Robert Belinić, guitar
Robert Belinić is described by the New York Concert Review as playing “with the most intense passion, energy and charisma of any guitarist I have heard.” Mr. Belinic has performed extensively, both as a soloist and a collaborator. Among his many appearances in the U.S., Mr. Belinić has performed with orchestras including the Sarasota Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Phoenix, Edmonton, Quad City, Victoria, La Crosse, Hilton Head, El Paso, Milikin-Daecatur, Wichita, Fox Valley, Meridian, and South Bend Symphonies and in recital and residency at Spivey Hall in Atlanta and the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has appeared at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, with the La Jolla Music Society, and on the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Medalist Series. Mr. Belinić also concertizes with clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester in the YCA ensemble MiXt.
Important New York appearances include Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in 2008 at Lincoln Center with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Michael Stern, and a solo recital at the Morgan Library & Museum. In Europe, Mr. Belinić has been heard in Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, the Czech Republic, and as soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic.
A champion of new music, he premiered YCA composer Chris Rogerson’s Air for solo guitar, at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, as well as at the Kravis Center and the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Belinic also recorded the premiere of a guitar concerto on a CD of composer Roberto Di Marino’s works on the Classic Concert Records label.
Mr. Belinić won the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, Germany and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2002, the only guitarist ever chosen for the YCA roster. He made his New York debut at the 92nd Street Y sponsored by the Claire Tow Debut Prize and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, and also debuted that season at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He was awarded the Fergus New Artist Prize of YCA and the Beracasa Foundation Prize for an appearance at the Montpellier Radio-France Festival.
Born in 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia, Mr. Belinić grew up in the nearby town of Popovača. When he was eight years old, Mr. Belinić became a national celebrity as the child star of “Tale from Croatia,” the first film released in newly-independent Croatia. He began his study of classical guitar at the age of eleven at the music school in Kutina with Zvonko Šušnjar, continuing his studies with Ante Čagalj in Zagreb. Mr. Belinić was the recipient of the 2002 Ivo Vuljević Award for outstanding young Croatian musicians, and was a prize winner of the 2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition in California. He was a founding member of the Croatian Guitar Quartet. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Leopold Mozart Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany, where he held a two-year assistantship with Prof. Franz Halász.
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