Wind Instruments Department

Full Professor Art. Branko Mihanović – Head of Department


The Academy of Music Wind Instruments Department started offering courses in 1954 when the first generation of students enrolled. The Department followed in the footsteps of the long tradition of playing and teaching wind instruments in Croatia. Wind instruments have been formally taught since 1788 at the first public music school in Zagreb. Wind instruments courses had been a part of the Music Institute in Zagreb curriculum since 1827. Rudolf Klepač, Stanko Selak, Josip Nochta, Prerad Detiček and Theo Tabaka are just some of the wind instrument teachers that have contributed to the high level of work in the Department, and have trained new generations of musicians.


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

The theoretical subjects such as Solfeggio, Harmony, Musical Forms and Styles, History of Music, and others, and practical disciplines, Chamber Music, Study of Orchestral Parts, Orchestra, Related Instruments, provide the foundations for a broad and thorough study programme. Among elective courses, students can choose those that deepen or broaden their existing 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 competences.

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 University Study Programme for Instrumentalists tracks: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba 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 collaborate or work independently in the fields of culture, education, tourism, in festival productions, in the media and other related areas.

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


Full Professor Art. Marina Novak, Flute, Related Instruments, Flute Teaching Methods

Full Professor Art. Karolina Šantl Zupan, Flute, Chamber Music

Associate Professor Art. Renata Penezić, Flute, Chamber Music



Full Professor Art. Branko Mihanović – Head of Department, Oboe

Assistant Professor Art. Dario Golčić, Oboe, Related Instruments, Oboe Teaching Methods



Full Professor Art. Milko Pravdić, Clarinet, Related Instruments

Associate Professor Art. Davor Reba, Clarinet

Assistant Professor Art. Davorin Brozić, Clarinet, Clarinet Teaching Methods



Associate Professor Art. Žarko Perišić, Bassoon, Related Instruments, Study of Orchestral Parts, Bassoon Teaching Methods



Full Professor Art. Dragan Sremec, Saxophone, Related Instruments, Saxophone Teaching Methods

Tomislav Žužak, Teaching Assistant, Saxophone



Associate Professor Art.Bánk Harkay, Horn, Chamber Music, Related Instruments, Horn Teaching Methods

Associate Professor Art. Boštjan Lipovšek, Horn



Associate Professor Art. Dario Teskera, Trumpet, Related Instruments

Associate Professor Art. Marin Zokić, Trumpet, Trumpet Teaching Methods



Full Professor Art. Šime Vulelija, Trombone, Tuba, Chamber Music, Wind Orchestra

Assistant Professor Art. Mario Šincek, Trombone, Minor Instruments, Related Instrument, Study of Orchestral Parts, Trombone and Tuba Teaching Methods


Chamber Music

Full Professor Art. Georg Draušnik (retired), Chamber Music

Full Professor Art. Goran Merčep, Chamber Music, Introduction to Wind Instruments

Full Professor Art. Josip Tonžetić (retired), Chamber Music

Assistant Professor Art. Saša Nestorović, Chamber Music


Artistic associates

Ivan Batoš, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Marijana Komljenović, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Linda Mravunac-Fabijanić, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Marina Pletikosa, Senior Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Zrinka Marija Ivančić, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Dario Sabol, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment

Ana Lucić, Artistic Associate, Accompaniment


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