Biography

Mr. Ivanovic moved to Canada in 2007, after graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Miami, where he held a post of a Teaching Assistant, as well as served as an Assistant Concertmaster for the Miami Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006).

Since then, he has quickly established himself as a violinist and an educator in the greater Vancouver area.  In the past few years, he has had a chance to perform with some of the top ensembles in Vancouver, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and West Coast Chamber Music. He also adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, such as the North Shore Music Festival, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Surrey Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and University of British Columbia Concerto Competition, to name a few.

Currently he is a member of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and concertmaster of Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra. More recently, he started performing in a duo with pianist Karen Lee-Morlang with whom he played recitals for Health Arts Society, Vancouver Chamber Players and Silk Purse Classical Series. He is also on the faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music, and Arbutus Music Academy.

Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, he began studying violin at the age of seven. During his studies he was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards in violin competitions at the national and international level, the most important being First Prize in the National Violin competition and First Prize in the National Chamber Music competition.

Mr. Ivanovic appeared as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto and with the Miami Symphony orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Romanze in F major and Vivaldi’s Winter. Described as a player with “clear technique and great sensitivity” by El Nuevo Herald, he has performed in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Canada, and the United States.

His playing can be heard on the Croatian National Radio, as well as in the University of Miami’s production of Luigi Mancinelli’s Paolo et Francesca, released by Albany Records in 2005. Also, as a former member of the Ibis Camerata, he can be heard on a new album released by Albany records in 2006 titled Glisten, featuring new music composed by the University of Miami Faculty composers. On a more personal note, having recorded  Paganini’s 24 Caprices for violin solo, he is currently working on his own recording of J. S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo. All recordings can be heard on the Audio page of this website.

He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Melina, and two beautiful children, Stella and Thomas.