10th KEMAL GEKIĆ SUMMER SCHOOL

Kemal Gekić Summer School is an international summer program dedicated solely to piano music. It is characterized by an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of the master pianist and teacher Kemal Gekić. Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music. Maestro Kemal Gekić, a pianist from Split with a remarkable international career and a lecturer at the Universities of Miami and Tokyo, has been chosen as the mentor of the professional program.

Founded in 2010, Kemal Gekić Summer School has gathered a large number of students and piano pedagogues from Croatia and abroad already in its first year. In cooperation with the Kovačićek Piano Centre from Zagreb, which has provided a grand piano for that occasion, the final concert of the course takers took place at the grand arboretum of the Meštrović Gallery. It was the first time in twenty-three years that maestro Gekić has performed in his hometown. For that concert he was presented with a Judita award for the best musical achievement at the Split Summer Festival.

From then on the project has moved into full swing and acquired a serious international character with the arrival of pianists from Japan and Taiwan, most of whom are professors at prestigious Japanese conservatories, concert pianists and students guided by the idea of life- long education, joined by the course takers from Macedonia, Turkey, and USA. Under the sponsorship of Euro-Unit and Yamaha, the attendants have performed at concerts at the Meštrović Kaštelet, Meštrović Gallery, Gallery of Fine Arts, Etnographic Museum in Split, as well as at the cloister of the Franciscan monastery in Hvar and at the chamber ambient of Baletna škola (the Ballet School) in Kaštel Kambelovac.

The main event of the seminar is the Universal Language of Music concert held within the Split Summer Festival with Japanese pianists performing works by Croatian composers. During those seven years, a series of secondary events were organized for the participants: getting to know the cultural heritage of Split, Trogir, Hvar, Brač, Zadar and Šibenik; visiting the most significant museums, the historic organ at the St. Klara Monastery in Split and the famous Nakić organ in Šibenik; attending numerous concerts within the Split Summer Festival and Hvar Cultural Summer events; as well as taking relaxing trips to the Krka National Park and the island of Šolta.