Dubravka Vukalovic

pianist

Biography

Dubravka Vukalovic was born 1984 in Varaždin (Croatia) where she received her first music education from professor Olimpija Vojvoda at the Varaždin Music School. She continued her education at the famous Central Music School of Moscow's State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky in the class of Alexander Mndoyants. Afterwards, recognized as a special talent, she got admitted directly to the third year of studies at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in the classes of Dag Achatz and Jean-François Antonioli. In 2010,  she obtained her master degree in the class of famous Brazilian pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro as a scholarship holder of Swiss Foundation Max D. Jost.  For many years, her academic and artistic projects were supported by Foundation of British Family Hallam. 

Furthermore, contacts with artists and pedagogues such as Rudolf Kehrer, Anatoly Katz, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Ralf Gothóni and Evgeny Mogilevsky had an important impact on her career.  She gave her debut at the age of 14 as a soloist with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently won the first prize at the Zlatko Grgošević international piano competition in Zagreb in 2000.

She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, in Asia, South America and Russia. In 2009, she performed at the Festival of contemporary music "Archipel" in Geneva in duo with renowned French violist Christophe Desjardins and collaborated with Swiss-French ensemble "Namascae" and maestro Eduardo Leandro. In the same year, she appeared as a soloist in Ravel's Piano Concerto with Bahia Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. She is as a member of successful D&B piano duo with Bruno Vlahek, with whom she performed Olivier Messiaen’s Visions of Amen at the 50th anniversary of the Music Biennale Zagreb, as the first Croatian performer of this work. In 2013 they became prizewinners of the 1st International Competition for piano four-hands in Monte-Carlo. In the same year, she performed her first China tour, which included concerts in some of the country's finest venues.

Her concert appearances were recorded and broadcasted on TV and radio stations in Croatia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and on Radio Suisse Romande (Espace 2).