Defined by press as “…a sublime artist and an excellent performer…” (José Luís López, Seville, Spain), guitarist Alen Garagic has earned a reputation for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most profound level.
Since winning the »Guerrero« International guitar competition in Madrid in 2004 at the age of 24, he has been performing as a soloist in music festivals, such as the “José Tomas” in Alicante (Spain), the Guitars of the World in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the International music festival in Toledo (Spain), the Tampere International guitar festival (Finland), Daejeon International guitar festival (Korea) etc.
When not performing in concert halls, Alen is likely to be found on clubs stage, performing varied music, such as jazz or flamenco, as well as performing sonatas by Bach or arrangements of traditional Balkan music. As an avid chamber music performer, he has been performing regularly with his East-West Strings Project together with guitarist Denis Omerovic. His constant pursuit of new challenges has also led him to expand his horizons and start exploring early music, and since 2015 has been studying and performing regularly with his renaissance lute.
His desire to promote Spanish culture, music and wine brought him to work since 2007 as an artistic director and artist in the residence of chamber music series called the Spanish Guitar Barcelona Festival in Spain. He is currently organizing the festival “The art of Guitar – Concert and Wine” in the twelfth-century gothic Church Santa Ana in the Centre of Barcelona.
In addition to his artistic work, he has been working since 2012 as a recording producer and in 2014 became the owner of Divya records music label based in Slovenia. One of his most recent works is his latest release of a new CD called ”Departure”, which was recorded in Barcelona (Spain).
Since stage performance was a big part of Alen’s journey, the issues with performance anxiety and stage fright were also very present at the beginning. During the last 18 years, he has explored many different techniques, from Alexander technique, mindfulness meditations, different types of yoga techniques, mantras to EFT (Emotional freedom techniques) and Matrix Reimprinting. In 2016, Alen wrote the thesis titled “EFT as a tool for managing stage fright and performance anxiety among musicians”, with the idea in his mind to share his experience and knowledge as a full-time performer and offer solutions for any artist dealing with performance anxiety and stage fright. Since then, he has been presenting his program “Dealing with Performance Anxiety” to students and teachers.
Alen started playing guitar at the age of 13 at the Secondary School of Music in Tuzla (Bosnia and Hercegovina) and played his first solo recital at the age of 14. He continued his musical education and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance in 2001 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Holland) where he studied under Professor Zoran Dukic. After graduating, he moved to Spain where he was studying Guitar Performance and Chamber music with Professor Alex Garrobe and Fernando Rodriguez at ESMUC in Barcelona. He also studied guitar performance with Professor Franz Halasz at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Nuremberg, (Germany) where he received “Meisterklasse diplom” in 2006. He finished his studies by receiving Master’s Degree in Music education in Ljubljana (Slovenia) under Professor Tomaz Rajteric in 2016.