bio

[ short story about me ]

Srdjan Bulat – (born 20 October 1986) is an award-winning classical guitarist from Split, Croatia. He has won top prizes in almost all of the most prestigious international competitions for classical guitarists, including the first prize in the 2011 ‘Francisco Tarrega’ competition in Benicassim, Spain.
He has also recorded a successful solo CD for Naxos which was released in September 2012. In July 2014 Srdjan graduated, with Distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied as the recipient of the prestigious ABRSM scholarship – awarded to the best candidate in the auditions for postgraduate study programmes.

Srdjan Bulat

Srdjan Bulat (1986) is an award-winning concert classical guitarist from Split, Croatia.

He is one of the most successful classical guitarists of the new generation and the top prize winner at almost all of the most important international classical guitar competitions. He has won top prizes in Benicassim (‘Francisco Tarrega’), Almeria (‘Julian Arcas’), Alessandria (‘Michele Pittaluga’), Valencia (‘Alhambra’), Madrid (‘Gredos San Diego), London (‘London International Guitar Competition’), Rome (‘Fernando Sor’), just to name a few; and has also won numerous special awards for the best interpretation of Spanish music, which is featured prominently in all of his recital programmes.

He has a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, which he has successfully completed, with high distinction, in July 2014. He was also awarded the prestigious ABRSM scholarship as the only international student of his generation to be given this honour.

In September 2015 he completed his second postgraduate degree at the Music Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, where he specialized in classical guitar music written by contemporary Croatian composers.

He has given many solo recitals around the world (London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Helsinki, New York, Chicago, Toronto), and has recorded two full lenght solo albums – his first for RTVE (Spanish National Radiotelevision), and his second for the prestigious recording company Naxos, which was released in September 2012.

I have known Srdjan for several years. When I first heard him play I was immediately struck by his unique musical personality.

His technical ability is highly developed and he can bring to life all the repertoire, always giving an interpretation of great charm and musicality.

I believe he has a profound understanding of the music he plays and will always bring a new light to the standard repertoire.  

It is a joy to hear Srdjan play the guitar and I recommend him highly.

David Russell

education

2011 – 2015
  • Academy of Music; University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Postgraduate specialist study with professor Darko Petrinjak
  • Specialist thesis: Contemporary Croatian music for classical guitar
2012 – 2014
  • Royal Academy of Music; London, United Kingdom
  • Master of Arts in performance (postgraduate course) with professor Michael Lewin
  • 2012 ABRSM International Fees Scholarship winner
2008 – 2010
  • Academy of Music; University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Master of Music (graduate course) with professor Darko Petrinjak
  • Graduated Summa cum laude
  • Dean’s award recipient for the academic year 2008/2009
  • Rector’s award recipient for the academic year 2009/2010
2005 – 2008
  • Academy of Arts; University of Split, Croatia
  • Bachelor of Music (undergraduate course) with professor Goran Listeš
  • Rector’s award recipient for the academic year 2006/2007
2001 – 2005
  • IV. Gymnasium ‘Marko Marulić’ – Split, Croatia
  • Croatia Music High school ‘Josip Hatze’ – Split, Croatia

competition

2013
  • London International Guitar Competition; London, United Kingdom 2nd prize
  • Royal Academy of Music Club Prize; London, United Kingdom Finalist
  • Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition; London, United Kingdom 2nd prize
2012
  • Andres Segovia Guitar Competition; La Herradura, Spain Finalist Special award for the best interpretation of contemporary Spanish music
  • Gredos San Diego Guitar Competition; Madrid, Spain 2nd prize
  • Darko Lukić competition for young Croatian musicians; Zagreb, Croatia 1st prize (for the best solo recital)
2011
  • Ivo Vuljević award for the best young Croatian musician; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Maurizio Biasini Guitar Competition; Bologna, Italy 3rd prize
  • Francisco Tárrega Guitar Competition; Benicàssim, Spain 1st prize Special award for the best interpretation of works by Francisco Tarrega
  • Koblenz International Guitar Competition; Koblenz, Germany Special award for the best interpretation of works by Joaquín Rodrigo
  • Gredos San Diego Guitar Competition; Madrid, Spain 2nd prize Special award for the best interpretation of Spanish music
2010
  • Michelle Pittaluga Guitar Competition; Alessandria, Italy 2nd prize Aurora Blardone award for the youngest finalist
  • Julian Arcas Guitar Competition; Almeria, Spain 1st prize Special award for the best interpretation of Spanish music
  • Alhambra International Guitar Competition; Valencia, Spain 2nd prize Audience award Special award for the best interpretation of Spanish music
2009
  • Ferdo Livadić Competition for Young musicians; Samobor, Croatia 1st prize (for the best solo recital)
  • Francisco Tárrega Guitar Competition; Benicàssim, Spain 2nd prize
2008
  • Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition; Alessandria, Italy 3rd prize Aurora Blardone award for the youngest finalist
  • Fernando Sor Guitar Competition; Rome, Italy 1st prize
2004

European Music Prize for Youth; Dubrovnik, Croatia 1st prize

2003

Anna Amalia Junior Guitar Competition; Weimar, Germany 1st prize

2002

Andres Segovia Junior Guitar Competition; Velbert, Germany 1st prize