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Radovan Vlatkovic Croatian born horn player
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  03/21/2011 | Music | Unrated
Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg

Radovan Vlatković, Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg,
holds the Horn Chair “Canon” at the “Queen Sofia” School in Madrid.
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Radovan Vlatković in Dubrovnik, Croatia


One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatkovic has travelled the globe performing extensively as soloist and popularising the horn as recording artist and teacher.

Born in Zagreb 1962 he completed his studies with Professor Prerad Detiček at the Zagreb Academy of Music and Professor Michael Höltzel at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany. Radovan Vlatkovic is the recipient of many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Premio Ancona in 1979 and the ARD Competition in Munich in 1983 – the first to be awarded to a horn player for ourteen years. This led to numerous invitations to music festivals throughout Europe including Salzburg, Vienna, Edinburgh and Dubrovnik to name but a few, the Americas, Australia, Israel, Korea as well as regular  appearances in Japan.

From 1982 until 1990 he served as Principal Horn with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (now Deutsches Symphonie Orchester) under Maestros Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy. From 1992 to 1998 he held the post of Horn Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. In 1998 he became Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 2000 he holds the Horn Chair “Canon” at the “Queen Sofia” School in Madrid. He has also been teaching at the Musikhochschule Zürich.
Radovan Vlatkovic has appeared as soloist with many distinguished symphony and chamber orchestras including the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Mozarteum Orchestra, Camerata

Academica Salzburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Rome, Rotterdam Philharmonie, the orchestras of Berne, Basel and Zürich, the Lyon and Strasbourg Orchestras, NHK Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan and Yomiuri Orchestra, Adelaide and Melbourne Orchestras.

Very much in demand as chamber musician he regularly performs with András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Elmar Schmid and Klaus Thunemann and has performed at Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival, Svyatoslav Richter’s December Evenings in Moscow, Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman’s Festival Kreuth, Marlboro Festival, András Schiff’s Mondsee, Vicenza and Ittingen Festivals as well as Kuhmo Festival, International Musician’s Seminar Prussia Cove and Casals Festival in Prades.

Radovan Vlatkovic has participated in first performances of works by Elliott Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, Heinz Holliger and Krzysztof Penderecki and several Croation composers who have written concertos for him.

Radovan Vlatkovic has received the German Critics Award for several of his discs. His numerous recordings include Mozart and Strauss Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Tate, works by Saint-Saens with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Neil Jenkins and the Oriol Ensemble in Berlin, Concertos for two horns by Leopold Mozart and Fasch with Herrmann Baumann and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and Iona Brown. More recordings including chamber music have been issued by EMI, DECCA, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Denon labels.

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Mozart - Quintet for Horn, violin, 2 viola and cello KV 407 - Radovan Vlatkovic 1/3
Mozart Quintet in E flat major for Horn, violin, 2 viola and cello KV 407 Rondň
Radovan Vlatkovic, Horn
Herich Hobarth, Violin
Siegfried Furlinger, Viola
Thomas Riebl, Viola
Susanne Ehn, Cello

Mozart - Quintet for Horn, violin, 2 viola and cello KV 407 - Radovan Vlatkovic 2/3

Mozart - Quintet for Horn, violin, 2 viola and cello KV 407 - Radovan Vlatkovic 3/3

Radovan Vlatkovic (horn) "F.J. HAYDN" -1-

Radovan Vlatkovic (horn) "F.J. HAYDN" -2-

Radovan Vlatkovic (horn) "F.J. HAYDN" -3-

Radovan Vlatkovic (horn) "Le rendez-vous de chasse"

Radovan Vlatković- Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K. 447, III. Allegro

Radovan Vlatković in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Radovan Vlatković (born 1962) is a Croatian born horn player. He is the former principal horn of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (now Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin). He left that post in 1990 to

devote himself to a solo career and has recorded many of the major works for horn. He is now professor of horn at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. Vlatkovic also participates as a senior artist at the Marlboro Music Festival, has performed in chamber music and solo recital for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and is widely considered to be one of the world's most exceptional French Horn players.

Already as student Vlatkovic carried prizes at the International Horn Competition in Liége, Belgium, and at the International Competition "Premo Ancona" in Italy. Especially noteworthy was being awarded the First Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich in 1983 Đ the prize had not been awarded in hornplaying for 14 years.

The career that followed is remarkable. As soloist he travelled most of the European continent, America, Canada, Mexico, Israel, the Near East, East Africa, Japan and Australia. Among his appearances he

played with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Camerata Academica des Mozarteums, in Japan with the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

From 1982-1990 Radovan Vlatkovic was the principal horn at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. He left the Orchestra to devote himself fully to solo works. In 1992 he accepted a professorship at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst" at Stuttgart.

Since 1998 he is professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Based on his broad experience, Radovan Vlatkovic has access to an especially wide repertoire reaching from the Baroque period to the 20th century. For EMI Classics he has recorded, together with the English Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Tate, all the Concertos for Horn by W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss. His recording of the Mozart Concertos for Horn was awarded the German Recording Critics Prize.

In his personal life he is married to Dinka Migic-Vlatkovic, mother of their 5 children, Mara, Matija, Luka, Marko and Ivan. He lives in Salzburg, Austria with his family.


Performed at the Palacio de la Ópera in La Coruńa, Spain (2008) Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia James Judd, director
Soloists: Radovan Vlatkovic, José Vicente Castelló, Miguel Angel Garza, Manuel Moya

Radovan Vlatković French Horn Master Class


Radovan Vlatković, Professor

Born in Zagreb in 1962, where he studied, Vlatkovic´ furthered his education at the Detmold Academy of Music, in northwestern Germany from where he graduated as soloist. Then followed first prizes in important international competitions, especially the Ancona in 1979 and the ARD Munich in 1983, a competition that had not awarded a first prize to any performer for fourteen years. These prizes meant his entrance to a great number of festivals of music in Europe, United States, Canada, Israel, Australia and Japan.

Between 1982 and 1990 Radovan Vlatkovic´ was first horn of the Radio Berlin Orchestra and since then he has dedicated his activity to solo recitals and to the teaching of horn. Between 1992 and 1998 he was horn professor at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart and since then he teaches at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

As soloist he has performed with orchestras such as Berlin and Bavaria Radios, BBC in London, English Chamber, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Yomiuri Orchestra, and the Tokyo and NHK Orchestras. As a performer of chamber music he plays with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Aurčle Nicolet and Andras Schiff with whom he has made several recordings.

An artist of enormous projection, his recordings of Mozart horn concertos with Jeffrey Tate received the prize of the German Critics. At present he records for EMI having edited the Strauss concertos and the chamber works of Saint- Saëns, with Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Other of his recordings include essential works for the horn repertory such as Britten's Serenata for horn, tenor and strings. Radovan Vlatkovic´ has also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips, Teldec and Denon.

He is regularly invited to play in the main festivals worldwide. The repertoire of Radovan Vlatkovic´ includes all the great horn works from the Baroque to contemporary music.

Since the 2000-2001 academic year, Radovan Vlatkovic´ is Head Professor of the ?La Caixa? Horn Chair of the Reina Sofía School of Music. At present, he is also Professor of the Wind Department of the International Institute of Chamber Music of Madrid.

Source Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara de Madrid

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