As the recipient of the CEC ArtsLink Fellowship Award, Ivan spent six weeks in the USA during October and November. His residency was hosted by Sonic Crossroads and the Music Department of Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. Ivan held numerous workshops and presentations at both Texas A&M and Moores School of Music at Houston University.
One of the high points of Ivan’s residency was a concert held in Bryan, Texas on November 6, 2009. Besides Pebbles, Five haiku after Bashô (played on the organ by the author) and Marittimo (Bethany Lawrence, oboe, Alex Hlavinka, piano, Texas A&M String Orchestra with Paul Sikes, conductor), the evening devoted to Ivan’s music entailed two premieres: Lamento for alto flute and organ (Mariana Gariazzo and Ivan) and I’m still working on it for piano and organ (played by Kathryn Woodard and Ivan).
Bethany Lawrence and Alex Hlavinka were soloists again on a different performance of Marittimo for oboe, piano and string orchestra. The concert was held at the Moores School of Music in Houston on November 10, with the Moores String Orchestra and Jaemy Loeb, conductor.
Ivan’s new piece for cello and piano Canto de la ave rapiega was premiered on November 6, 2009 in Pula, at the concert held during the Music Review of the Croatian Society of Composers. Performers were Petra Kušan and Danijel Detoni.
The American premiere of Ivan's Pastir dobri for women's choir and piano was held in San Antonio, Texas, on October 24, with Texas A&M Women's Chorus and Jess Wade, conductor.
Splithesis ensemble with Hari Zlodre, conductor, held their fourth concert on October 6, 2009 in Split. Ivan’s A thousand pines, one Moon for piano and chamber ensemble was premiered with the author playing the piano part. The recording of the piece can be heard here.
Ana Benić, flute, Sanja Milić, oboe, Ivan Bratoš, piano and Oleg Goursky, double bass, performed Ivan’s Pebbles at the Splithesis concert on February 25, 2009 in the Croatian National Theatre in Split. You can listen to this piece here.