String Instruments and Guitar Department

Full Professor Art. Anđelko Krpan – Head of Department


In the years following the establishment of the Academy of Music, string instruments were taught at the Orchestral Instruments Department, then, in 1951 an independent department was formed. In addition to the existing studies of violin and cello, double bass and viola studies were introduced in 1954, and the study of guitar in 1974. Distinguished teachers such as Vaclav Huml, Antonio Janigro and Ivan Pinkava taught a number of top soloists who have made their own musical careers both nationally and internationally.


At the Department the studies are carried out through five year integrated undergraduate and graduate university programmes, through which they acquire skills and knowledge in playing a chosen instrument, chamber music, orchestral parts and playing in an orchestra. The Chamber String Orchestra is active within the Department. Students can appear in the productions of the Academy, at the Festival for Strings and Guitarists, at concerts within the Composers’ Anniversaries cycle, at seminars by visiting professors, as well as at Croatian and international music competitions. The best students can perform as soloists accompanied by the Chamber or Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music, and the Zagreb Philharmonic. During their studies at the Department, students acquire and master the skills of playing an instrument, which is the principal subject of study, and gain knowledge in skills related to their chosen area of study. Theoretical musical subjects such as Solfeggio, Harmony, Musical Forms and Styles, History of Music, Introduction to Instrumental Literature and others, and practical disciplines, Chamber Music, Study of Orchestral Parts, Orchestra, and Related Instruments, provide the foundations for a broad and thorough study programme.

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

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


Graduates of the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study Programmes for Instrumentalists. tracks: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Guitar can work as independent artists and/or performers: either as soloists and 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 and in other related areas.

After completing the elective pedagogical module in its entirety, graduates gain competencies to work in primary and secondary music schools as teachers of appropriate instruments and chamber music.


Full Professor Art. Anđelko Krpan – Head of Department, Violin

Full Professor Art. Goran Končar, Violin

Full Professor Art. Silvano Kuzmin, Violin

Full Professor Art. Leonid Sorokow, Violin

Associate Professor Art. Marija Ćepulić, Violin, Violin and Viola Teaching Methods

Associate Professor Art. Taras Petcheny (retired), Violin

Associate Professor Art. Orest Shourgot, Violin

Assistant Professor Art. Susanna Yoko Henkel-Despot, Violin

Assistant Professor Art. Ivan Novinc, Violin, Study of Orchestral Parts

Assistant Professor Art. Davor Philips, Violin

Martin Draušnik, Teaching Assistant, Violin

Ivo Dropulić, Teaching Assistant, Violin

Marco Graziani, Teaching Assistant, Violin



Full Professor Art. Milan Čunko, Viola

Associate Professor Art. Aleksandar Milošev, Viola, Chamber Music

Assistant Professor Art. Krešimir Petar Pustički, Viola, Orchestral Parts



Full Professor Art. Valter Dešpalj, Cello

Associate Professor Art. Krešimir Lazar, Cello, Study of Orchestral Parts, Cello Teaching Methods

Assistant Professor Art. Monika Leskovar, Cello

Branimir Pustički, Teaching Assistant, Cello


Double Bass

Full Professor Art. Mario Ivelja, Double Bass, Study of Orchestral Parts

Associate Professor Art. Nikša Bobetko, Double Bass, Double Bass Teaching methods



Full Professor Art. Darko Petrinjak, Guitar

Full Professor Art. Istvan Römer, Guitar

Assistant Professor Art. Krešimir Bedek, Guitar

Assistant Professor Art. Tomislav Vukšić, Guitar


Chamber Music

Professor Emeritus Tonko Ninić, Chamber Music

Full Professor Art. Goran Bakrač, Chamber Music

Full Professor Art. Jože Haluza (retired), Chamber Music, String Orchestra

Associate Professor Art. Zlatko Rucner, Chamber Music

Associate Professor Art. Laura Vadjon, Chamber Music

Associate Professor Art. Pavle Zajcev, Chamber Music

Assistant Professor Art. Marko Genero, Chamber Music

Xhevdet Sahatxhija, Lecturer, Chamber Music

Vlatka Peljhan, Teaching Assistant, Chamber Music


Aristic Associates

Julia Gubajdullina, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Renata Hil, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Srebrenka Poljak, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Terezija Cukrov, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Petra Gilming, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Domagoj Gušćić, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Tibor Naglić, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment


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