Tamara Jurkić Sviben Sydney concert

Hammerings Records was delighted to host a truly wonderful concert of Croatian and Australian piano works performed by the impeccable musician, Tamara Jurkić Sviben, who also enthralled the audience with a brief history of Croatian piano music over the last two centuries.

A recital of Croatian and Australian piano works

Fern Street Gallery, Pymble

12 February, 2024


Ivan pl. Zajc (1832-1914)

Dora Pejačević (1885-1923)
Nocturnos op. 50 No. 1&2

Božidar Kunc (1903-1964)

Juraj Stahuljak (1901-1975)
Spider’s Morning Song

Alan Holley (b.1954)
From Water Preludes
Preludium No. 3

Ivana Lang (1912-1982)
From Seven Sketches for piano op. 56
Esperance No. 5
Novel Elan No.6
Desire Realise No. 7

Blagoje Bersa (1873-1934)

Alan Holley
Water pieces for piano

Žiga Hirschler (1894-1941)

Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991)
Play for piano from opera ‘Sunčanica’


Tamara Jurkić Sviben, Croatian pianist and scientist, graduated in the class of Jurica Murai and received her Masters degree in the class of Vladimir Krpan at the University of Zagreb Music Academy (Croatia). She has performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician at various Croatian festivals with a repertoire that ranges from the classical period to the contemporary music. After obtaining the Rector’s Award of the University of Zagreb in 1995, she started her international career with the concert performed in the UNESCO palace Concert Hall in Paris in the same year. This was followed by outstanding performances at the Slavic Music Festival in Paris, the Teen Murti Auditorium in New Delhi (India), the “Two Nights & Two Days of Modern Music” festival in Odessa (Ukraine), as well as by numerous concerts in Albania, Portugal, Greece, Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ukraine, Spain, Israel, Iceland, Poland, Canada, France, Lithuania, Czech, Romania, India and Australia.

During her early academic studies Professor Murai and subsequently Professor Krpan instigated her interest and love for Croatian composer, and this led Tamara to research and promote composers of her homeland. She actively performs concerts in the public diplomacy programs of the Republic of Croatia for Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Republic of Croatia, promoting Croatian musical heritage and culture. She is recording for the Croatian Radio, Croatian labels Croatia Records and Cantus and Australian label Hammerings records.

Her love for the Croatian musical heritage and mostly forgotten Croatian composers has directed her further interests towards researching Croatian composers of Jewish origin and their contribution to Croatian culture and musical heritage. This research has resulted in PhD degree in Croatology being awarded in 2016 in the Faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb. Her thesis is entitled Musicians of Jewish Origin in Northern Croatia from 1815 to 1941.

She is an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Teacher Education, engaged in interdisciplinary research in music, language and culture, an active member of the Croatian Society of Music Artists and Croatian Musicological Society, the vice-president of the Croatian Music Institute and music department head at Matica hrvatska.

HAMMERINGS RECORDS and Tamara Jurkić Sviben thank John Edmonds for his support of this recital.


At Fern Street Gallery


Tamara Jurkic Sviben


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