Winners announced for the 18th International competition of young musicians "Ferdo Livadić"

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.


Our jury

Tomislav Fačini

Tomislav Facini

Branko Mihanović


Srećko Bradić

Zagreb, 06.11.2015 - Portret Srecka Bradica u njegovom domu

Zdravko Šljivac

Zdravko Šljivac

Ivana Kocelj

Ivana Kocelj
Competition rules


01 General regulations

The Ferdo Livadić international competition of young musicians is a key component of the Samoborska glazbena jesen programme, which consists of 6 concerts of a competitive nature. The competition is intended for young musicians of all music disciplines, aged 28 or younger, turned in the year of the competition.

The participants perform in front of an audience and judges in an all-evening concert performance.

02 Registration of competitors

The application consists of: full name and surname of the candidate, postal address, e-mail address, and phone number. The application MUST include biography, programme which candidate will perform at the competition and a video recording with at least two compositions of varying character up to 15 minutes in duration (video not older than 12 months, recorded in one frame without additional editing, with high quality of sound – 44.1 kHz, 16 bit). Compromised formats and generally poor audio and video recordings will not be accepted. In the case of an inadequate recording, the application will not be accepted.

The recording does not need to include the compositions which candidates will apply for the competition. The organizer will not return the recordings.

All applications are to be sent to:

Pučko otvoreno učilište Samobor
P.P. 8
10430 Samobor, Croatia

or via mail

Following the admission of all the applications, the judges will select six (6) participants. All candidates will be notified of the results within 15 days of the application closing date.

03 Programme regulations

Participants will propose programmes of their own choice, but at least one composition by a Croatian composer is obligatory. The jury evaluates: artistic personality in programme selection and performance, choice of the composition of Croatian author, stage performance, communication with the audience, and overall realization of the recital.

The duration of the recital is up to 45 minutes.

All participants of the competition and artistic associates agree to participate, without payment, in live or recorded radio or TV broadcasts.

04 Awards

The “Ferdo Livadić” Award for the best concert performance:

– 15.000 kn (2000 EUR gross) is given

– Premiere of new composition written by Tomislav Oliver on Samobor Music Festival 2022

– Concerts on: Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Osor Music Festival, St Marko’s Festival

The “City of Samobor” Award for the best performance of a piece written by a Croatian composer:

– 7.500 kn ( 1000 EUR gross)

– concert on Samobor Music Festival 2022

05 The Jury

The Jury consists of five (5) members.

The jury consists of distinguished experts from various musical departments.

The Jury will elect a chairman amongst themselves. After the judging is complete, the chairman will write an explanation of the commission’s decision.