KGSS 2017

Between August 6 and August 15, Kemal Gekic Summer School will take place for the eighth time in the heart of the historic town of Split in the central part of Dalmatia, Croatia, at “Josip Hatze” music school. The aim of Kemal Gekic Summer School is to provide a cultural holiday, including education and sightseeing, which means that apart from the masterclass one can enjoy both exploring different ways of life and seeing the monuments, statues and palaces from various historical periods. The rich tourist offer as well as the unique cultural heritage and many cultural and tourist events give Split and its surroundings their special charm, making it an ideal holiday destination. This eternally young city with around 200.000 inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kemal Gekic Summer School is organized by Piano projekt Association from Split, and is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Split and Split Tourist Board. Piano projekt Association is a member of Alink-Argerich Foundation.


Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today's most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike.Born in Split, Croatia in 1962, Gekic amazed his family by accurately picking out melodies at the piano at age one and a half. The young prodigy d all his early musical training from his aunt, Lorenza Batturina. In 1978 he entered the class pf Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich (a graduate of Moscow Conservatory) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. He graduated in 1982 with the highest mark ever granted a diploma exam recital, and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999. During his school years he won prizes at the Franz Liszt Competition in Parma (1981), the Viana da Motta in Lisbon (1983) and the Yugoslav Artists' Competition in Zagreb (1984).

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Start Date: Aug 6, 2017 - Start Time: 7 p.m.
End Date: Aug 15, 2017 - End Time: 11 p.m.
We guarantee 3 x 60-minute lessons to every active participant.

The participation fee includes:
• 3 x 60-minute lessons with Prof. Kemal Gekic

• 2 x 60-minute lessons with Prof. Kemal Gekic + 1 x 60-minute lesson with Prof. Alan Fraser + 1 Feldenkrais lesson*

* Prof. Gekić will decide on the availability of lessons, i.e. on when the maximum number of students has been reached, and Piano projekt will inform the confirmed participants about it not later than the end of June

• Accommodation in a shared student apartment (August 7-15);
• Welcome drink to assist you in getting to know your professor and colleagues;
• Guided Split city tour;
• A DVD with recorded classes of each participant;
• One-day trip to the island of Hvar with boat transfer, sightseeing, dinner, one night stay in a 3* hotel in the town center and free time for swimming on one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands (August 13/14);
• Piano Forum held by the professor, according to the schedule of topics chosen by masterclass attendants; 
• Concert of participants selected by the professor (August 15). The concert is a part of the Piano Loop Festival and will be followed by a closing party;
• Optional participation in the Universal Music Language concert, playing Croatian composers' compositions, as well as compositions from the country of the attendant, after an audition held by prof. Kemal Gekić; 
• Participants attending Kemal Gekic Summer School for the 3 rd , 4 th , 5 th and 6 th time receive a 5% discount;
• Participants attending Kemal Gekic Summer School, Piano Loop Festival Academy and Piano Loop Competition pay 50% of the competition admission fee;
• 24-hour emergency assistance;
• Piano projekt's coordinator (in Japan);
• Practice rooms;
• Airport transfer with airport shuttle or taxi*
• Master class diploma

Piano projekt reserves the right to change the location for the concert

The price does not include:
•KGSS participants are welcome to join Piano 24 piano marathon, a part of the Piano Loop Festival on August 16th, but accommodation for August 16th is not included in KGSS fee. It would possible to stay at the same apartment.
• Accommodation in a single room or private apartment*
• Extra lessons during the masterclass*
• Official Japanese interpreter
(To guarantee the quality of lessons, translation will be provided by an official Japanese interpreter engaged by the Piano projekt Association).

