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Viktor Cizic Croatian pianist performing at Millenium Stage of the Kennedy Center 2023
Concert organized on the 10th Anniversary of Croatia's accession to the European Union
Viktor Čižić, talented Croatian pianist
On the 10th Anniversary of Croatia's accession to the European Union, the Embassy of Croatia in Washington, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, presented a concert by Viktor Cizic, a renowned pianist from Zagreb, Croatia. Mr. Čižić presented a heartfelt and engaging program that showcases his exceptional talent and interpretive musicality. With critical acclaim and a lasting impression on audiences and reviewers, Viktor brought forth a diverse blend of compositions by George Gershwin, Margareta Ferek-Petrić, Davorin Kempf, and Franz Liszt, at times seamlessly transitioning into contemporary music.
Berislav Šipuš: Les nuits (1983)III. La neige
Davorin Kempf: Mariposa de luz / Butterfly of Light (1996)
Margareta Ferek-Petrić: Last Smoke (2015)
Rudolf Matz: Mountain in the Sunshine, suite for piano (1934)
Dora Pejačević: Life of Flowers, Op. 19 - selection (1905) Lilies, Rose, Snowdrops
Luka Sorkočević: Sonata in A major (1754)I. Allegro moderato II. Andante sostenuto III.
Allegro George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
Viktor Čižić (Zagreb, 1996) is a pianist and musician who expresses himself through solo and chamber performances, composing, arranging, and improvising. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, most notably the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Rijeka Symphony Orchestra, and Cantus Ensemble. Over the past few years, he has received more than ten premieres of his works (including original compositions and arrangements), which have been performed by pianist Vladimir Babin, the Tambura Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, harpsichordist Franjo Bilić, baritone Jurica Jurasić Kapun, clarinetist Sebastijan Sarapa, the Turangalila Quartet, and himself. He defended his graduate thesis on improvisation in contemporary piano performance, which he often integrates into the programs of his own recitals.
With a certain affinity for contemporary music in general, he has performed at the Music Biennale Zagreb, Days of Milko Kelemen, and the Music Panel. In addition to numerous premieres, he has also recorded some new compositions by Croatian composers for Croatian Radio. As an orchestral pianist, he has performed and recorded with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and Choir, the Croatian Armed Forces Symphony Orchestra, Cantus Ensemble, Antiphonus Ensemble, Mimika Orchestra, and others. As an accompanist and in ensembles (several times on stage), he has performed in numerous opera and other productions of many theatres (Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Rijeka, Varaždin, and Osijek, as well as independent productions).
He graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb in 2021, in the class of Filip Fak, after previously studying in the class of Dalibor Cikojević. He spent one year (2019/2020) on a student exchange at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the class of Frank van de Laar and Ralph van Raat. He has won several awards, including the Annual Award of the Society of University Teachers Zagreb and the Darko Lukić Diploma. He is currently employed at the Music Academy in Zagreb as a collaborative pianist at the Department of Wind Instruments, and in 2023, he held a seminar and a series of lectures at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and ArtEZ in Zwolle, Netherlands.