Praised as a true ‘tour de force’ of technical control of sound, Ivan Krpan has quickly established himself as one of the most remarkable pianists of the younger generation. In 2017, at the age of twenty, Krpan was the winner of the First Prize of the one of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions – the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. His career took off, and he has since appeared in some of the world’s major venues, such as Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Rome’s Santa Cecilia Hall, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, to name but a few, and has collaborated with renowned orchestras including the Belgian National Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra of South Korea, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, amongst many others.
Besides the coveted Busoni Prize, Ivan Krpan has also won several First Prizes in national and international piano competitions, including, the 12th Piano Competition “Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes” Grez Doiceau in Belgium (2014), the International Piano Competition Young Virtuosi in Zagreb (2014), the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands and the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists. Ivan has also been awarded the Third Prize at the 10th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2016), the Young Musician of the Year Award by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (2016), the Annual Ivo Vuljević Prize by the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia for the Best Young Musician in Croatia (2015), the Second Prize in the International Danube Piano Competition in Ulm (2014), the Fourth Prize at the First International Zhuhai Mozart Competition in Zhuhai, China.
Krpan’s debut album – produced by the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition Foundation and recorded at the Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin – featuring works by Chopin and Schumann has received raving reviews from critics and music-lovers alike. The album is available exclusively on IDAGIO, the leading streaming service for classical music.
Ivan Krpan was born in Zagreb in 1997 into a musical family and began studying the piano at the age of six. He studied the piano with Ruben Dalibaltayan at the Music Academy in Zagreb, where he obtained his master’s degree. Subsequently, he completed his postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in the class of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner.