The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

Carolina Blaskovic

Violinist Carolina Blaskovic was born into a musical family and graduated from the Royal College of Music, London. She is currently studying for Master of Music course at the same institution with Mark Messenger, Emily Sun and Alexander Gilman and is generously sponsored by the Frankopan Fund, Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust, the Zetland Foundation and the Hockerill Educational Foundation.

As a soloist, she maintains a busy performing schedule with the upcoming performances at recognised venues including the Pushkin House, St. Olave’s Church and Italian Cultural Institute. She has recently performed at venues throughout the UK including the Regent Hall, V&A Museum, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Routh Hall, Apsley House, Charlton House, NPL Musical Society, St. Clement Danes Church, Church of St. Olave, St. Mary’s Church, Battersea, Waltham Abbey, St. Stephen’s Church, St. Mary Abbots Church, All Saints Parish Church, High Wycombe, United Reformed Church, Purley.

Carolina has also performed as soloist at international prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, The Grand Concert Hall of the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, The Mimara Museum (Croatia), Crystal Hall (Slovenia). In 2016, she was invited to perform Elgar’s Violin Sonata at the Rector’s Palace (Dubrovnik). In 2015 she appeared with internationally recognised ensemble ‘Zagreb Soloists’ performing Winter from Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. At the age of four she gave her first public performance and at the age of eight she made her concerto debut in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb. Since then, she has continued to perform regularly as a solo artist and her future engagements include several international competitions and solo performances across the UK and Croatia.

As an active chamber musician, she recently performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of time at the Royal College of Music. She is regularly performing as a member of various chamber groups including the piano quintet and trio with clarinet and horn. She was a member of piano trio performing works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov in recognised venues such as Croatian Music Institute and the National Library. She has performed Schumann’s piano quartet in St. Mary Abbots Church in 2017 and Mozart’s g-minor string quintet during The Thinking Musician summer course in Italy (2018). She is a passionate performer of music for duo violin and piano and regularly collaborates with pianists such as Kumi Matsuo, JP Ekins, Maria Tarasewicz and Jennifer Hughes. Carolina’s future chamber music engagements include performances of violin – piano – clarinet trios in London as well as Piano Quintet by Weinberg.

Carolina has performed in masterclasses for internationally renowned musicians including Victor Tretiakov, Natalia Likhopoi, Alina Ibragimova, Anna Kandinskaya, Vasko Vassilev, Goran Koncar, Adam Korniszewski and Michael Vaiman.

From an early age, Carolina has won numerous awards in national and international competitions. In 2017, she won a first prize at American Protégé International Piano and String Competition and in 2019 she was invited to participate at Vietnam International Competition for Violin and Chamber Music and at Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition. In 2013, she was awarded a special prize as the youngest Croatian competitor on the ‘International Vaclav Huml Competition”, which established her as one of the most promising young Croatian violinists. She won her first prize at the age of nine in the Violinisti Giovanni Violin Competition (Italy). Since then, she has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including Young Paganini International Violin Competition, Flame Competition, Concours Bravo, Petar Konjovich International Competition and the Stockholm International Music Competition.

Carolina has been interviewed and performed on Croatian Radio Television, with features in various programmes including Day by Day, Good Morning Croatia, News of Culture, Good Morning: The Culture.

Carolina regularly performs on fine violins loaned to her by the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.

Carolina played the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation’s Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mezin violin in 2018 – 2021.

‘I would like to thank to you and the Harris-Frank Family Foundation for loaning me beautiful Collin-Mezan violin I used over the past years. I had so many wonderful memories with the instrument and am sorry to part with it.’

Carolina Blaskovic, September 2021