*Available upon request

Number of active participants: 12

Passive participants may take one unit of one-on- one instruction with the professor's permission (price upon request).
Passive participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Application deadline: May 15, 2017

Bank account info (outside Croatia):

Holder: Piano projekt Association
Account Owner Residence Address: Put meja 4, Split 21000 
Account no. : 2340009-1110446410
Bank Account Name: Privredna banka Zagreb
Bank Residence Address: Rackoga 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR1223400091110446410


To apply for a place in Kemal Gekić Summer School, please fill in the application form below and submit it online. All applications must be submitted by May 15, 2017 (Application Deadline). Application should be sent together with CV consisting of a list of recitals and competitions attended by the applicant. Prof. Gekic will choose the participants who can participate as active and those who can attend the masterclass as passive participants, as well as those who will receive 3 lessons with him or will work both with him and prof. Fraser. Applicant shall receive a confirmation within 7 days after the receipt of the application. In addition to active participation, passive participation is generally possible.

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For written cancellations submitted by the application deadline date, the participation fee will be refunded; the registration fee will, however, be retained. Please always indicate your bank account information in case of cancellation! A refund of the participation fee for withdrawals after the application deadline date is only possible in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident). Such a withdrawal must be effected before the Summer School begins. For later cancellations, the course fee will be retained..


All courses are open to both active participants and audience. Applicants who are not admitted by the teacher as active participants, due to a lack of adequate prior training, may attend the course as audience. In such a case, the difference between the tuition fees for active and passive participation will be reimbursed. The number of active participants is limited (12). Should the total of twelve valid applications not have been reached by May 15, 2017, the organizer reserves the right to shorten the course (intensive course), although this measure will not reduce the lesson units per participant.  The organizer reserves the right, should an instructor be prevented from attending, to provide a comparable substitute at its own discretion or to cancel the course. Should the course be completely cancelled, all paid fees will be reimbursed to the participants. No other claims will be recognized.


Josip Hatze Music School is located in two buildings: "the new" and "the old" one.

The new building houses the recital hall and several practice rooms.

The course is located in "the new school":

Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split; a 10-minute walk from the historical city centre.

More practice rooms are to be found in the old building at: Kralja Tomislava Street 6, right in the historical city center.


A one-day trip to the island of Hvar

The island of Hvar is the queen of the Dalmatian islands in Croatia. It has been famous since the antiquity because of its important strategic and nautical position, a wealth of various historical periods, the culture, natural monuments and literature.  Thanks to the mild climate with warm winters and pleasant summers, Hvar is visited by many guests, scientists and travellers who are attracted by the lush Mediterranean nature, rich tradition and architecture, and an exciting nightlife. While distance from the mainland can sometimes be a handicap, it also provides protection from factory chimneys and other misfortunes of civilization. Instead, there are vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards, in immaculate harmony between man and nature.  Throughout the centuries, this place has remained an oasis of culture and a testimony to the local identity.  Hvar has celebrated 140 years of organized tourism, and today it is considered as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.


All participants apply for a shared room in an apartment in the city centre during the period from August 6 to August 15. Inexpensive accommodation is arranged in the town for both yourself and persons accompanying you directly by our partner agency. It is also possible to extend your stay. In the case of an arrival later than August 6 or departing earlier than August 15, there shall be no money refund for the accommodation. If someone arrives earlier or later, Piano projekt reserves the right to change the accommodation, but will also try to avoid such inconvenience. The fee is fixed.

You can choose to share an apartment with 3 to 5 Summer School participants. In the apartment you can prepare your own meals and interact with other participants of all ages and backgrounds. The flat is located in the heart of Split, a few steps from the famous Diocletian’s palace, a 10-minute walk from the school.

About the apartments:

Although the student flats are not very luxurious, they include all the necessary facilities. Each student flat has a living room with TV, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, a fridge, a washing machine and an iron. The apartments have at least one air-conditioner and each room usually has a fan. No telephones are available in the student flats; we suggest you to use public telephones or local calling centres. You share the kitchen and the bathroom and, together, keep the house clean. Shared areas are professionally cleaned once a week. There is also an option of staying in a single room or even renting the whole apartment.

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