Musician

Matko Smolčić

bassoon

"Artist in Residence"

Matko Smolčić was born in Osijek (Croatia) in 1995, and began to play the bassoon at the age of eleven. He received his first lessons from Professor Mykhaylo Kraynyk at the “Franjo Kuhač” music school in Osijek. Since 2014, he has been studying at the Academy of Music in Zagreb with Professor Žarko Perišić. From 2017 to 2018 he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the class of Prof. Richard Galler. He has also received musical stimuli from attending masterclasses with renowned bassoonists, such as Sergio Azzolini and Bence Bogányi, and with other musicians, for example the Baroque violinist Catherine Mackintosh and the oboisnyit Guy Porat.

In 2008, Matko Smolčić was awarded the 1st prize with maximum points at the national music competition in Croatia under the patronage of the Croatian Society for Music- and Dance Education, thereby receiving his first recognition at national level. In the following years, he took part in numerous national and international competitions (Slovenia, Serbia) as a soloist and chamber musician, and won various 1st and 2nd prizes and two further prizes with maximum point scores. In 2017 he received the 1st prize in the "Varaždin International Woodwind and Brass Competition". In 2019, he was named "Young Artist of the Year" at the International Classical Music Awards.

Matko Smolčić performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Since his repertoire stretches from Baroque to Contemporary music, he performs at a vast number of events and festivals both in his native Croatia and throughout Europe (England, Austria, Switzerland, Wales etc.) In 2015 he participated in the Music Biennale in Croatia and in 2016 he performed with the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Musical Evenings in St. Donatus and the Evenings in Grič. In 2017 he was first invited to the FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, and in the same year he appeared at the Festival for Contemporary Music “Vienna Modern”. As a soloist, he has already performed with the Zagreb Soloists, the Croatian Baroque Ensemble, and the string ensemble of the Zagreb Academy of Music. In August 2019 he will perform at the Festival Olive Classic on the Croatian island of Pag as "Artist in Residence". During his schooldays, he gained his first orchestral experience as a solo bassoonist in the international youth orchestra BISYOC in Malta (2012) and England (2013), with whom he performed under the direction of Julian Gibbons symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra, the Webern Chamber Philharmonic, the Webern Symphony Orchestra, the Varaždin Chamber Orchestra, the Maribor Festival Orchestra and the EUphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of renowned conductors Ennio Morricone, Elisabeth Fuchs, Mihnea Ignat, Hans Graf, Richard Tognetti and Saša Brtivić. From 2016 to 2017, he was a member of ENSEMBLES ESPERANZA, which was awarded an "OPUS CLASSIC" in 2018.

Since 2017 he has been solo bassoonist in the Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein and since 2018 solo bassoonist of the Zagreb Philharmonic. Matko Smolčić is a member of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble and the Kalamos Reed Quintet – the first ensemble of its kind in southeast Europe.