Piano, Harpsichord and Organ Department

Professor Đuro Tikvica – Head of Department


The Department has been active since the establishment of the Academy of Music in 1921. Svetislav Stančić, the founder of the Croatian piano school, introduced professional standards into Croatian concert life. He trained a number of renowned Croatian pianists and teachers, including Božidar Kunc, Branka Musulin, Ivo Maček and Melita Lokrović and Ladislav Šaban in the 1930s, and Jurica Murai, Stjepan Radić, Zvjezdana Bašić, Mirjana Vukdragović, Ranko Filjak, Branko Sepčić, Dora Guščić, Pavica Gvozdić, Vladimir Krpan and Sretna Meštrović in the 1950s and 1960s.

Since its founding, the tradition of the Organ School has been promoted through the activities of the renowned organists, composers and teachers Franjo Dugan and Franjo Lučić, Čedomil Dugan and Andjelko Klobučar.

In 1993, the distinguished Croatian harpsichordist Višnja Mažuran initiated the study programme in Harpsichord.


During their studies at the Department, students acquire and master skills of playing the instrument, which is the principal subject of study, and gain knowledge in skills related to their chosen area of study.

The music theory subjects Solfeggio, Harmony, Musical Forms and Styles, History of Music, Introduction to Piano Literature and others, practical disciplines, Chamber Music, Piano Practicum, Accompaniment, Generalbass, Basso Continuo, provide the foundation for a broad and thorough study programme.

Among elective subjects, students can choose from subjects that deepen or broaden their knowledge, as well as those that develop new knowledge. Upon successful completion of some of the elective modules in their entirety (Pedagogical Module, Jazz Music, Vocal Accompaniment (only Piano), Organ Restoration (only Organ), Early Music, Contemporary Music, Sound Engineering, Cultural Management, Leading an Ensemble), students acquire additional professional competencies.

The study programme is completed after passing all the required exams, writing a thesis and by giving a public performance – their final exam, in the form of a solo recital.


The graduates of the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study for Instrumentalists: tracks Piano, Harpsichord and Organ can work as independent artists and/or performers: either as soloists, members of chamber ensembles or as orchestral musicians. They are also qualified to work independently in the fields of culture, education, tourism and festival productions, in the media or in other related areas.

After completing the elective pedagogical module, they are qualified to work in primary and secondary music schools as teachers of appropriate instruments and chamber music.


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