Branimir Krstic is a classical guitarist and composer renowned for his versatile, unique, and fiercely independent musicianship, which communicates with listeners from almost every corner of classical music. Born in Osijek, Croatia, he received his first music instructions at the local music school. After finishing high school, Branimir left for Germany to study classical guitar at the renowned “Hochschule für Musik” of Cologne. There he obtained a summa cum laude degree and continued with postgraduate studies in both composition and guitar. The list of his former mentors includes guitarists Eliot Fisk, Ansgar Krause, and Charles Ramirez, as well as composers Mauricio Kagel (Branimir was his last student), Johannes Fritsch, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Branimir’s works have obtained numerous prizes and were performed across the US, UK, Germany, and Croatia by distinguished musicians, including the Ensemble Hebrides, James Clarke, and Andrew Haveron.
His music was broadcast on radio and TV throughout Europe and in the USA. Branimir has obtained composition commissions and performance sponsorships from many art lovers and organizations, including Dr. Peter Acland of Birmingham, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, The Hope Scott Trust, Rheinisches Musikfest, and The Gustav Holst Foundation.
In 2004, Branimir released an album “Sgt. Pepper For Classical Guitar”, the first classical version of the greatest rock album, and a proof that good rock can be more “classical” than a lot of “classical” music. The critically acclaimed album has provided an excellent foundation to establish a successful music publishing company “Pineapple Music”. The first three distinct volumes of his collected guitar works followed. On the next album, “Classical Guitar for Lovers”, Branimir enjoyed being “a performer only”, though the album also included some of new Schumann transcriptions for guitar that quickly became very popular. The most recent album – “Fugue Revisited” – offers two representative major solos by Bach, along with a unique and original collection of Preludes and Fugues, which are reminiscent of a great tradition that peaked in the work of J.S. Bach.
Presently, Branimir is active as a composer, concert performer and teacher in Washington DC area, USA. He is an avid supporter of music education in elementary schools, something he sees as a critical factor in building healthy future for classical music. Branimir has donated numerous music instruments to children from war-torn regions.