Goran Jerković – music educator and manager – is the founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chamber Choir “Ivan Filipovic” (Zagreb, Croatia).
He graduated on Zagreb Music Academy in 1993 (B.A. in Theory of music) and improved his knowledge at Summer Academy of Choral Conducting at Wernigerode (Germany) with Prof. Jerry Jordan D.A. (USA) and Gábor Hollerung (Hungary), continued at several workshops with eminent artists: Peter Phillips, The King’s Singers, Alastair Hume, Mitchell Sandler, Katalin Kiss, Klaus-Jürgen Etzold, Mats Nilsson etc. He completed a master class in choral conducting with Jon Washburn at National Conductors’ Symposium (Vancouver, Canada), culminating with conducting renown professional choir “Vancouver Chamber Choir”.
He received an international scholarship from Musica Mundi Choral Academy. As conductor of Ivan Filipovic he has received numerous Croatian awards (Zagreb, Split) as well as many international ones (Istanbul, Roma, Xiamen, Bremen, Verona, Budapest…).
As a conductor, Goran Jerković devotedly cultivates a cappella choir literature, paying special attention to programme selection and choir sound. In addition to numerous concerts and competitions in Croatia and abroad we would like to mention some highlights such as concert tour in Israel and Taiwan together with some very interesting and valuable theme concerts (Spiritual a cappella music by old and modern masters; Zagreb Baroque Festival – Croatian and Italian a cappella music, cycle Cantabile – Croatian choral music etc.).
In addition to that, Mr Jerković is a recognized connoisseur and interpreter of the so called early music. In some of his recent projects he introduced oratories not yet performed in Croatia such as the oratory Dettingen Te Deum by G.F. Händel, with Barrocade Israeli Baroque Collective at Varaždin Baroque Evenings, and Buxtehude’s cantatas Membra Jesu nostri. He also premieres presented the Croatian public works by contemporary American composers – Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna (for choir and chamber orchestra), Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass (for choir and string orchestra), as well as many a cappella songs by the same author and world-renowned Eric Whitacre.