The Artistic Director of Zadar Organ Festival and Artistic Organisation Zara, Tea Kulaš (Zadar, 1994) is an organist and musicologist with a master’s degree from the Music Academy in Zagreb. Her artistic journey started at the age of 6, when she enrolled at Blagoje Bersa Music School in Zadar as a piano student. Apart from the piano studies, Kulaš studied contemporary dance, music theory, and organ (M. Lazar). She started studying organ under G. Rost at Graz University after receiving an Erasmus scholarship in 2016. Two years in a row, she was a prize-winner at the Martha Debelli Competition (Graz). She graduated her organ high school studies at Pavao Markovac Music School in Zagreb (P. Mašić), winning awards at regional and national competitions. She continued her award-winning education of organ and chamber music at Zagreb Music Academy with Lj. Očić, graduating organ in 2018. Within the artistic/scientific project Religiophony (2016) she has performed as a soloist accompanied by Orchestra of the Zagreb Music Academy in Zagreb, Čakovec and Ljubljana, and had held a lecture called Josip Štolcer Slavenski – composer on the margins in collaboration with her colleague, D. Perković. In 2019 she performed as a soloist with the Zadar Chamber Orchestra and the Croatian Radiotelevision Choir (HRT). She has been regularly performing throughout Croatia and foreign countries, as well as at several international festivals. She attended numerous organ interpretation masterclasses (H. Fagius, M. Schmeding, T. Ospital, R. Prieto Ramirez, K. Volostnov, T. Sevšek Šramel, N. J. Laube, S.-Y. Lee, W. Reisinger, H. Fairs). She is currently studying under G. Rost in organ concert studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Her versatile artistic affinities, curiosity and openness have led her to enroll in the School of Applied Art and Design in Zadar, where she finished graphic design course.