Biography of Nihad Hrustanbegovic
After almost three hundred years ago and the world premiere of Vivaldi´s Four Seasons in 1723 Maestro Nihad Hrustanbegovic transcribed the entire masterpiece of the classical music in 7 months work (2014-2015) as the first man in the world for solo accordion based on the Urtext original music score. With new sound of the classical accordion album 4 Seasons has been recorded in Netherlands at Zefir Records and released & presented in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam on the Valentine’s Day. Album received five stars ★★★★★ by music journalist Ludwig van Mechelen and Central Classic in Belgium on the February 21th 2015 and unforgettable review.’Hrustanbegovic has gone so far is possible with the original score and interpretation of the baroque style on the classical accordion and it is a task that never took anyone in the world on his behalf. Bold? Yes! Successful? Yes! Satisfied to every musical requirement of the Genius Vivaldi. La Montagne: ´la performance à la hauteur de l’œuvre´. Le Progres: ´Un prodige´. L ‘eveil: ´La Cathédrale Notre – Dame du Puy yet vibrate au son de l’accordion. Une public bluffe et sous la charm du Talentueux musicien´. Dutch newspaper Trouw : ´What Pablo Casals for the emancipation of the cello meant and Astor Piazzolla for the bandoneon, Nihad Hrustanbegovic does for the accordion´. Dutch Newspaper Het Parool: ´One of the best accordionists in the world´. European news paper of the Year 1992 Bosnian Oslobodjenje dedicated on the day of concert 4 Seasons Vivaldi in Sarajevo at March 21th 2017 the front page for the first time in the history to the musician and artist.
In the past 20 years Hrustanbegovic gave more than 1000 concerts and solo recitals : including 7 times in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (3 times solo concert), France Tour Les 4 Saisons Vivaldi 2015, at La Cathedrale Notre Dame Le Puy en Valley (national monument of France, Pilgrimage Route Santiago de Compostela and since 1998 part of UNESCO World Heritage Site), with Grace Jones in Paradiso Amsterdam, with Flairck in Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, 2 times at Hall of Knights in the Hague, in presence of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix at Vredenburg Utrecht , with Al Di Meola at Metropol, with The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, in Synagogue Novi Sad, Sarajevo Dom OS BIH at Winter Festival and UNESCO World Accordion Day Concert 2017 on May 4th 2017 in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a composer Hrustanbegovic made several music works for accordion, piano and orchestra including Wereldpromenade (Stork suite) for the Heineken Extra Cold TV Commercial (2007), Balkan Sorrow for the Swiss short movie “Zimmer 606” (Winner of the international film awards in 2012) by Peter Volkart, and Tango Village for Dutch documentary film Natural Born Farmers of Jack Janssen (2016). Hrustanbegovic released since 2007 eight solo albums. The Best of Concert Accordion (2007), Opus 7 The Cross over (2010), Live In Concertgebouw Amsterdam (2011), Sevdah for Petronella (2013 piano solo album) Black Orpheus (2013) , Vivaldi The Four Seasons (2015) , Une belle journée (2016) and In the Valley of Love and Peace (2017 piano solo album).
Nihad Hrustanbegovic is born on June 7th 1973 in ex SFR Yugoslavia, today Bosnia and Herzegovina and started with music and accordion lessons at the age of 9. In 1988, 1990 and 1991 Hrustanbegovic become as a soloist and with chamber music ensemble the winner of the several classical music competitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and ex SFR Yugoslavia. In 1994 Hrustanbegovic continued his life and musical in the Kingdom of Netherlands and studied from 1995 – 2002 at the ArtEZ & Messiean Academy. Hrustanbegovic followed also the Erasmus project for new accordion music together with many students across the Europe in Graz, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Helsinki, Berlin and Essen and followed master classes from Friedrich Lips, James Crabb, Margit Kern, Matti Rantanen Miny Dekkers and Gerie Daanen. Nihad Hrustanbegovic received the Bachelor degree in 2000 and Master of Music with Cum laude in 2002.