International Music Masterclasses

June 26 - August 28, 2020



Welcome to the International Music Masterclasses Ardea.

After highly successful three International Music Masterclasses Ardea held in 2020, where we welcomed over 50 young musicians from all over the world and world renowned professors Brian Finlayson (violin & viola), David Grigorian (cello & chamber ensemble), Goran Končar (violin & chamber ensemble), Irena Vučić (violin & chamber ensemble), Maroje Brčić (guitar), Željko Mandarić (guitar), Marko Zupan (flute), Oliver Kern (piano), Ida Gamulin (piano), and Marijan Đuzel (piano), this year Ardea will offer over a month filled with music. We will offer: strings, guitar, flute and piano masterclasses.

Ardea is engaged to provide an excellent and diverse form of classical music courses with leading performers working with talented classical music students and young professionals.

It is my great pleasure to welcome wonderful musicians and professors:

Brian Finlayson (violin & viola), June 26 – July 02

David Grigorian (cello & chamber ensemble), June 26 – July 02

Goran Končar (violin & chamber ensemble), June 26 – July 02

Irena Vučić (violin & chamber ensemble), June 26 – July 02

Maroje Brčić (guitar), August 13 – August 20

Željko Mandarić (guitar), August 13 – August 20

Marko Zupan (flute), August 22 – August 28

Oliver Kern (piano), August 22 – August 28

Ida Gamulin (piano), August 22 – August 28

Marijan Đuzel (piano), August 22 – August 28


Ardea will provide:

  • A great opportunity for young talented musicians from different countries to meet, create important contacts and benefit from working with great performers.
  • An opportunity for the public attending Ardea masterclasses to take part in this fascinating learning process and to have an intimate view of each teacher’s technique and style of teaching.
  • The chance to hear talented young musicians in daily classes, and watch their progress and response in evening concerts always under the influence of distinguished artists and teachers.

Most importantly – many young people with great potential but, often, scant financial resources, will benefit from Ardea´s competitive prices and great practice and accommodation conditions.

The incomparable nature and atmosphere of this small town Capljina will leave you wanting more and create a spirit of friendship and teamwork among participants.

Please check back on this website regularly for updated information. I do look forward to meeting you at Ardea!

With all best wishes,

Angelica Zeljka Mandaric
Artistic Management/Organization


Brian Finlayson (violin & viola)

Brian Finlayson (violin & viola)

Melbourne-born violinist Brian Finlayson studied in Melbourne with Brian Blake and Dorothy Gleadall. He undertook further studies with Valery Klimov (a student of and successor to David Oistrach) followed by studies in Cologne from 1980 to 1983 with Igor Ozim, the Amadeus Quartet and Günter Kerr, performing concerts and touring throughout USA, Canada, France and Germany as a soloist and member of the Heidelberger Kammerorchester. [...]

David Grigorian (cello & chamber ensemble)

David Grigorian (cello & chamber ensemble)

The cellist and Rostropovich's student David Grigorian, born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1946. He is completely influenced by the traditional Russian musical culture. Since 1992 lives in Germany. He inspires audiences and critics with his musicality deeply and exciting and powerful performance. [...]

Goran Koncar (violin & chamber ensemble)

Goran Koncar (violin & chamber ensemble)

Goran Končar, one of the most outstanding Croatian violinists, studied at the Zagreb Music Academy in the classes of Martin Borić and Josip Klima. He achieved his M.A. degree in the class of Leonid Kogan at the Conservatory Tchaikovsky in Moscow. He continued his enhancement with Max Rostal in Bern and Henryk Szeryng in Geneve. Then he continued enhancing with Yfrah Neaman in London to become his assistant at the Guildhall School of Music in the period 1981 – 1983. [...]

Irena Vučić (violin & chamber ensemble)

Irena Vučić (violin & chamber ensemble)

Irena Vucic (Sarajevo, 1989) began her music education at the age of 10 at the Music School of Fr. Didak Buntic in Citluk. She studied at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb in 2007 as a member of chamber ensembles and orchestra.

Maroje Brcic (guitar)

Maroje Brcic (guitar)

Maroje Brčić was born in Dubrovnik where he started playing the guitar at the age of 7 under the guidance of his father Stefanin Brčić. He finished highschool in the class of prof. István Römer and graduated classical guitar at the Music Academy in the class of prof. Darko Petrinjak. He teaches guitar at the Art Academy of the Split University and regulary gives masterclasses and lectures as well as participates in juries at croatian competitions. [...]

Željko Mandarić (guitar)

Željko Mandarić (guitar)

Željko Mandarić was born in Mostar in 1984 and began his guitar studies in the elementary music school Čerin, Bosnia and Herzegowina, in 1994. He continued his studies with world-renowned guitarist and professor Maroje Brčić at the Luka Sorkocevic School of Arts, Dubrovnik and graduated in professor Brčić`s class at the Arts Academy of the University of Split. During his studies he obtained important musical impulses through masterclasses with some of the world´s best guitarists including Z. Dukić, A. Desiderio, C. Marchione, M. Dylla, D. Azabagić, A. Vidović. [...]

Marko Zupan (flute)

Marko Zupan (flute)

Flutist Marko Zupan enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player, improviser, teacher and arranger. He graduated at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the class of prof. Matej Zupan. Later he entered the class of Prof. Pierre-Yves Artaud at ENMP “Alfred Cortot” in Paris as well as Conservatoire National de Musique de Créteil “Marcel Dadi” to study with Prof. Georges Alirol. After gaining the Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement and d’Exécution, he also achieved the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste de Flûte. [...]

