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Opera singer, television executive, general director of the Hungarian State Opera. After completing his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt College of Music in Győr, where he qualified as a teacher of vocal soloists, Szilveszter Ókovács went on to study opera singing at Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Following stints teaching singing and opera history, he took up his first positions with the Opera: first as manager of the Erkel Theatre, and later as its director of communications. He then spent a few short years away from the Opera to fill key positions at Hír TV (as senior fellow) and Duna Television (as chief executive officer) between 2005 and 2011, but even during that period wasn't completely removed from it. Since 2011, the Hungarian State Opera has again been at the centre of his life: after first being named government commissioner and later acting general director, he was in 2012 appointed to the position on a permanent basis, where he continues to labour on behalf of Hungarian opera performance.
Opera singer (bass), senior artistic advisor of Müpa and advisor of Hungarian State Opera.
Graduated from Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music in 1981 and was a student of Zsolt Bende at the Liszt College of Music. Mr. Bátor graduated in 1986 and became a member of the Hungarian Opera House where he made his debut in Wagner's Parsifal. In 1986 won scholarship at La Scala in Milan, where he continued his studies under the guidance of, among others, Giulietta Simionato and Luciano Silvestri. In 1989 he accepted the invitation of Stadt theater in Luzern, where he appeared in several opera productions. Until 2006 Mr. Bátor sang in many cities around the world, and for nearly twenty years he was a regular guest performer at the Hungarian State Opera. His wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary works, from Russian operas to Italian operas to German operas, and he sings oratorios and songs.
Mr. Bátor has worked with several world-renowned conductors: Daniele Gatti, Adam Fischer, Kobayasi Ken-Ichiro, Yuri Simonov, Zoltán Kocsis and Tamás Vásáry. He has been a recurring guest in a jury of several international vocal competitions.
From 2003 to 2011 Mr Bátor was the director of the Miskolc International Opera Festival, from 2007 to 2011 he was an advisor to the National Philharmonic Orchestra, from 2007 he was an advisor to the Hungarian State Opera, and from 2011 he was co-production director of the Palace of Arts (Müpa).
In 2017, he received the Hungarian Gold Cross of Honor in recognition of his work.
Kossuth Prize Winner and Liszt Prize Winner opera singer (tenor), academician, member of the board of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, General director of Budapest Operetta Theater, lecturer at the Liszt Academy of Music.
Mr. Kiss-B. graduated in singing and opera at the Gheroghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca as student of Ágnes Kriza, Alexandru Fcrcas and Gheorghe Rosu. For two years, he studied singing and opera at the Conservatoire de Musique de ville de Luxembourg with Ionel Pantea. At the Mozart Academy in Prague he was a student of Eva Blahova, Kerstin Meyer and Ionel Pantea and also attended Luise Bosabalian and Mariana Nicolesco's master classes. In 1991 he made his debut in Cluj-Napoca, then in 1992 he premiered in the title role of Ferenc Erkel's opera ’Bánk bán’ at Castle Theater in Gyula.
His first appearance at the Hungarian State Opera was in 1999 as in the role of Sattjavan in opera of Hungarian contemporary composer Sándor Szokolay. Primarily sings heroic tenor roles. In addition to the classical repertoire, he also considers interpreting the works of contemporary composers of Hungarian and universal opera literature; He has performed at the Barcelona Liceu Opera, Berlin at the Komische Opera, Berne, Bucharest National Opera, Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Tokyo National Opera, Paris National Opera, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen, Monte Carlo, Toronto.
Atilla Kiss-B. won the title role of Csaba Káel's film, Bánk ban, shot from the opera by Erkel. The film was shot by Oscar-winning Vilmos Zsigmond
Liszt Prize - winner Hungarian conductor, director of the Symphony Orchestra of Szeged, music director of the National Theater of Szeged, and conductor of the Vaszy Choir. Born in Szekszárd in 1959, raised in Pécs, graduated from high school at faculty of physics, he learned to play the cello in his childhood and later to sing. By winning the TV boradcasted „Who knows what?” competition with his own ensemble, Canticum Chamber Choir in 1983, whole Hungary got to know his name. Later on Maestro Gyüdi and his choir won numerous international competitions as well.
