Mak Grgić (SLO/USA)
Mak Grgić
Mak Grgić
Kitarist MAK GRGIĆ je svoje glasbeno izobraževanje začel na Glasbeni šoli Franca Šturma v Ljubljani pri prof. Antonu Črnuglju, v Zagrebu študiral pri prof. Anteju Čagalju na Konservatoriju Elly Bašić, diplomiral je v razredu prof. Alvara Pierrija na Univerzi za glasbo in upodabljajočo umetnost na Dunaju, trenutno je na magistrskem študiju na USC Thornton School of Music v ZDA pri prof. Williamu Kanengiserju. Kljub svojim 25 letom je koncertiral že po številnih priznanih prizoriščih po vsem svetu (Les Invalides v Parizu, Chicago Cultural Center, Koncerthaus v Stockholmu, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur v Montréalu, Library and Archives Canada v Ottawi, Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scalav Milanu, Kozinova dvorana Slovenske filharmonije v Ljubljani, ...) in za svoje nastope prejel odlične kritike: “Zasluženo je osvojil naziv mladega mojstra kitare – ne samo zaradi njegovega natančnega, veščega in harmoničnega igranja, temveč zaradi dejstva, da njegove roke glasbo preoblikujejo v nadvse lepo, svetleče in lebdeče, veselo živo bitje.” (Jutranji list – Hrvaška), »Neverjeten, bravurozen nastop, sladostrasten izraz in bogato prefinjeno niansiranje fraz, skupaj z občutkom za slog, ki zelo ustreza uglajenosti baroka, modernistični moči in igrivi strasti.« (Chitarra classica - Italija),

»Čudovito, sijajno, izjemno. Bil je spektakularen!« (Eagle-Gazette - Ohio, ZDA), itd.

Tri leta je bil član priznanega Zagrebškega kvarteta kitar, pri orkestrskem debutu s Simfoničnim orkestrom iz Sankt Petersburga je v Rusiji doživel ovacije. Redno koncertira po ZDA in Evropi, med njegove zadnje pomembnejše nastope pa velja izpostaviti solistični recital v okviru Zvokov šestih strun Cankarjevega doma, nastop na festivalu Piranski glasbeni večeri s priznanim ameriškim godalnim kvartetom JACK, koncert s simfoničnim orkestrom Spokane Symphony orchestra v Sandpointu ZDA, solistične recitale v Španiji in na Portugalskem v januarju 2012, koncert na Pacific guitar festival, sodelovanje na operni produkciji Dallas Opere, snemanje glasbe za film Regrets of White Camellias hollywoodske produkcije.

Med večjimi prihajajočimi projekti sodijo nastopi na Guitar Festival Mikulov na Češkem, na Minnesota Guitar Society, v Strathmoru v Baltimoru ter v National Gallery of Art v Washingtonu.


“On this disc, the gifted young guitarist Mak Grgic uses different guitars to perform arrangements of music featured in film soundtracks; a flamenco instrument, for example, for Alberto Iglesias’s “Volverino.” Mr. Grgic’s imaginative, expressive playing is also heard in Stanley Myers’s “Cavatina”; an excerpt from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana”; and selections by Bach, Albeniz, Albinoni, Bernstein and Nino Rota.”

The New York Times

“Weiss’s Passacaglia in D Major was proclaimed a “high point of the evening” offering “a superb, finely detailed reading that showed Grgic is a guitarist to keep an eye on.” “He turned in a beautiful account of Weiss’s six-movement “L’Infidel” suite, exploring its contrasts and fascinating twists and turns — from the deeply personal Sarabande to the slow-gathering power of the Paisanne — with real intelligence. It was a treat to hear the Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic spotlight two rarely heard works by Weiss in a fine performance of Renaissance and Baroque music on Sunday night at the National Gallery of Art.”

Washington Post

“[On] Cinema Verismo…rest assured the 14 tracks add up to a well-contrasted and satisfying hour-long recital. More importantly Mak Grgic’s abundant, yet tasteful guitar virtuosity leaves a powerful impression…The accompanimental clusters in Granados’ Spanish Dance No. 5 provide an urgent commentary alongside the curvaceous main tune…Grgic brings understated eloquence to a simple and effective arrangement of Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story…Aside from Grgic’s own talent for nuance and multi-hued voicings, the coloristic variety also is due to his use of different instruments throughout the recital.”

