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Monday, January 11, 2010

Avant-garde composer elected President

Yesterday Dr. Ivo Josipović was elected President of Croatia. He is the 3rd President of Croatia - elected with over 60% of the votes.

He is also an avant-garde composer.

Dr. Josipović graduated with a degree in music composition in 1983 from the Zagreb Music Academy in Croatia where his teacher was Stanko Horvat. To date, he has composed some 50 works for orchestra, voice, soloists, and chamber ensembles. The 53-year old President-elect has been awarded prizes for his musical works in Croatia and at international competitions. Dr. Josipović has served as the head of the Zagreb Music Biennale and has recorded a dozen CDs.

According to his bio on Wikipedia...
"In 1985, he received a first prize from the European Broadcasting Union for his composition "Samba da Camera". In 1999, he was awarded the Porin award for the same composition, followed by the Porin award in 2000 for "Tisuću lotosa" (A Thousand Lotuses). His most successful pieces also include "Igra staklenih perli" (Glass Bead Play) and "Tuba Ludens". These pieces are performed by numerous musicians in Croatia and abroad."

photo of Josipović (on right) with composer Krzysztof Penderecki (b.1933)

Congratulations to Ivo Josipović!