– member of the competition jury –
Maroje Brčić was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia where he started playing the guitar at the age of 7 under the guidance of his father Stefanin Brčić. He finished highschool in the class of prof. István Römer and graduated classical guitar at the Zagreb Music Academy in the class of prof. Darko Petrinjak.
He teaches guitar at the Arts Academy of the Split University and regulary gives masterclasses and lectures as well as participates in juries at international competitions.
His students won almost one hundred first prizes at Croatian and international competitions.
As a soloist and member of the different chamber ensembles he has performed at all major festivals and concert halls in Croatia, and has also appeared in Europe, Asia and North America.
He played guitar concertos with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Television Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Mostar Chamber Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Macedonian National Opera and with Moscow Gnesin Virtuosi.
Brčić encouraged composers to write music for the guitar and beautiful works for one or more guitars, guitar with a flute, three guitars and voice were written by distinguished Croatian composers: Željko Brkanović, Nikša Njirić, Ivo Josipović, Berislav Šipuš, Philip Bracanin, Anđelko Klobučar and Zoran Juranić.
He received a prize from the President of University in Zagreb, „Milka Trnina“ diploma with Dubrovnik Guitar Trio and was awarded twice with a distinguished Orlando Prize for the best music performance at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (2009. with Zoran Dukić and 2017. with Guitar quartet Zoran Dukić, Tvrtko Sarić, Petrit Ceku and Maroje Brčić).
He has released six compact discs for labels in Croatia and Austria and one book.