The Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovačić
The Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovačić was founded in 1948. From the very beginning its artistic leaders have included the renowned Croatian musicians such as Mladen Jagušt, Duško Prašelj, Lovro Županović, Adalbert Marković, Dinko Fio, Vladimir Kranjčević and Saša Britvić. Since Spring 2003 Luka Vukšić has served as choir leader, assisted by Josip Nalis. The Choir has been warmly received by audiences all over Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, the USA, China and Korea, and at the most prestigious festivals such as Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Wiener Festwoche, the Settembre Musica in Turin, the Flaneries Musicales in Rems, the French Music Festival in La Chaise Dieu, the Ljubljana Festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Pula Summer Festival, with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Theatre Orchestra from Florence, the National Opera Orchestra of Monte Carlo, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Bari Symphony Orchestra, the German Youth Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and the Croatian Army Wind Symphony Orchestra.
The performances of the Academic Choir Ivan Goran Kovačić were conducted by Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Dmitri Kitayenko, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Graf, Pinchas Steinberg, Gustav Kuhn, Kazushi Ono, Gerd Albrecht, Alun Francis, Patrick Fournillier, Uroš Lajovic, Nicola Luisotti, Yakov Kreizberg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marko Letonja, Lovro von Matačić, Milan Horvat, Pavle Dešpalj, Nikša Bareza, Ivo Lipanović and Vjekoslav Šutej. The Choir has an extensive repertoire, and holds numerous recognitions and awards, including the Zagreb University Rector’s Award, the City of Zagreb Award and the Vladimir Nazor Award.