Concert by Kemal Gekić and his students
Kemal Gekić is a pianist from Split who, due to his extraordinary interpretations and pedagogical excellence, has achieved worldwide fame and reputation. This year, the 10th Kemal Gekić Summer School will be held from August 8 to 16, and the students of the Gekić School will hold a concert at the Dominican Monastery Church in Bol on Tuesday, August 13 at 8 pm.
The students of the Gekić School are also world-renowned pianists, so their performance within Bol’s Lit, based on the already well-established multi-year cooperation with the Piano Project Association and the Piano Loop Festival from Split, is a great asset in the programs of Bol’s cultural manifestation.
After the summer school concert, Kemal Gekić himself will perform at 9 pm with his music recital. All evenings from the classical concerts cycle are valuable and special, last Tuesday the young Bračanin Tomislav Damjanovic shone, but the concert of Kemal Gekic and his attendees can be highly recommended as a musical treat of classical music this summer.
Since performing in Split Summer for more than 20 years and winning “Judita” in 2010, the world-renowned pianist Kemal Gekic has had a Split address for 10 summers to pass on knowledge to numerous attendees of his piano workshops. The participants are mostly pianists from Japan, professors at prestigious Japanese conservatories, concert pianists and students guided by the idea of lifelong learning.
In addition to the educational one, Gekić’s school encompasses the cultural segment as well, enabling the students to get to know Kemal’s hometown through numerous sightseeing tours of the city center, visits to museums.
Kemal Gekic (1962) is a pianist of worldwide reputation, built on sophisticated interpretations of music by Händel, Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt and a number of other composers. His journey from his native Split, through Zagreb and Novi Sad, led him all the way to the United States, where in 1999 he became a professor at the Florida International University and the Tokyo Academy of Music, with an active pianist career. Kemal Gekic is one of the most prominent pianists of today. Features of his music are strong originality, strength of interpretation and perfect mastery of the instrument. His controversial, courageous approach to sound, unique agogic and form, have characterized him as a non-conformist in the music world, which he does not even conceal. It is the strength of his artistic approach that provokes and intrigues.
His aunt, Professor Lorenzo Batturina, gave him his first musical knowledge, and in 1978, in the class of Professor Jokuton Mihajlovic, he began his studies at the Art Academy in Novi Sad. As one of the best students in the history of the institution, he remains at the same faculty in the piano department, which he managed until 1999. At the 11th Fryderyk Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 1985, controversies began to follow Gekic in the decades to come. His distinctive and spectacular playing provoked a divided opinion among conservative jury members, however, it won the hearts of audiences and critics alike. At the same time, he began playing throughout Europe, the Middle East, Canada, the USSR, Japan, the Southeast Pacific, and was broadcast by a number of leading television companies. The Fryderyk Chopin International Competition in Warsaw led to a contract with the record company JVC Japan, which recorded the competition and presented it as the first carrier in a series of sound carriers to be produced in the coming years. History also repeated itself in 1988 when Gekic was eliminated from the Montreal International Competition after the semifinals. The audience was so outraged that his fans organized a sales protest recital and awarded the money raised as an Audience Award. In the early 1990s, Gekic retired from the public to devote himself to further training and recording, striving for even greater interpretive reach. One of the results of this commitment is his fifth album, with all of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, seen by many as his return among the leading pianists of his generation. In addition to conservatories in Miami and Japan, with numerous masterclasses, Kemal Gekić has been hosting a Summer School in Split for the ninth year in a row, attended by more than 80 Croatian and foreign pianists.
Frequently asked questions
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I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!
Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.
BY SEA ///
There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.
First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.
Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!
BY AIR ///
Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač Deluxe, Rent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!
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Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112
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