The City of Samobor Award – for the best performance of a work by a Croatian composer is given to a soloist who gave a place of honor to national creativity as a mandatory element in the program of the second and final round of the competition. Unlike most finalists who fulfilled this obligation more or less formally, performing proven repertoire successes of miniature format, this finalist embarked on the process of discovering, learning and interpreting an unknown, long and cyclical work from an unaffirmed compositional opus. The selected composition is presented technically refined, tonally lavish and with a lot of sense for dramaturgical development. The composition in question is the Sonata for oboe and piano by Josip Kaplan, and the winner of the City of Samobor Award for its performance, which he realized together with pianist Filip Fak, is 27-year-old oboist Antonio Haller.
The Ferdo Livadić Award for the best artistic personality goes by a unanimous decision of the jury into the hands of a young musician from the profession to which few belong at all, and especially those with above-average abilities. Unusual natural potential and a wide range of talents obtained by birth in combination with good school and solid technique result in a performance characterized by precise and stable intonation, a phrase of amazingly long breath and free swing of musical creation. The musician who, according to everything shown, deserves the Ferdo Livadić Award and for whom we can predict that he will confirm this award in the future with a great career and success on the international opera stages, is the twenty-four-year-old tenor Filip Filipović.