Guest Artist Spotlight

Ratimir Martinovic

Performance, piano

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The ideal combination of intellect, technique and passion, refinement of touch, perfect technique, concentration and control, exceptional dynamic potential, original ideas and unconventional interpretations give Ratimir Martinovic, by the critics' words, one of the leading places among pianists of the younger generation.

Born in Kotor, he graduated in 1999 from the class of Kemal Gekic at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, playing in one night Bach's »Goldberg Variations«, Beethoven's »Hammerklavier Sonata«, Chopin's Four Ballades, and Prokofiev's «Toccata«, to great critical aclaim. He received his Masters degree, playing an all Bach program.

At present, Martinovic works as Associate professor at the Academy of Arts, as the youngest piano professor and serves as the head of music department.

He has had advanced studies with well-known pedagogues and pianists such as Ivo Pogorelich, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Hiroko Nakamura, Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Sergio Perticaroli and many others.

Since his twelfth year he has played in over six hundred recitals, chamber music concerts as well as with orchestra in almost all European countries, United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, China, Japan and Thailand. He has played in  New York (Stern Auditorium at Carnegie hall), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica), London (St. John Smith Square, St. James Piccadilly), Shanghai (Oriental Art Centre), Prague (Rudolfinum, Smetana hall),  Luxembourg (Auditorium of Banque de Luxembourg), Taipei (Hall of the National theater), Toronto (Glenn Gould Studio), Paris (UNESCO hall), Zagreb (Lisinski hall), Belgrade (Sava centre, Kolarac hall) as well as in Montreal, Moscow, Lisbon, Prague, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Salzburg, Vancouver, Kansas City, Heidelberg, Bari, St. Petersbourg, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Beijing, Helsinki, Florence, Tubingen, Montpellier, Granada, Vicenza and elsewhere.

Martinovic plays as soloist with orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra , Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vogtland Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv State Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, North Czech Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Radio-Televison Serbia Symphony Orchestra  as well as with chamber orchestras such as „Viotti“ Orchestra,  Kaliningrad Chamber Symphony, St. Georg’s Strings, Young European Soloists, The Orchestra of the North Shore and many others, collaborating with conductors such as  Alexandar Rahbari,  Andres Mustonen, Emil Tabakov, Peter Sundkvist, David Porceline, William Noll, Aleksandar Ostrovsky, Gudni Emilsson and many others.

He plays at festivals such as Granada Festival (Spain), Festival of the Nations (Rome), Pianorama (Florence), International Festival (Ushuaia, Argentina), Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia), Sarajevo winter (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Ohrid Summer Festival (Macedonia), Sant Pere de Rodes (Spain), Lake Como Festival (Italy), NOMUS ( Serbia), Evenings at S’. Donat (Croatia) and many others.

Martinovic has recorded two CDs with the works by Bach/Tausing, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev and Bach’s  »Goldberg variations«.

He is the winner of many domestic and international awards and tributes.

After initial successes in piano competitions at very early age, Ratimir Martinovic withdrew from the competition scene, devoting his time to playing concerts and teaching.

Martinovic is the founder and member of KotorArt Trio, together with violinist Roman Simovic and clarinetist Aleksandar Tasic.

He is one of the founders of International Festival Kotor Art and Director of its music program called Don Branko’s Music Days.

During the 2012-2013 season he will be performing in Belgium, South Korea, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, USA, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Finland and Switzerland.