Alan Bjelinski

Alan Bjelinski (Zagreb, 1964), the son of Bruno Bjelinski, appeared as a pianist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra when he was only nine years old. He studied musical conducting with Prof. Igor Gyadrov, and completed postgraduate studies under Pavle Dešpalj at the Zagreb Academy of Music. As a recipient of the Lovro von Matačić Young Conductors’ Scholarship, Alan studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Michael Gielen.


While still a boy, he gave piano performances with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has cooperated until the present time, conducting their diverse programmes. Beside the Zagreb Philharmonic, he has also appeared with the Belgrade and Slovenian philharmonic orchestras, HRT Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Split and Rijeka Opera Houses, BYU Symphony Orchestra (Utah, USA), Slovenian RTV Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Military Wind Symphony Orchestra, Udine Philharmonic Orchestra (Italy) and others.


Between 1991 and 1994, Bjelinski was the permanent conductor of the HRT Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with and conducted the Ivan Goran Kovačić Choir, the Novi Sad Chamber Choir and the Mostar Academic Choir. In addition, he regularly conducts the performances of the music written by his father Bruno Bjelinski, one of the most prolific Croatian composers.
Alan is also active as a composer of chamber music, as well as the music for film, theatre, video and television. He has composed music for numerous plays performed in theatres across Croatia. He coauthored the music for the film Transatlantic by Mladen Juran, which won four Golden Arena awards and was nominated as the Croatian candidate for the Academy Award. Bjelinski received the Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists’ Award for conducting in Bruno Bjelinski’s ballet Mačak u čizmama (Puss in Boots) in 2003, as well as a Golden Arena for film music in Neka ostane medju nama (Just between Us) by Rajko Grlić in 2010.


In addition to foreign performers, Alan has also collaborated with almost all distinguished artists on the Croatian music scene, including Tereza Kesovija, Radojka Šverko, Josipa Lisac, Gani Novak, Arsen Dedić, Oliver Dragojević, whom he accompanied in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Sidney Opera, Carnegie Hall New York etc.


In 1990, Alan Bjelinski founded the Windstrings Chamber String Ensemble, with which he gave more than 400 concerts in Croatia and abroad over a period of ten years.


He appeared with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in the New Year concerts in the seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14, in Belgrade and Novi Sad.