Krešimir Lazar

Violoncellist Krešimir Lazar was born in Varaždin. He finished primary and secondary school in his hometown in the class of D. Milković. He graduated from Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of Professor V. Dešpalj who was also his mentor while he was doing his master thesis. He has won numerous awards both in Croatia and abroad, some of which include the first prize at the international competition Alfredo Marcosig in Gorizia (Italy), the award of Croatian Radio Television AmandoIvančić, the University of Zagreb Rector's award,the Zagreb Music Academy's Dean’s award, Croatian Music Institute award, the award of the Society of University Teachers, Scholars and Other Scientists in Zagreb and the JuricaMurai award at Varaždin Baroque Evenings in 2011 for the best solo interpretation. He played in concerts in many European and Latin-American countries. He has also performed as soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the HGM Jazz Orchestra.For the publishing house Cantus he has recorded the Concerto for the violin, cello and orchestra by ŽeljkoBrkanović accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television. He has paid special interest to performing rarely performed music of Early and High Baroque putting special emphasis on interpreting music composed by Croatian composers of this period of music history. Apart from the concert activities, he participated as a lecturer at the international strings festival Strings Only in Zadar and was also a member of the international jury at the competition of the same name. He was also a jury member at the international competition Alfredo and Vanda Marcosig in Gorizia (Italy) and the National competition of musical pupils and students of Croatia and Slovenia. He teaches winter seminars in Opatija regularly in the organization of Pro musicaassociation. He is a regular contributor and soloist inVaraždin Chamber Orchestra (and its president), the initiator and co-founder of CamerataGarestin ensemble and a member and co-founder of Amadeus Trio Zagreb ensemble. In his musical career he has collaborated with numerous ensembles, some of which are Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Cantus ensemble, 3+ ensemble and Le Parlementde Musique ensemble. Krešimir Lazar is also a member of Croatian Society of Music Artistsand an associate professor at the Zagreb Music Academy.