Davor Bobić

Davor Bobić

Davor Bobić, composer, pedagogue, longtime artistic director of the Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival. Prof. Bobić is one of the most influential musicians in contemporary Croatian music life. Born in 1968 in Varaždin he finished elementary and high music school education in his hometown and graduated at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev (accordion, music theory and composition). Shortly after his studies he began his pedagogical career at the eminent Varaždin School of Music and later at the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek, where he is currently positioned as Vice-Dean for Music Department. With numerous organizational improvements, which happened under his leadership or through his participation in the Academy of Arts and Culture, the number of study programs (piano, composition, guitar, music therapy) is increasing and also there are new programs for tamburizza studies. At the secondary music school in Varaždin, in the mid-1990s, prof. Bobić began with the composing lessons as a new subject at the elementary and secondary music schools — as the first one in Croatia. He has received many distinguished awards for his work such as: Croatian Music Youth Award Ivo Vuljevič (1996); Stjepan Šulek Foundation Award (1997); Award of The Croatian Knitter (1997); Varaždin County Award for Cultural Achievement (1998); Danica Croatia Order with the image of Marko Marulić (1999); Boris Papandopulo Prize of the Croatian Composers Society (2008); «Marul» Award for Stage Work (2010); «The seal of the City Osijek» for special achievements in the field of music culture (2014); Plaque Emil Cossetto (2016); Varaždin City Award (2016); Charter of the Kingdom of Spain (2017).

Davor Bobić’s composing oeuvre is one of the most extensive, diverse and frequently performed in contemporary Croatian music life. His opus includes instrumental, vocal, vocal-instrumental and stage works. The instrumental part of the opus consists of compositions for various solo instruments: for accordion (which is also well known to Bobić as an interpreter), piano, strings and wind; accompanied by piano or other melodic instruments. Author has also writtwn a lot of music for various chamber ensembles — strings, wind instruments, accordions, etc. as well as works for various orchestral ensembles. A vocal music opus is mostly written for choirs (children, girls, women, mixed), either a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment (piano, percussion and other instruments). More extensive vocal and instrumental works include the Oratorio Kralj Tomislav and the Vukovar Requiem, as well as music and stage ballet and music work — Veronika Deseniška. Bobić has also written a lot of film and theater music.