Miran Vaupotić (bandoneon & bayan) , Croatia
Miran Vaupotić was born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied at the Ino Mirkovich Music Academy under licence of Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky in Lovran and Faculty of Arts in Pula where he graduated in 2005. He teach accordion at Zlatko Baloković Music College. Among his teachers have been Marjan Krajna, Volodimir Balyk and Denis Modrušan. Masterclasses given by Professor Alexander Sklyarov have also had an important role in Miran Vaupotić`s artistic development over the years.
He is a two-time first prize winner of All-Croatian Competition, prize winner of 1999 Pula Accordion International Competition, the LAUREATE of the 2003 Confédération Mondiale de L'Accordéon - CMA - Trophée Mondial de l'Accordéon in Italy and the Grand Prize winner of Music GOLDEN TROPHY 2007 International Competition in New York, USA as well as 1st prize winner of the International Festival InterArtia 2008 Music Competitions in Volos, Greece. He is declared as Artist of the Year 2008 by International Art Society.
Miran has an active musical and accordion career. He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras and ensembles including Rucner String Quartet, Zagreb Soloists, Rijeka Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Camerata Klaipeda, Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra etc. His performances were recorded for the Croatian National Radio and Television Network and broadcasted by Croatian, Portuguese, French, Canadian and Romanian Radio.
Miran also performs as a member of the AccoDuo where he combines talents with his wife, accordionist Ivana Levak Vaupotić. Their musical partnership has resulted in a unique repertoire and as a duo they have toured Europe extensively and collaborated on a CD Romance published on international label of Classical Music Records in Salzburg (Austria). AccoDuo was recently a laureate of 2008 IBLA Grand Prize World Competition in Sicily (Italy), winner of Special Schnittke Award.
Miran has also collaborated with important composers, whose works he has premiered including A. Marković, T. Uhlik, D. Palanović, D. Bobić, E. Schwartz, J.A. Rose, J.L. Petit etc. He performed the world premiere of Epidaurus Concerto, composed for him by Damir Bužleta, which is the first bandoneon concerto in history of Croatian music.
Miran`s repertoire is broad, including contemporary accordion music, transcriptions from various periods, new tango, concertos and chamber music. Inspired by the music of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, Miran began including characteristic bandoneón in his performances.