Nika Bauman, born in 1992 in Zagreb (Croatia), studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) in the concert flute program in the class of Hansgeorg Schmeiser. Parallel to her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the flutist, who came to mdw through the Erasmus program, completed her studies at the Music Academy Zagreb, graduating with honors in 2015 (Master of Arts / Magna cum laude).
During her studies, Nika Bauman won numerous national music competitions in the categories of solo and chamber music, as well as the “Yamaha Music Foundation Europe Prize for Wind Instruments” in 2012. In 2014 she was a Werner Tripp Fellow and in 2017/2018 a Fellow of the Dr. Robert and Lina Thyll-Dürr Foundation (Switzerland). With Marko Ferlan (guitar) she won the 1st prize at the international competition “Premio Città di Padova” for chamber music in 2018. In 2019, she was a finalist in the “Concert Dramaturgy Competition HUGO”.
Highlights of her work as an orchestral musician were performances with the Webern Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta at the Musikverein Vienna (2016) and under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst at the Musikverein Vienna and the Vienna Konzerthaus (2017).
With her ensemble Illyrica (flute, guitar, viola and violoncello) she performed at summer festivals in Slovenia and Croatia and presented works of contemporary composers from Eastern Europe in every concert season. Since 2017 she has been involved with multimedia projects; in 2018 she created the “Synesthetic Project” – a collaboration with dancers and visual artists based on her music. In addition, the artist, who is involved in project work and cultural management, would like to develop alternative concert formats in which music, dance, visual art and other art forms correspond with each other.