Video Interview

with Zoran Cindrić at Hrvoje’s home, on the Alte Donau (Old Danube)


Vienna based pianist Hrvoje Jugovic was born in Zagreb.
He has recorded several award winning CDs, amongst others the Complete Piano Trios by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn which was awarded Recording of the Month at Musicweb International, and about wich Brian Reinhart wrote: „This CD set is a total winner… in spirited performances that deliver the music at its finest… Mendelssohn on period instruments, it doesn’t get much better than this“. Albert Hosp concurs: „Music making with dedication, technical flawlessness and the courage to create a sound palette from honey-sweet to hot, from gently tender to robust and coarse.“ (ORF, CD of the day). He was also nominated for the Austrian Classic Amadeus Award for his CD of Pleyel Trios.

After obtaining piano concert diplomas in Zagreb and Vienna, Hrvoje Jugovic studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson at master classes at Cornell University (NY, USA) and in Belgium. He performs as a soloist and with chamber music groups on historic pianos with repertoire focused on music of the 18th and 19th century.

The search for a synthesis between period pianos and corresponding musical works has become a driving force for his curiosity and his urge to research. But playing the piano is also an encounter and discussion with colleagues and their own approaches to composers and compositions. By asking questions about how the music must have sounded while being current new and fresh, how it must have sounded to the period audience, Hrvoje Jugovic is searching for ways to make his music speak. This implies spontaneity, unusual ideas and the courage to take risks. To quote Nicolaus Harnoncourt: „To be beautiful, music has to be at the very edge of the catastrophe“.

During the last years he performed at festivals like Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Mozart Festival Augsburg, Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival Zutphen / Amsterdam, Settimana Mozartiana Chieti, Varazdin Baroque Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival, at the opening ceremony of the major Albertina exhibition MOZART 2006 in the Vienna Hofburg, Salzburg Residenz, Vienna Musikverein, Dubai and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and also as soloist with the chamber orchestras Capella Istropolitana (Bratislava) and the Croatian Chamber Orchestra. Current projects include concerts and recordings as a soloist and with guitarist Edin Karamazov (piano – guitar duos) and fortepianist Michael Tsalka (fortepiano music for four hands).

Hrvoje Jugovic has recorded CDs for Brilliant Classics (Mendelssohn Piano Trios), Gramola (Mozart Piano Concertos no. 12, 13 & 14 and Pleyel Piano Trios), Aulos (Vanhal Piano Concerto) and Radio & TV recordings for ORF, Radio Stephansdom (Austria), NDR (Germany), HRT (Croatia) and for Romanian TV.

+43 699 11421726

Hrvoje Jugović
Donizettiweg 23/2
1220 Wien, Austria

J. L. Dussek: Sonata "Le retour à Paris" & L. v.Beethoven: Sonata "Waldstein" - Excerpts; Fortepieno: Conrad Graf, Vienna 1836; Zutphen 2019 (NL)

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, KV 414, Andante - Jörg Buschhaus und Markus Hoffmann, violins; Hrvoje Jugovic, fortepiano; Günter Schagerl, cello; Barbara Palma, viola - 2006

Lecture "Wanhal, Pleyel and Ebner in Varaždin"
at the Scientific conference "45 Years of Varaždin Baroque Festival"
by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2015
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, Adagio
Christophe Coin, Arpeggione (G. Stauffer, Wien 1823)
Lecture - Romantic Salon Music: Some Aspects of its Origins. Music: G. Onslow: 4Hand Sonata op. 7, 2nd Mov. - with Michael Tsalka. Sixth International Geelvinck Fortepiano Symposium, Zutphen (NL) 2019

Antonio Sorgo (1775 - 1841): Trio in A-major, 2nd. Mov. - Markus Hoffmann, violin; Hrvoje Jugovic, fortepiano; Günter Schagerl, cello - Dubrovnik 2006

Antonio Sorgo (1775 - 1841): Trio in G Minor, 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Florian Hasenburger, violin - Hrvoje Jugovic, fortepiano - Philipp Comploi, cello - Vienna 2014
Fanny Mendelssohn: Trio, I. Mov.; Hrvoje Jugović, fortepiano - Maria Bader-Kubizek, violin - Dorothea Schönwiese-Guschlbauer, cello
CD, 2013
F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
1. Allegro moderato; 2. Adagio; 3. Allegretto
Edin Karamazov, guitar and Hrvoje Jugovic, fortepiano - Klosterneuburg (Austria), 2019
M. Giulliani / I. Moscheles: Grand Duo Concertant
1. Allegro maestoso; 2. Scherzo. Vivace; 3. Largo espressivo; 4. Largo espressivo
Edin Karamazov, Guitar - Klosterneuburg (Austria), 2019
Video in Croatian 2020
J. B. Wanhal: Piano Concerto in C major, I. Allegro moderato
Varaždin Festival Orchestra, Conductor: Dada Ruža, 2012

Lodovico Giustini: Sonata No.4, Sarabanda - Varaždin Baroque Festival 2007

W.A.Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14, KV449, Allegro ma non troppo
Jörg Buschhaus and Markus Hoffmann, violins; Hrvoje Jugovic, fortepiano; Günter Schagerl, cello; Barbara Palma, viola - 2006

J. B. Wanhal: Sonata in G major (1771), 1. Allegro, 2. Andante, 3. Tempo di Menuetto, 4. Adagio
Recorded 2015, Varaždin Theatre, Croatia; ℗ Aulos 2015
J. L. Dussek: Sonata “Le retour à Paris”, Molto adagio con anima ed espressione
Fortepieno: Conrad Graf, Vienna 1836
Zutphen 2019 (NL)

D. Scarlatti: Sonata K. 517 - Šmarje pri Jelšah (Slo), 2012

Fanny Mendelssohn: Trio in D minor, Finale - 2013

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14, Excerpt
Opening Ceremony of the Mozart Exhibition in Albertina, Vienna 2006
M. Giulliani & I. Moscheles: Grand Duo Concertant, Excerpts
Edin Karamazov, guitar and Hrvoje Jugovic, fortepiano - Klosterneuburg (Austria), 2019
Scarlatti: Sonata B minor, K87 - Šmarje pri Jelšah (Slo), 2012