Ivana Bandalo is a clarinetist. Apart from solo performances, she plays chamber music, as a member of contemporary ensemble, and plays in an orchestra. Moreover, she has worked with children (workshops, plays, concerts). Her musical education began at elementary music school “POGŠ Fra Fra Bernardina Sokola” in Kaštel Lukšić, after which she attended high school “Josip Hatze” in Split, and in 2012 became a student of prof. Željko Milić at the Art Academy in Split. She graduated in 2018.
In 2015 she won the third prize at the international competition “Woodwind & brass” in Varaždin, and year after she won the second prize. In September 2016 she appeared in the semifinal of renowned Croatian competition of young musicians “Papandopulo”. Moreover, she is the winner of the second prize of the 6th Cycle of Young Musicians mo. Vinko Lesić.
At the Kaštela Cultural Summer she held a solo concert in 2014, and in 2016 the concert of the Music of the World – trio cello, piano and clarinet. That same year she represented Croatia at the International Classical Music Concert in Čapljina.
With ensemble S/UMAS she performed concerts within the Festival of Contemporary Sound in Zagreb, Under the stage, 54th Musical Forum in Opatija and workshops led by numerous acclaimed musicians, including the collaboration with Dubravko Detoni.
As one of S / UMAS’s soloists, she performed at the 29th Music Biennale in Zagreb.
Beside orchestra Biranj where she began to play, she has played in numerous orchestras. She had numerous collaborations with Split national theater orchestra (concerts, opera, 62. Split Summer festival).
She has performed more than 70 performances with the City of Split’s Puppet Theater, conducting workshops in the project “Music Helps” for children with developmental difficulties, as well as workshops and concerts for children with the school “Education with music”.
She premiered three compositions: Soliloquy by Stefan Hejdrowsky on Music Biennale Zagreb, Closed door by Deni Pjanić on the “8th Days of new music”, and I wanna blue for bass clarinet by Željko Milić at her masters concert.
2017 she is the winner of the Rector’s Award for Excellence, and for her masters concert has been nominated for Dean’s Award. She is now working as a professional associate at the Academy of Split.