Unleashing Dreams Through Keys

Beginnings

Born on the first day of summer in 1988 in Rijeka, Croatia, Zvjezdan Ružić's story isn't just about music; it's about chasing a dream that seemed almost out of reach. Picture a nine-year-old boy, utterly fascinated the first time he hears the deep, rich sounds of a piano. That boy was Zvjezdan, and from that moment, he knew what he wanted to do. There was just one problem: he couldn't afford a piano. So, he started with his mom's old accordion instead.

Zvjezdan didn't let that stop him. By the age of twelve, he was already diving into the world of jazz piano, and a few years later, he was studying classical piano, determined to overcome every challenge that came his way. By nineteen, he was studying jazz piano at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt and starting to make a name for himself.

Highway STUDIO AND SEXTET

No, the story of Zvjezdan Ružić goes beyond mere performance mastery. He wasn’t confined to just playing music; Zvjezdan was also its creator, a weaver of melodies that crossed genre boundaries. His talent extended to composing, arranging and production at his Highway Studio.

In 2014, he founded the Zvjezdan Ružić Sextet, bringing together talented musicians in a unique ensemble. The next step would forever mark his career – in 2015, he launched his first original album, The Knightingale Cabaret, a work that marked his debut as a composer and set high standards for what was to follow.

Tours

His subsequent projects, the albums Elfin Farewell and Pandaland, were manifestations of his continuous desire for innovation, his ability to breathe new life and dimension into traditional music. By then, Zvjezdan had confirmed his status as a distinguished composer and performer, positioning himself as both a guardian and innovator of musical tradition, showing the world how the past can provide inspiration and beauty for creating something new and refreshing.

Zvjezdan Ružić has made great impact at the Croatian music scene but has also taken his talent to international stages. With his sextet, he embarked on two successful tours in China, where his unique fusion of jazz captivated audiences. Even more impressively, he joined 2Cellos on a tour encompassing Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, contributing to the global recognition of Croatian music and showcasing his virtuosity worldwide..

new era

Pianotron, a project that blended everything Zvjezdan had learned and dreamed of into something entirely new. Albums like Delightful F, Inspiration, and Dandelion followed, showcasing collaborations with Croatian music legends and even the Harlem Gospel Choir.

Through all this, Zvjezdan has been recognized as Croatia's best jazz pianist six times, and his albums have won five Porin awards. But what's even more impressive is his continuous drive to explore and create.

Zvjezdan Ružić's journey from that boy who dreamed of playing the piano to a musician known for his innovation and talent is a story of persistence, creativity, and passion.

And the best part?

He's just getting started!