First time I saw romantic guitar was when Pavel Steidl played Bach's Ciaccona on television. I was at the beginning of high school then. Later, during college I bought David Starobin's Giuliani CD which impressed me so much that I wanted to have one. Then Pavel Steidl came to my town and I saw him playing live which was astounding. I also took masterclass with him what was a big encouragement for me. As I said, I wanted to have an romantic guitar. I contacted all luthiers but the prices were to high for me. I checked eBay and saw that prices of original instruments are lower, so I bought one. My first romantic guitar was made by unknown builder from the beginning of the 19th century. Guitar was beautiful, like Stauffer's, which I prefer. Croatian luthier Mirko Hotko restore it and I was very happy to finally have a romantic guitar. My studies at the music academy were at the end and I had to choose a theme for my dissertation. Of course it was about romantic guitar. I made some research and fell in love even deeper. I bought two more guitars on eBay and restore them. I also made some public performances on them playing pieces by Croatian 19th century composer and guitarist Ivan Padovec (Johann Padowetz). Now I have three romantic guitars, but I am considering to sell some of them to buy a replica. You can see photos in my albums. Make me an offer I can not refuse. :-)
Born in Požega, Croatia, Luka studied with Goran Listeš at Arts Academy University of Split, graduating with diplomas in Guitar Performance and Guitar Teaching. During his studies he won several regional and national prizes including first prize in the National Chamber Competition in Samobor in 2005.
Participating in many guitar festivals throughout Europe, Luka has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest guitarists of our time; such as Aniello Desiderio, Costas Cotsiolis, Carlo Marchione, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukić, Denis Azabagić, Marco Tamayo, Marcin Dylla, luteist Hopkinson Smith etc. He was also a member of the International Guitar Orchestra Balint Bákfark in Hungary.
A keen performer, he regularly gives solo recitals and is involved in a duo with violinist Simona Cmrečnjak. He has a special interest in early romantic guitars which he uses in his performances.
Before joining Centre for Musical Arts in Dubai Luka worked in Croatia at Josip Hatze Music Conservatory in Split and Melita Lorković Music School in Trogir teaching guitar and chamber music.
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I'm preparing Brazilian 17th and 18th centuries tablatures for baroque guitar.
I have a beautiful photo of a Brazilian viola from the 17th century, that is supposed the original instrument for what these pieces were composed.