Hi I am Antonio and I started playing classical guitar at the age of 7 and began my formal musical education at the age of 11 when I started attending a specialist music school in Varaždin, Croatia.
I continued in specialist music education in high school receiving training in classical harmony, counterpoint, solfège, music history and choral singing along with a great deal of experience playing in orchestra on the tamburitza (Croatian folk instrument). During my time in Croatia,I successfully participated and won prizes in international guitar competitions in Italy, UK, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Hercegovina.
In 2016, I moved to the UK to continue my musical education in Manchester whereI finished three years of his undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Craig Ogden and in 2019 I continued my education in the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague where I graduated in the class of Zoran Dukic in 2022. My Master’s degree in The Hague has been awarded ‘’with distinction for creating and performing an innovative contemporary program’’.
Although my work is very much focused on classical music, I am also experienced as an electric guitarist and mandolin player and continue my membership of the "Spaceship" ensemble, which is a contemporary group with a special affinity to science. In 2019 the ensemble performed in a masterclass for John Adams and followed by a residency at Gaudeamus Festival in 2022, where they presented a musical spectacle inspired by A Treatise On Evolution by one of Holland’s most iconic scientists, the theoretical physicist Gerard ‘t Hooft.
In recent years, I appeared on NPO 4 and Radio West as a soloist as well as a duo member with a Turkish flautist Elif Özgür presenting their Balkan/Turkish program. I played in masterclasses with international artists including Zoran Dukic, István Römer, Duo Melis, Stephen Goss, Pavel Steidl.
I play a guitar by the Australian luthier Paul Sheridan made in 2018 and a mandolin made by Ernest Köröskenyi in 1951.