Kemal Gekić Summer School is an international summer program dedicated solely to piano music. It is characterized by an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of the master pianist and teacher Kemal Gekić. Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music. Maestro Kemal Gekić, a pianist from Split with a remarkable international career and a lecturer at the Universities of Miami and Tokyo, has been chosen as the mentor of the professional program. Founded in 2010, Kemal Gekić Summer School has gathered a large number of students and piano pedagogues from Croatia and abroad already in its first year. In cooperation with the Kovačićek Piano Centre from Zagreb, which has provided a grand piano for that occasion, the final concert of the course takers took place at the grand arboretum of the Meštrović Gallery. It was the first time in twenty-three years that maestro Gekić has performed in his hometown. For that concert he was presented with a Judita award for the best musical achievement at the Split Summer Festival.

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KGSS 2019

Between August 8 and August 17, Kemal Gekic Summer School will take place for the eighth time in the heart of the historic town of Split in the central part of Dalmatia, Croatia, at “Josip Hatze” music school. The aim of Kemal Gekic Summer School is to provide a cultural holiday, including education and sightseeing, which means that apart from the masterclass one can enjoy both exploring different ways of life and seeing the monuments, statues and palaces from various historical periods. The rich tourist offer as well as the unique cultural heritage and many cultural and tourist events give Split and its surroundings their special charm, making it an ideal holiday destination. This eternally young city with around 200.000 inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kemal Gekic Summer School is organized by Piano projekt Association from Split, and is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Split and Split Tourist Board. Piano projekt Association is a member of Alink-Argerich Foundation.


Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today's most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike.Born in Split, Croatia in 1962, Gekic amazed his family by accurately picking out melodies at the piano at age one and a half. The young prodigy d all his early musical training from his aunt, Lorenza Batturina. In 1978 he entered the class pf Prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich (a graduate of Moscow Conservatory) at the Art Academy of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. He graduated in 1982 with the highest mark ever granted a diploma exam recital, and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999. During his school years he won prizes at the Franz Liszt Competition in Parma (1981), the Viana da Motta in Lisbon (1983) and the Yugoslav Artists' Competition in Zagreb (1984).

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Start Date: Aug 8, 2019 - Start Time: 8 a.m.

(Participants are advised to arrive on Aug 7th) End Date: Aug 16, 2019 - End Time: 10 p.m.

(Accommodation on 7th and 16th are included)

We guarantee 3x60 plus 1x30 min-minute lessons to every active participant.

The participation fee includes:
1. 3x60-minute lessons with Prof. Kemal Gekic Concert of participants selected by the professor (August 15th). The concert is a part of the Piano Loop Festival;

2. Universal Music Language workshop on Croatian composers with the professor playing the examples and 30 minute individual instruction on the chosen music (Croatian music only). Participation in the Universal Music Language concert (August 16th), playing Croatian composers' compositions, as well as compositions from the country of the attendant (optional); 

3. Piano Forum held by the professor, according to the schedule of topics chosen by masterclass attendants; 

4. Participating in the first days of Piano Loop Festival starting on August 14th (concerts, masterclasses, 1st rounf of Piano Loop Competition): - Participation in Piano 24 concert(free programme), a piano marathon, a part of the Piano Loop Festival ; -Participants attending Kemal Gekic Summer School have the right to participate in Piano Loop Competition free of charge -Piano recitals on August 14,15,16 a part of the Piano Loop Festival , free of charge for KGSS participants;

5. Welcome drink to assist you in getting to know your professor and colleagues;

6. Guided Split city tour;

7. A recording of Piano forum, Croatian workshop and concert of the participants in Split;

8. Half-day trip to island of Hvar

9. One-day trip to the island of Brač with boat and bus transfer, sightseeing, lunch, attendants' concert and free time for swimming on one of the most beautiful Dalmatian beaches-Zlatni rat (August 13);

10. Accommodation in a shared apartment, double occupancy (August 7-16,10 nights);
11. 24-hour emergency assistance;
12. Piano projekt's coordinator (in Japan);
13. Use of practice rooms (minimum of 4 hours a day)
14. Master class diploma


Accommodating and practicing

8.30 Split-Hvar
15.45 Hvar-Split

9.08. FRIDAY
KGSS Lessons
19.00 Welcome drink

KGSS Lessons
19.00 Split sightseeing tour

11.08. SUNDAY
KGSS Lessons

12.08. MONDAY
KGSS Lessons

13.08. TUESDAY
7.30 fast boat Split-Bol, Brač island (free time and lunch)
20.30 Bol Summer Festival-Concert of the KGSS participants
22.45 Ferry boat Supetar-Split

KGSS Lessons
Ethnographic Museum Split
20.00 RECITAL 1 (to be announced)

KGSS Lessons
Ethnographic Museum Split
17.00 Rehearsal at the Ethnographic Museum Split
19.00 KGSS Diploma Ceremony
20.00 RECITAL 2 (to be announced)

16.08. FRIDAY
Ethnographic Museum Split
10.00-20.00 PIANO 24
20.00 RECITAL 3 (to be announced)

Practicing daily 8-20 h (except 13th Aug)

The price does not include:
15. Transfer from the airport
16. Accommodation in a private apartment*
17. Extra lessons during the masterclass*
18. Official Japanese interpreter*
(To guarantee the quality of lessons, translation will be provided by an official Japanese interpreter engaged by the Piano projekt Association).
19. A recording of 3 lessons *

