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Stipe Prskalo

Stipe Prskalo is the winner of the 29th International Piano Competition „Giulio Rospigliosi“ – Robert Schumann Award, where he was also given the Audience Prize. He has won first prizes at several other national and international piano competitions, including the“Croatian National Piano Competition”, the “International Piano Competition Memorial Jurica Murai” in Varaždin in 2016 and 2018, the „International Piano Competition Janez Maticic” in Ljubljana in 2018, the “EPTA International Competition for Young Pianists” in Osijek in 2019 where he was also awarded a special prize for the best interpretation of a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He performed at numerous festivals such as the 15th International Festival „Musica Maxima“, „Piano Loop Festival“, „Virtuoso“ and „Beethoven International Piano Marathon 2020“. He has also been an active chamber musician with multiple achievements as a member of the piano trio, piano quartet, and piano quintet. As a part of a chamber ensemble, he won first prize at the “Croatian National Chamber Music Competition” in 2015, 2016, and 2022.

Stipe Prskalo was born in Croatia in 2003 and received his first piano lessons at the age of eight from Prof. Tajana Philips. He continued his studies in the class of Prof. Srebrenka Crnković Završki and has attended Talent Music Courses in Brescia in the class of Prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan. He is currently studying with Prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan at the Music Academy in Zagreb.

The young pianist has attended numerous masterclasses with Natalia Trull, Pavel Gililov, Grigory Gruzman, Milana Chernyavska, Julia Gubaidulina, Andrey Pisarev, Irina Osipova, Karina Ohanyan, and Dalibor Cikojevic. Furthermore, he is a scholarship holder of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein and takes part regularly in the intensive weeks and activities of the Academy. He attends the „Accademia del Ridotto“ in Stradella where he studies in the class of Prof. Natalia Trull.

Stipe collaborated as a soloist with conductor Dariusz Mikulski and Orchestra Città di Grosseto in playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as with the Zagreb Soloists Chamber Orchestra. He is a holder of the Scholarship for Excellence, given by the University of Zagreb. In 2015 and 2023 he was awarded for his artistic achievements by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education.