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Goran Filipec

A pianist of fiery energy and captivating performing style inspired by the legendary piano traditions of the early 20th century, Goran Filipec (Rijeka, 1981) is acclaimed by critics from Argentina to New York and London for his “poetic, brilliant and refined performances”. Primarily renowned as a remarkable Lisztian, Goran Filipec endeavours in the domain of musical interpretation consist primarily of the perpetual rediscovery of emotional values of the music in question, and its relative subtraction from historicisation. Starting from this point, Filipec creates vibrant audible representations of the interpreted music in the spirit of the so-called "grand style," which occasionally unites interpretation and arrangement.

The cosmopolitism of Goran Filipec’s musical journey, acquired both through international education and his career path, keeps him unclassified in terms of the so-called national piano schools. His trainings in Croatia, Italy, Germany, Russia, The Netherlands, and France, with teachers such as Naum Grubert, Oxana Yablonskaya, Natalia Trull and Evgeny Zarafiants, were concluded with a PhD in performance and research in music at the Sorbonne Université and the Conservatoire national de musique et de danse de Paris. Looking for the particularities of the so-called “grand manner” and identifying its representatives, Filipec’s doctoral dissertation positions Paganini’s violin as the source of these traditions and defends the subjectivity of the musical interpretation.

A laureate of major international piano competitions in Italy, Mexico, the United States, Azerbaijan, and France, and having performed and recorded with orchestras such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, Moscow Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Kodály Filharmónia, Orchestra del Teatro Reggio and others, Goran Filipec has released several internationally-acclaimed albums under the Naxos and Grand Piano labels. The recorded repertoire is mainly focused on Liszt and less known post-romantic composers (see CD Shop). The album featuring all the versions of the Liszt-Paganini Studies (2016) was awarded with the Grand Prix du Disque of the Liszt Society from Budapest, placing Filipec on a prestigious list, which includes previous laureates Vladimir Horowitz, György Cziffra, Alfred Brendel, Claudio Arrau, Zoltán Kocsis or Maurizio Pollini.

For more information, visit www.goran-filipec.com.