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Dayton Art Institute Presents Robert Belinic Guitarist

Vanguard Concerts welcomes back Robert Belinic, guitarist, to again delight Dayton audiences with his sensitive, versatile musicianship and irresistible personal charm. Belinic will perform at The Dayton Art Institute’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium on Friday, October 22, at 8 p.m.

Belinic has been described as a performer “with the most intense passion, energy and charisma of any guitarist I have heard” by The New York Times Concert Review. His previous Vanguard Concerts performance in 2009 earned a standing ovation and rave reviews from the audience.

Born in 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia, Belinic grew up in Popovaca. When he was eight years old he became a national celebrity as a child star in Tale from Croatia, the first film released in newly independent Croatia. He began his study of classical guitar at the age of 11 at the music school in Kutina with Zvonko Susnjar.

Belinic was the recipient of the 2002 Ivo Vuljevic award for outstanding young Croatian musicians, and he was a prize winner of the 2006 Parkening International Guitar Competition in California. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Leopold Mozard Hochschule for Musik in Augsburg, Germany, where he held an assistantship with Prof. Franz Halasz.

Belinic won the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipsiz, Germany, and was the first guitarist ever to win the The Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2002. He made his debut in New York sponsored by the Claire Tow Debut Prize and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center sponsored by at the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize. He was awarded YCA’s Fergus New Artist Prize and the Beracasa Foundation Prize for an appearance at the Montpeilier Radio-France Festival.

Among his many appearances in the United States, Belinic has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Neponset Valley Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestras of the Triangle, the La Crosse, Hilton Head, El Paso, Wichita, Fox Valley, and South Bend symphonies, and in recital and residency at Spivey Hall in Atlanta and the University of Florida in Gainesville. Other engagements have been at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and with the La Jolla Music Society, and he has appeared on the Grand Teton Music Fesitval’s Medalist Series.

In Europe, he has been heard in Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, the Czech Republic, and with the Zagreb Philharmonic. Belinic was a founding member of the Croatian Guitar Quartet.

During the 2010-11 season, Belinic will perform Rodrigo’s “Concerto de Aranguez” with the Meridian Symphony, and Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” with the Sarasota Orchestra, under the direction of Leif Bjaland. He has been re-engaged to perform at Xavier University, in addition to a performance and residency engagement with the Sarasota Guitar Society.

Last season he performed recitals at the University of Georgia, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan and the Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore, appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, performed Rodrigo’s Concerto with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra in Russia, and premiered Roberto Di Marino’s Double Concerto with I Solisti di Zagreb of Croatia.

His Vanguard Concerts program at The Dayton Art Institute will be:
Praludium, Fuge & Allegro BWV 998, Es-Dur, J.S. Bach
Sonata “Omaggio a Boccherini”, Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco
Sonata, Nikita Koshkin
Two Venezuelan folk dances, Antonio Lauro

Tickets for Robert Belinic’s performance are priced at just $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Hauer Music Co. (120 S Patterson Blvd. in downtown Dayton), the Wright State University Student Box Office, McCutcheon Music Store (38 Marco Lane in Centerville), online at www.daytonartinstitute.org/vanguard, or by calling 937 436-0244 or 937-512-0144. Tickets may also be purchased at The Dayton Art Institute the night of the concert.

For more information about The Dayton Art Institute and Vanguard Concerts, call 937-223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org. Be sure to also visit The Dayton Art Institute on Facebook (facebook.com/daytonartinstitute) and Twitter (twitter.com/daytonart) for additional information and exclusive offers.

ABOUT THE DAYTON ART INSTITUTE
As one of the Miami Valley’s premier fine art museums, The Dayton Art Institute offers a full range of programming in addition to exhibiting its collection. The galleries and Museum Store are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. General admission to the museum’s permanent collection is free, courtesy of Chase. Free parking is available at the museum and the facility is fully accessible to physically challenged visitors. CAFÉ MONET by Elegant Fare serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call 937-223-4278 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The DAI also receives support from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.

ABOUT VANGUARD CONCERTS
Vanguard Concerts is a non-profit organization founded in 1962 by Vince and Elana Bolling to present world-class chamber music at The Dayton Art Institute, following the lead of such major institutions as New York’s Metropolitan and Frick Museums, and those of Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

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