Goran Filipec, recent laureate of the Grand Prix du Disque of the Ferenc Liszt Society of Budapest for his album Paganini Studies (Naxos Records, 2016), is one of those musicians who never fail to capture the hearts of international audiences and critics. This sovereign pianist of fiery energy and profiled artistic personality cultivates a particular leaning to the classical and romantic repertoire and works of pronounced virtuosity. Born in Rijeka (Croatia) in 1981, and with a strong international experience accumulated through studies at the Moscow Conservatoire "P. I. Tchaikovsky", The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Hochschüle für Musik in Cologne and the Zagreb Academy of Music, Goran Filipec is the laureate of several piano competitions (Franz Liszt - Premio Mario Zanfi, Concurso de Parnassos, José Iturbi International Music Competition and Gabala International Piano Competition). He studied with Naum Grubert, Oxana Yablonskaya, Natalia Trull and Evgeny Zarafiants, but he likes to say that his list of teachers includes musicians that he never had the opportunity to meet, such as Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Igranz Friedman or the tenor Benjamino Gigli. Filipec is currently preparing a PhD at the Paris Conservatory and the Sorbonne University, combining his concert activities with artistic research of Paganini's heritage in the repertoire for piano.
He performs regularly in Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, followed by performances in venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre, Auditorium di Milano, Minato Mirai Hall or Philharmonie de Paris or the Palace of Arts in Budapest. Filipec has also been invited several times to the festival Contemporary Piano Faces at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and played at the festival Progetto Martha Argerich, where he performed at the invitation of the famous Argentinian pianist. With the recent award by the Liszt Society, which generously states that Liszt himself would have greatly appreciated his performance, Goran Filipec joined the list of prestigious laureates of the Grand Prix such as Vladimir Horowitz, György Cziffra, Alfred Brendel, Claudio Arrau, Zoltán Kocsis and Maurizio Pollini.