Program Board of the Music Biennale Zagreb 2019

Nina Čalopek

Nina Čalopek (Zagreb, 1983) graduated in musicology from the Music Academy in Zagreb, after which she enrolled in postgraduate studies in literature, culture, performing arts and film at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She has been intensively involved in production and organization, particularly in the contemporary music sector. She is the general manager of the Cantus Ensemble, the only professional Croatian ensemble for contemporary music, since 2006. She was the producer of the Music Biennale Zagreb from 2009, and in 2011 she became its executive producer. In 2013, she was appointed the executive producer of the Celebration of Croatia’s Entry into the European Union by the Government of the Republic of Croatia. She has been the president of the Croatian Association “Osor Musical Evenings” since 2017 as well as the executive producer of the national festival Osor Musical Evenings. She is active on the international cultural scene and is the Croatian delegate of the International Society for Contemporary Music, and was also an elected member of its Executive Board (2012–2013). She has been intensively collaborating with the European Festival Association (EFA), Croatian Foundation Kultura nova and other parties and organizations on the national and international music and cultural scene. She is writing critical reviews and is currently a permanent associate of the website. 

Davor Hrvoj (from March 26th 2018)

Davor Hrvoj (Zagreb, 1960) began his journalistic career in the mid-1980s as an associate on the Jazz štand Showfor Radio 101, which he then edited and hosted since the late 1980s. In the late 1980s he became an associate for the Croatian Radio. He is the author and host of the Vrijeme za jazzShow (Time for Jazz) on the 3rdprogram of the Croatian Radio since 1993, and is the author and host of the Cro–jazz Showsince 2013. He was also the author and host of the Po vašem izboru – Hrvatski jazz (Your Choice – Croatian Jazz) Show on the 1stprogram of the Croatian Radio (2003–2006), as well as a journalist and host of the Vrijeme je za jazz Show (since 1998) anda journalist for the Svijet jazza Show for the CroatianTelevision (since 2017). His articles were first published in 1990, first in the Oko, and later in the Jutarnji list, Vijenac, Zarez, Hrvatska revija and others. He is currently writing for the daily Novi list and the magazine Cantus (where he has been the jazz and pop music editor for years) WAM, Hi-Fi and others. He is the editor of the Croatian jazz website (, and was the editor of the Croatian Composers’ Society website ( from 2007 to 2012. He is an associate for, Ravno do dna and In 2010, he was awarded the Special Plaque of the Croatian Blues Forces for his many years of systematic promotion of blues. In 2015, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland awarded him the Order of Merit for his contribution to promotion of Polish culture.

Ivo Josipović (from March 26th 2018)

Ivo Josipović (Zagreb, 1957), President of the Republic of Croatia 2010-2015,  took his bachelor’s and doctorate in law at the Faculty of Law in the University of Zagreb. He also took a degree in composition (1983) at the Music Academy in Zagreb, having been taught by Stanko Horvat. He particularly deals with copyright law and its enforcement in the Republic of Croatia. He was a professor at the Law Faculty in Zagreb up to 2010, and was a visiting lecturer at domestic and foreign tertiary institutions. His composing oeuvre, consisting of fifty or so works, encompasses orchestral, concertante, vocal, vocal and instrumental, chamber and solo works. Particularly prominent among them are Samba da Camerafor 13 strings (1984), Garden of Epicurusfor  symphony orchestra (1984), Drmešfor Penderecki for tamburitza orchestra (1986), Dernek for two harpsichords or pianos, percussion and strings (1988), Pater Perotinus Milenium Celebratfor symphony orchestra (1999) etc. Josipović has won numerous awards, including the European Broadcasting Union Prize in 1985, the Porin Music Award (1999, 2000), Prize for Musical Creativity of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia (2002) and the Boris Papandopulo Prize in 2002. He was decorated with the Order of the Croatian Daystar with the likeness of Marko Marulić.

