Ivana Jelača

Ivana Jelača was born in Dubrovnik in 1985. She completed her elementary and secondary music education at Music School Luka Sorkočević in Dubrovnik.  In 2008 she graduated from Music Academy, University of Zagreb, where she was in class of Professor Ljubomir Gašparović. She furthered her education at the postgraduate Specialization studies at the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Furthermore she went to numerous international master courses and summer schools in Dubrovnik organized by EPTA, led by R. Kehrer, J.F. Antonioli, D.Achatz, V. Krpan, E. Indjic etc. In July 1998, in the age of 12, she performed for the first time with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Tomislav Fačini). She attended Lied Master course for singers and accompanists , held by Dunja Vejzović and professor Konrad Richter. She performed regularly with Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra, Dubrovnik chamber orchestra, Croatian chamber orchestra and had numerous solo recitals (Vatroslav Lisinski hall in Zagreb, 45th Darko Lukić Tribune etc.).She took part in competitions of HDGPP (Croatian association of Music and Dance teachers) an won first and second prices. Since 2006, when she took part at the International Summer Akademie Prag-Wien-Budapest, she permanently attended, in both Zagreb and Vienna, Master courses and private lessons held by professor Noel Flores.  In 2016 she finished postgraduate Specialization studies (piano) at Music Academy, University of Zagreb, in class of Professor Ljubomir Gašparović, and under the mentorship of Professor Dalibor Davidović, Ph.D., with highest achievements ( work on a theme The art of playing piano sonata in the context of cultural changes). With this work she has started her research on aspects of musical performance in context of cultural changes and committed herself to performance on both historical and modern instruments. She performs regulary in the Music hall of the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, on the fortepiano buildt in 1790 by Anton Walter. Ivana Jelača is the author of the RIM projects and member of its chamber ensemble, with whom performs regulary in Croatia and abroad. Ivana Jelača is also active in music pedagogy. She is the author of the Educational Cycles Gioachino’s Cuisine and Slušaonica M.U.Z.A., with the aim of educating new generations of audience. In 2018 she recorded audio cd edition entitled Croatian composers and their contemporaries on Walter’s fortepiano from the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, which was developed from the collaboration with the Dubrovnik Museums. This cd edition was promoted on 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival. In the same Festival season, Ivana Jelača participated on the Workshop for young pianist, led by renowned pianist Maria Joao Pires. From January 2017 Ivana Jelača is a member of Croatian Freelance Artists Association. She is the founder and artistic leader of RIM organization since its beginings.

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