Damir Bužleta, Prof.

From 1973 to 1977 he was a pupil in the gymnasium in Pula. In 1977 he enrolled in technical education at the Faculty of Pedagogy in Pula and in 1984 he was enrolled at the Ivan Matetić Ronjgov Secondary Music School in Pula-Accordion department. After private tutoring by professor Slavko Zlatić he was enrolled in a music culture studies at the Pedagogical Faculty in Pula. He graduated in 1992 in class of professor Massimo Brajković with the theme: "Arrangements of Piano music for the Accordion Orchestra".

Just after completing studies he was employed at the Cultural and Artistic Organization / OKUD Istra (Pula) as the head of cultural and artistic programs until 2009. In the period from 1989 to 2009 he was a leader of Stanko Mihovilić orchestra of OKUD Istra, with which he won numerous awards at the most important world competitions and festivals. Since 1995, he was head of the KUD Matko Brajša Rašan and since 2003 he was also head of the KUD Kuje from Ližnjan. He was on duty as secretary of the Professional Board of the International Accordion Meeting. He was the head of the International Summer School of Accordion, founded in 1992, which was one of the most important assembly of worldwide distinguished pedagogues and players where a large number of gifted students from Croatia and the world participated. Simultaneously he was active as a pedagogue on all educational levels working with beginners but also giving master courses, composing and arranging compositions mostly for accordion orchestras and choirs. He regularly participates as member of juries at the international accordion competitions in Pula, Castelfidardo and Belluno (Italy), Prague (Czech Republic), Lorient (France), Kragujevac and Aranđelovac (Serbia), Sarajevo (BIH) and Poprad (Slovakia).

Since 2010 he lives in Zagreb, employed first as an accordion teacher at the Ferdo Livadić Music School in Samobor and then at the Zlatko Baloković Music College in Zagreb.

He is a member of the Croatian Association of Composers since 2002.

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