Music is the most elusive art... Music for me occupies all the senses and from all the arts it is the one that is the hardest to define.
IVANA BILIC is an internationally recognized marimba soloist and a versatile percussion artist.
She has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Danish Radio, Slovenian Philharmony, Philharmony Vitold Lutoslawski from Wroclav, Dohnany Orchestra, Pannon Philharmony, Danubia Symphony Orchestra and with all the major Croatian orchestras..
Ivana regularly gives marimba and percussion clinics and masterclasses in USA, South America and Europe (US Tour in 2011, Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference in Minneapolis, ZMF 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, PASIC 2002, 2006 and 2009, jury member of Salzburg and Paris Marimba Competitions in 2009, jury member and clinician at PAS Italy Percussion Days, guest artist and clinician at Alcoy 2007 Percussion course in Spain, Festival de marimbistas, Chiapas, Mexico 2004, guest artist at the Belgium Marimba Competition and Festival 2004
Since 1996. Bilic is First Timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision. She is teaching at the Zagreb Music Academy.
She performs on international music festivals ( Music Biennale Zagreb, Musicora Paris, Melos Ethos Bratislava, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Trieste Contemporanea, Tempus Fugit Tel Aviv, Julian Rachlin and Friends…) and is a member of several chamber music groups.
In 2008, in cooperation with the Samobor Autumn Music Festival she founded an annual marimba event called Ivana Bilic Marimba Week (IBMW)
Ivana performs, arranges and co-edits new works for percussion.
She participated in the huge international commissioning project of ZMF New Music for Marimba in association with C. F. Peters Corporation and Bridge records as one of the few marimbists that premiered and recorded the commissioned works. Ivana is the author of several marimba and vibraphone solos and a duo published by Edition Svitzer, Malletworks and Cantus.
As the recipient of all the major croatian awards she has been invited as performer and presenter for gala anniversary concerts and live TV shows. In 1998. Ivana received the Best Young Croatian Artist Award and was awarded with Milka Trnina for best concert performance in 2003.
Ivana also received 2 Porin Awards – prestigious Croatian Discographic Award - for best performance in the classical field
- in 2001 for her debut solo CD Follow me (she also performed on the Final TV Show)
- in 2004 for her solo appearance in the Marimba concerto by I. Kuljeric on CD Igor Kuljeric – Contemporary Croatian Composers .
She regularly records for international public radio and TV stations.
Born in 1970 in a family of musicians, Ivana studied percussion with prof. Igor Lesnik and graduated at the Zagreb Music Academy in 1993.
Ivana is a marimba one™ artist. She has created her own signature line of mallets which have been premiered at 2008 Frankfurt Messe.