Sara Glojnarić (Zagreb, Croatia) is a composer whose artistic practice is dealing with pop culture, its aesthetics and socio-political consequences, nostalgia and collective memory, as well as the vast network of pop cultural data and their byproducts arising through their juxtaposition.


Her works, which include opera, orchestral, and chamber music pieces, as well as video works and multimedia and multi-sensory installations, have been performed by renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Musikfabrik, Trio Catch, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Trio Catch, Sarah Maria Sun, Dirk Rothbrust, Ensemble Mimitabu, Rubiks Collective, Decoder Ensemble, The Black Page Orchestra, Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others, at festivals such as ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Showroom of Contemporary Sound, Warsaw Autumn and Music Biennale Zagreb.


Sara studied composition at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, in the class of Dr. Davorin Kempf, and later earned her BA and MA degrees in composition from the State University of University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in the class of Martin Schüttler.


She is the recipient of numerous international prizes, competitions and artistic residencies, most notably the Erste Bank Kompositionspreis Wien, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2018, the Ivo Vuljević Prize 2019 of the Jeunesse Musicales Croatie, the composition competition NEUE SZENEN V of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the artistic residency Progetto Positano in collaboration with Ensemble Mosaik.


In the 2020/2021 concert season, her operas and ensemble pieces were premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (chamber opera Kein Mythos based on a text by Dorian Brunz), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Trio Catch), Darmstätder Ferienkurse (Ensemble Adapter), Sophiensaele Berlin, ZeitGenuss Karlsruhe and at the Opera Halle, where her video opera “Im Stein”, staged by Michael von zür Mühlen, based on the novel Im Stein by the author Clemens Meyer was featured by the Opernwelt magazine in the category “Most Important Streams of the Year.”


In the upcoming 2021/2022 concert season, her works will be premiered by RSO Wien and Marin Alsop, Klangforum Wien, percussionist Leonie Klein, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Mosaik, Quatour Diotima and the Münchener Kammerorchester.


She has been a fellow of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg since 2019. Her works are published by Edition Juliane Klein.


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May 24th 2022, 20:30h

Premiere of »we are too weird for TV« written for the amazing string quartet Quatuor Diotima and tape, at Scène nationale d’Orléans. More info here.

June 1st 2022, 20:00h

»Artefacts« for 6 vocal soloists and video is being performed by Neue Vocalsolisten at their concert series Südseite Nachts in Theaterhaus Stuttgart!

Click here for more info about the concert.


June 4th 2022, 21:00h

performance of »ok, boomer« at Tanzhaus Düsseldorf, with Banafshe Hourmazdi and Golschan Ahmad Haschemi. More about the performance here!

June 9th 2022, 20:00h

»sugarcoating« for large ensemble at the opening concert of KLANG Festival in Copenhagen, played by Athelas Sinfonietta under the baton of Pierre-André Valade. Click here for more infos about the concert.

August 31st 2022

sugarcoating #3 – a new piece out of »sugarcoating« series for Ensemble Mosaik – Kulturbrauerei Berlin.




Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei Berlin


More info here.

November 10th 2022

new piece for Münchener Kammerocherster – this was a part of the competition I was fortunate to win, organized by musica femina münchen and MKO in summer 2021. You can read more about it here.

November 3rd & 17th 2022

Two new pieces at Wien Modern – a new piece for RSO Wien under the baton of Marin Alsop, and a new piece for Klangforum Wien. More info soon!

Spring 2023

New piece for duo Santorsa-Pereyra at ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival in Cologne.

May 2023

Premiere of my music theatre together with Ensemble Recherche at Theater Freiburg. Libretto by Emma Braslavsky. More info coming soon.

Summer 2023

New project with Pinquins titled Guides To Reality. To be performed in Norway in mid/late 2023!


performance of »ok, boomer« at Gessnerallee Zürich, with Banafshe Hourmazdi and Golschan Ahmad Haschemi. More about the performance here!


premiere of »Latitudes #2« for drums and tape at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe by the percussionist Leonie Klein. The concert will be recorded by SWR.


The New Recherche – a collaborative project with Hannes Seidl, Charles Kwong, Clemens Thomas and Ensemble Recherche. I will be showing my mockumentary  titled »The Future Will Be Better Tomorrow« with Christian Dierstein and Melise Mellinger as the protagonists. Premiere on January 21st 2022 at in Heimathafen Neukölln, 21:00h at Ultraschall Festival Berlin. The show will be streamed live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur.


Talk at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg about my opera Im Stein. Thanks to Gordon Kampe for the invite!


Renewed performance of »WUNDERLAND«, together with apokalyptische tänzer*innen, in cooperation with Theater Rampe Stuttgart.


Talk at Bath Spa University (UK), about using re-contextualization techniques in my work. Thanks to Matthew Sergeant and James Saunders for the invite!


premiere of »Kein Mythos«, my new chamber opera in Tischlerei Deutsche Oper Berlin (libretto: Dorian Brunz)


sugarcoating 2 at the Elbphilharmonie!

Performed by Trio Catch.

Tuesday, 12.10.2021 at Kleiner Saal


Schwere Reiter, München

Sara Glojnarić: “sugarcoating” (version 3) (2017/20) für Ensemble

Ensemble der/gelbe/klang

Leitung: Armando Merino


»sugarcoating« (2016-2020) for large ensemble at Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemäßer Musik, performed by Ensemble Mosaik, conducted by Enno Poppe.


musical coaching and performance – »ok, boomer« by Golschan Ahmad Haschemi and Banafshe Hourmazdi, performed at Sophiensaele Berlin


Premiere of »This champagne is burned«, a new video piece for Ensemble Adapter, Centralstation Darmstadt, Darmstädter Ferienkurse – concert of the Kranichsteiner Music Prize 2018 Winners


electronic music for the theatre performance »WUNDERLAND«, together with apokalyptische tänzer*innen, in cooperation with Theater Rampe and Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Premiere: July 30th 2021 / more performances on July 31st and August 1st.


