composer • organist • pianist • arranger • jazz musician


Ivan Božičević is a composer, organist, pianist, arranger and jazz musician in Split, Croatia. His recent works include Monkey Face for piano quartet (winner of the 2011 Garth Newel Composition Competition), Microgrooves for solo harpsichord and Aliénor Courante for soprano, cello and harpsichord (both winners at the 2012 Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition) and Raven's Pass for basset clarinet and piano (Anton Stadler award).

Ivan's creative output encompasses three symphonies, orchestral, chamber, choir and soloistic works, as well as electronic compositions and jazz music. His works are frequently performed on radio, TV and concerts (Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and the USA). Other awards and recognitions that he received include the ArtsLink Fellowship Award, Stevan Hristić Award, CroPatria Golden Cathedral, Mandolina Imota Prize, and University of Belgrade Silver Medal.

Ivan was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where he earned a master’s degree in composition at the Faculty of Music (prof. A. Obradović). He also studied organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt (prof. E. Krapp), acquiring a broad repertoire with an emphasis on baroque and modern music. Ivan specialized in early organ music in Salamanca (prof. G. Bovet and M. Torrent) and gave many successful organ recitals in Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain and Serbia.  

Until 2001 Ivan taught Harmony, Counterpoint and Analysis at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He then moved to Split and widened his music activity to include other genres – jazz, theatre and pop music. Ivan runs a jazz-band SplitMinders, whose repertoire is based on originals and arrangements of dalmatian folk songs. He is also a founding member of Split Society of New Music and its ensemble, Splithesis.