Pianist and writer Dalibor Cikojevic has been awarded for his latest book 'Virtuoso, muse and striptease' with the Steiermärkische Sparkasse Prize for the best foreign novel.

Pianist Dalibor Cikojevic was born in Split, where he started to study music at the age of seven. In 1984 he graduated from the Split Music School under Jelka Bakašun. He then moved to Vienna where he graduated and got his M. A. degree from the College of Music under Alexander Jenner. Essential for his further studies was working with Oleg Maisenberg and Carmen Graf Adnet.

He started to perform officially at an early age at many festivals at home and abroad including the Zagreb Summer Festival, the Split Summer Festival, the Osor Music Evenings, the Rab Music Festival, the George Enescu Festival and the Vienna Festive Weeks.

Under the baton of Nikša Bareza, Peter Burwik and Ivo Lipanović he had acclaimed appearances with the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre of Split and the Wiener Ensemble des 20. Jhr.

As chamber musician, he appeared with the Zagreb Soloists and many renowned musicians from music circuits of Zagreb and Vienna. In addition to his concert activities, he also works as pedagogue in Austria (at the Vienna Music University, etc.), gives numerous master courses and lectures at the Zagreb Academy of Music.

He is engaged in writing as well and his novel The Heritage of the Last of the Composers was published by Ljevak Publishers in 2003.