IVAN VIHOR
PIANIST
“Ivan Vihor is an artist with great temperament and musical charm, and possesses a beautiful and profound sound and sonority”.
-legendary pianist Vladimir Krpan
IVAN VIHOR
PIANIST
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IVAN VIHOR attracted worldwide attention in 2017 when, at the age of 20, he won the most prestigious Italian competition "Premio delle Arti", and became the only non-Italian pianist ever to achieve that, and in October of that same year he was proclaimed the best young musician of Croatia, winning the Papandopulo piano competition and in the same week "Ferdo Livadić" competition in Samobor where he won both prizes. Those successes were followed by invitations to perform at a number of prestigious music festivals such as Osor Musical Evenings, Samobor Festival, St.Marcus Festival, Spoleto Festival, and recording contract with Croatian Radio Television. He held his first public performance in Croatian Society of Composers in Zagreb at the age of 7, and at the age of 10 he made his debut with orchestra, performing Bach Piano Concerto with Orchestra Sinfonica di Chioggia under the baton of conductor Pietro Perini. Since then, Ivan Vihor has performed in many countries including Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, the USA, for some of the most important music festivals: Osor festival, Festival di Spoleto, Onde musicali Iseo, Festival pianistico Brescia e Bergamo, Samobor festival, Concerts du Cloitre Nice, Shandelee Music Festival, Monferrato Classic Festival. Ivan Vihor won many prizes in national and international piano competitions which include: Festival Musica in Laguna, "Zlatko Grgosevic" Zagreb, "EPTA" Piano competition Osijek, "San Dona di Piave" piano competition, "Bruno Bettinelli" , Rotary competition for the best instrumentalist, "Lino Barbisotti", Massarosa Piano competition, "Lazar Berman" piano competition, "Svetislav Stančić" Piano competition Zagreb to name a few. He has also collaborated with world-renowned conductors such as P.Perini, B.Sipus, A.Ceccato, M.Tarbuk, U.Lajovic. Ivan Vihor started his musical education with Ana Drazul in his hometown Rijeka and continued with Marco Giovanetti at the Conservatory of Bergamo, where he finished his Bachelor Degree with Highest Honors. He also finished Master of Piano performance at the Music Academy in Pinerolo with Enrico Pace and at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Bergamo with Konstantin Bogino. He is currently studying with Enrico Pace and Roberto Giordano at the "Incontri col Maestro" Piano academy in Imola. He attended masterclasses held by eminent musicians such as P.Gililov, V.Ogarkov, F.Casanova, I.Gamulin, O.Marshev, J.Schmidt and S.Bogino. In 2015, he also recorded a CD for the MC Harmony recording label, with works by Schumann,Beethoven and Liszt.