Zoran Dukić Croatia
Zoran Dukić (Zagreb, 1969) started learning the guitar at the age of six; he graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, in the class of Darko Petrin-jak, and studied with Hubert Käppel at the College of Music in Cologne. From 1990 to 1997, he won a number of important awards in the world; he is the only guitarist who won both Andrés Segovia international competitions (in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca), and he was also the winner of the Fernando Sor, Manuel Ponce, Manuel de Falla and Francisco Tárrega competitions. At the biggest Spanish guitar competition in Madrid, held under the auspices of the royal family, he won the first prize as well as the special prize for the interpretation of Spanish music. In addition, he won the audience award at many competitions. He performed (soloist and with orchestral accompaniment) on all continents; he pays special attention to contemporary music, so his concerts often include works by Takemitsu, Henze, Reily, Carter and Gubaidulina, and many composers have dedicated their works to him. He often holds tours where he performs all-night programs with Bach’s music; he also nurtures a special preference for the Spanish and South American musical idiom, from Sora to Albéniz and from Tárrega to Villa-Lobos. He recorded for record companies in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Canada. As an excellent pedagogue, he trained generations of classical guitarists at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the High School of Music in Barcelona.