– a member of the competition jury –

Marco
Graziani

Marco Graziani was born on 20 June 1988 in Rijeka, Croatia. From 1995-2000 he attended the Music School “Ivan Matetić Ronjgov” in Rijeka. In 2000, he started taking violin classes with Prof. Leonid Sorokow from the Vienna University of Music who later became his professor at the Zagreb Music Academy. After an additional year of perfecting at the Vienna University of Music, he graduated in 2010 and started working as an assistant at the Zagreb Music Academy. In 2011, he became concertmaster of the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, and from 2012-2016 he also worked as concertmaster at the Croatian National Theatre. Since 2016, he has his own class at the Music Academy.

In 2011, together with his colleagues, he founded the Croatian String Quartet, which has been well received both by the audience and renowned musicians, being qualified as the most promising chamber ensemble in Croatia. In 2014, they won the first prize at the “Darko Lukić” competition for young artists.

Since 1999, he has been attending summer and winter masterclasses in Croatia, Austria, Italy, France and Japan, having the opportunity to work with a number of distinguished professors, such as Dora Schwarzberg, Marina and Leonid Sorokow, Alexander Vinnitzki, Zakhar Bron, Pavel Vernikov, Viktor Tretyakov, and Pinchas Zukermann. He has also been attending chamber music classes with the memebers of the Vogler Quartett, and Gerhard Schulz (prev. Alban Berg Quartet), as well as orchestra coaching with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Thanks to the support of the Stauffer foundation, from 2007-2010 he attended monthly master classes with Mo. Salvatore Accardo in Cremona, Italy, and was his student at the prestigious Accademia Chigiana at Siena.

His playing and his interpretative skills were recognized since early age. In 2004, as a promising young musician, he was chosen to play Guarneri’s precious violin “King” in the Music Hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb.

He took part at important national and international competitions and festivals in Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Russia, Austria, and the Netherlands, with excellent results, winning numerous first prizes, as well as receiving several awards given to outstanding young musicians by various institutions in Croatia. In 2006, he won the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra annual award as the most successful young musician. He was also awarded the “Stjepan Šulek” Prize, given every two years for the best performance of a violinist, for his performance of the First Concert for Violin and Orchestra by S. Prokofiev. In 2012, he won the first prize at the first Croatian Competition for young musicians “Papandopulo”.

He recorded two CDs, with the eminent Armenian pianist, Ruben Dalibaltayan, with works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, and with the famous Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser, playing works of Bach, Sollima, Kodaly and Händel-Halvorsen.
As a soloist and a member of various chamber ensembles he has been playing numerous recitals and concerts with orchestras all over Croatia, Austria, France, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Germany, Portugal, and Japan.