The world renowned and acclaimed Croatian young musicians, cello player Luka Sulic (from 2CELLOS) and pianist Aljosa Jurinic will perform as part of the music program of the jubilee 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival on August 22nd in the atrium of the Rector's Palace, with the works of Schuman, Brahms, Barber and Piazzolla.
Cellist Luka Sulic has been performing around the world during the recent years, combining solo performances and appearances as a member of the world famous duo 2CELLOS with which he is currently on the US tour by the end of March. As a classical musician, Luka Sulic performed for the first time in the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2009, and for the last time appeared in 2011 in the crowded atrium of the Rector's Palace with Stjepan Hauser and the Zagreb Soloists. During the same year he performed in front of the church of St. Blaise as part of the 2CELLOS ensemble on their first concert in Croatia.
Luka was fifteen years old when he became one of the youngest students in the history of the Academy of Music in Zagreb where he studied in Valter Despalja's class and graduated when eighteen years old. Education continued in Vienna with Reinhard Latzko, and he got his master's degree with excellent grades at the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a soloist and chamber musician he performed throughout Europe, in South America and Japan, in concerts such as London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Viennese Musikverein and Konzerthaus.
In 2016, Aljosa Jurinic presented himself to the Festival's audience, as part of the "Meet the future" program, which featured young laureates of prestigious international music competitions. The young pianist on this occasion delighted the audience and critics – they wrote about "the magic created by Aljosa Jurinic", stating that "behind the performance he stands entirely with his musical personality."
His greatest international success was achieved in 2012, winning a prominent piano competition Robert Schumann in composer's birthplace Zwickau. In 2015 he was the finalist of the 17th International Pianist Competition Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw and Queen Elizabeth's Competition in 2016. He is also the winner of all the leading awards for young musicians in Croatia, including the Young Musician of the Year of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (2012) and the Ivo Vuljevic Award (2010). He is also winner of the International Competition of Young Musicians Ferdo Livadic in Samobor (2013) and Tribunes Darko Lukic (2015). The annual award "Vladimir Nazor" was presented to him in 2015 and the award "Milka Trnina" in 2017.