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  • Piano Loop

    festival

    Piano projekt Assocciation started its projects back in 2010 with Kemal Gekić Summer School. Prof. Gekić is a Croatian-born pianist with international career mainly in USA and Japan. His summer school atracts pianists mostly from Japan. Some of them came back 5 or 6 times, attracted by the professional level of master classes and the beauty of Split itself. The Piano Loop Festival was the natural offshoot of the Summer School because of its success and a growing number of interested pianists.
  • Piano Loop

    Academy

    Piano projekt Assocciation started its projects back in 2010 with Kemal Gekić Summer School. Prof. Gekić is a Croatian-born pianist with international career mainly in USA and Japan. His summer school atracts pianists mostly from Japan. Some of them came back 5 or 6 times, attracted by the professional level of master classes and the beauty of Split itself. The Piano Loop Festival was the natural offshoot of the Summer School because of its success and a growing number of interested pianists.
  • Piano Loop

    Competition

    The decision to include a piano Competition in our Festival&Academy came from the intention to foster a more engaging and effective learning. Apart from the basic, educational nature of our program, we believe that this competitive try-out will encourage pianists to make greater improvements. At the same time, our essential goal is to cultivate a supportive and congenial atmosphere, unaffected as much as possible by contest tensions. 

Welcome note from the president

Let us face the truth: the number of piano recitals in Split in the course of a year can be counted on the fingers of one hand. We can try to ease our conscience by searching for justifications for such a situation and offering the excuses of improper competences, eternally poor finances, and political as well as personal affinities, all jumbled up together. Guilt is always an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but it is there, and is probably equally distributed among all of us, dispersed in the labyrinths of bureaucracy and our own mentality. Doing something in an environment such as this one is an expression of the spirit known as “spli’ski dišpet” (a kind of spite, obstinacy indigenous to Split), a spirit which is nothing but a complete commitment paired with the faith in oneself and one's intent, and finally – as paradoxically as it may sound – with the faith in people.
Apart from the Kemal Gekić Summer School, since 2013 the Piano projekt Association has organized the master’s opera workshop by professor Eva Blahová, the director of the National Opera in Brno and one of the most esteemed European opera pedagogues and masterclass of professor Arno Bornkamp, a famous saxophone player.
Since those early stages Piano projekt built a large pianistic platform through their many projects: Piano Loop Festival, Piano Loop Summer and Winter Academy, Piano Loop Competition and Allegro Maestoso concert series. During years Piano project collaborated with: Nikolay Lugansky, Ivo Pogorelić, Dmitry Shishkin, Natalia Trull, Lev Natochenny, Igor Lazko, Grigory Gruzman, Kemal Gekić, Aljoša Jurinić, Lovre Marušić and many others.
All educational projects of the Piano projekt Association have been realized under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Split, Split Tourist Bord, and Split-Dalmatia County. Among numerous institutions which collaborated with this Association on all levels of realization of this project, which supported it and found mutual interests in it, we would like to point out the collaboration with the Split National Theatre – Split Summer Festival, Josip Hatze Music School, the Ivan Meštrović Museum – Meštrović Gallery, Gallery of Fine Arts, Ethnographic Museum in Split and Hrvatski Dom Split.

It takes a lot to succeed. It takes balancing between rationality and pure madness, or as B. Disraely put it: “The secret to success is constancy of purpose.” However, concert halls as well as shiny Bösendorfers are not to be ignored either; quite the contrary.
Vanesa Kleva Plestina,
Founder and President of the Piano Projekt Association
CEO of Piano Loop Festival /Academy/Competition
General Manager of the Kemal Gekic Summer School

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To Split its residents will proudly say that "the most beautiful in the world " and it is wrong to contradict at least not until you look around and see it's special and unique charm.
The rich offer for tourists and the unique cultural heritage with many cultural and tourist events give Split its special charm which makes it an ideal course destination. Located in the heart of Dalmatia, Split is an eternally young city with around 200.000 inhabitants. It has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years around the Diocletian's palace, the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating back to the times when the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his palace there, and ever since then Split has been cherishing its musical tradition. During these 1700 years, the Palace has slowly turned into a city, which to this day allures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian's Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the UNESCO's World Heritage List ever since 1979, and not only for the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace and its city continue to live a full life. A walk through the ancient city centre is a voyage through time, along the great examples of ancient architecture such as the Peristyle, Medieval and Romanesque churches and Gothic palaces, Renaissance portals of noblemen’s houses, Baroque façades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage. Such stratification is mirrored in the everyday life of Split. Local inhabitants sit in the same cafés and restaurants, shop in the same stores as tourists, giving them the impression that, having arrived to Split, they have become a part of the city and its rhythm. Split is much more than glorious architectural scenery. Split is also the venue for excellent gourmet and wine experiences, numerous cultural happenings including film and theatre festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums and concerts. Also very unusual to find in a city the size of Split are the numerous beaches with extraordinarily clean sea. Piano Loop Festival is organized by the Piano projekt Association from Split. Piano projekt Association is a member of Alink-Argerich Foundation.

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