Student of Ruben Dalibaltayan from 2006 till 2015.
Stipe Bilić (born in Rijeka, 1992.) is a student of the piano at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan (the 5th year). He studies also at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Kunstuniversität Graz) as the student of prof. dr. Milana Chernyavska and regularly attends a perfectionate course led by prof. Elisso Virsaladze (Fiesole, Italia).
Stipe is the winner of numerous national as well as international competitions. There are 3 first awards in the national competitions that should be emphasized (Dubrovnik 2007, 2009, 2013) as a soloist, the first award in the national chamber music competition (playing in a piano trio, Opatija 2008) and the first award in the same competition but in the category for piano duo (Opatija, 2012). Stipe has participated in many international competitions in his homeland as well, achieving always the first prizes - Daleki akordi (Distant Accords) (Split, 2004), Zlatko Grgošević (Zagreb, 2008), Mladi virtuozi-etide i skale (A Young Virtuoso-Etudes and Scales) (Zagreb, 2012). In this last competition Stipe has been given an award for the best interpretation of Bach and for another virtuosic piece and has been proclaimed as the absolute winner of the competition. Stipe was also one of 12 chosen semifinalists of the competition Svetislav Stančić (Zagreb, 2011) where he received an award of the Europe Yamaha Fondation as the most successful Croatian competitor. In the international competition Ennio Porino in Cagliari (2011) Stipe performed in the second stage as one of 5 semifinalists, as well as being a finalist of the competition Giuliano Peccar. He has won the second prize in the international competition Stefano Marizza (Trieste, 2012) competing with candidates under 27 years of age.
Stipe is the winner of the 9th International competition Euroregione in Udine (April, 2013). This provided him to the recital at the Theatre Palamostre (Udine, November 2013) as the part of festival sponsored by the Presidents of Croatia and Italia under the name Croatia, welcome to Europe. In the same year Stipe participated in the competition Martha Debelli in Graz where he got the third prize. At the same competition in 2014 Stipe won the second prize.
Courses have a great significance in the biography of Stipe Bilić. Many of them are led by famous pianists and pedagogues such as Olga Cinkoburova, Arbo Valdma, Noel Flores, Julia Gubajdullina, Grigory Gruzman, Balasz Szokolay, Milana Chernyavksa, Katharina Olivia Brand, Wolfgang Brunner and others.
Stipe has performed at many festivals in Croatia and abroad. For the anniversary of Mozart's birth Stipe had a chance to play together with The Soloists of Zagreb (Zagrebački solisti) as a soloist in the third movement of Mozart Concerto KV. 414 in A major. He played also with the Orchestra of the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre performing the solo part of Haydn D major Concerto (2008) and Liszt’s Second Concerto (2010). Stipe had the opportunity to play in the famous hall of the Boesendorfer Factory in Vienna, 2008. In the same city he participated in the opening concert of the Festival of Croatian Music performing the composition Dernek written by the then President of the country Mr. Ivo Josipović (2012). In January of 2013 Stipe was a soloist in the 4the Concerto of L. van Beethoven playing together with the Zagreb Youth Orchestra. In February of 2014 Stipe had the honour to play in the Great Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski, presenting himself as soloist in the First piano concerto of P. I. Tschaikowsky together with the Croatian Radio-television Orchestra and Maestro Uros Lajovic. In September of 2014 Stipe gave a recital in Duino (Italia) which was organised by the Foundation Dr. Ingo Skrapic and Chamber Music Academy in Duino.
These are the countries in which Stipe has played so far: Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Ukraine and Bosna and Herzegovina. Stipe Bilić is a scholarship recipient of the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein and participates regularly in intensive weeks and activities of the Academy.
Main national and international competitions prizes:
3 first prizes on the National competition in Dubrovnik (2007,2009,2013)
the first prize on the international competition "Zlatko Grgošević" in Zagreb (2008)
the first prize, the prize of the best performance of virtuosic piece and piece of J.S. Bach as well as the absolute winner of international competition "Mladi virtuozi-etide i skale" in Zagreb (2012)
the special prize of Yamaha foundation as the best croatian competitor on the international competition "Svetislav Stančić" in Zagreb (2011)
winner of the international competition "Euroregione" in Udine,Italy in April 2013
the second prize on the International competition "Stefano Marizza" in Treiste 2012
Most important concert appierences including solo recitals and concerts with orchestras:
five solo recitals in the period of high school education (at "Pomorski i povijesni muzej-Guvernerova palača in Rijeka and solo recital at the Croatian Music Institut)
three performances with the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka (performing Haydn D major concerto and Liszt Concerto No.2)
a solo recital in Udine (2013), Italy as a representer of Music Academy in Zagreb
a solo recital in Duino, Italy (2014)
a performance in the Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, 2008
a performance with the Zagreb Orchestra of Youth at the Croatian Music Institute (performing Beethoven 4th Concerto), 2013
a performance with the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television in a big concert hall "Vatroslav Lisinski" in 2014 (performing Tschaikowsky First Piano Concerto)
two performances at the Festival "Darko Lukić", Osijek (2007, 2009)(one was recorded and reproduced by the Croatian Radio)