*Available upon request

Number of active participants: 12

Active participation: 10800 HRK, 1460 EUR

20. Early bird discount for applying until April 1st (5% discount);

Passive participation: 2250 HRK, 300 EUR

The price includes attending daily classes as a passive participant.
Passive participants may take one unit of one-on-one instruction with the professor's permission (price upon request).
Passive participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Day pass for unregistered applicants: 300 HRK, EUR 40

Application deadline: July 15, 2019

Bank account info (outside Croatia):

Holder: Piano projekt Association
Account Owner Residence Address: Biokovska 4, Split 21000
  Account no. : 2340009-1110446410
Bank Account Name: Privredna banka Zagreb
Bank Residence Address: Rackoga 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR1223400091110446410


To apply for a place in Kemal Gekić Summer School, please fill in the application form (click here) below and send it to piano.loop.festival@gmail.com. All applications must be submitted by July 15, 2019 (Application Deadline). Application should be sent together with CV consisting of a list of recitals and competitions attended by the applicant. Prof. Gekic will choose the participants who can participate as active and those who can attend the masterclass as passive participants. Applicant shall receive a confirmation within 15 days after the receipt of the application. In addition to active participation, passive participation is generally possible.

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For written cancellations submitted by the application deadline date, the participation fee will be refunded; the registration fee will, however, be retained. Please always indicate your bank account information in case of cancellation! A refund of the participation fee for withdrawals after the application deadline date is only possible in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident). Such a withdrawal must be effected before the Summer School begins. For later cancellations, the course fee will be retained.


All courses are open to both active participants and audience. Applicants who are not admitted by the teacher as active participants, due to a lack of adequate prior training, may attend the course as audience. In such a case, the difference between the tuition fees for active and passive participation will be reimbursed. The number of active participants is limited (12). Should the total of twelve valid applications not have been reached by July 15, 2019, the organizer reserves the right to shorten the course (intensive course), although this measure will not reduce the lesson units per participant.  The organizer reserves the right, should an instructor be prevented from attending, to provide a comparable substitute at its own discretion or to cancel the course. Should the course be completely cancelled, all paid fees will be reimbursed to the participants. No other claims will be recognized.


Josip Hatze Music School is located in two buildings: "the new" and "the old" one.

The new building houses the recital hall and several practice rooms.

The course is located in "the new school":

Trg hrvatske bratske zajednice 3, 21000 Split; a 10-minute walk from the historical city centre.

More practice rooms are to be found in the old building at: Kralja Tomislava Street 6, right in the historical city center.


A trip to Bol/island Brač

Bol is situated on the southern part of the island Brac, and is the oldest town on the coast of Brac. This little town was founded long ago and became an extraordinary tourist oasis because of the wide gravel and sandy beaches which expands over 10 km and the sources of drinking water. It is not possible to avoid the Zlatni rat, certainly the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic sea, whose cape is turning one moment to one side and the other moment to the other side playing a strange game with the wind and the waves. 
Above Bol is rising the coronet of Bols hills, the illlyrian fortress Kostilo (660 m) and the Vidova gora (778 m), the highest top of the Adriatic islands. Bol is only 15 km away from the international tourist and sports airport "Brac", and excellent connected with the fast lines to the coast, but also with a ferry- line from Supetar.

It fascinates with crystal clear water, wonderful nature and the virgin beauty of the stony island houses the Croatian poet Tin Ujevic sung about. This little town has kept its Mediterranean spirit. The narrow, stony little roads and the wide piazzetas are simple and typically mediteranneous noisy.

You will open in Bol the doors of history, which are going back to the ancient times. The Roman piscinas testify it and the grave monuments (stela) and relief. There are also the old Christian sarcophagus with the engraved crosses, the pre Romanic church of St. Ivan and St. Tudor (11th century.) on which foundations is discovered an late antique group of buildings, the residence of the bishop (12th century), the church Madonna of graces (15.-17th century.), the fortified gothic summer palace (end of 15th and beginning of 16th. century), the renaissance and baroque palace with the worthy gallery of contemporary Croatian art 'Branislav Deskovic'(end of 17th century) and the local church Madonna of Karmel with the motive of an angel with the handkerchief of Veronica (finished at the end of the 18lh century). 

  The croatized name Bol (latin vallum, earth wall) is mentioned in the year 1184 because of the council of the island authorities, when the manuscript Povaljske listineoriginated (the oldest Cyrillic paper wrote with Croatian language). A special importance for the spiritual and cultural life of Bol was the founding of the Dominican community in 1462, and the construction of the monastery in 1475 which keeps today collections of pre historical and ancient maritime archeology, Roman and early Croatian architecture and sculpture, a numismatic collection, and collections of incunabula's and sacral objects. The museum has also a painting Madonna with child and Saints from the Venetian painter Tintoretto from 1563. http://www.bracinfo.com/bol/


You can choose to share an apartment with 3 to 5 Piano Loop Academy participants. In the apartment you can prepare your own meals and interact with other participants of all ages and backgrounds. The apartment is located in the heart of Split, a few steps from the famous Diocletian’s palace, a few minutes walk from the school. Although the student flats are not very luxurious, they include all the necessary facilities.


a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge
a washing machine
an iron
Distance from the school: 50-700 m
Supermarket: 50 m
Restaurant: 50 m
Beach: 1000 m
Bus station: 500 m
Airport: 15 km
Cleaning:Once a week

If you wish to stay at the hotel or an apartment alone please contact us in advance and we will arrange accommodation upon your wish.