Known for her personality and profound musicianship, Ida Gamulin has established herself among the leading Croatian pianists. Her extensive repertoire ranged from baroque to contemporary, and she is acclaimed for her appearances with major symphony orchestras, as recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist.
Born in Split, of Croatian and Austrian parentage, Ida Gamulin graduated at the Zagreb Musical Academy under J. Murai, before settling in London where she received advice and guidance from Alfred Brendel, Annie Fischer, John Lill and Stephen Kovacevich.
After winning the Myra Hess Award in London, her South Bank debut brought high praise from all critics, such as in The Times;
A pianist of notable talent and last year's winner of Myra Hess Award, explored in her debut programme a variety of style and technique from Bach to Prokofiev by way of Liszt and Beethoven... an accomplished as well as expressive musician... in a manner recalling Annie Fischer. Daily Telegraph spoke of a tremendously talented pianist, a master of legato and of resonant sonorities with rhythmic vitality and flexibility... notable interpreter of Bach in her imaginatively varied account of the Partita No.6...she matched up to the strenght and poetry of the Beethoven's Sonata with sense of mystery in a beautifully executed slow arpeggios... she has poise, grace and exuberance.
Since than, her career has developed rapidly following with recitals in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Rudolfinum, F. Liszt Academy, Auditorio M. de Falla, Unisa Concert Hall... After releasing her first album in London (EMI-Mava), she recorded fourteen more CDs for Croatia Records. The US Classical Music Directory named her recorded performance of Brahms's Sonata in F sharp minor as the best performance of 2005. Renowned Croatian composers B. Papandopulo, M. Kelemen, A. Klobučar, I. Kuljerić, I. Josipović, and B. Šipuš dedicated works for her which she successfully performed.
She serves as a jury member for international piano competitions and is actual President of EPTA Croatia (EPTA = European Piano Teachers Association). Ms. Gamulin is also a full-professor at the Zagreb Music Academy. Her concert tours have taken her to almost all European countries, in the USA, Asia and South Africa. She appeared at major music festivals, including Spoletto, Freiburg, Varna, Dubrovnik, Strattford and Janacek Festival.
She was awarded many prizes, including prestigeous Svetislav Stančić Prize, Dame Myra Hess Award, Special Prize at Freiburg Festival and Milka Trnina prize, Croatian's top cultural award.
Ida Gamulin is a freequent broadcaster on both radio and TV (BBC, CBS, France Musique, Bayerishe Rundfunk, S. A. Radio and HRT). She has recorded 21 labels for EMI-Mava,Yugoton and Croatia Records. Her recording of Brahms F Sharp Minor Sonata has been proclaimed the best recording performance by the USA Classical Music Directory in 2005.
Apart from her solo career, Ida Gamulin has been full-professor at the Zagreb Music Academy. She holds regular master classes in Europe and sits on jury for international piano competitions. She has been president of EPTA Croatia since 2004.Source www.idagamulin.com