Groningen Guitar Festival: Zoran Dukic
Zoran Dukic (1969, Zagreb) was presented with a guitar at the early age of six. Today he is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike. He performed in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, such as Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam or Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In his "tour de force" competition years (1990-1997), he won an astonishing number of competitions. He is the only guitarist to have won both "Andrés Segovia" competitions in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca, as well as competitions dedicated to "F. Sor", "M. Ponce", "M. de Falla", "F. Tárrega", among many others. This, along with his unique expressiveness and poetry on the guitar, launched his worldwide career. His performances throughout the 5 continents have inspired numerous composers to dedicate their works to him. His premiers of new music are strengthened by his admiration of contemporary musical expression. He has also toured with entire Bach programs, performing complete cycles of lute, violin or cello suites. Music by J. S. Bach is still the focal point of his musical life. Being exceptionally enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching, his pedagogical activities are equally impressive. He is a professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in The Hague since 1997 and has one of the most successful classes in Europe. Being a very active chamber music performer he is a founding member of the “European Guitar Quartet”, “Croatian Guitar Quartet” and duo with Aniello Desiderio. He is a D’Addario artist since 2011. He has recorded compact discs and DVDs for labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Croatia and Canada.