Mr. Gyüdi graduated from the University of Szeged as high school teacher of mathematics and physics, then graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in 1988. In the very same year he became choir master of the National Theater of Szeged. From season 1989/90 conducting operas; his repertoire covers the whole opera literature. In 1992 he worked as a guest choir master at the Teatro Region in Turin. Maestro Gyüdi has worked reguraly the best Hungarian operasingers like József Gregor, Ilona Tokody or Andrea Rost, among others he was the conductor of Monserrat Caballé's gala concert in 2003 and conducted the Tosca performances of José Cura in 2009.
In addition to his theatrical work, he has been conducting orchestral concerts since 1990, and has now toured almost throughout Europe, and has performed in Israel, Mexico, China and South Korea. In 1999 he was elected director of the Symphony Orchestra of Szeged. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. Maestro Gyüdi has been a jury member of several international music competitions and festivals since the 1990s.
Prof. Dr. Mária Temesi
Opera singer, opera ambassador and master teacher of the Hungarian State Opera, university professor and head of voice department at University of Szeged Faculty of Music. Founder and competition director of the famous Hungarian ’József Simándy’ International Singing Competition.
Graduated as singing and piano teacher in her hometown, Szeged. In 1981 received Master’s degree with honour from ’Franz Liszt’ University of Music in Budapest as an opera singer.
Debuted as Elsa in Lohengrin by Wagner in the Hungarian State Opera in 1981. Production was conducted by Giuseppe Patané and following critique was published: “… is a sensation! Her beautiful voice, her sophisticated singing, her self-confident, yet feminine essence raise her the ideal designer of this great role. Ms. Temesi never abused the vast penetration of her voice, so she also preserved the beautiful singing in the Wagnerian starring. She is an extraordinary promise – or already more than that.” (1982)
In the very same year her international career also started in Dresden, Berlin, Milano, New York and Nice, and appeared in leading opera and concert stages all over the world (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, England, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, USA, Egypt, Brazil, Uruguay, China). Winner of two major singing competition: SBRAC Singing Competition Rio de Janeiro 1981 and Pavarotti Singing Competition Philadelphia 1985. Through her successful operatic career she sang several major roles in the Hungarian State Opera and opera houses all over the world (Mozart – Donna Anna, Vitellia; Verdi - Aida, Desdemona, Elisabetta, Alice, Elena, Leonora, Amelia; Puccini – Tosca, Mimí, Manon, Gheorgetta; Cilea – Adriana; Mascagni – Santuzza; Wagner – Elsa, Gutrune, 3. Norne, Senta, Elisabeth, Ortrud, Sieglinde, Brünnhilde; Janacek – Kostelnicka; R. Strauss: Freihild, Herodias, Chrysothemis, Marianne, Adelaide, Haushälterin).
For her work received numerous awards: Bartók-Pásztory Award (1992), Mihály Székely Plaque (1995), Juventus Award (1996), Franz Liszt Award (2000), Artisjus Award (2003), Jubilee Medallion for „Outstanding Teaching and Artistic Achievement” (2010), György Melis Award (2013), Award for „Excellent School Founding Activity” (2015), Award for „International Artistic and Teaching Activity” (2016), Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (2016).
Her recordings with noted conductors, artists and orchestras often broadcasted by Bartók Radio the Hungarian classical music channel. Her solo aria album Wagner Heroines was released by HUNGAROTON in 2004.
As university professor she teaches numerous young artists and helps them to get on the opera stage. Often invited jury member in international singing competitions as well as a guest professor at master classes.
In 2019 she held Master classes and solo concerts in different universities in Florida, Ohio and in Shanghai.
Jeanie Darnell is Professor of Music and Head of Vocal Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music. As a concert artist, Darnell has been hailed by critics throughout the United States and in Europe for her "wonderfully bell-like tones" (Wertheimer Zeitung). A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1998, she has been in demand as soprano soloist of major concert and oratorio repertoire. She has been a featured soloist with the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater (Vienna), Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, Opera Naples, Patronato Peruano de la Música Centenarios, Operafestival di Roma, Corsi Internazionali di Musica, Omaha Symphony, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Denver Bach Festival, Naples Bach Ensemble, Fort Myers Symphonic Master Singers, Lindsborg Messiah Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Rocky Mountain Music Alliance. A champion of new music, she has presented concerts of works throughout the United States by composers Robert Boury, Don Freund, Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, Marcia Marchesi, Timothy Snider and Z. Randall Stroope.
As a 2016 Fulbright Scholar Award Recipient, Darnell taught courses in Vocal Pedagogy and a seminar in American Song at The National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Perú. Darnell completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002 while already heading the voice area at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has lectured on the male adolescent voice at the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) 2009 Paris Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) 2008 National Conference, and the ICVT 2005 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. She also has lectured on recital repertoire from Schubert to Berg at College Music Society (CMS) regional conferences, and presented her research on "The Songs of Robert Boury" at the 2006 NATS National Conference.
