Hailed by the Washington Post as “a lyrical insightful player …as playing with “beauty” and “intelligence,” calling his interpretations nuanced and introspective.” Critic Stephen Brookes proclaimed, “Grgic is a guitarist to keep an eye on.”
In fall 2013 Silver Strings, a CD of Mak Grgic performing music used in cinema from the last few decades will be released on Marquis Music of Canada.
“An alluring combination of masterful guitar skills, dedication to playing and an engaging stage presence fascinated the multigenerational audience, who refused to let the guitar virtuoso off the stage.” Manca Cujez, Siol.net (Slovenia). Mak’s playing runs from transcriptions of lute music, both solo and with organ, to the most notable guitar repertoire to some of the instrument’s most modern writing. His collaborations include the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver with the Assad Brothers and cellist Joshua Roman, to premiers with JACK Quartet both in the United States and Europe, cellist Jeremiah Campbell, and renowned flutist Pierre-Yves Artaud at Homage a Radulescu in Cologne. He has also been a guest of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University in recital, both as a soloist and with Taso Comanescu. As a young artist in residence of Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Mak plays recitals, does outreach and is one of the founding members and co-director of DC8, Da Camera’s new Contemporary Music Ensemble in Residence. Their first season will see premieres by Michael Gordon, Nina Senk and William Harvey.
His solo recital work, which has led critics to note that he is “…an amazing talent on the classical guitar.” includes upcoming and recent performances at The National Gallery of Arts, Strathmore Hall, Allegro Guitar Series, including an appearance with Christopher McGuire, the series director, Portland Classical Guitar, Sarasota Classical Guitar Society, Mobile Chamber Music, LMU Guitar Festival, An Die Musik, Microfest 2014 (the first solo recital in 5 years), the Sarajevo Guitar Festival, Arts at the Park in NYC in a festival celebration of Benjamin Britten, Festival Mikulov in Czech Republic, at the Grande Auditorium di Espinho, Espinho and Teatro di Fafe, Fafe Municipality in Portugal, Teatro Cervantes de Bejar, Salamanca, Castile-Leon in Spain, International Music Council of the European Broadcasting Union in an all instrument "New Talent" Competition in Bratislava, representing the Republic of Slovenia, and a performance with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Ivo Lipanovic in Gallus Hall, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the United States, where he is doing his Doctoral Degree at USC as a student of Scott Tennant he has performed Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre at Sandpoint Festival with the Spokane Symphony and Lancaster Festival in Ohio.
He has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the Dallas Opera in performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse, the Croatian Chamber Philharmonic in Europe, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the "Musica a 4 Stelle" summer festival in Grado, Italy, St. Donat’s Church in Zadar, Croatia, and the Atrium of the City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
“Mak Grgic is a young artist with an undoubtedly luminous career ahead of him…he portrayed an immense capability of developing the thematic material with a certain profound sense, which goes the same for his tendency for clarity of a phrase… his playing is, in fact, full of personality and wide musical range.” Franco Di Lena, Il Messaggero. He has been reviewed and interviewed around the world by magazines, newspapers and radio stations such as KPBX in Spokane, Washington, UNIVOX and National Radio in Slovenia, National TV and Radio in Croatia, Thüringische Landeszeitung in Germany, Jutarnji List in Croatia, the popular family magazine Jana in Slovenia, Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, Classical Guitar Magazine in the UK and Il Messaggero and Chitarra Classica in Italy and The Washington Post.
Mak has won highest honors at Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy and the Pacific Guitar Festival and Competition in California, the Andres Segovia International Competition for young guitarists in Velbert, Germany, the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition in Vienna, Austria, the International Guitar Competition in Arrenzano, Italy, the Anna Amalia Competition for young guitarists in Weimar, Germany, the International Guitarart Festival and Competition in Belgrade, Serbia and the European Classical Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali” in Italy.
Mak studied with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music, obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria and his Master’s Degree with William Kanengiser at USC Thornton School of Music. As stated before, he is pursuing a Doctoral Degree at USC as a student of Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and working as a TA for the guitar department at USC.