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Renata Penezic

Renata Penezić is one of the most prominent Croatian music artists. She graduated in 1993 at the Music Academy in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in the class of Prof. Fedja Rupel. She has won several prizes at state competitions in Croatia and Slovenia. Already as the third student she became the solo flutist of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, which gave her an opportunity to work with numerous famous Croatian and international artists. As a recipient of German scholarship Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) she completed the post-graduate studies at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in the class of the renowned soloist and pedagogue Prof. Andras Adorjan. At this institution she also studied the transverse flute and the recorder. In 1997 she received her Master of Arts diploma with the highest grade. She attended master-courses in Great Britain and France (with Trevor Wye, Y. P. Artaud and A. Marion) and also those for early music and baroque ornamentation (with G. Höller). The repertoire of Renata Penezić is very wide and it embraces music from renaissance to the most contemporary compositions of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Beside being the solo flutist of the Zagreb Philharmonic, she has developed a rich chamber music activity playing with the well known Croatian and international artists and ensembles such as sopranos Nancy Argenta and Lidija Horvat – Dunjko, bariton Leo Nucci, violinists Chaterine Mackintosh, Anđelko Krpan and Marija Čepulić, guitarist Darko Petrinjak, oboist Branko Mihanović, bassoon player Knut Sonstevold, tuba player Krunoslav Babić, harpist Nicoletta Sanzin, harpsichordist Višnja Mažuran, pianist Katarina Krpan, Zagreb String Quartet, Zagreb Soloists, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra, and ensemble Musica Viva. Renata Penezić performed at the reputable international festivals in Croatia (Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer Festival, Varaždin Baroque Festival, etc.). She has made several CD-s and one of them (The Christmas Concert) won the Croatian annual award Porin in 2006. She regularly records for the Croatian Radio. Some of the leading Croatian composers wrote and dedicated to her their flute compositions. Along with her extensive performing career, Renata Penezić also successfully teaches at the Music Academy in Zagreb. So far her students have won first prizes at several competitions. She is regularly giving flute and chamber music master-classes in Croatia and Slovenia and has been a member of the jury at various competitions in Croatia and abroad.