String Instruments and Guitar Department

Associate Professor Ivan Novinc – 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.


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