Pianist Dalibor Cikojević is one of the most prominent musicians of his generation in Croatia. He regularly performs at Portret-5solo recitals as well as with orchestras in the country and abroad – with particular emphasis on the performance of works by Croatian composers Boris Papandopulo and Božidar Kunc. The five CD records featuring anthological works of these composers evidence this. He has been awarded the Croatian Music Society award “Milka Trnina” for his special artistic achievement and the music award “Porin” for best album of classical music.
Dalibor Cikojević has also gained international renown as a writer with his three novels: The Legacy of the last composer (Ljevak, 2003), Violin (Teovizija, 2006) and Virtuosos, muses and striptease (Leykam International, 2010), the most recent being translated into German and awarded the prize “Steiermärkische Sparkasse” for best foreign novel.
Dalibor Cikojević started his music education in Split when he was only seven, where he graduated from high school for music in the class of Mrs Jelka Bakašun. After that, he went to Vienna where he studied at the Musikhochschule in the class of Alexander Jenner who mentored him to his Master’s. His further artistic maturation was enriched by practising with Oleg Maisenberg and studying Instrumental Pedagogy in the class of Carmen Graf Adnet.
From an early age, he is present on the music scene, performing at various national and international festivals such as Zagreb Summer, Split Summer, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and Musical Evenings in St. Donat, Osor Musical Evenings, George Enescu Festival, Raba Musikfestival and Vienna Festival. Under the baton of Pavle Dešpalj, Nikša Bareza, Peter Burwik, George Schmöhe and Ivo Lipanović he has given impressive performances with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, HRT Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of National Theatre in Split, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Ensemble des 20 Jhr. In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Zagreb Soloists, Sebastian String Quartet, and a number of prominent musicians from Zagreb and Vienna’s musical life. His concert repertoire is of a wide range and streches from baroque to contemporary works of 21st century.
He has spent a number of years working as a music teacher in Austria, at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, and he is currently Full Professor and holds the position of Dean at the Academy of Music in Zagreb.