Supičić Ivan, F.C.A.

Full members VIII. Department of Music and Musicology
Supičić Ivan

Date of birth:

  • 07/18/1928

Place of birth:

  • Zagreb


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Supičić Ivan, F.C.A.

Full members VIII. Department of Music and Musicology

Academic titles:

  • Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Doctor of Science


  • full professor, retired – Academy of Music, University of Zagreb and Université des sciences humaines, Strasbourg (France)
  • corresponding member – Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) (04/24/1981 – …)
  • full member – Académie des sciences, des arts et des lettres

Functions in Academy:

  • deputy secretary – Department of Music and Musicology (01/01/2019 – …)
  • president – Committee for the Project Croatia and Europe

Membership in Academy:

  • full member – Department of Music and Musicology (06/09/1983 – …)
  • extraordinary member – Department of Music and Musicology (01/26/1973 – 06/09/1983)

Curriculum Vitae

Ivan Supičić, a Croatian musicologist, was born in Zagreb on July 18, 1928. He completed his law studies at the Faculty of Law (1954) and graduated in piano from the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb (1953, in the class of A. Geiger-Eichhorn), where in 1956 he became an assistant professor of music aesthetics and sociology. He received his Doctorate in 1962 from the Sorbonne University of Paris with a theme in the field of sociology of music.  In 1960–1963, he acted as a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. From 1976 to 1986 he was a full professor of musicological subjects at the Music Academy in Zagreb, and from 1979 to 1993 he taught at the University of Strasbourg.

Ivan Supičić is the founder of musicological disciplines the sociology of music and the aesthetics of music in Croatia. He dealt with the social history of music in France, the relationship between music and mass media, and the aesthetic views of some Croatian composers of the XX century. 

He was the main initiator of the establishment of the Department of Musicology and the Musicological Institute at the Music Academy (late 1960s), as well as the Institute for Musicological Research at the Croatian (then Yugoslav) Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He has been a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1983. He founded and for thirty years (1970–1999) was the editor-in-chief of an internationally influential Zagreb magazine International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (today published by the Croatian Musicological Society, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Academy of Music. He was Vice President (1977–1982) and President (1982–1987) of the International Musicological Society.

Ivan Supičić has published over 150 papers, articles and books in several languages ​​(Croatian, French, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, German, Chinese and Catalan). Their content ranges from the social history and sociology of music to the aesthetics of music, cultural studies and humanistic spirituality. His main works are books: Estetika europske glazbe (Zagreb, JAZU, 1978., Školska knjiga, 2006., 355 p.); Music in Society: A Guide to the Sociology of Music (New York-Styuvesant, Pendragon Press, 1987., XIV-488 p.) which has been published in various versions in Croatian, French, Polish and Chinese (Peking, 2005.); Za univerzalni humanizam. Prema potpunijoj čovječnosti (Zagreb, Kršćanska sadašnjost, 2010., 726 p.).