Mladen Tarbuk, one of the most versatile artists on the Croatian music scene, works with equal success as a composer, conductor, music writer, educator and producer. The crown of his varied career was a concert with an orchestra Concert-Verein held 2008th in the Vienna Musikverein. On this occasion, the program, with Haydn and Mozart, included his piece Sebastian in sleep. As a conductor, he achieved international fame acting five years, 2004-2009, as a regular guest conductor at the German Opera on the Rhine in Düsseldorf, and visiting guest conductor in the various opera houses and concert halls, working at the same time with many renowned orchestras and opera houses (Canada, Mexico , Germany, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary …).
As a General manager and artistic director of Croatian National Theater (2002-2005) he managed to offer a range of excellent performances (Gloria, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Don Carlos, Tristan and Isolde, Bajadera, Romeo and Juliet).
As a pedagogue, he works at the Music Academy in Zagreb, at which teaches conducting, composition, orchestra and music theory.
He became the Music Program Director of the Dubrovnik Festival in December 2012.
He became the Acting Artistic Director of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival on 21 October 2014, while his two-year mandate as an Artistic Director started on 1 February 2015.
On 1 Feb 2017 he becomes the Artistic Director of the Festival once again.