»The ideal combination of intellect, technique and passion, refinement of touch, perfect technique, concentration and control, exceptional dynamic potential, original ideas and unconventional interpretations« give Ratimir Martinović, by the critics’ words, one of the leading places among pianists of the younger generation.
Born in Kotor, he graduated in 1999 from the class of Kemal Gekić at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, playing in one night Bach’s »Goldberg Variations«, Beethoven’s »Hammerklavier Sonata«, Chopin’s Four Ballades, and Prokofiev’s «Toccata«, to great critical aclaim. He received his Masters degree, playing an all Bach program.
At present, Martinović works as Associate professor at the Academy of Arts, as the youngest piano professor and serves as the head of music department.
He has had advanced studies with well-known pedagogues and pianists such as Ivo Pogorelich, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Hiroko Nakamura, Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Sergio Perticaroli and many others.
Since his twelfth year he has played in over six hundred recitals, chamber music concerts as well as with orchestra in almost all European countries, United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, China, Japan and Thailand. He has played in New York (Stern Auditorium at Carnegie hall), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica), London (St. John Smith Square, St. James Piccadilly), Shanghai (Oriental Art Centre), Prague (Rudolfinum, Smetana hall), Luxembourg (Auditorium of Banque de Luxembourg), Taipei (Hall of the National theater), Toronto (Glenn Gould Studio), Paris (UNESCO hall), Zagreb (Lisinski hall), Belgrade (Sava centre, Kolarac hall) as well as in Montreal, Moscow, Lisbon, Prague, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Salzburg, Vancouver, Kansas City, Heidelberg, Bari, St. Petersbourg, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Beijing, Helsinki, Florence, Tubingen, Montpellier, Granada, Vicenza and elsewhere.
Martinović plays as soloist with orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra , Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vogtland Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv State Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic orchestra, North Czech Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Radio-Televison Serbia Symphony Orchestra as well as witch chamber orchestras such as „Viotti“ Orchestra, Kaliningrad Chamber Symphony, St. Georg’s Strings, Young European Soloists, The Orchestra of the North Shore and many others, collaborating with conductors such as Alexandar Rahbari, Andres Mustonen, Emil Tabakov, Peter Sundkvist, David Porceline, William Noll, Aleksandar Ostrovsky, Gudni Emilsson and many others.
He plays at festivals such as Granada Festival (Spain), Festival of the Nations (Rome), Pianorama (Florence), International Festival (Ushuaia, Argentina), Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia), Sarajevo winter (Bosnia&Herzegovina), Ohrid Summer Festival (Macedonia), Sant Pere de Rodes (Spain), Lake Como Festival (Italy), NOMUS ( Serbia), Evenings at S’. Donat (Croatia) and many others.
Martinović has recorded two CDs with the works by Bach/Tausing, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev and Bach’s »Goldberg variations«.
He is the winner of many domestic and international awards and tributes.
After initial successes in piano competitions at very early age, Ratimir Martinović withdrew from the competition scene, devoting his time to playing concerts and teaching.
Martinović is the founder and member of KotorArt Trio, together with violinist Roman Simovic and clarinetist Aleksandar Tasic.
He is one of the founders of International Festival Kotor Art and Director of its music program called Don Branko’s Music Days.
During the 2012-2013 season he will be performing in Belgium, South Korea, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, USA, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Finland and Switzerland.
Toccata and Fugue D Minor BWV 565 (Arr. Tausig)
Production: Radio-Television Montenegro, 2002
Director of photography: Saša Terzić
Editor: Veljko Jelenić
Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 A Major
Production: Radio-Television Montenegro / Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, 2001
»Martinović offered the audience a fascinating interpretation of the
Hammerklavier Sonate, where passages of prosaic meditation, fugued cuts and eruptive, dramatic peaks heve been following one another in a unique manner…«
Dnevnik, Serbia, 1999.
»The great composer Chopin found in Martinović his great interpreter, both of them sharing the same passions…«
Turun Sanomat, Finland, 2000.
»Martinović played in an extremely powerful, grand style..Backed up by an excellent orchestra, he gave an evening of overpowering emotions…«
Daily Helsingborg, Sweden, 2000.
»…He performed 6 moment musiceaux 16, by S. Rachmaninoff superiorlatively with great contrasts between the softness,almost fading away, expressive melody and masculinity, gentle tranquility and violent force…Calmness,perfect concentration,an exquisite study adorned the entire recital…«
Pro musica, Serbia, 2001
»… an interpretation which, in its stratified shades,cherishes both loneliness and doubt and clarity and search for the lost time, for the just discovered sound, for Music itself…«
»…Undoubtedly, Martinović belongs to the generation of most refined pianists…amazingly controlled touch which offers unexpected nuances of sound…«
Politika, Serbia, 2001
»Martinović performs with an immeasurable superiority…There is not one muscle that does not tremble, not one glance which turns away from the piano, there is just attention that cannot be disrupted by anything or anyone…He performs in semi-shade which suits his introspection..his sound has unusually reminded us of Dinu Lipatti…«
Luxemburger Vort, Luxembourg, 2001.
»If the pianist’s personal style possesses its own charisma, its own special energy, and we can say this is undeniably the case with Ratimir Martinović, then we can relax, sit back and enjoy listening to these NEW old hits«
CD booklet, Ira Prodanov, 2002.
» Thunders in Helium!!! Knight at the piano!
Danas, Serbia, 2003.
»…trully exceptional, first-class pianist!«
Dnevnik, Novi Sad, Srbija, 2004.
»Gigantically powerful and simultaneously refined performance… when Bach is performed like this, one can honestly enjoy it for hours… the only thing we could say after this magnificant recital was just-THANK YOU!!!«
Morning newspaper, Zagreb, Croatia, 2005.
»An artist of extraordinary and almost prayerful concentration, beautiful tone control, distinct polyphony, and the right balance of the intellect and sensitivity.«
Evening paper, Zagreb, Croatia, 2005.
»It seems that the sounds filling the concert hall don’t come out of the instrument we see on stage. It seems there are various instruments playing, that is how wide his colour range is. Bach’s work “Aria Variata Alla Maniera Italiana” BWV 989, sounds gently romantic and firm and determined and fragile like violin flageolets…
Vjesnik, Zagreb, Croatia, 2005.
»True Baroque apotheosis… an elegant walk through musical centuries…perfect technique, extraordinary pianist potential and original musical expression…
Novi list, Rijeka, Croatia, 2005.
»Energy, a fantastic expression of passion and excitement that breathe in fluid into all the pores of the musical material, encapturing the audience’s attention…«
Il voce del popolo, 2005.
»A brilliantly virtuosic and rhythmically complex Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto ….a superior interpretation!«
Dnevnik, Serbia, 2005.
„…Musician who can be compared with the world’s greatest elite.”
Vijenac, Croatia, 2007.
„…It has to be emphasized that the concert was a gift which we opened with a smile…”
Dnevnik, Srbija, 2007.
“…His music is almighty, overwhealming, egoistic, marvelous!”
Magazine of Art and Culture, Mexico, 2007.
Ratimir Martinović, Artistic director
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