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Robert Belinić is described by the New York Concert Review as a performer “with the most intense passion, energy and charisma of any guitarist I have heard.”  This season he makes his debut as a chamber musician in the newly formed group MiXt at the Washington Center for Performing Arts.  A champion of new music, he premiered YCA composer-in-residence Chris Rogerson’s Air for solo guitar last season, written for the guitarist himself at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, as well as the Kravis and Macomb Centers for the Performing Arts.  Mr. Belinic also recorded the premiere of a guitar concerto on a CD of composer Roberto Di Marino’s works to be released later this year. 

Among his many appearances in the U.S., Mr. Belinić has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Phoenix, Edmonton, Quad City, Victoria, La Crosse, Hilton Head, El Paso, Milikin-Daecatur, Wichita, Fox Valley, Meridian, and South Bend symphonies and in recital and residency at Spivey Hall in Atlanta and the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Other engagements have been at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and with the La Jolla Music Society, and he has appeared on the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Medalist Series.

In Europe, Mr. Belinić has been heard in Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, The Czech Republic, and with the Zagreb Philharmonic.  He was a founding member of the Croatian Guitar Quartet.  

Mr. Belinić won the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, Germany, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2002.  He made his debut in New York sponsored by the Claire Tow Debut Prize and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center sponsored by the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, and also debuted at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  He was awarded YCA’s Fergus New Artist Prize and the Beracasa Foundation Prize for an appearance at the Montpellier Radio-France Festival.  Other important New York appearances include performing the Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in 2008 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Michael Stern, and a solo recital at the Morgan Library & Museum. 

Born in 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia, Mr. Belinić grew up in the nearby town of Popovača.  When he was eight years old, Mr. Belinić became a national celebrity as the child star of “Tale from Croatia,” the first film released in newly-independent Croatia.  He began his study of classical guitar at the age of eleven at the music school in Kutina with Zvonko Šušnjar, continuing his studies with Ante Čagalj in Zagreb.  Mr. Belinić was the recipient of the 2002 Ivo Vuljević Award for outstanding young Croatian musicians, and was a prize winner of the 2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition in California.  He earned a Master’s Degree from the Leopold Mozart Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany, where he held a two-year assistantship with Prof. Franz Halász.

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MALCOLM ARNOLD Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 67
LENNOX BERKELEY Guitar Concerto, Op. 88
LEO BROUWER Concertos, Nos. 1-6
MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 99
MAURO GIULIANI Concerto, Op. 30
MANUEL MARIA PONCE Concierto del sur
JOAQUIN RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
Fantasia para un gentilhombre
ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in D Major, RV 93
Concerto in A Major, RV 82


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