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MARIO PENZAR

Mario Penzar

MARIO PENZAR Istaknuti hrvatski orguljaš i čembalist, redovni je profesor  orgulja na Muzičkoj akademiji u Zagrebu, na Institutu za crkvenu glazbu KBF-a u Zagrebu, Akademiji za glasbo u Ljubljani i Muzičkoj akademiji u Sarajevu. Održava brojne koncerte i seminare o interpretaciji barokne glazbe u domovini i u inozemstvu. Predavao je na Ljetnoj orguljaškoj školi u Šibeniku, Summer Organ Academy u Göteborgu te na nizu seminara u Hrvatskoj o problematici interpretacije stare glazbe. Bio je voditelj seminara i na nekoliko sveučilišta u SAD-u (Rochester/New York, Oshkosh/Wisconsin, Greencastle/Indiana).  Ostvario je brojne snimke za radio i televiziju te niz emisija o interpretaciji. Na međunarodnom  natjecanju orguljaša u Mechelenu (Belgija, 1988.) osvojio je 1. mjesto i nagradu Flor Baron Peeters, nagrađen je i nagradom Milka Trnina, te nagradom Kantor koju dodjeljuju Varaždinske barokne večeri za najbolju interpretaciju djela J. S. Bacha. 

MARIO PENZAR, organist and harpsichordist was born 1961 in Slavonski Brod. He graduated organ at the Music Academy in Zagreb in 1987. In the following three years he studied at the “Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Vienna under Professor Alfred Mitterhofer. In 1988 he won the first prize at the International Organ Competition “Flor Peeters” in Mechelen, Belgium, in 1999 he was awarded the “Milka Trnina” Award and in 2007 he received the “Kantor” Award for the best  interpretation of J.S. Bach’s music at the Varazdin Baroque Festival. Following his passion for early music, Mario Penzar authored  numerous articles and radio broadcasts on the  music from  that period. As a soloist (organ and harpsichord) or a member of various chamber orchestras he frequently performed  in Croatia and abroad (Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Kuwait, and the USA). In addition to  solo performances, Mario Penzar  appeared with  renowned orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the “Robert Schumann Philharmonie” (Chemnitz), the Moskow State Symphony Orchestra and several others. Presently he teaches organ at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He is a house organist of the “Vatroslav Lisinski” Concert Hall in Zagreb.