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LONCAR, Miroslav (Croatia)
Dr. Miroslav Loncar is a native of Croatia, living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he directs the guitar program and serves as artist-in-residence at William Carey University. Over the last fifteen years, Loncar has been active as teacher, performer, arranger, composer, clinician and promoter of guitar. Loncar has been director of the Annual Aguado Guitar Competition, William Carey Summer Guitar Festival, International Summer Guitar School in Karlovac, Croatia, and Summer Guitar School in Imotski, Croatia. He has also adjudicated a number of competitions, including the Music Teacher National Association national guitar competition. A student of his has been featured on Public Radio International's From the Top.
As a soloist, he has performed in Austria with the Graz Philharmonics, and the Camerata Academica; in Croatia with the Zagreb Philharmonics, the Split Philharmonics, and the Gaudeamus Chamber Orchestra; and in the United States with the Mississippi Symphony, the Meridian Symphony, and the Gulf Coast Symphony. He has collaborated with such conductors as Nikºa Bareza, Pavle Despalj, Fabio Luisi, Crafton Back, Claire Fox Hillard, and Timothy Muffitt.
As a chamber musician, he has concertized throughout Europe and the United States with his wife in the Klasinc&Loncar Guitar Duo and the Trio Bolero. Both of his chamber ensembles have been endorsed by the Mississippi Touring Artists Commission. He was invited by the Croatian Embassy for a series of solo and chamber performances in Chicago, and Washington, D.C. He also performs regularly with one of the best young Austrian pianists, Markus Schirmer, as well as in several jazz ensembles.
Loncar presented a lecture-recital on Croatian music at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival. He was a national-level finalist in the MTNA-Wurlitzer Collegiate Artists Competition, and the Klasinc&Loncar Guitar Duo was selected best guitar duo at the International Guitar Competition Toyoko Yamashita in Berlin.
Miroslav Loncar received both his bachelor and master degrees from Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he studied the classic guitar with Marga Bäuml and Martin Myslivecek. Loncar received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a Teacher Enrichment Grant from the Music Teachers National Association for his private studies with Dusan Bogdanovic.
Miroslav Loncar has released a number of recordings as a guitar soloist as well as with his chamber groups Klasinc&Lonªar Duo and Trio Bolero. He has been featured on Mississippi Educational Television, and in Profiles in Music and Mississippi Concert Hall on Public Radio in Mississippi.
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