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The Croatia Flute Academy 10th Anniversary Edition


Celebrating 10 Years of the Croatia Flute Academy

Ever wondered what Jasmine Choi, Peter-Lukas Graf, William Bennett (OBE), Trevor Wye, and the jazz great James Newton all have in common, apart from being superb flutists? Yep - they were each, at one time or another, featured headliners at probably the biggest flute Summer Masterclass in Eastern Europe: the Croatia Flute Academy International Flute Summer Courses in Karlovac, Croatia!

Primarily dedicated to classical flute repertoire and interpretation, as we are being told by Petar Curic, the CFA Founder and Director, it wasn’t always like that in the past:

  • CFA is an educational music event on the highest level and unique in this part of the world, for, similar event, lasting a full week, and with such high level of international artists, does not exist in any other country in the Southeast of Europe. Forty professors and about five hundred participants from 30 countries have so far attended the event dedicated to studying the art of playing the flute and promoting flautists and flautists as musical artists. Funnily, it all began in January 2014. At the invitation of the then director of the City Theater Zorin dom in Karlovac, Mr Srecko Sestan, and in cooperation with the American-Croatian flutist Damjan Krajacic from Los Angeles. Petar came up with the concept for the Croatia Flute Academy, and although it was to be an international event from the start, the CFA was initially conceived as specializing in jazz flute. Hence, James Newton, Andrea Brachfeld, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Michele Gori, Damjan Krajacic and others who were all among our first guests at the academy, and they are all jazz flutists! - says Petar with a smile. However, after consulting Damjan's father, at the time Principal at a nearby music school in Croatia, and he warned them "not to be silly, and why limit yourself like that?", Petar decided that in fact all musical genres, from classical and jazz to contemporary music, would be equally represented at the Croatia Flute Academy.Today, of course, the Croatia Flute Academy is primarily dedicated to classical music.

Founders of the Croatia Flute Academy are the well-known Croatian culture manager and producer Petar Curic, in cooperation with the City of Karlovac, the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb, and the Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra, while the American-Croatian jazz flutist Damjan Krajacic was also very important in the project’s beginnings.

The 10th edition of the Croatia Flute Academy International Flute Summer Masterclasses will take place in Karlovac, Croatia, July 6th--13th 2023., and this year’s guest-professors are:

Herman van Kogelenberg (NL/GER) Principal Flutist with The Munich Philharmonic, and previously with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam;

Davide Formisano (ITA/GER), Flute Professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and previously Principal Flutist with the La Scala orchestra in Milan, Italy;

Robert Winn (UK/GER), Flute Professor at the Musikhochschule Cologne, and previously Principal Flutist with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra in London,

Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin (FR/AT), Flute Professor at the Kunstuniversität in Graz, Austria, and previously Principal Flute with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing regularly as guest-principal flute with the Berlin Philharmonic since 2007;

Andrea Wild (AT), Flute Professor at the MUK Privatuniversität Vienna, and Mindbody Balance Tools (M.B.T.) trainer for flutists;

Martina Novak (CRO), Flute Professor at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and many more…

The CFA "Early Bird" Super-Discount-Saving opportunity is currently in effect and will remain open to all prospective students signing up during the month of February. The CFA Early Bird is their absolute best deal on offer, saving students as much as 150 EUR OFF the overall price, which also includes hotel accommodation and meals for students’ entire stay.

For more info, please contact CFA administrator at: croatiafluteacademy@gmail.com or check out the CFA social network pages at: www.facebook.com/fluteacademy ,www.instagram.com/croatiafluteacademy2023 ,www.twitter.com/fluteacademy

What: A full week of masterclasses, workshops, seminars, shows, concerts, round-table discussions, flute ensemble rehearsals etc.

Working languages: English, Dutch, German, Italian, French & Croatian.

Students: Flutists of ALL AGES and LEVELS are welcome to apply. Encourage are also applications from flute enthusiasts (Passive Registration). Number of available places is strictly limited. Registration is on the “First come-First served” basis.

Production: PETAR CURIC; Cell: ++ 385 (0)91 532 9405

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