Busina Brass

About the ensemble

BUSINA BRASS - Master Brass ensemble

An ensemble that will delight you, make you think and overwhelm you with programs ranging from Mozart to Swing. Among some of the best from Croatia's rich brass tradition, with Artists from Hungary, Romania and Serbia, there is nothing better, more fun and elegant in this genre in Croatia at the moment!

-Maja Žarković, music agent


The Ensemble was founded in 2007 as an integral part of the Croatian Association of Trombone and Tuba players – Busina, with the specific goal of introducing brass chamber music to the audience. It is one of leading brass ensembles in Croatia, having performed more than 30 concerts in the last two years. The members of this international Ensemble come from Croatia, Romania and Hungary and are among some of the most awarded music performers. They are also principal players in their prospective orchestras and work as pedagogues in music schools and academies.
The program of the Ensemble is diverse; it ranges from original works for brass quintet to arrangements of popular renaissance, baroque and classical pieces, dixie, blues and jazz music as well as popular movie soundtracks.

Beside performing throughout Croatia (Požega, Vinkovci, Petrinja, Sisak, Zagreb, Zabok, Rovinj, Samobor, Koprivnica, Šibenik, among others), the Ensemble has a strong international presence and in the last years it has performed concerts in Greece (Parnassos Hall), Turkey (Ankara), Slovenia (Kazinski Hall of the Slovene Theater), Israel (Jerusalem Music Centre, Tel Aviv, Raanana Music Centre), Georgia (Tbilisi), United Kingdom (English Brass Academy in Shrewsbury), Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Morocco and Japan (Sagamihara, Yokohama, Niigata, Tsuruoka, NAra, Kyoto and Osaka), where they performed the first ever Japanese performance of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a concerto for brass quintet and orchestra in 2010.
In 2017 they performed the European premiere of the symphonic version of the same piece, accompanied by the Vojvodina Symphonic Orchestra in Novi Sad, Serbia.
In 2019 together with the State Philharmonic Mihail Jora in Bacau, Romania.

The Ensemble often performs as soloists with the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces, and together they have premiered three pieces written specially for brass quintet and wind orchestra.
Also, Busina Brass Quintet is an ensemble-in-residence of the Summer Music Academy Vodice.

The members of the Ensemble gave master classes in many countries, from Europe to Asia and United states.

The members of the Ensemble are:

Sergiu Carstea, trumpet, was born in 1958, in the present-day Republic of Moldova. He graduated from the trumpet class at the Music School „Eugen Coca” in Chisinau, Moldova, USSR in 1976 and then the Faculty of Musical Interpretation on the State Institute of Arts Gavriil Muzicescu in Chisinau in 1981. In 1988-1989 he completed postgraduate studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, and in 2016 he completed a PhD degree at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau, Moldova.

In the 1992-1993 period he worked as the artistic director of the Moldovan State Philharmonic, from 1981 to 1997 he was a member and principal trumpet of the State Philharmonic in Chisinau, and in the 1997-2001 period he worked as principal trumpet of the State Philharmonic „Banat” in Timisoara, Romania. Since 2001 he has been a trumpet party leader in the Romanian National Opera in Timisoara. He has performed as a soloist in many European and Asian countries.

Apart from artistic activity, Sergiu is also involved in pedagogy. As a trumpet teacher he has worked at the State Conservatory Gavriil Muzicescu in Chisinau, Moldova. Since 2000 he has been working as an academic teacher at the Faculty of Music, University of West in Timisoara and since 2014 at the National University of Music in Bucharest. He is the author of many publications regarding the problems of interpretation of music for trumpet and of the „Method of Modern technical studies for trumpet”. He is often invited to conduct masterclasses at universities in many European countries, Asia and North Africa.

He is the founder and president of the Romanian Brass Society Association, founder and artistic director of the International Brass Competition in Timisoara as well as a member of the jury at various international competitions for brass and wind instruments.


Igor Mrnjavčić, trumpet, began his primary education in trumpet music at the Music school in Vrbovec. In 2007 he enrolled at the Albert Štriga High School of Music in Križevci, where he graduated in 2011 in the class of prof. Lazar. In the same year he enrolled to study trumpet at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, in the class of prof. Dario Teskera. He participated in the National Music competition organized by HDGPP held in Bjelovar in 2010, where he won the 2nd prize. In 2012, he won the 1st prize at the International Trumpet Competition Petar Konjovic in Belgrade and also participated in the International competition in Ülm in Germany. He is the recipient of the 2nd prize (first place not awarded) and the award for the best performance of Stjepan Šulek's Sonata for trumpet at the 2nd Croatian Young Musicians Competition – Papandopulo, held in Zagreb in 2013.
In 2014, he won first prizes at the HDGPP National Music Competition, and again at the Petar Konjović International competition in Belgrade. He is a double winner of the Dean's Award for the academic years 2011/2012. and 2012/2013. as well as special Rector's awards of the University of Zagreb. He also participated in a project of three art academies of the University of Zagreb: “The Story of a Soldier” by Igor Stravinsky, with which he performed at the famous Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has performed many solo performances, such as concerts at the Brass Festival in Velika Gorica accompanied by the Croatian Armed Forces Symphony Wind Orchestra. He has collaborated with the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian National Theater in Rijeka, Split and Zagreb, and the Zagreb Youth Orchestra.
During his education, he attended trumpet seminars from top musicians and educators such as Reinhold Friedrich, Guido Segers, Rex Richardson, Laura Vukobratovic, Sergiu Carstea, Marco Pierobon, Sebastian Gil Armas and Thomas Reiner.

Igor is currently working as a trumpet player in the City theatre Komedija in Zagreb.


