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Dagmar Korbar

FlagCroatia, Zagreb City of Zagreb NoteViola

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Biography

Dagmar Korbar was born in 1999 in Zagreb (Croatia). She began to play the viola at the age of five, making her the youngest violist in Croatia. In 2013 she already enrolled herself at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, where she received lessons in Professor Milan Čunko’s class. She is currently studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Professor Nobuko Imai and Professor Marjolein Dispa.

She has profited musically from the great number of masterclasses she has participated in, offered by renowned teachers such as Bruno Giuranna, Tabea Zimmermann, Gilad Karni, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl, Milan Čunko, Sven Arne Tepl, Marjolein Dispa, and Miguel da Silva. She also receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and takes part in the intensive music weeks held there.

In the course of her studies, Dagmar Korbar has participated in numerous national and international competitions. At national competitions, she has won three 1st prizes as a soloist (2008, 2010 and 2014) and five as a chamber musician (2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015). She was also awarded the 2nd prize at the “Ars Nova” international competition Trieste (Italy) in the duo category, together with her sister Helga Korbar.

In September 2016, she won the 2nd prize (no 1st prize was awarded) at the “Boris Papandopulo” competition in Zagreb.
In November 2019, she won the 1st prize at the 6th Dutch National Viola Competition. She was also awarded the Dean’s and Rector’s Prize for her outstanding performance as a student at the University of Zagreb.

Dagmar Korbar has played in numerous orchestras, including the Zagreb Soloists, the Croatian Baroque Ensemble (HRBA), the Varaždin Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Vocal Ensemble Antiphonus.
Since 2015, she has been a member of the Crondes String Quartet, which has already enjoyed great success with its many concerts in Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia, and has won several first prizes at international competitions.

She is also a member of the ENSEMBLE ESPERANZA, which is made up of scholarship holders from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and is recording it‘s 4th CD together in March 2020.

In June 2018 she has had her debut as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic playing William Walton’s Viola Concerto at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall.

She has participated in the summer courses in Grožnjan and in the international Baroque music courses “Aestas musica” in Varaždin. For the past three years she has been invited to perform at the FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION Bad Ragaz in Switzerland.

The young violist has received scholarships from Jeunesses Musicales Germany and from the International Summer Academy of the mdw – University of Music and performing Arts Vienna.

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