Vlatković studied under professor Prerad Detiček at the University of Zagreb Academy of Music, and under professor Michael Höltzel at the Detmold Academy of Music in Germany. His numerous competition successes include winning the Munich ARD in 1983, thereby becoming the first award-winning horn player in 14 years. This led to regular appearances in Europe, the USA, Australia, Israel, Korea and Japan.
From 1982 to 1990 Vlatković served as Principal Horn with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Chief Conductors Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He then served as professor of Horn at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart until his appointment as professor at the prestigious Mozarteum University Salzburg in 1998. He has also been a figure of influence at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid since the year 2000. Vlatković has premiered works by several composers, including Carter, Gubaidulina, Holliger and Penderecki.
He was awarded an honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014, an honour bestowed on only 300 prestigious musicians around the world.
We wish a happy birthday to Arto Noras! With a staggering degree of talent and virtuosity, this concert will come some way to reflecting the life’s work of Arto Noras. The friends will take the stage with a carefully selected musical programme to make the concert one big party for the audience as well.
Dances with the Stars
This evening will flow like a dance! Now we are moving from Bach’s graceful court dances through the fast turns of Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Golijov and Shostakovich to the spicy tangos of Piazzolla. The stars will get the tunes flying.
A Northern Dimension. Bright, profound and beautiful. Jaakko Kuusisto, who passed away in February 2022, was for many years a key force behind the Naantali Music Festival as a violinist, conductor and composer. The concert is a tribute to Jaakko and his magnificently diverse compositional work, which continues the tradition of the great Nordic composers and the northern dimension of music.
A heart-rendingly beautiful concert experience in memory of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki. We shall remember with gratitude this landmark composer and friend of Naantali Music Festival. His music will live on forever.
Now you can experience all the colours of the summer, from the tantalizingly cheerful Shaker Loops of John Adams to Gershwin’s famous Porgy and Bess.