Hailed as “a startlingly subtle and visionary pianist” with “a rare blend of charm and mastery”, Aljoša Jurinić (al-YO-sha YOO-ri-nich) has established himself at international stage as the winner and a laureate of some of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. He is best known for winning the International Robert Schumann Competition in the composer’s hometown Zwickau in 2012, and is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 2016, and the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, as well as a finalist of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. A Zagreb native, in 2019 he received the “Order of Danica Hrvatska” medal bearing the effigy of Marko Marulić for outstanding achievements in culture and international promotion of Croatia, awarded by the president of the country.
Aljoša Jurinić has appeared as a soloist and with orchestras at prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Salle Cortot (Paris), Gasteig (Münich), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, La Sala Verdi (Milan), BOZAR (Brussels), Lisinski Concert Hall (Zagreb) and Kolarac (Belgrade), as well as important festivals, including Serate Musicali (Milan), Chopin and His Europe (Warsaw), Chopin Festival (Nohant), From Easter to the Ascension (Tbilisi), Kiev Summer Music Evenings, Chopin Festival (Mariánské Lázně), International Keyboard Institute Festival (New York), Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festival, and others. He also embarked on a debut tour of China in 2018, a tour of Japan in February 2019 and plans a second tour of China in November.
His orchestra performances include collaborations with Warsaw Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Plauen-Zwickau Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosovo Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation. He played under the baton of esteemed conductors Marin Alsop, Jacek Kaspszyk, Ivan Repušić, Thierry Fischer, Edward Gardner, Bojan Suđić, Paul Meyer, Daniel Smith, Leoš Svárovský, and others.
A keen chamber musician, Aljoša Jurinić has particularly fruitful duo collaborations with world-renowned musicians Petrit Çeku (guitar) and Luka Šulić (cello), the latter of which earned a reputable Orlando award at the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival. His discography includes a solo CD titled Chopin alive featuring a recording from an all-Chopin recital published in 2017 by CristoforiumArt, a CD box set of highlights of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the performance of R. Schumann’s Piano Concerto recorded at the 2012 Robert Schumann Competition. In late 2019, a new CD will be released under KNS Classical featuring R. Schumann’s Fantasy Op. 17 and F. Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op. 25.
Aljoša Jurinić holds a Concert Diploma (Konzertexamen) from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, studying under Grigory Gruzman, and a Master’s Degree from the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, under Ruben Dalibaltayan. Other teachers who have influenced his artistic expression include Eliso Virsaladze, Noel Flores, and Jasna Reba. Having lived in Croatia, Austria, Germany, and the USA, he is currently residing in Toronto, Canada.
An avid learner, Aljoša regularly attends ‘quiz nights’ and has competed at the Croatian television edition of the quiz show The Chase.