Damir Martinović Mrle

Damir Martinović Mrle (Rijeka, 1961) is a musician, bass player and founder of the band Let 3. In the late 1970s he played in the punk band Termiti from Rijeka. After the breakup of the band Mrle was engaged in a multimedia project Strukturne ptice (Structural birds). In February 1986, together with a group of Rijeka’s musicians, he founded the band Let 2 that changed its name to Let 3 the following year and released the compilation Rijeka–Pariz–Texas, their first album. Let 3 has remained a recognizable rock attraction and artistic phenomenon. Although he works as an author for Let 3, he also creates music and participates in many theater performances, documentaries, movies and TV shows. He is actively engaged in music production of children's plays. His collaboration with Ivanka Mazurkijević began around 2010. Together (with Stanko Kovačić) they wrote music for the movie "Sonja i bik" (Sonja and the Bull) by Vlatka Vorkapić which won Zlatna Arena in Pula in 2012. In 2013, they wrote author music for the movie "Kauboji" (Cowboys) by Tomislav Mršić (in collaboration with Ivanka Mazurkijević). The collaboration with Ivanka Mazurkijević also resulted in the creation of a music band, project Mr.Lee&IvaneSky2, and the release of the album Colours featuring guests such as Matija Dedić, Charlie Jurković, Dražen Baljak, Vlado Simčić Vava, Ivan Bojčić, Ivan Valusek and many others. He received a number of awards, such as the City of Rijeka Award, and a lot of Porin, Crna Mačka, Zlatna Koogla and other awards.

Tomislav Oliver

Tomislav Oliver (Zagreb, 1987) graduated in musicology (in 2009), and then in composition (2011), under Professor Marko Ruždjak, from the Music Academy in Zagreb. He was a Rotary Club Zagreb scholar and in 2010 he received financial support from the Croatian Composers’ Society “Rudolf and Margita Matz” Foundation for young composers. In 2011, his compositionObsidienne for chamber ensemble earned him the University of Zagreb’s Rector’s Award and in 2012 also the Stjepan Šulek Awardof the Croatian Composers’ Society. In 2015, he received the Josip Štolcer SlavenskiAward of the city of Čakovec for his dance suite for chamber ensemble Complex Poetry (In’ei Raisan). He has written compositions for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, instruments with electronics and for symphony orchestra. He attended workshops at the International Summer Academy Prague–Vienna–Budapestheld by Nigel Osborne and Michael Wendeberg (where he won an award for his composition III: Dancers to a Discordant System) as well as a composers seminar International Week in Ljubljana held by Klaus Ager and Gyula Fekete. From 2011 he works as an assistant at the Department of Composition and Music Theory of the University of Zagreb’s Music Academy. In 2015, he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Mozarteumin Salzburg in the class of Stephan Winkler. 

Berislav Šipuš (until March 26th 2018)

Berislav Šipuš (Zagreb, 1958) graduated in composition from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Stanko Horvat, and continued his studies under Gilbert Bosco in Udine, as well as under François–Bernard Mâche and Iannis Xenakis at the UPIC’s Electronic Studio in Paris. He attended conducting courses held by Vladimir Kranjčević, Željko Brkanović, Krešimir Šipuš and Milan Horvat. He was an assistant conductor and a conductor at La Scala in Milan (1989–2002). He is a full professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb, and was a visiting professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona during the winter semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. He was an artistic director of the Music Biennale Zagreb for 14 years (1997–2011), the managing director of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (2001–2005), and an artistic director of the Osor Musical Evenings (2009–2011). He is the founder of the Cantus Ensemble, and was its artistic director until 2012, when he became its honorary artistic director. He has received a number of prestigious awards and acknowledgments in the country and abroad and has written over 80 compositions. In December 2011 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and from April 2015 to February 2016 he was the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

Krešimir Seletković (until March 26th 2018)

Krešimir Seletković (Slavonski Brod, 1974) graduated in composition from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Davorin Kempf. He attended summer courses in Semmering (Austria), Radziejowice (Poland), Darmstadt (Germany), Szombathely (Hungary) and Grožnjan (Croatia). His compositions have been performed in Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Russia, China, Austria, Canada and Holland. He works at the Music Academy in Zagreb as a full professor (Dean for Academic Affairs). He is a regular member of the Croatian Composers’ Society, and was the editor of the Ars croatica edition published by the Croatian Composers’ Society (2003–2012). His composition Minimo was performed at the 2000 World Music Days in Luxemburg. Ballet Air, first performed at the 26th MBZ to Seletković’s music, was declared the best ballet production of the year 2011 (and received the Croatian Actors' Guild Award). He received the University of Zagreb’s Rector’s Award (1999), the Boris Papandopulo Award of the Croatian Composers’ Society (2000), Best Music in a Children’s Play Award at the 19th SLUK (Meeting of puppeteers and puppet theaters in Osijek, 2003), the Stjepan Šulek Award (2004), the Josip Štolcer Slavenski Award (2009) and several Porin Awards. He was the artistic director of the Music Biennale Zagreb from 2013 to 2017.