Darnell also has taught on the faculties of many summer music festivals to include Summer Music Study in Szeged, Hungary, and the Corsi Internazionali di Musica, Urbino and Perugia, Italy. As an adjudicator, she has judged, among others, at the 19th and 20th Concurso Internacional Canto de Lírico de Trujillo (Trujillo, Perú), El Concurso de Canto Lírico de la Radio Filarmonia (Lima, Peru), and the Denver Lyric Opera Competition. She has taught master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad, to include: National Youth Chorus of Perú, Peruvian Ministry of Education, National Conservatory of Music (Lima, Perú), Universidad Catolica (Lima, Peru), Konservatorium Wien Private University (Vienna, Austria), Austin Peay State University, Baylor University, State College of Florida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Florida, Reinhardt University, Youngstown State University, and the Opera Naples Gilbert and Sullivan Youth Program. Her students have placed in many competitions, and have been selected for numerous summer programs, graduate schools and internships.
Dr. Biernacki Krzysztof
Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki is the newly appointed Director of Bower School of Music & the Arts. Prior to FGCU, Dr. Biernacki held the position of Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of North Florida where he distinguished himself as an award winning professor, international performer, opera stage director and academic administrator.
Dr. Biernacki is a frequent recitalist performing wide range of art song repertoire in numerous European languages. His recent engagements include solo recitals at international music festivals in Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, France, Norway and Canada. He is a researcher of vocal works by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski and his recording of Szymanowski’s art songs titled “In the Mists” is available on MSR Classic label.
As an opera singer Dr. Biernacki appeared in principal roles with Vancouver Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, Orchestra London Canada and Banff Center for Performing Arts. His concert appearances include Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde in Montreal and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
As an opera stage director, he directed over 30 opera productions at UNF, University of British Columbia, Jacksonville Symphony and European Music Academy in the Czech Republic. In 2007 he established highly successful UNF Opera Ensemble and UNF Opera Study Abroad Program in Europe where he directed full opera productions in professional opera theaters every summer.
Dr. Biernacki is a graduate of University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario and University of British Columbia. Since 2012 he has served as the Assistant director of UNF School of Music, Director of Graduate Studies and Artistic Director of Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series. He is a recipient of numerous grants and experienced organizer of successful community partnerships.
Prof. mr. Tamara Marković
Opera singer (mezzo), teacher and deputy director of the Subotica Music School. She graduated in solo singing in Novi Sad, then graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Music. As a Fellow of the Romanian State Ms. Markovic continued further studies as student of Maria Slatinaru - Nistor in Bucharest as specialist in solo studies. In 2011, she attended Masterclasses at the Curtis Institute (USA) in Philadelphia with teachers such as Vera Rose, Thomas Quasthoff and Mikael Eliasen. Featured guest performer at international opera festivals: New York Festival, Festspiele Berlin, Bucharest Enescu Festival, Interfest Bitola, Romus in Rovinj, Nomus in Novi Sad, Bemus in Belgrade, Ljubljana, Opatija, Rijeka, Constanta and Dolphin. In 2003 she performed in Japan, in 2004 she was a guest on the Opera in Magdeburg. Her repertoire includes roles of Eboli/Don Carlo, Amneris/Aida,Carmen,
Opera singer (soprano), Worthy and Outstanding Artist, studied at the Ferenc Liszt College of Music and was admitted to the Opera Studio of the Vienna Staatsoper. In 1992 he signed for the Leipzig and in 1995 for the Cologne Opera. He has performed on numerous occasions in Franfurkt, Hannover and other European song theaters. He produced a series of Mozart operas (Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte) on German Television. She stepped on stage as the Michaela in the Carmen production of the Bregenz Holiday Games and starred in Desdemona (Verdi: Otello) in St. Margarethen, Austria. He has performed several times in Japan with the Vienna Staatsoper, the Wiener Mozart Orchester and the Hungarian State Opera House. The Beijing Opera opened with the performance of the Vienna Staatsoper Figaro, in which she sang the Countess with great success. A recurring guest in the United States, she performed in Seattle for Tosca's title role as Minnie of the West, and has performed several times in Philadelphia and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Professional Musician, Performer and Teacher. Pianist, Artistic Director, Career Advisor.
