Sunday, 08 February 2019 at 20
Museum of Arts and Crafts
W.A.Mozart: Divertimento in F-Major, K138
B. Bjelinski: Plaisanteries
R. Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129 (arranged by Robert Kurz)
Smiljan Mrčela, born in Zagreb, began to study the cello with prof. Dobrila Berković- Magdalenić at the Elly Bašić Music School. He continued his studies at the Music Academy in Zagreb with prof. Valter Dešpalj, followed by a 2-year postgraduate course at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with prof. Enrico Bronzi. He has attended numerous seminars with renowned pedagogues (V. Perlin, G. Tavares, B. Greenhouse, C. Bohorquez, R. Latzko, A. Noras…).
He has won first prizes in a number of national and international competitions such as Marcosig competition in Gorizia, Croatian state competition in Varaždin, and Antonio Janigro competition in Poreč. He represented Croatia at the concerts of young talents and laureates in Moscow organized by the Foundation of Vladimir Spivakov. As a member of the Croatian String Quartet he was awarded the Darko Lukić Prize in 2014.
He has made solo appearances with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Zagreb Soloists, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian National Theatre Orchestra in Split, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the European Youth Orchestra, playing under the direction of conductors such as Pavle Dešpalj, Martin Sieghart, Michal Dworzynski and others. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in most European countries and Japan, and has collaborated with artists such as Ilya Grubert, Konstantin Bogino, Monika Leskovar, Sreten Krstić and Yury Revich.
In January 2013 he made his debut at the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with the Zagreb Philharmonic in Papandopulo’s Concerto for violin and cello.
Smiljan Mrčela is active as a solo cellist of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and is member of the Zagreb Soloists.