Biography

Srdjan Bulat (born 20 October 1986) is an award-winningclassical 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 theRoyal 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.

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 Russel

Education

Srdjan performing

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

Competitions

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