Katarina Krpan, pianist and professor, graduated and obtained her master’s degree at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of prof. Vladimir Krpan. She studied and obtained her master’s degree at the Conservatory of Music in Lausanne with prof. Ž. F. Antoniolija.

With her notable recitals, chamber music concerts, as well as performances with symphony and chamber ensembles, she has become one of the leading Croatian concert artists. Numerous invitations from renowned festivals as well as concerts held in major music centers in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa testify to her international reputation.

She performed on the concert podium under the direction of the most prominent Croatian and world conductors, accompanied by the Zagreb Soloists, the Zagreb Philharmonic and the HRT Symphony Orchestra, as well as with numerous foreign orchestras. The enviable sound archive of Katarina Krpan contains numerous studio recordings made for the most important Croatian, Swiss and Italian radio and television stations, as well as several CDs realized for domestic and foreign record companies.

In addition to an intensive artistic career in the country and abroad, the artist has also developed a pedagogical career, showing a strong sense for the development of young musicians, paying special attention to their comprehensive education.

Since 1989, she has been a member of the EPTE (European Piano Teachers Association), where in the following years she confirmed herself as the president of its Croatian youth branch under the auspices of this prestigious international organization. He is one of the founders of the International Piano Competition EPTA, which has been held in Zagreb and Osijek since 1999, as well as the EPTA Summer School in Dubrovnik.

Her interest in 20th century music and great attention to the work of Croatian composers stand out. She premiered and recorded an impressive number of contemporary piano works, which were equally dedicated to her by talented beginners and doyens of Croatian music (Milko Kelemen, Berislav Šipuš, Mladen Tarbuk (). She passed on her belief in the necessity of improving national music to students, and in 2010 she founded the HR PROJECT, which brings together students of music schools and students of various departments of music academies with the aim of working on works by Croatian authors and performing at concerts around the country and abroad. With the same goal, it is increasingly developing cooperation with the Croatian Music Youth.

The awards she has won so far confirm the value of her activities. These are the Rector’s Award from the period of academic studies, the Croatian Music Institute Award, the Ivo Vuljević Award of the Croatian Music Youth, the University Professors ‘Club for the best young scientist, the Mai Music Festival Award (France), the Vatroslav Lisinski Award of the Croatian Composers’ Association, the Milka Trnina Award of the Croatian Music Society artist, Neven Festival Award of St. Stamp and Plaque of the City of Zagreb.

She is the head of the summer piano school of the International Cultural Center of Croatian Music Youth in Grožnjan. He is a full professor at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb and the head of the Council for Postgraduate Studies of the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb. For many years, she also worked as a visiting professor at the Steinway Academy in Verona, Italy.