Aleksandar Arsić, trumpet, was born in Belgrade. He completed his master and specialist degrees in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. During that time, he studied with famous trumpet soloists such as Maurice Andre, Eric Aubier, Reinhold Friedrich, Edward Tarr, Luis Gonzales, Pacho Flores.

He has won over twenty awards and prizes in national and international competitions (Concours d'Interpretation Musicale Europen, Jenuesse Musicales and Concours de Musica Benidorm). He started to perform as a soloist with orchestra and piano from the age of 16, and has repeatedly played to the accompaniment of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra. He participated in important regional festivals such as BEMUS, Belgrade Summer Festival, A-Tempo, Mokranjac days, Sarajevo Winter Fest, etc.

Aleksandar won the position of solo trumpet in the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra – CSO in 2008., and is an associate member with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macedonian Philharmonic, the RTS Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Madlenijanum.

Since 2013 Aleksandar is the professor of trumpet at the Music Academy in Cetinje in Montenegro. He is a member of Busina Brass since 2016.


Dániel Molnár, French horn, was born in Budapest, Hungary. After he got his highschool degree in the Béla Bartók Conservatory in the Hungarian capital, he started his studies in the horn class of Prof. Ferenc Tarjáni at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where he got his diploma degree in 2008.

He then continued his post-graduate studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

He played as guest artist in orchestras like the Hungarian State Opera, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB), the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin (DSO), and the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt.

As a soloist, Dániel gave performances of the Haydn and Weber Concertinos throughout Germany and France.

As member of Berlin Counterpoint he played chamber music concerts in Berlin and in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (D), in Copenhagen (DK), in Bilbao, Valencia (E), in Tuxtla Gutierrez (Mexico) and in Istanbul (TR).

Dániel holds the position of solo horn of the Zagreb Philharmonic since 2012 and is a member of Busina Brass Quintet since 2013.


Ivan Bošnjak, Trombone, 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 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. 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. He appeared as soloist with orchestra and gave master classes for trombone and low brass on several occasions in Japan in 2010 and 2012. Ivan is also the founder and President of the Croatian Association of Trombone and Tuba players – Busina. He has been the Artistic director of the Zagreb Brass Festival since its founding in 2009.

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.

Ivan has been invited to perform and teach at the renowned Texas State Trombone Symposium in February 2015, and has given lectures at the University of Memphis, West Michigan University and Grand Valley State University during that time. Ivan has also taught in Asia, namely in Japan, China and Korea, in addition to many European countries.

Since 2015, Ivan is the artistic director of the Summer Music Academy Vodice, Croatia, www.summerbrassacademysibenik.com.

Since 2015, Ivan is the Vice-president of the Croatian association of Orchestral & Chamber Musicians – the highest authority for classical musicians in Croatia, and is constantly fighting for rights of musicians in Croatian professional orchestras.

Ivan is an artist for and plays exclusively on trombones made by Jürgen Voigt brass instruments - www.voigt-brass.de and K&G mouthpieces.


Željko Kertez, Tuba, was born in Koprivnica, Croatia. After he finished elementary school in Koprivnica, he enrolled in Varaždin Music School in the class of prof. Stjepan Rukljić. During his education he won the first prize at the 38th National competition of students of music and dance in Rijeka. Soon afterwards he passed the audition for the Orchestra of the Middle European Initiative, where he played for two seasons. After he graduated in the Music school in Varaždin, he enrolled in the class of prof. Šime Vulelija and Danijel Rajković at the Music academy of the University of Zagreb where he graduated in 2005.  In 2005 he won the audition for the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, where he played for one season. He has attended master classes with the eminent world soloists such as Jens Bjorn Larssen, Henrik Jan Rennes, Ben van Dijk, Mel Culbertson, Walter Hilgers and others. He is also active as a pedagogue and he was invited to teach at most important student music camp in Slovenia – UPOL.

Željko currently holds the position of Solo tuba at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. He is also active as a soloist and he appeared with the Tokai Sagami Wind Orchestra in Yokohama in 2013, where he performed the Artiunian Tuba Concerto with great success. He is engaged as conductor of the Kutina Municipal Brass Orchestra - Kresimir. Željko has been invited to perform and teach at the renowned Texas State Trombone Symposium in February 2015, and has given lectures at the University of Memphis, West Michigan University and Grand Valley State University during that time.

Starting the school year 2018/19, Zeljko is a tuba professor at the Music School Elly Bašić in Zagreb.

Željko is the Vice-president of the Croatian Association of Trombone and Tuba players – Busina.

Accomplishments outside Croatia

2009. 1st Zagreb Brass Festival established, performance with Jacques Mauger and Sotaro Fukaishi

2010. Concert tour in Ankara, Turkey, Athens, Greece, Kanagawa, Sagamihara, Japan (concerts with Tokai Sagami High School Windband, masterclass)

2012. three concert appearances in Jerusalem, Israel 

2014. 1st Montenegro Brass Week - Cetinje, Montenegro - concert and masterclass

2015. English Brass Academy in Shrewsbury, UK - concert and masterclass

2016. English Brass Academy in Japan, Niigata Hokoetsu High School (masterclass and concert)

2017. Novi Sad, Serbia - Concert with the Vojvodina Philaharmonic Orchestra, Timisoara, Romania - concert performance in a concert series at the Cathedral

2018. Croatian Christmas Concerts in Rabat, Morocco; two week concert&masterclass tour to Japan- Tsuruoka (Tsuruoka Hiigashi Highschool, Niigata 新潟県立新潟中央高校音楽科, Nara, Tawaramoto, Kyoto, Osaka)

2019. International Albanian Brass Festival, Tirana, Albania - concert and masterclass
Concert Cycle La Note di Spezie, Duino, Italy - Concert performance
Romanian tour (concerts and masterclasses): Timisoara, Bucharest, Bacau