 Oliver Kern (piano)

Oliver Kern (piano)

Oliver Kern was born in 1970 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, where he began studying piano at the age of 5. His artistic activity started when he was very young, and he stood out in the German musical scene for his brilliant achievements in international piano competitions. He graduated with a first-class degree in piano, orchestral conducting and choral conducting from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, under the guidance of Wan Ing Ong. [...]

Ida Gamulin (piano)

Ida Gamulin (piano)

Known for her personality and profound musicianship, Ida Gamulin has established herself among the leading Croatian pianists. Her extensive repertoire ranged from baroque to contemporary, and she is acclaimed for her appearances with major symphony orchestras, as recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. Born in Split, of Croatian and Austrian parentage, Ida Gamulin graduated at the Zagreb Musical Academy under J. Murai, before settling in London where she received advice and guidance from Alfred Brendel, Annie Fischer, John Lill and Stephen Kovacevich. [...]

Marijan Đuzel (piano)

Marijan Đuzel (piano)

The pianist Marijan Djuzel (Imotski, 1990) received his elementary music education in his hometown, where he studied piano with Alenka Milano in music school and horn with Ivan Glibota. He graduated from high school and high school (piano in the class of Kosovan Miracle) in Split. He graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music as a student of George Stanetti. As part of the Erasmus exchange program, he attended the Vienna Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (Jan Jiracek von Arnim's class) and, at the invitation of Dubravka Tomsic, studied piano in her class at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels with Alexander Hungar. [...]

Additional Info


  • Application deadline is May 01 2020.
  • With the registration, the registration fee in the amount of 50EUR must be payed to the bank account of the Ardea Masterclasses by bank transfer (free of charge for the receiver). The application will only become valid once the registration fee has been transferred to the account given. The registration fee cannot be refunded in case of withdrawal.
  • Tuition fees:
    • Active participants 300 EUR
    • Passive participants 100 EUR
  • Partial scholarships for participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina – Stipendije za polaznike iz BiH Because of economic challenges Bosnia and Herzegovina faces, number of scholarships has been provided for participants from this country who are especially talented and worthy of additional social encouragement. Scholarships will reduce the tuition fee to 150 EUR (50% reduction). Only a limited number of scholarships are available. Applications will be taken into consideration in the order in which they are received, which is why we strongly suggest applying early. There is no legal claim to these scholarships.
  • All participants (both active and passive) should pay the tuition fee in its entirety by the 01 May
  • For international payments, please transfer registration and tuition fees to the following bank account:
    • Account holder: Centar za obrazovanje i kulturu AKADEMIJA – Capljina
    • Bank Name: UniCredit Bank d.d. Mostar
    • IBAN: BA393381104846172106
    • Bank Name: UniCredit Bank d.d. Mostar
  • Za uplate iz BiH koristite sljedeci racun (For payments from Bosnia and Herzegovina please use the following account):
    • Identifikacijski broj (IB): 4227794780004 * UniCredit Bank d.d. Mostar
    • Broj KM računa: 3381102246171787
  • Important: When making a direct bank transfer, please include your name and Ardea Masterclasses as intended purpose for the transfer.
  • The participation fee includes:
    • at least 3 individual lessons with chosen professor (youngest participants at least 4 lessons with the assistant)
    • final concert with chosen participants
    • at least one public performance
    • practice rooms
    • Masterclass Certificate
  • As a courtesy to the participants, special discount for accommodation of students was arranged by Ardea in:
    • Hotel Park Karaotok (22 EUR per night, breakfast included),
    • Hotel Bigeste Ljubuški,
    • Motel Hrasno Čapljina,
    • Private accommodation (apartments) in Čapljina and Ljubuški,
    • For a fixed number of participants with limited financial resources, Ardea Masterclasses offers to organize a private accommodation (12 EUR per night) upon request. If a student wishes to organize his/ her own accommodation, he/she has to inform the secretary of Ardea.
  • Each professor will teach max of 12 active participants, in daily one-on-one lesson, giving at least 3 lessons to each active participant.
  • Assistants will provide daily lessons for youngest music students (max 12 active participants) from the region, at least 4 lessons to each participant.
  • The program prepared for the courses must be indicated in detail at the time of application. Accompanists will be provided for violin and violoncello masterclasses, as well as for the concerts.
  • Official languages of the courses are: English and Croatian. Selected masterclasses can be held also on German.
  • The participants are to register at the Ardea office in person one day before the courses begin.
  • Active participants will have the opportunity to practice daily for at least 3 hours.
  • Active participants will receive a certificate confirming their participation.
  • Passive participants may also attend the course.
  • Ardea reserves all rights pertaining to radio and television recordings of concerts and classes/lessons/seminars given free of charge at the Ardea. Ardea zadržava sva prava za moguća radio i TV-snimanja koncerata/nastave/seminara Ardea-e bez naknade.
  • By signing the application form, the participants agree to accept the terms of Ardea.
  • Ardea reserves the right to change the program. Ardea zadržava pravo izmjene programa.
  • A student of any age participates on his/her own risk. Ardea does not incur liability for anything.


  • Holders of passports of the following 79 jurisdictions, including resident stateless persons and refugees, may enter and stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to 90 days without a visa.
  • Visa Questions:

1 – May enter using an ID card


Čapljina is located between Croatian cities Dubrovnik and Split, and near Mostar and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Closest airports:

Well-known place of pilgrimage Medjugorje is only 9km away from Capljina. There are good bus connections from Split, Dubrovnik, Mostar and Sarajevo to Medjugorje and Capljina. Direct bus lines run also from Zagreb and other major cities in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

If you have any questions or need any assistance in planning your journey, please contact

Application deadline is May 01 2020

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