This year's summer classical music event “Umago Classica” will host the following artists:
13. 7. 2017. at 21:00, Town church Umag
VOCAL ENSEMBLE ANTIPHONUS & EDIN KARAMAZOV, lute
Artistic leadership: Tomislav Fačini
From its foundation in 2008, Antiphonus has done its best to win over and excite its audiences – at all Croatian festivals, in numerous cities in and outside of Croatia, using interesting concert programs that included pieces from the middle ages all the way to contemporary artists. Madigrals, motets, operas, pastoral pieces, organums, oratoria, Gregorian pieces and other genres are the arrows that Antiphonus, like Cupid, uses to make audiences fall in love with them. Antiphonus is especially proud of its two Zagreb performances, Triade at the Museum of Arts and Crafts and Trinitas at St. Catherine’s Church. The ensemble is special because its performances are in chamber, even when performing complex vocal-instrumental pieces.
An advocate of the new, rare or unusual, Edin Karamazov has a unique artistic vision, combining the spirit of daring exploration with the quest for broadening the furthest limits of his guitar and lute technique and repertoire. He has been awarded prestigious prizes including the Edison Award (2002), Premio Cobadisco for the best foreign musician (Cuba, 2009), the Brit Award (2007), Premio Goffredo Petrassi for the best instrumentalist in Italy, the Diapason d'Or and several others. In 2001 he was nominated for a Grammy award. His acclaimed solo album Come Heavy Sleep (Alpha, 2003) has set a new standard for the lute playing.
18. 7. 2017. at 21:00, Town church Umag
LOVRO POGORELIĆ, piano & ALEKSANDAR MILOŠEV, violin
Since the age of seventeen Lovro Pogorelich has regularly toured and performed all over the world. Solo or with orchestra accompaniment, he makes pianistic creations of convincing power and inarguable individuality. Recent concerts highlights include his Chinese tour (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Suzhou) and recital at Teatro Bibiena in Mantova, Italy. At last summer’s performance at Schubertiaden Festival in Denmark he was described as the “Master at the Piano... All the qualities that characterise a master Lovro Pogorelich has in abundance: his own sacrosanct access to everything that he plays, a technique that allows him to fill the air with sound colours, without compromising with the difficulties experienced by most performers, an ability to concentrate and focus so that he enchants the listener, convincing the listener that what is going on at the given moment is the most important thing in the world.” (Bent-Erik Rasmussen). Lovro Pogorelich teaches piano as an Associate Professor at the Academy of Music at the University of Zagreb.
A laureate of the Slovenian prize for cultural achievement, the Prešern Award, Aleksandar Milosev is a musician with a broad range of stylistic interests. As a soloist he has appeared with the Zagreb Soloists Ensemble, under the batons of Marc Coppey, En Shao and Uroš Lajovic. He has also performed with the Slovenian, Zagreb and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras. Aleksandar has collaborated with renowned artists such as B. Giuranna, R. Filippini, J. Talich, F. Gulli, J. Rachlin, I. Grafenauer, R. Vlatkovic, G. Capucon, V. Jagling, A. Rudin, R. Tognetti and C. Altenburger. He recently recorded and performed with Grammy-nominated lutenist Edin Karamazov. An avid chamber musician, Aleksandar is a member of the Tartini String Quartet, performing in many prestigious venues globally. Aleksandar currently teaches viola at the Zagreb Academy of Music in Croatia as well as at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
25. 7. 2017. at 21:30, Main town square, Umag
SUDAR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
- Filip Merčep – marimba, Nicolas Sinković –electronics and percussion, Adriano Bernobić drums, Aleksandar Vešić –bass guitar, Robert Batelić –piano
- Guest: Darko Sedak Benčić –trumpet
- Founder and Artistic Director: Goran Gorše –vibraphone
Irena Paulus described the group Sudar Percussion as “the weirdest group of musicians in the region”. Since 2010 the group has performed at a considerable number of concerts and tours in Croatia and abroad. Sudar Percussion has collaborated with numerous artists and ensembles the world over: Stefan Milenković, the Zagreb Soloists, the Croatian Radio-Television Tamburitza Orchestra, the Simply Brass Quintet, I.N.K. Experiment Duo, Matej Meštrović and Darko Sedak Benčić – trumpet, who was their guest soloist in the Oxygene project. Sudar Percussion was awarded the prestigious American Independent Music Award in 2015 for their album Eat Suite. In September 2016 on International day for the preservation of the ozone layer, Sudar Percussion promoted their new music video for the song Oxygene IV written by French composer Jean Michel Harre, directed by Sandra Mihaljević, by which they took another step on their creative journey and announced a new album that would be produced by Branimir Mihaljević. The recording Oxygene IV got rave reviews not only from the audience but also from Jean Michel Jarre himself and his record company Francis Dreyfus Music, BMG France, with whom they are currently collaborating. Sudar Percussion will be promoting their new album, Oxygene, as a multimedia spectacle on a long summer tour in 2017. Classical percussion instruments in a new, modern way!
