MATEJ
MEŠTROVIĆ

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Matej Meštrović

Matej Meštrović is an eclectic and versatile composer, having written a large body of works ranging from chamber and orchestral concert music to music for television, theatre, and film. Meštrović’s albums include Zvuci Velebita, Eat Suite (which won a 2014 Independent Music award), My Face Music Book (which won the 2016 Classical Album of the Year and Runner-Up Overall Album of the Year on SoloPiano.com, and Vivaldi 4 seasons for 3 Pianos)

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Matej Meštrović

Matej Meštrović is pianist and composer born in Zagreb in 1969 into an artistic family;  his mother is a pianist and teacher at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He started his music education at age of four. At age of six he had his first public musical performance. Since he won the first prize on the competition, at age of thirteen (1982), he performed Mozart Rondo with the orchestra of the Croatian Music Institute.At the Croatian Music Days in 1985, at the age of sixteen, he participated with his own composition Toccata, as the youngest composer in history of the festival.

As he is one of most versatile artists in Croatia his opus contains hours and hours of original music, starting with solo piano works, through chamber music, music for TV and theatrical music and finally music for symphony orchestra. Not only is he a successful musician and a composer, but also a well-known director of documentaries and travel films, the field in which he was recognized and highly awarded both in Croatia and internationally .

Matej Meštrović is one of the pioneers of the New Age music in Croatia in the nineties, when he has the memorable performance with a renowned American harpist Georgia Kelly at the Zagreb Music Biennale. Meštrović is also the laureate of the City of Zagreb Award for an exquisite realization of Croatian pavilion and the exhibits at Expo ’98 in Lisbon. He composed original music for more than 100 documentaries.  Approximately 80 of them are in collaboration with very famous alpinist and director Stipe Božić. Two of them have been released on CD.

Matej Meštrović received a special recognition from the Mayor of Karlovy Vary for his film “Croatian Dream Dubrovnik”. “Zvuci Velebita”  an original music recorded on a CD, sold along with the National Geographic magazine issues in 45,000 copies. In last 10 years, he works as piano parts arranger on all albums of famous world classical and crossover pianist  Maksim Mrvica. In 2010. Music Information Centre publishes Meštrović’s sheet music for two pianos ‘Twenty fingers’. His film ‘Zagreb Zagreb’ receives Award for the Best National Tourism Film, which includes broadcasting in 50 countries of the World.

In years 2012 – 2015. Matej Meštrović is working with the ensemble Sudar Percussion, not only as a pianist, but also as a composer. During that time, he created album “Eat Suite” that contains completely original music written by Matej Meštrović.  “Eat Suite” was awarded by Independent Music Awards 2014. for category Instrumental mainly with “vox pop winner” award.

Two years in a row, for the opening ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival he composes a beautiful piece of music made for symphony orchestra, two choirs, percussion ensemble and more than 200 dancers.

In the first half of 2016.  Meštrović wrapped few large projects; He writes original music for the movie "Funne" in Croatian - Italian co-production, participates as an author and performer in the spectacular opening of the European University Games in Zagreb and releases  album "My Face Music Book" for piano solo, in his own independent production.

This album won two SoloPiano.com awards; „Classical“ Album of the Year 2016 and „Runner-Up“ Overall Album of the Year 2016.

In the 2017. Matej recorded CD “Vivaldi 4 seasons for 3 Pianos” for NAVONA Records. “Navona Records proudly presents 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, a whirlwind transcription of Vivaldi’s masterful string concertos by Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović. Performing with Hakan A. Toker and Matija Dedić on three pianos (and accordion), Meštrović thoroughly reimagines the four concertos, his work exceeding that of a normal transcription.  The collection, in such a radical new form, becomes almost a whole new work.”

In the 2017. CD “Vivaldi 4 seasons for 3 Pianos” recived Global Music Awards for Outstanding Achivement - Piano Trio and Best Album

In the 2018. Meštrović performed at Carnegie Hall - Stern auditorium, having world premiere of his composition for piano and symphonic orchestra “Danube Rhapsody”.

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Concert schedule

15
April
2018.

Sunday
New York
Carnegie Hall - Stern auditorium, Danube Rhapsody, world premiere
18
May
2018.

Friday
Wien
Semper Depot, Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste - Friday Nights with Yury Revich , 4 Seasons Re-Composed (Österreich Premiere)
13
July
2018.

Friday
Zagreb
Amadeo Scena Zagreb, Orient Expresto trio
25
July
2018.

Wednesday
Peking
25.07. - 15.08. China Tour, Orient Expresto trio

Discography

Sudar Percussion & Matej Mestrovic

Eat Suite