Mario Penzar (Slavonski Brod, 1961) after graduating from the organ at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, continued his training at the Academy of Music in Vienna under A. Mitterhofer and at master classes in Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Croatia (J. Ferrad, Ch. Dubois, L. Rogg, K. d’Hooghe et al.).
In 1989, he received the first prize at the Flor Baron Peeters International Competition in Belgium and continued to receive awards in his homeland and abroad. He toured throughout Europe, Kuwait, and in the USA, performing as a soloist, with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is a regular participant in numerous festivals such as the Organ of the Zagreb Cathedral, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Osor music evenings, the Music evenings in St. Donat, Wiener Orgelkonzerte, Orgeltage in Rheda/Hannover…
He is one of the founders of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble. He was the artistic director of the Organum Histriae festival for many years. He made numerous recordings for radio and television and a series of shows about organ interpretation.
He is the titular organist of the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall and professor of organ at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. (MIC / Minstrel 2015)