The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition Winner Tour to Delaware for a eighth straight season! The prestigious GFA Competition is known for drawing the most talented competitors from around the world, and winning the competition is a coveted milestone in the careers of many young musicians. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-class artist.
This year’s GFA touring artist is Croatian guitarist Lovro Peretić. As winner of the Rose Augustine First Prize in the GFA ICAC, Lovro will tour over 50 cities in North America and Canada, including a recital in Carnegie’s Weill Hall.
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MASTERCLASS 3/23/24: Lovro Peretić will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon, March 23 at 1:00 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Mr. Peretić has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Lovro and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
Lovro Peretić is an internationally award-winning classical guitarist from Zagreb (Croatia). He has performed concerts all around Croatia and in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Italy, France, Austria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Hungary and Greece as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed and given masterclasses in many of the world’s most prestigious guitar festivals and music concert series’, including Paris International Guitar Festival, London International Guitar Festival, Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov” in Moscow, Zagreb Guitar Festival, Antwerp International Guitar Festival, José Tomás Villa de Petrer International Guitar Festival and many more.
Last year, he won the International Concert Artist competition of the Guitar Foundation of America (USA). As the winner, he will depart on an extensive concert tour, playing around 50 concerts throughout USA and Canada in 2023/2024 concert season, and performing at the GFA 50th Anniversary Convention at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City this June. Also, he recorded his debut album for the Naxos Records, the world’s leading classical music label, which was released in June 2023. In 2020, Lovro won the 3rd Eurostrings competition, arguably the biggest competition for guitar in Europe, which brought him an opportunity to give numerous concerts and master classes in 18 European countries.
As well as his solo performance career, he regularly performs in various chamber music groups among which the most significant one is guitar trio Evocación, with whom they recently released their first album named Evocación in 2020, though the Italian publishing label Dotguitar. As a soloist, he played with the Symphony orchestra of Croatian radio television, Dubrovnik and Zagreb symphony orchestras, to name a few.
He has won over 30 prizes in international competitions, including first place in the International Concert Artist competition of GFA (USA), Eurostrings guitar competition, Changsha International Guitar Competition (China), Andres Segovia guitar competition in Velbert (Germany), Anna Amalia guitar competition in Weimar (Germany), Zagreb Guitar Festival (Croatia), Boris Papandopulo music competition in Zagreb (Croatia), Antwerpen Guitar Festival (Belgium), Enrico Mercatali guitar competition in Gorizia (Italy), Fernando Sor guitar competition in Rome (Italy), Volos Guitar Competition (Greece), Concours international de guitare d’Antony (France), Peja International Guitar Festival (Kosovo), Sarajevo International Guitar Festival (B&H), “Paola Ruminelli” international chamber music competition (Italy), Split Guitar Festival (Croatia), Mörski festival kitare (Slovenia), International guitar competition ”Porečki tirando”, Brussels International Guitar Competition ”Ilse and Nicolas Alfonso” (Belgium), International guitar competition ”Ida Presti” (Croatia).
Lovro started studying guitar at a young age under tuition of Professor Xhevdet Sahatxhija in Zagreb. After that, he graduated with distinction at the Music academy in Zagreb in the class of prof. Darko Petrinjak spending one year in a student exchange program at L’École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France in Lille (France) with prof. Judicaël Perroy. Later, he specialized in music performance in Geneva (Switzerland) where he studied with Judicaël Perroy at the Haute Ecole de Musique Genève. Lovro has greatly benefited from numerous masterclasses with musicians and scholars such as Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Lorenzo Micheli, Ana Vidović, Paolo Pegoraro, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Marco Socías and more. He has been awarded the Dean’s award and Rector’s award of University in Zagreb. Today, he is regarded as one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation with his impressive catalogue of awards and performances, and he is invited to perform concerts at the most prestigious classical music festivals and organizations in the world.