Classics Today

“Following in the footsteps of fellow Balkan virtuoso Milos, Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic’s talents are showcased on a cleverly compiled selection of classical pieces familiar from the Movies–not just the mandatory Cavatina, but orchestral pieces ingeniously arranged for solo guitar…the poignancy of Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe is deftly sustained by the solitude of solo guitar, Elsewhere, Nino Rota’s Godfather’s Waltz is even more stately than in the film, while Albeniz’s Asturias allows Grgic to indulge the core classical repertoire.”

The Independent, U.K.

“Grgic is a young guitarist whose reputation is on the rise. This CD Cinema Verismo features classic, well-loved melodies from film scores alongside traditional favorites of guitar repertoire. The inventive “concept” of this “recital CD” keeps it fresh and accessible. When people ask me for a good way to “introduce” others to classical music, I often reach for a CD like this one. The combination of guitar, great works, and film tunes make it an excellent, musically non-threatening introduction to the world of fine music. Another good pick to start your music library.”

Radio Del Marva

“Grgic has quickly established himself as one of the up-and-coming performers in the guitar genre… Music from Enrico Morricone’s The Mission and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was placed alongside Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story to give a wide-ranging, yet sophisticated recital… Grgic’s energy on stage was infectious, and added a nice contrast to the old stereotype of “sit stoically and play… The concert proved that not all movie music belongs in the pops oeuvre, and that—at least on a solo recital level—the artistic merit of the music drives its programming, not its genre.”

North Texas Performing Arts News

“…a program that would have needed a bucket of popcorn to be any more cinematic. The Spanish Dance No. 5 by Spanish composer Enrique Granados offered an interestingly different arrangement of a familiar work…Asturias…this passionate, driving work makes frequent appearances at recitals such as this one, but never wears out its welcome. And Grgic did an excellent job of catering to the expectations of the audience while still make the piece his own…Bach’s incredible Chaconne from the Partita for Solo Violin No. 2…the longest piece on the program, this highly complex, 13-minute work is almost operatic in its structure. Employing a slightly darker-than-average tone, Grgic managed to clearly articulate the work’s many voices without getting lost in its daunting architecture…“And now, the fun one,” Grgic said, before launching into a wonderfully clever arrangement of the main theme from Ennio Morriconi’s score for Sergio Leone’s legendary spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. His intro proved to be right on the money… you would have to give this concert a thumbs up.”

Star-Telegram, Texas

“…the program launching the innovative season for Guitar Sarasota, performed to a sold-out hall and providing intriguing examples of the use of great classical music to support great cinematic moments, was fascinating…A secret pleasure revealed: what fun it was to see J.S. Bach’s iconic Chaconne (BMV 1004) listed in the program as “From the movie ‘The Beast with Five Fingers’”…More important, this was one of the best performances by the young guitarist, providing an appropriate outlet for his lyric interpretive preferences rather than adhering to conventional academic norms…his technique is impressive and the rich tone he drew from his instrument was often striking… positive results were found in fine music from other sources, such as two melodies from Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and both Morricone’s ubiquitous “Gabriel’s Oboe” and his score for “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.”

Herald Tribune, Sarasota, Florida

“An alluring combination of masterful guitar skills, dedication to playing and an engaging stage presence fascinated the multigenerational audience, who refused to let the guitar virtuoso of the stage.”

Manca Cujez,

“Mak Grgic, introduced himself to our audience with the Rodrigo Fantasia para un Gentilhombre and Adiós Nonino by Astor Piazolla. He is a prominent young guitarist whose virtuosity is made transparent through a blend of pure talent and hard work…he has an excellent technique. He is attentive to both the beauty of his sound and a sense of responsibility to the written page. With such important opportunities he moves closer to becoming the crème de la crème.”

Helena Novak,

“Mak Grgic is a young artist with an undoubtedly luminous career ahead of him…he portrayed an immense capability of developing the thematic material with a certain profound sense, which goes the same for his tendency for clarity of a phrase…his playing is, in fact, full of personality and wide musical range.”

Franco Di Lena, Il Messaggero