BA, Trondheim Music Conservatory; MA (2), Norwegian National Music Academy, Oslo and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; further studies at Manhattan School of Music, New York.
Among Scandinavian pianists, John Lidal cuts a prominent profile. Through his versatility and deep experience as accompanist, chamber musician and répétiteur, he is a much sought-after collaborator, having worked throughout the United States and Europe with artists of international stature.
Moreover, he has been coach to principal singers for productions at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, ROH Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Théatre du Châtelet and Opéra Bastille.
John Lidal currently serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, New York, as well as on the music staff of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, in Oslo.
Mr. Lidal is also much in demand to offer master classes, most recently at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), Staatsoper unter den Linden Opernstudio, Berlin, and at the Manhattan School of Music, New York.
Completing his studies at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Mr. Lidal subsequently graduated with honors from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and the Manhattan School of Music, New York.
In addition to being recipient of numerous grants, scholarships and awards, he was 1st prize winner of two International Piano Competitions in London in 1999.
John Lidal created and currently serves as the Artistic Director of the LidalNorth International OperaWorkshops. It is a program that spotlights emerging international talent and guides them on their way to operatic careers. Distinguished «LidalNorth» teaching faculty are drawn from institutions such as the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Metropolitan Opera; Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio; International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and others.
Mr. Lidal recently accepted an invitation by the renowned Vocal Rising Stars Program/New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), to coach the Scandinavian song repertory at the annual Caramoor festival, New York.
Lidal works regularly with established artists and collaborates intensely with the new generation of singers in Scandinavia, Germany and in the US, in recitals, recording and broadcasting.
Lidal is also the 2018 recipient of the Wilhelmsen Award, one of Scandinavia's most prestigious accolades within the arts, leading to important exposure on television and radio.
John Lidal maintains private coaching studios in Berlin, London, New York, Oslo and Paris.
Prof. mr. Kitanovski Nikola
Outsanding opera artist born in Skopje - Macedonia who has managed to continually develop and maintain an impressive career for three decades. He has left a significant artistic mark on many domestic, regional and renowned opera stages of the world.
Nikola Kitanovski won the First Prize at the International Opera Singing Competition "Katia Ricciarelli" in 1991 in Mantua - Italy. He also received numerous domestic awards, including the Annual Award of the National Theater in Belgrade (1990) which was a stepping stone to his 30-year-long professional collaboration with the National Theater in Belgrade. As a result, he has interpreted various roles in more than 250 performances.
Owing to his artistic contributions, and, most importantly, to the high level of his interpretation and performance, his 30 -year- long artistic career has flourished on some of the well-known opera stages around the world, such as Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Hamburg State Opera, Frankfurt Opera House, Stuttgart State Opera, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Opera National de Lyon, Opera de Marseille, Teatro Real in Madrid, San Sebastian Theater, in Oviedo, Granada, Valencia, then, in opera houses in Tokyo, Bangkok, Warsaw, Bucharest, Kraiova, Timisoara, Athens, Antwerp, as well as at festivals in Taormina, Torre del Lago, Aspendos, Summer Festival Bolshoi in Moscow, Dubrovnik, Ohrid and Belgrade Music Festival.
Furthermore, having performed on more than 40 stages worldwide, Kitanovski has convincingly, and with ease, interpreted 25 main tenor roles such as Otello/Otello, Renato des Grieux/Manon Lescaut, Radames/Aida, Manrico/Il Trovatore, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Herman/The Queen of Spades, Don Jose/Carmen, Turiddu/Cavalleria Rusticana, Canio/Pagliacci, Rodolfo/La Boheme, Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly, Maurizio/Adriana Lecouvreur, Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor, Ero/Ero the Joker etc. His repertoire also encompasses some of the monumental concert works such as Verdi - Requiem, Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 and C Major Mass, Dvorak - Stabat Mater, Mozart -Requiem, Schubert - E-flat Major Mass and Stabat Mater, Rachmaninoff - Bells and All-Night Vigil, Honegger - King David, Shtoras - The Siege of Belgrade, Bernstein - West Side Story.
Kitanovski has been active in the field of vocal pedagogy since 2004. He is currently working as a Singing Professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he's also been appointed the Head of the Vocal Studies Department. What's more, his students have shown great success by winning the highest prizes at various opera singing competitions and receiving professional engagements.
Kitanovski was the leading professor at the Opera Studio of the National Theater in Belgrade for two years.
