Zoran Dukić (CRO/GB)
Guitarist Zoran Dukić (b. 1969 in Zagreb, Croatia) began studying guitar at the age of six; he graduated from the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb in the class of Darko Petrinjak and continued his studies under the mentorship of Hubert Käppel at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. From 1990 to 1997, he won numerous prizes throughout the world.
Dukić is the only guitarist to have won both Andrés Segovia International Competitions (in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca), and he was also the winner of competitions dedicated to Fernandor Sor, Manuel Ponce, Manuel de Falla, and the Francisco Tárrega. At the largest Spanish guitar competition in Madrid, held under the auspices of the royal family, he not only won first prize but was also the first foreign citizen to receive the award for best interpretation of Spanish music. In addition, at many competitions he received the audience’s prize. He has performed (as a soloist and with orchestral accompaniment) on all continents. As he dedicates particular attention to contemporary music, Dukić’s concerts often include compositions by Tekemitsu, Henze, Riley, Carter, and Gubaidulina, and many composers have dedicated their works to him. He often has tours on which he performs evening-long programs with music by Bach; he also has a special propensity towards Spanish and South American musical expression, from Sor to Albéniz to Tárrega to Villa-Lobos. He has recorded for record labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, and Canada.
An outstanding pedagogue, he has taught numerous classes of classical guitarists at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague and at the Escola Superior de Música in Barcelona.