Tomislav Žužak

The saxophonist Tomislav Žužak (Zagreb, 1978) graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb, in the class of Dragan Sremec, completing his educational training with Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Philippe Portejoie at Paris conservatories, and through workshops held by maestros Jean- Marie Londeix, Eugene Rousseau and Claude Delangle. As an artist of exceptional proficiency and performing technique, he cultivates a wide range of styles in his repertoire, especially tending to contemporary music. He has held a range of solo recitals in his home country and globally, and has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles from Croatia and from abroad. He has been a distinguished guest of various renowned music festivals and saxophonist congresses. From 2001 to 2011 he was a member of the Ensemble 4 Saxess, performing numerous concerts and recording two CDs. Since 2008 he has also worked intensly as a member of the Papandopulo Quartet. He has won various awards and recognitons, most prominent being the Croatian radio Award for Radio Podium Competition (1999), the Paris UFAM Prize (2002) the second prize at the International Competition Alps-Danube-Adriatic in Nova Gorica (2003) and the first prize at the National competition for young musicians Papandopulo (2012). As a teacher-mentor he has worked at Ferdo Livadić Music School in Samobor for several years, where he has taught with notable success a class of young saxophonists, and raised numerous award winners at different competitions. Since 2010 he has also held a position of assistant lecturer at music Academies in Zagreb and Sarajevo. Tomislav Žužak has been a regular member of judging panels in competitions in Croatia and abroad. He is the creator, founder, co-organizer and supervisor of The Saxophone School in Jaska, and manages the workshop of Croatian Music Youth in Grožnjan.