Ružić, Zvjezdan | piano

Date created: 23.06.2023.
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Zvjezdan Ružić is a Croatian pianist, composer and arranger born in Rijeka in 1988. He is a six-time winner of the Croatian Musicians Union Award for Best Jazz Pianist in Croatia and his albums won five prestigious Porin Awards.

He began his studies in jazz piano at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium Klagenfurt at the age of nineteen. During his studies, he went home every weekend to play with renowned Croatian jazz, pop-rock and classical musicians. This enabled him to support himself and cover the costs of his education, as well as to invest in music equipment, which he patiently put together in his Highway studio.

In addition to his studies, he started working as a music arranger and producer in his studio when he was only twenty.

In 2014 he started the Zvjezdan Ružić Sextet and a year later released his first album, The Knightingale Cabaret.

In 2017 he released his second album, Elfin Farewell, and did his first tour of China, together with the Zvjezdan Ružić Sextet. In 2018 he released his third album, Pandaland, with traditional Chinese songs in his unique arrangements. The album was promoted at Shanghai’s oldest concert venue, the Shanghai Cadillac Concert Hall. This premiere marked the beginning of his second tour of China. At the end of 2018 he toured Japan, Australia and New Zealand with 2Cellos.

At the beginning of 2019, he took a sharp turn in his career. Using all his knowledge and experience in performing, arranging and producing music, he created Pianotron. At the end of the same year he released his first Pianotron album, Delightful F.

At the beginning of 2020 he performed the Croatian national anthem with Josipa Lisac at the inauguration of Zoran Milanović as the President of Croatia.

In 2021 he released the album Giant's Freedom in collaboration with the Croatian Radio and Television Jazz Orchestra.

In the spring of 2022 he released his second Pianotron album, Inspiration, featuring Croatian diva Josipa Lisac, one of the greatest living Croatian poets, Luko Paljetak, and the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir from New York.