Having organized and realized more than 40 concerts which are a part of "The Road to Belcanto" project throughout Serbia, more than 30 young singers were offered the opportunity to gain the invaluable experience of performing before the audience, as well as to promote the art song genre and operatic repertoire of both domestic and foreign composers.
Prof. mr. Spasić Vojislav
Opera singer (tenor), associate professor and professor at the Faculty of Philology and Art at the Kragujevac University, where he teaches methodology in addition to voice. As a young musician he played violin. Mr. Spasic took Master's degree in voice from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Music as student of Prof. dr. Radmile Bakocevic. Mr. Spasic’s artistic and pedagogical work has been rewarded with numerous awards and honors. In recognition of his humanitarian work, he was honored with the Civilian Order of the Arts for organizing numerous charity concerts in Serbia. The Art Civic Coroner Distinguished Prize "ĐURĐEVDAN CROSS" was given for his artistic and pedagogical achievements and Mr. Spasić was also awarded with the "Golden Crown" for his humanitarian and charitable work. First prize and special prize in several singing competitions. As an opera and concert singer, Spasić is active not only in Serbia but also in Russia, USA, Germany, Italy, Canada and England. His students perform excellently at both national and international vocal competitions
Péter Prof. Dr. Tóth
Graduated from Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music in faculty of Percussion and Composition as student of Oszkár Schwarcz and Miklós Kocsár. In 1985 he was admitted to the Liszt Academy of Music in class of Emil Petrovics and graduated in 1990. During the nineties he wrote several accompanying music for the productions of several theaters in Budapest and Hungary. Worked for many years as a lecturer at the University of Theater and Film Arts. Currently he serves as Vice Dean of University of Szeged Béla Bartók Faculty of Art where he is Head of Department of Music Theory as well. Many of his choir works have won awards in Hungarian and international competitions. Professor Tóth received the Erkel Prize in 2007, the KÓTA Prize in 2009 and the Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 2013. Péter Tóth is a regular member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.
PhD Berislav Jerkovic
Associate professor, working at the Academy of Arts in Osijek. He teaches Voice and corresponding subjects (Opera Studio, Methods of Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature and Interpretation, Chamber singing). He graduated in M.A. Voice at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and M.A. of Music Pedagogy at the Faculty of Pedagogy in Osijek. He finished a postgraduate study of Voice at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, postgraduate studies (Voice) at the Kunst University in Graz and doctoral studies of Vocal pedagogy at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He made his opera débuts in 1997 and since then attained several solo roles in operas, operettas and musicals: Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Gianni Schicci, La sonnambula, The Marriage of Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, La serva padrona, Nikola Šubić Zrinski, Cosi fan tutte, Ero the Joker, I Pagliacci, La boheme, Il segreto di Susanna, The Magic Flute, Camelot, Dido and Aeneas, Man of La Mancha etc. He worked with many great conductors, singer and directors. Furthermore, he gave concerts at the festivals in Split - Splitsko ljeto, in Varaždin – Varaždinske barokne večeri and Varaždinski ljetni festival, in Osijek – Osječko ljeto kulture, in Zagreb – Zagrebački barokni festival as well as other festivals in Croatia and abroad (Skopje summer festival, BitFest – Bitola, KotorArt, Sarajevo winter festival, Pecs European cultural capital … ). Here are only some of the highlights from his repertoire which are worth mentioning J.S.Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium, G.Faure: Reguiem, G.Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, C.Orff: Carmina Burana, A.Bruckner: Requiem, G. Puccini: Messa di Gloria, G.F.Handel: Te Deum etc. He has also performed at many solo recitals – numerous concerts across Croatia as well as in Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Venezuela, USA, Belgium, China, South Africa. He has worked with the Croatian Baroque Ensemble at performances of the great classic composers: Caccini, Rameau, Campra, Handel, Bach, Monteverdi. He is very active in researching Arts and Science and he has participated in conferences and congresses in Bologna (2008), Paris (2009), Marlborough (2010), Beijing (2010), Rochester (2011), Thessaloniki (2012), Brisbane (2013) and Princeton (2014). In addition, he also leads master classes and professional seminars for singers, conductors, choir and vocal ensemble leaders (Croatia, Hungary, UK, France, Canada, USA, South Africa, Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Besides his singing career, he also works as a conductor, performing on concerts with choirs, vocal and instrumental ensembles in Croatia and abroad. Finally, he received many awards - as a soloist as well as a conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of Opera Pannonica ensemble. He wrote the book Singing class curricula (2019). He is the head of the Department of Music and also has served as the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Students at the Academy of Arts in Osijek.