“Ivan Vihor is an artist with great temperament and musical charm, and possesses a beautiful and profound sound and sonority”.
Vladimir Krpan, pianist
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,Germany, Liechtenstein, 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. In 2019 he obtained a prestigious prize "Young talent of the year" given by UBI Banca and "Festival pianistico Brescia e Bergamo" and in 2020 won the "Ivo Drazinic Award" by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and LAUS Academy, given to the most promising European young musician member.He was one of the finalists of the 12th Franz Liszt international piano competition in Utrecht, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, he was invited and participated in the Monte Carlo Piano Masters as one of the best 11 pianists in the world.Ivan Vihor started his formal education at the age of 5 in the "Ivan Matetic Ronjgov" Music School,where he completed his maturation exam prof.Ana Drazul. This was followed by completing his Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors, as well as his Master Degree at the Conservatory of Bergamo in the class of prof.Marco Giovanetti. He is currently studying a high master course at the piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola with Roberto Giordano and Enrico Pace. He has also collaborated with world-renowned conductors such as P.Perini, B.Sipus, A.Ceccato, M.Tarbuk, U.Lajovic.He recorded a CD for the music label MC Harmony ("Schumann,Beethoven and Liszt",2015.) and also for the music label Vox Primus ("Contradanza", 2020; „Liszt Transcriptions”, 2021). Ivan Vihor is also dedicated to teaching, and is currently professor of piano and faculty member at the Conservatory G.Donizetti in Bergamo and at the Conservatory of Rimini. He is also an accomplished chess player: Croatian junior champion(2010.) and vice champion( 2012., 2015., 2016.) and holds a title of FIDE master.