Artefacts #2 played by Jessica Aszodi and Jonathan Shapiro from Decoder Ensemble @ Music Biennale Zagreb. Recording coming soon!



ALLES ENDET – Digital festival by Oper Halle

Live Stream & Public Viewing of my opera »Im Stein«, followed by a artist talk together with Clemens Meyer (Novel/Libretto), Michael von zur Mühlen (staging) and myself. The talk will be moderated by Anja Nioduschewski. You can find more info and detailed programme here


premiere of my opera »Im Stein« in Oper Halle. Author of the book and libretto is Clemens Meyer, staging by Michael v. zur Mühlen, conducted by Michael Wendeberg.

The piece was live streamed on and on the website of Oper Halle.



premiere of »Latitudes« for piano and video, performed and commissioned by Magdalena Cerezo Falces at Südseite Nachts, Theaterhaus Stuttgart


»Artefacts 2« with Sarah Maria Sun and Dirk Rothbrust on WDR 3


portrait concert in Elisabethkirche Berlin, ensemble mosaik, as a part of PROGETTO POSITANO residency sponsored by Ernst von Siemens Stiftung and Wilhelm Kempff Stiftung


residency at Casa Orfeo in Positano, Italy with ensemble mosaik


sugarcoating #2 at Ensemblehaus Freiburg, performed by ensemble recherche


new piece for E-MEX Ensemble and video, in Lutherkirche Köln and Kreuzeskirche Essen /// cancelled due COVID 19 – a film with all pieces will come out soon!


sound for Banana Island, a performance by Apokalyptische Tänzer*innen @ Schwankhalle Bremen


»Artefacts 3 (dubbese)« for AAA-AAA for two e-guitars and video, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, 20h


sound for Banana Island, a performance by Apokalyptische Tänzer*innen @ Theater Rampe, Stuttgart


PRAY. CHUCK. COME HITHER chamber opera at the Taschenoperfestival Salzburg, with Thierry Brühl and OENM Ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel


sound for Following Mo – interactive walk through Stuttgart as seen by Mo, a 9 year-old boy. with Apokalyptische Tänzer*innen, Stuttgart


screening of #popfem at EMAF – European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück in Lagerhalle, starting at 14:00h


performances of a puppet theatre play Žabica Kraljica @ Music Biennale Zagreb


»sugarcoating #2« @ Philharmonie Luxembourg, performed by Trio Catch


»comm.unique project« – curating ECLAT Festival’sInstagram account together with Malte Giesen, Maria Kalesnikava and URBAN PROPAGANDA Stuttgart


AHC 1 for 4 performers with glasses @ Don’t Try #nopera


premiere of Artefacts, for 6 vocal soloists, tape and video, Neue Vocalsolisten at Ultraschall Festival Berlin


Aural Apparati, installations, videos with Perspektiven Box and Philipp Krebs, Kunstraum 34 Stuttgart


»sugarcoating #2« @ Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival performed by Mimitabu (Heather Roche, clarinet / My Hellgren, cello / Jonas Olsson, piano)


»sugarcoating #2« with Festival Ensemble (Mia Elezović, Smiljan Mrčela, Bruno Philipp) at Glazbena tribina Opatija Festival in Opatija, Croatia


sugarcoating with Landesjugendensemble Ba-Wü and Christof M. Löser in Friedrichshafen (19h, Kiesel im k42, Karlstrasse 42, Friedrischshafen) and Mannheim (18h, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, C 5, Museum Zeughaus)


workshops & sugarcoating for ensemble played by Landesjugendensemble, conducted by Christof M. Löser


»sugarcoating #2« @ GAS Festival Gothenburg (Atalante Venue) performed by Mimitabu (Heather Roche, clarinet / My Hellgren, cello / Jonas Olsson, piano)


»sugarcoating #2« @ Festival TACEC La Plata, Argentina, performed by Trio Catch


Workshop “Discontinuity” w/ Michael Maierhof at Darmstadt Summer Course – Internationales Musikinstitut


»sugarcoating #2« performed by Mimitabu in Hagakyrkan


Forever Apocalyptic in Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart, a project with Jasmin Schädler, Calendal Klose, Mona Louisa-Melinka Hempel


RAISE YOUR VOICE Project with Neue Vocalsolisten (Theaterhaus)
Oct 2017 – Feb 2018


»sugarcoating #2« for Trio CatchECLAT Stuttgart


»#popfem« screening @ Sinelinea Festival in Zagreb, Croatia


sugarcoating #2 for Trio Catch @ Novalis Music + Art Festival in Zadar and Zagreb, Croatia (


lectures, improvisation, concerts and screening of my video work #popfem @ Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, alongside duo AAA—AAA, Perspektiven Box (Julian Siffert & Uikyung Lee), Philipp Krebs and Adrian Laugsch


screening of #popfem @ Acting In Concert Festival, Witten (Germany)


Sugarcoating, ensemble piece – performed by Ensemble Musikfabrik @ the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart // conductor: Christof M Löser–2018


opening of 29th Music Biennale Zagreb – »Puppet play Žabica kraljica (Frog the Queen)« // director: Rene Medvešek / Josip Konfic, percussion / Sanja Vrsalović, piano / Marija Lešaja, soprano / Gustav Barišin, double-bass