BERSIADA - composer Bersa and his contemporaries
Performers - Zagreb Guitar Quartet (Croatia): Tomislav Vasilj, Krunoslav Pehar, Melita Ivković and Frane Verbanac.
In the program: works by composers Blago Bers, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla for four guitars.
The Zagreb Guitar Quartet was founded in 1990 when the famous guitar teacher and artistic director prof. Ante Chagalj gathered his best students for this ensemble. Following the minor changes in the quartet, Tomislav Vasilj, Krunoslav Pehar, Melita Ivković and Frane Verbanac are currently playing.
The Quartet is actively on tour - with thirty countries on four continents. Among them are USA, Canada, Russia, China, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates. Performed at music centers such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Florence, Trieste, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Brussels, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana, Maribor and Sarajevo. This young but experienced ensemble of musicians has been successful in several prestigious international competitions. Three of them became absolute winners: Tortona (Italy, 1996), Viareggio (Italy, 1998) and Grand Prix won in Przemysl (Poland, 1998). After the last contest, Zbigniew Dubiella wrote in the Swiat Gitary magazine: "For many years I have not heard anything more exciting ... After their appearance, everything that could have been done - come out and shout" Viva guitarra! ".
In 1998, the quartet won the Ivan Lukačić Prize for Best Performance at the Varaždin Baroque Evenings (Varaždin Baroque Evenings). Two years later, the audience of the same festival was invited to the world premiere of Bach's "Fugue Art" arranged for guitars, which received feedback from Colin Cooper, the editor of Classical Guitar. In his review, he wrote: "It was my unexpected and brightest guitar-like experience I can remember."
The Quartet performs a huge, stylistically wide repertoire: from Renaissance and Baroque masters to contemporary authors; do not avoid jazz and world music, as well as the excellent arrangement of traditional music on the Croatian coast and mainland. In addition, the ensemble pays special attention to the creators of contemporary music, such as the ten contemporary Croatian composers (Brkanović, Miletić, Marković, Klobučar, Uhlik, Sunko, Josipović, Seletković, Majurec, Skender) who have dedicated their original compositions to this band as well as Kosovo composer Valton Beqiri.
Two CDs have been released: Da Fuga a Milonga (2005) and Preludes and Fugues (2014). The quartet's music was broadcast on international radio channels, including BBC 3 radio and Vatican radio.
Organized by the Croatian Embassy