Ivan Bošnjak was born in Osijek, Croatia. He took his first lessons in trombone with his
father and then continued his education in the Music School in Šibenik, in the class of prof.
Mihajlo Bošnjak where he graduated in 2000. During that time he won the first prize at the
38th National competition of students of music and dance in Rijeka. In 2000 he enrolled at
the Music academy „Ino Mirkovich“ in Lovran where he studied in the class of Branimir
Slokar and Uroš Polanc. During his studies he won the first prize at the International music
competition held in Alice bel Colle in 2002 in Italy.
While still attending his final year of studies he won the audition for the position of Principal
trombone at the Croatian National Theatre Orchestra in Zagreb in 2003. He graduated at the
Music academy of the University in Zagreb in 2005.
Beside the position of Principal Trombone, Ivan is an active soloist and chamber musician
with the Busina Brass Quintet with which he has performed over 100 concerts in the last 10
years and visited Japan, Turkey, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Slovenia, Italy, Greece and many
other countries. He appeared as soloist with orchestra and gave master classes for trombone
and low brass on several occasions in Japan in 2010 and 2012 with Tokai Sagami High School
Wind Orchestra and Tsuruoka Higashii Wind Band.
He has been invited as a guest artist to teach at the Texas State University in Austin, West
Michigan University in the USA. His next tour with the Busina Brass Quintet will take him to
Israel (November 2017) and Japan (January 2018).
Ivan is also the founder and President of the Croatian Association of Trombone and Tuba
players – Busina. He holds the position of Music teacher at Private Gymnasium Marul in
Zagreb. He has been the Artistic director of the Zagreb Brass Festival since its founding in
2009 until 2016.
Since October 2013, he has been invited to perform as Principal trombone with the No
Borders Orchestra, an orchestra that features the best musicians from the ex-Yugoslavian
states. Since 2014, Ivan is an International Artist-in-Residence with the English Brass
Academy founded by the famous trumpet player Paul Archibald, with whom he taught in the
UK and Japan.
Ivan is the Artistic director of the Summer Music Academy Šibenik, Croatia where he teaches
with some of the world’s finest musicians since 2015.
Since 2016, Ivan is the vice-president of the Croatian Association of Orchestral and Chamber
Musicians, one of the highest authorities in classical music in Croatia.
Ivan is an artist for and plays exclusively on trombones made by Jürgen Voigt brass
instruments, and an artist for K&G Mouthpieces.