Important: Notice for prize and diploma winners

About us

Competition Young virtuoso, Zagreb was founded by Music School Pavao Markovac back in 1994 under the name “Young virtuoso – Etudes and Scales”. At first, the competition was intended for piano pupils of primary music schools from Zagreb area and was conceived after an idea of professor Jelica Kuzmin. The very next year the idea was adopted by violinists, so they joined the project. Ever since, the competition has been held every year, interchangeably for piano and violin. Number of categories, technical demands and age limits have grown and in 1996 the competition becomes international.

Programme of this competition is a bit unique, as it includes  performance of a compulsory etude, exclusively written for each competition by a Croatian composer. Compulsory etudes are regularly being published.

The competition is being held under the patronage of The Zagreb City Congregation, and with support of our sponsors.

The success of the competition and its outstanding organization has been achieved due to enthusiastic activities of all school teachers and Organization committee members, directed by the president Mr. Niko Marušić, the headmaster of the Music School Pavao Markovac.


The competition takes place in the hall on the 4th floor at the Academy of Music, Trg Republike Hrvatske 12, Zagreb, Croatia.



Niko Marušić – chairman
Sanda Božić, Srebrenka Crnković Završki, Dubravko Palanović, Jelica Kuzmin, Mirjana Matić, Nenad Merle, Ante Vetma


Alma Seder

Head of Organizing Committee

Ante Vetma

Organizing Committee

Robert Batelić, Anamaria Bilandžić, Renee Bulić, Srebrenka Crnković-Završki, Ivana Goreta, Zrinka Henč, Ana Korade, Iva Ljubičić Lukić, Zrinka Majstorović, Lucija Mikelec, Maria Mikulić Štimac, Ana Pek Markešić, Zrinka Philips, Branka Pollak, Alma Seder, Ivan Varošanec, Sanja Vrsalović Drezga, Vita Vukov, Blaženka Rakijaš, Dora Draclin, Patrik Prežgaj, Ivo Tikvica, Edita Kolovrat, Ivan Graziani, Davor Zanoški

Competition office

Glazbena škola Pavla Markovca, Zagreb, Trg žrtava fašizma 9


  • The Zagreb City Congregation with patronage and awards
  • Mrs. Zvjezdana Bašić foundation, donating the award for the best performance of a virtuoso piece
  • Croatian composers’ society which helps with organization, and awards special prizes for the best performance of a piece written by Croatian composer
  • City office for education supports the competition financially and helps with organization
  • Cantus d.o.o. has enabled publishing of all obligatory etudes up to today
  • University of Zagreb, Academy of Music
  • Tourist community of Zagreb, with promotional presents for the competitors
  • Croatian Cultural Heritage, Zagreb
  • Makarska piano summer school
  • a-classic, audio-video recordings and publishing
  • Zagreb Youth Chamber Orchestra
Glazbena škola Pavla Markovca

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