Robert Belinic to play guitar at the University of Chicago

time: 10.03.2009.
place: Chicago, IL, USA
organiser: University of Chicago,
Robert Belinic, acclaimed Croatian guitarist, will have a concert at the Khorsabad Court of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 pm. 

Acclaimed as "A genius, a poet, a super-sensitive musician," by, Croatian guitarist ROBERT BELINIĆ was the sole winner of the 2001 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, Germany, and in 2002 was the first guitarist ever to win a place on the Young Concert Artists roster in New York.
Through YCA, Mr. Belinić is giving recitals and appearing as soloist with orchestras in the U.S., including the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas, the Fox Valley Symphony in Appleton, Wisconsin; the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in Indiana this season.  He will also be heard at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the University of Florida in Gainesville, the Crane School of Music in Postdam, New York; for Vanguard Concerts in Dayton, Ohio; and at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Mr. Belinić has given concerts in New York City at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the Morgan Library, as well as at La Jolla Music Society, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Western Michigan University, Southwest Missouri State University, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY), and has appeared on the Grand Teton (WY) Music Festival’s Medalist Series, the John E. Marlow Guitar Series in Washington, DC, and the Gainesville Pro Musica Concert Series.  He has performed as soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Zagreb Soloists.  Mr. Belinić has also performed in Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, and The Czech Republic, and was a founding member of the Croatian Guitar Quartet. 

Young Concert Artists presented Mr. Belinić’s New York concerto debut in April 2008 with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Michael Stern, as well as a solo recital in February 2008 at the Morgan Library & Museum.  Mr. Belinić made his recital debut in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at the 92nd Street Y, sponsored by the Claire Tow Debut Prize, in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  Mr. Belinić was also awarded YCA's Fergus New Artist Prize and The Beracasa Foundation Prize for an appearance at the Montpellier Radio-France Festival.

Born in 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia, Mr. Belinić grew up in the nearby town of Popovača.  He began to play the drums at the age of three.  When he was eight years old, he starred in "Tale from Croatia," the first film released in newly-independent Croatia.  He began to study classical guitar at the age of eleven at the music school in Kutina with Zvonko Šušnjar, continuing his studies with Ante Čagalj in Zagreb.  Mr. Belinić was the recipient of the 2002 Ivo Vuljević Award for outstanding young Croatian musicians, and was a prizewinner in the 2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition in California.  He graduated from the Leopold Mozart Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany, where he held an assistantship and earned a Master's Degree with Prof. Franz Halász.

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(D.H., 17.02.2009)