3. 8. 2017. at 21:00, Town church Umag
PORIN STRING QUARTET
- Ivan Novinc & Tamara Petir, violins
- Lucija Brnadić, viol
- Neva Begović, cello
The Porin String Quartet was formed In Professor Mladen Sedak’s chamber music class at the Zagreb Academy of Music in 1998. In addition to intense collaboration during their musical studies, the Quartet has actively participated in master classes with Valter Dešpalj and later with renowned international string quartets such as Amadeus, Alban Berg, Bartók, Janáček, Smetana and the Prague Quartet. Within a short time this young quartet made its name as one of the most important Croatian chamber ensembles, achieving numerous performances and successes not only throughout Croatia but also in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada and Argentina. The Quartet has been awarded three significant awards: Ivo Vuljević (for the best young musicians in 2002), Darko Lukić and Radio Podij for the series of concerts held in the 2007-8 season. The Porin Quartet was given the greatest award given to chamber ensembles by the Croatian Society of Musicians – the Milka Trnina Diploma.
10. 8. 2017. at 21:30, Main town square, Umag
NINO ROTA ENSAMBLE
- Rosa Sorice, soprano
- Giannina Guazzaroni, violins
- Federica Torbidoni, flute
- Deborah Vico, piano, arrangements
The Nino Rota Ensemble was founded in 1994 and is composed of musicians united by a passion for music and cinema. It is a quartet comprising of vocals, the flute, violin and piano. Since its foundation the group has carried out an intense programme of concerts, making a name for itself for its ability and originality in Europe and abroad with performances at the most prestigious theatres. Among the numerous performances held by the ensemble in various parts of the world, the concerts at the opening of international film festivals of which those at Salonicco, Annecy, Villerupt, Stockholm and Luxemburg are especially important. The ensemble’s musicians have been awarded national and international prizes, have attended specialisation courses and seminars at celebrated international festivals such as Maestros. They are also renowned and acclaimed soloists in numerous chamber music groups, continuously collaborating with the best Italian orchestras. Apart from various disc recordings, the ensemble’s concerts have been played on Italian radio stations and appeared on television, more specifically Vatican Radio, Portuguese National Television and numerous national international state networks.
15. 8. 2017. at 21:00, Town church Umag
ZAGREBAČKI PALLETE ENSEMBLE
- Katja Markotić, mezzo-soprano
- Krešimir Marmilić, violin
- Biserka Krčelić, harp
- Matija Štajcar, cello
The Zagreb Palette Ensemble is a chamber ensemble of academically-educated musicians, unique and peculiar because of its rare composition, representing new and original musical expression. By bringing together the warm timbre of a mezzosoprano, the violoncello and violin with the strong support of the rich diapason of the harp, this quartet offers a refreshing perspective with its interesting palette of musical experience. The basic idea and guiding principle is finding new possibilities in musical pieces with the goal of awakening as much attention and interest from the audience in its performances. Over the past few years it has become necessary to provide audience with new and interesting challenges as well as educational messages, especially through emphasising lesser-known Croatian composers as well as world classics performed in historical surroundings and places where it is not possible to have a piano.