International Faculty

Predrag Stanković was born in Tuzla on April 1, 1949. He started playing guitar at the age of 13 in his hometown. He continued his education in Sarajevo with Ivan Kalcina and Mila Rakanovic. As a young guitarist he had a number of notable concerts across the former Yugoslavia.

Studying pedagogy and psychology he acquires knowledge and experiences that have helped him greatly in working with students. In 1979, he started working at the Tuzla Music School, and in 1991 he opened a section for guitar at the Secondary Music School in Tuzla. He worked at both institutions until retirement in 2014. He also worked in the Youth Center, and in 1996 he opens the NGO Youth Art Center where, among other things, he develops a classical guitar program.

With his students he has won over 160 awards at competitions in his country and throughout Europe. More than a hundred of these awards are the first. He participates in the organization of guitar promotion at numerous concerts, TV and radio shows, and audio and video materials. His former students like Denis Azabagic, Dejan Ivanovic, Boris Tesic, Sanel Redzic and many others are professors and work at many higher education institutions from Europe to America.

Predrag Stankovic is a participant in many competitions, festivals, seminars and summer and winter guitar lessons in the countries of the region and Europe as a jury member and lecturer and has won many awards at all cantonal and state levels.

Sanel Redžić is one of the most virtuosic guitarists of his generation. Known for his varied repertoire and lively performances, he is quickly becoming one of the most important figures on the international guitar scene.
„guitar player with impressive skills…”
Jazzthetik, Germany

„outstanding representative of the young guitar generation of who surprises with unusual musical maturity.“
Bonner Meisterkonzerten, Germany

„His playing is full of intensity and passion…“
Guitar-Night Tiefurt, Germany

“His performance expressed precisely the profoundness and dignity of the music in a refined manner with a controlled sound.”
Gendai guitar magazine, Japan

Born on July, 25th 1988 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Redžić started to play guitar at age of eight under the tutelage of Predrag Stanković with whom he later finished secondary music school in 2007 with the highest marks. He then continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar under Thomas Müller-Pering and Ricardo Gallen. Additionally Mr. Redžić has participated in masterclasses held by David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis, William Kanengiser, Aniello Desiderio, Denis Azabagić, Jorgos Panetsos, Thomas Offerman, Jozef Zsapka, Darko Petrinjak and many others.
Mr. Redžić has achieved a great deal of succes in competitions; winning top prizes in Tokyo, Tychy, the “Forum Gitarre Wien”, Changsha, Markneukirchen, “Anna Amalia” Weimar, “Andres Segovia” Velbert, Kutna Hora, “Guitar Mania” in Lisbon, Iserlohn, Rome, and the “Guitar Art Festival” in Belgrade. He is also frequently invited as a jury member at competitions and gives regular master classes.

A sought after performer, Mr. Redžić has played hundreds of concerts to date in countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Chile, India, China, Japan and the USA. A number of these concerts took place in famous concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, Philharominc Hall Paul Constantinescu Ploiesti and many others. He is also a frequent soloist with various orchestras including Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo Mexico City conducted by Johannes Ullrich, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and Aukso Chamber Orchestra and has received high praise for his performances from both critics and audiences alike.

Mr. Redžić has recorded several CDs for Gramofon Sarajevo, Central German Radio (MDR) and KSG Exaudio. Additionally he has appeared in numerous radio and television productions.
Mr. Redžić teaches currently in Weimar, Erfurt and Osijek.

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An exceptional classical guitarist and composer, Tal Hurwitz has garnered international acclaim in concerts and competitions around the world. Continuing in the grand classical tradition of the composer/performer, he is dedicated to furthering the technical and musical possibilities of the guitar.

Mr. Hurwitz holds two bachelors and a masters degree in music, obtained while studying under some of the worlds most renowned pedagogues first in Israel with Joseph Urshalmi and then in Europe with Costas Cotsiolis, Marco Tamayo and Carlo Marchione.

Growing up surrounded by all kinds of music, Mr. Hurwitz has always sought to elevate the classical guitar. Due to his reputation for technical mastery and artistic clarity he has been able to do just that; engaging audiences the world over with his striking interpretations. Mr. Hurwitz’s constant drive to progress has lead to an extensive performance career across Europe, North America, South America and the far East. During the course of which he has appeared in the Moscow House of Music, the Großer Saal of the Mozarteum, the Jordan hall in Boston and the Sala de Espectáculos among others. He has played in festivals around the globe including at the Festival Hispanoamerica de guitarra (Mexico), the Petrer Guitar Festival (Spain), the Forum Guitar Wien (Austria), the Guitar Art Festival (Belgrade), the Internatinal Guitar Festival J.K Mertz (Slovakia) and the Essonne Guitar Festival (France). He has performed with such orchestras as the New Russian Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg.

Additionally Mr. Hurwitz has won prizes as both a performer and composer in numerous international competitions including the Sinaia international guitar competition, Romania, the Thailand international guitar competition, the Naxos international guitar competition, the Concurso internacional de guitarra, Culiacan, the Sernancelhe International guitar competition, Portugal, the Internationaler Gitarrenwettbewerb Nürtingen, Germany, the Norba Caesarina international guitar competition, Caceres, Spain, the Asia international guitar competition, and the Boston guitar composition competition for his guitar sonata.

Mr. Hurwitz’s compositional activities began when studying jazz performance at the Telma Yalin School of arts. Now published by Berben, his creative energies have lead him to write numerous works firmly grounded in the classical tradition while still remaining accessible and relevant to modern audiences. Convinced that the guitar’s technical and expressive potential has yet to be completly explored, Mr. Hurwitz creates dazzling, intricate compositions for the guitar in a variety of styles.