LOVRE MARUŠIĆ (Omiš, Croatia, 1992) received his first piano lessons from Professor Rozarija Samodol in his hometown of Omiš. At the invitation of the distinguished Russian pianist Natalia Troull, in 2006 he went to Moscow to study at the Central Music School at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he graduated in 2011. He studied under Ruben Dalibaltayan and later under Ljubomir Gašparović, under whom he graduated and earned his Master's degree. He continues his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar under Grigory Gruzman.
He has won numerous prizes at prestigious piano competitions, including first prizes at the 20th Santa Cecilia International Competition in Porto (2018), International Music Festival in Paris (2018), New Stars International Competition in Manchester (2016), World Piano Teachers Association International Competition in London (2017), he won first prize, committee award, audience award and was absolute winner of the Isidor Bajić International Piano Competition (2016), he won first prize and award for best performance of J. S. Bach at the Jurica Murai International Piano Competition in Varaždin, Croatia (2016), award for best performance of a Croatian composer at the Ferdo Livadić International Competition in Samobor, Croatia (2016), Grand Prix at the 20th Mihailo Vukdragović International Piano Compatition in Šabac, Serbia (2016), first prize at the Alexander Scriabin International Competition in Paris (2011), first prize and scholarship from the Dino Škrapić Foundation, Rovinj, Croatia (2015), first prize at the 2nd International Piano Competition in Karlovac, Croatia (2015), audience award and two piano recitals at the Steinway Piano Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami, and in Savannah (USA) in the Piano in the Arts series, second prize at the Zlatko Grgošević International Competition (2002), first prizes at Croatian regional and state competitions of music students (2003, 2005), second prize and special award at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Piano Competition in Paris (2009) and many others. He qualified in the top 24 pianists from all over the world at the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2016, while in 2020 he was selected as one of the 29 candidates at the renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA, where he will be competing in the finals in July 2021. He also entered the finals of another two prestigious international competitions, the Leeds International Piano Competition in the UK and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy, where he will be performing in August and September 2021.
He has also received the Rector’s and Dean’s Awards of the University of Zagreb for outstanding achievements as a student. As a soloist and chamber musician he performs at various festivals and concert cycles in Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Germany, Lichtenstein, Russia, Ukraine, Japan and the USA.
He regularly performs with major orchestras conducted by distinguished conductors, such as the Croatian National Theatre Split Orchestra conducted by Ivan Repušić, Irkutsk Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ilmar Lapinsh, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zoran Juranić, Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ivo Lipanović, Zagreb Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mladen Tarbuk, El Sistema Orchestra Serbia conducted by Gerardo Estrada and many others.
He studied with distinguished professors and pianists such as Naum Grubert, Mikhail Olenev, Peter Eicher, Snežana Čadikovska, Evgeny Starodubtsev, Balázs Szokolay, Dmitri Bashkirov, Danijel Detoni, Malcolm Bilson, Kemal Gekić, Eduardo Hubert, Nino Katamadze, Pavel Gililov and others. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Piano Department of the Zagreb Academy of Music and as Executive and Artistic Director of the Ostinato International Chamber Music Festival in Omiš, Croatia. He is represented by CristoforiumArt management.