INTRODUCTORY NOTE BY THE ORGANIZER

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.
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. Students of this celebrated mezzo soprano singer have won more than fourty awards so far at various international competitions and have been successful in the world’s opera stages and concert halls.
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, and Etnographic Museum in 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 Pleština, Founder, president of the Piano projekt Association, general manager of the Kemal Gekić Summer School and Piano Loop Festival