photo: Ana Šesto, Filip Gal

Martina Jembrišak (1995) is a Croatian accordionist, producer and music manager recognised for „ precision, devotion to details, great musical personality and sense of musical expression” (Cantus). Martina recieved the biggest recognition in 2020 when she was awarded with prize Ivo Vuljević which is given to the best young Croatian musician of the year.

Her repertoire spans from baroque to avant – garde, as well as tango, orchestral and chamber music projects. Martina has expanded the contemporary accordion repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects, and has premiered more than 60 works written especially for her by the composers which originate from Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Together with flutist Andrea Jelavić and within the Duo Artina , Martina has recorded an album Little Stories which was published in 2021 by Aquarius Records.

Martina has performed throughout Europe and Asia, at concert halls such as Altes Rathaus and Yamaha concert hall in Vienna, Konzerthaus Detmold, Dushanbe Opera House, Hyatt Regency hall in Tashkent. Arena Zagreb, Hypo Centar, Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatian National Theatre in Split, Hrvatski Dom Split, Croatian National Theatre in Šibenik, Concert Hall of Kaunas State Philharmonic, Concert hall of Radio Television Slovenia, Oekolampad in Basel, Kiev Composers Society Concert Hall, Routh Hall in Bromsgrove, Music academies in Lavov, Warsaw, Gdansk, Vilnius, Zurich, Bratislava and festivals such as Carniarmonie, Nei Suoni Dei Luoghi, Mittel fest, Akordeono festivalis Vilnius, Accordion competiton Pula.

photo: Tihana Holen

Martina’s performances have been featured on Croatian Radio (Od portreta do portreta, Nedjeljni akvarel, Svijet glazbe, Hrvatsko glazbeno stvaralaštvo, Sve najbolje, Na pragu uspjeha), Croatian Radio Television (Eurovisian contest of classical music), Slovenian Radio Television (Noč harmonik), Radio WHUP America and her awards include more than 40 interantional prizes won in Australia, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Lithuania. In 2014 and 2015 she received an award by the Dean and Rector of the Juraj Dobrila Academy of Music and University in Pula for her excellent achievements at the competitions and concerts in Croatia and abroad.

In addition to the concert activity, she regularly improves her skills in the field of music management and production, so she completed several courses at Berklee College of Music and M.M.M project, but also participates in masterclasses with Kyle Eastwood, Nick Winter, Bernhard Kerres, Michael Minkler, Robert Townsend, Nikša Bratoš, Magdalena Todynek – Jablonska, Natalja Slobodyreva, Lech Dzierzanowski and many others.

She hold lectures at the University of the Arts Zurich (Switzerland), the Mykola Lysenko Music Academy in Lutsk (Ukraine), the Euphonia Festival (Novi Sad), The Arc Festival York (UK), and performed with the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Junge Sinfoniker Basel, Fryderyk Chopin University Orchestra and Chopin University Modern Ensemble with conductors Yi Chen Lin, En Shao, Alan Bjelinski, Maja Metelski, Ulrich Dietsche and Ignacy Zalewski.

Martina obtained degree in Concert Performance (Konzertexamen accordion) at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany, Postgraduate studies of Music Management and Master of Music from the Frederic Chopin University of  Music in Warsaw, Bachelor of Music at the Music academy in Pula and Producer and audio engineer degree from Academy of Music Production in Zagreb.

photo: Igor Jakšić