hometown, Varaždin, and then graduated in composition, music theory and classical accordion from the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Kiev, where the leading Ukrainian educators taught him. He began teaching at the Varaždin Music School right after finishing his studies. He then taught at the Academy of Arts in Osijek where he became an assistant professor in 2003, associate professor in 2008, and full professor in 2014. From 2005 until 2009, he was head of the Department of Music and was also head of the Department of Music Pedagogy. In 2009, he was appointed vice dean for science and arts at the same Academy. In addition to organizational improvements, under his management or with his participation the number of student courses at the Academy of Arts has increased (piano, composition, guitar, music therapy) or new ones were introduced (tamburica). He will be remembered for starting the one and only course for composition for primary and secondary students in the Republic of Croatia (at the Varaždin Music School) in the mid-1990s that he has been leading, with brief interruptions, to this day. While he held the position of the Director of the Concert Agency (from 1999 until 2007) Varaždin had an ongoing musical season as seldom in its history, and when he took over the Varaždin Baroque Evenings in 2006, he changed the concept of the Festival to reflect contemporary notions of early music. He won numerous awards: the award of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, the Ivo Vuljević Award of the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia (1996), Stjepan Šulek Foundation Award (1997), medal of the Order of the Croatian Braid (1997), the Award of the Varaždin County for his achievements in culture (1998), the medal of the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the Effigy of Marko Marulić (1999), Boris Papandopulo Award of the Croatian Composers’ Society (2008), Marul Award for the best stage music (2010), Seal of the City of Osijek for his achievements in music culture (2014), Emil Cossetto Plaque (2016). City of Varaždin Award (2016), the Charter of the Kingdom of Spain (2017) and The Croatian Composers' Society Charter (2018).
His opus includes more than 250 compositions ranging from piano miniatures to grand symphonic works. Some of his most notable compositions are the oratorio King Tomislav, symphony Vukovar Requiem, Eshaton for bayan and orchestra, Concerto for horn, strings and bells, Concerto for trombone and strings, symphony suite Zagorske slike (Zagorje Images), Sinfonietta for strings, symphonic song Varaždin 1776, Međimurje Legends for soprano and orchestra, ballet Veronika Desinićka and oratorio Isaiah. He has also written movie music and music for several theater pieces. “Bobić turns his musical world into a neoclassical-folkloristic idiomatic space. His music is therefore characterized by a fragmented melody, tonal center, dysfunctional harmony with occasional resorting to the folklore national idiom that is manifested either in arranging folklore or using it as a composing material, e.g. by applying ostinato, playing on empty strings, quartal or quintal vertical or diatonic clusters in quart or quint, folklore melodic gesture of reduced and increased intervals and glissandos as well as asymmetrically distributed rhythmic and metric accents. On the other hand, the instrumental and vocal-instrumental ensembles he is composing for are mostly traditional, as are their preferences. Despite the fact that most of his opus was written on the commission or as a dedication, so that Bobić had to work within a set framework, he regularly consults his fellow instrumentalists and always questions the possibilities of instruments and their combinations, searching for more interesting and technically acceptable performing solutions, adapting the music to the performer for whom he is writing it.”
Csaba Kutnyánszky received diploma in theory of music and choral conducting at Liszt Academy of Music. He conducts the Female Chamber Choir of Pécsvárad, and up to 2008 the Vox Medicata Mixed Choir of the University of Pécs. With the latter one he won first prizes on five international contests. He is the artistic direcor of the UniCum Laude Vocal Group. He has produced several radio recordings with his ensembles, and contributed as conductor in eight CDs. He has been leader of choir conducting masterclasses, in 2011, he is the chairman of the Artistic Committee of the Competitions for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest. Now, he – as full time professor – teaches conducting practice at Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he is the head of the Orchestral and Choral Conducting Department. From 2011 he is 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)