Berislav Šipuš

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Berislav Šipuš
Berislav Šipuš.jpg
Minister of Culture
In office
24 April 2015 – 22 January 2016
PresidentIvo Josipović (2015)
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (2016)
Prime MinisterZoran Milanović
Preceded byAndrea Zlatar-Violić
Succeeded byZlatko Hasanbegović
Personal details
Born (1958-05-14) 14 May 1958 (age 64)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
(now Croatia)
Political partyIndependent
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb

Berislav Šipuš (born 14 May 1958) is a Croatian composer, conductor and music educator who served as 9th Minister of Culture from 24 April 2015[1] until 22 January 2016[2] in the Cabinet of Zoran Milanović.

Personal life and education[edit]

Berislav Šipuš was born in Zagreb on May 14, 1956. Along with studying art history at the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences he graduated in composition in 1987 at the Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of professor Stanko Horvat. He attended gained music education under professors Gilbert Bosco from Udine, François-Bernard Mâche and Iannis Xenakis from Paris.[3] Šipuš got additional education in conducting from Vladimir Kranjčević, Željko Brkanović, Kresimir Sipusch and Milan Horvat.


From 1979 until 1982 he was working as accompanist at the Ballet section of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, from 1987 until 1989 as a music theory lecturer at the Elly Bašić Music School in Zagreb, from 1988 until 1989 the accompanist in Bermuda Civic Ballet, and in 1989 producer in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. In year 1989, he began his cooperation with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, where he worked as accompanist at the Ballet section (1989–1999), a conductor in the ballet productions (1997–1999) and accompanist and assistant conductor in the theater Opera section (1999–2001). At the same time, Šipuš was active in Zagreb, particularly at the Zagreb Academy of Music, where he worked as the lecturer of musical theory (1988–1989), Assistant Professor at the Department of Composition and Music Theory (since 1998), associate professor (since 2005) and full-time professor (since 2009). He was also a producer in years 1987 and 1989, as well as artistic director of Music Biennale Zagreb (1997–2011).[4]

From 2001 until 2005, Šipuš served as a Director of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director of the Cantus Ansambl. Since 2012, he is honorary artistic director of Cantus Ansambl. Since 2007, Šipuš is leader and chief conductor of the Croatian Chamber Orchestra. After the death of Daniel Marušič in 2009, Šipuš served as artistic director of the Osor Music Evenings until 2011. In addition, he was also a president of the Croatian Musical Youth association.[5][6] After centre-left Kukuriku coalition won 2011 parliamentary election, Šipuš was named Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Culture with Minister being professor Andrea Zlatar-Violić. After Zlatar-Violić resigned in March 2015, Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats decided to propose Šipuš as new Minister. He was approved by the Croatian Parliament on April 24, 2015, thus becoming 9th Croatian Minister of Culture.

Berislav Šipuš is an Associate member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Department of Music and Musicology), since May 10, 2012.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

List of works[edit]

See: HDS ZAMP: Berislav Šipuš (list of works)


  1. ^ "Sabor potvrdio: Berislav Šipuš je novi ministar kulture". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske – Novosti  -  Primopredaja dužnosti". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "HAZU • Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti – Berislav Šipuš – Biografija". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ "TKO JE NASLIJEDIO ANDREU ZLATAR VIOLIĆ? ivotopis Berislava ipua". Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Šipuš, Berislav – M – Croatia – ISCM". Archived from the original on April 23, 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Šipuš, Berislav – HDS". Retrieved 23 February 2016.