Mak Grgić (pronounced: [mɑk ɡɹɡɪt͡ʃ]; born 7 March 1987) is a Slovenian classical guitarist and entrepreneur.

Mak Grgić
Mak Grgic - Concierto de Aranjuez.jpg
Mak Grgić, guitar, with Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
Background information
Born1987
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Genreschamber music, classical music, microtonal music
Instrument(s)guitar
LabelsNaxos Records, Marquis Classics, MicroFest Records
Websitewww.makgrgic.com

Early lifeEdit

Mak Grgić[1] was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, back then a part of Yugoslavia. Before embarking on his musical studies, he showed interest in competitive mathematics, earning him no. 1 ranking in the country according to the competition Jurij Vega, and martial arts, winning a title of world champion at the age of 11 according to the Japan Karate Association international regulations.[2] His first appearance on the musical stage was at the age of 12.

EducationEdit

Grgić studied with Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music, Alvaro Pierri at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria and at USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) and Brian Head, artistic director of Guitar Foundation of America.[3] He was the first guitarist in the history of University of Southern California to be accepted into the Artist Diploma Program.[4]

Performance careerEdit

Grgić has performed at Hotel des Invalides, Paris, France; Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy; Koncerthuset, Stockholm, Sweden; Musikverein, Vienna, Austria; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, United States; Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, Maryland, USA; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA; Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia; Accademia Philharmonicorum, Ljubljana, Slovenia among others.[citation needed]

Grgić spent two years in Residence at The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles.[5] As a part of this residency, he co-founded a contemporary octet called DC8. This ensemble performed and commissioned new works from Michael Gordon and Nina Senk. The DC8 ensemble was proclaimed as an “inspiring addition to the contemporary music landscape in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Times.[6]

CollaborationsEdit

Grgić has collaborated with musicians, such as JACK Quartet,[7] Martin Chalifour[8] (Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), Clive Greensmith[9] (Tokyo String Quartet), and the Assad Brothers guitar duo. He is a founding and active member of Duo Deloro with Adam Del Monte and FretX Duo with Daniel Lippel, guitarist of ICE Ensemble. In September 2018 he toured with Grammy Award-winning singer KD Lang as the opening act on her anniversary Ingenue Tour.[10] In 2020 Grgić began his ongoing collaboration with Billboard Charts-topping pianist Paul Cardall, exploring the meditative and mindful aspects of musical composition. In 2021 he was nominated for a 2022 Grammy Award.[11]

Other WorkEdit

Grgić has been involved with the Gluck Outreach Program and has done work for Boys and Girls Clubs throughout USA. He has fostered a continuous relationship with the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. Grgić also served as a mentor for the Bosana Foundation in Los Angeles and has raised funds for a local orphanage in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he has personal ties with.[12]

In 2017 Grgić along with 13 international guitar festival leaders around Europe initiated EuroStrings, the European Guitar Festival network.[13] EuroStrings has now expanded to a platform of 17 international guitar festivals throughout Europe and globally, working on young artists exchange programs, charity through classical guitar and audience development.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, Grgić [14] founded Virtual Guitar Orchestra, a community-oriented project bringing guitar lovers and guitar super stars together in a virtual musical setting.

MusicEdit

Grgić believes in an eclectic approach to classical guitar in order to draw in wider audiences for the instrument.[15] Balkanisms, an album released on Naxos in 2019, encompasses new and ethnic music from the Balkan peninsula.[16] A 2018 album release called Makrotonal binds music of renaissance and baroque with new music influenced by the Middle Eastern traditions on microtonal guitars.[17] Other album releases include flamenco music with flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte[18] and that of cinema music.[19] In 2020 Grgić signed with pianist Paul Cardall's label All Heart Records and released Silent Night, a short album featuring Christmas classics along with "Christmas Dreaming," an original song.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McGhie, Ollie (22 April 2019). "Eclectic Guitarist and EuroStrings Artistic Director Mak Grgić is Always on the Move". Classical Guitar Magazine (Spring 2019). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "On Air Magazine". Adria Airways. adria.si. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Player Spotlight: Mak Grgic". Guitar Salon International. guitarsalon.com. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  4. ^ Krieger, Diane. "Arts Leadership Alumni Spotlight: Mak Grgić". USC. USC Thornton School of Music. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ Farber, Jim (19 June 2018). "Guitarist Mak Grgic Fills the Historic Van Dekker House With Music". San Francisco Classical Voice. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  6. ^ Woodard, Josef. "DC8's 'Journey' contrasts modern with historic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  7. ^ "JACK Quartet with Mak Grgic, guitar". Performing Arts Live. performingartslive.com. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ Henry, Irene (15 June 2018). "Interview with Mak Grgic". Austin Classical Guitar. austinclassicalguitar.org. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Cello Meets Guitar". KPBS Arts. kpbs.org. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  10. ^ Dow Bentley III, David. "K. D. Lang Captivates Adoring Fans at Houston's Jones Hall". The People's Critic. The People's Critic. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  11. ^ ""Mak | Bach" By Mak Grgić Nominated For A 2022 Grammy Award!". Guitar Salon International. 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
  12. ^ "Mak Grgic". New York City Classical Guitar Society. nyccgs.com. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  13. ^ Haerle, Alyssa. "EuroStrings Part I: Reimagining the Classical Guitar Festival". Metronome Online. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  14. ^ Werner, Bradford. "Virtual Guitar Orchestra: Relampiños by Adam Del Monte". This is Classical Guitar. Werner Editions. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  15. ^ Podplesky, Azaria (10 May 2017). "Classical guitarist Mak Grgic brings variety to Friends of the Guitar Hour". The Spokesman Review. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  16. ^ Jerobear. "Mak Grgic: Balkanisms". Review Corner. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  17. ^ Distler, Jed. "Mak Grgic's Microtonal Guitar Recital". Classics Today. classicstoday.com. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  18. ^ KUSC, Staff. "Celebrate La Buena Vida with Spanish and Latin American Guitar Music". KUSC. kusc.org. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  19. ^ Narezzo, Kai. "Mak Grgic - Cinema Verismo". Guitar Salon International. guitarsalon.com. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  20. ^ Cardall, Paul. "Silent Night Album Release". All Heart Records. All Heart Publishing. Retrieved 7 December 2020.

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