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Ante Krpan

Ante Krpan was born in 1982 in Zagreb. He begins studying the clarinet at the V. Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb, in the class of prof. Luka Vlahović. During his primary and secondary music education, he won three first prizes at the Croatian competition for music students.

In 2000, he enrolled in clarinet studies at the College of Music Arts “Ino Mirković” in Lovran, in the class of prof. Jože Kotar, lecturer from the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In the same year, he received a state scholarship from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. In 2003, he transferred to the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of prof. Josip Tonžetić, where he graduated in June 2005. During his studies, he gave many performances, especially in the field of chamber music, as a member of the Wind Quintet of the Music Academy, which is under the direction of prof. Prerada Detiček won many awards (Rector’s Award, Ivo Vuljević Award of HGM, third prize in the competition for the European Music Award for Youth).

After graduation, he continues his studies at the Ecole normale de Musique de Paris in the class of prof. Guy Dangain. In 2006, he won a scholarship from the Government of the Republic of France, and in 2007 he finished his studies in Paris and obtained the Diploma superieur de concertiste as well as a diploma in chamber music in the class of prof. Nina Patarčec. With the pianist Ivan Pernicki, he held numerous performances in the country and abroad. It is certainly worth highlighting several performances in the Virtuoso cycle and the Youth for Youth cycle of HGM, a recital for Matica Hrvatska in Zagreb and Vinkovci, and performances at summer festivals in Gorizia, Italia and in Senj, Rab, Cres, Drniš, Bjelovar and Kutina. In September 2008, they performed at the Samoborska musical autumn festival, and in February 2009 at the renowned Mladi u Lisinski cycle as part of the 42nd Tribune Darko Lukić of the Croatian Society of Music Artists. They also held chamber music concerts in almost all cultural centers in Zagreb. In addition to his concert activity, he is engaged in pedagogical work and is currently employed as a clarinet professor at the Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb.

His students participate with great success in many national and international competitions and take entrance exams at art schools, and he also participates in the work of the committee for selecting propositions for the national competition of the Croatian Association of Music and Dance Educators. Due to his excellent results in the field of pedagogy, the Education Agency in 2019 enabled him to advance to the position of professor mentor. As a mentor, he regularly trains younger colleagues – clarinet professors and prepares them to take state professional exams. As an orchestral artist, he collaborated with the Symphony Wind Orchestra of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia.

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