MARIJAN ĐUZEL

Pianist Marijan Đuzel (b. 1990 in Imotski) attended primary music school in his hometown, where he learned piano from Alenka Milano and french horn from Ivan Glibota. He continued his education in Split, where he finished academic high school as well as music secondary school (piano, class of Čudina Kosovka). He graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb as a student of Djordje Stanetti. Through the Erasmus exchange programme, he attended Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (in the class of Jan Jiraček von Arnim), and upon the invitation of Dubravka Tomšić, he studied piano in her class at the Akademija za glasbo in Ljubljana. Finally, he specialized at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under Aleksandar Madžar.

In 2008, Đuzel was the overall winner of the Zlatko Grgošević Competition of Young Pianists, won first prize at the Young Virtuoso competition in Zagreb, and won the Grand Prix of the Rijeka Lions Club. In 2009, taking the second prize (no first prize was awarded), he was a winner the EPTA competition in Osijek. The following year, in 2010, he won the City of Samobor prize at the Ferdo Livadić Competition, and in the 2015/16 season, he won the Darko Lukić Award at the 49th Darko Lukić Tribune of Young Musicians in Zagreb. In 2013, at the 14th International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, from a field of 259 candidates, he entered the semifinals among the thirteen best contestants and gave a recital in Brahms Hall at Vienna’s Musikverein.

In recognition of his achievements while at the Academy in Zagreb, Đuzel received the Dean's Award (2010), as well as the Rector's Award for his performance of Beethoven's 5th Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (2012).

He has performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists, the HRT Symphony Orchestra, the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Opera of the Croatian National Theater in Split. He has also performed recitals in Croatia and abroad (Austria, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, and Thailand).

He has also performed at various renowned Croatian festivals and concert series, such as Musical Evenings in St. Donat (Zadar), Glazbeni umjetnici Zagrebu, Hvar Summer Festival, Svibanjske glazbene večeri (Šibenik), and Concerts in the Euphrasian Basilica (Poreč).

Croatia Records published Đuzel's first solo CD , Virtuoso Collection: Marijan Đuzel (live), recorded live in the concert at the Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb in February 2018, with pieces by Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok and Kempf.