Umag-o classica is a long-running summer festival that provides a diverse palette of thrilling classical and chamber music projects involving eminent local and foreign musicians. The concerts are held in July and August in the Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Umag.
11 July 2019 at 9:00PM
QUARTETTO DI VENEZIA (Italy), Umag Parish Church
Quartetto di Venezia
Alberto Battiston, violin
Mario Paladin, viola
Angelo Zanin, cello
has performed at the largest international festivals on the most famous stages in Italy and the world. The quartet has taken part in many renowned festivals and collaborated with many internationally renowned musicians. They have also been nominated for a Grammy for their Navona Records release "Ritornello". Since 2017, Quartetto di Venezia has been the house quartet of the Venetian Giorgio Cini Foundation.
18 July 2019 at 9:00PM
ZAGREB CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & MAXIM FEDOTOV – violin (Russia), Trg slobode
The Zagreb Chamber Orchestra consists of musical enthusiasts who wish to present the richness and beauty of Baroque, classical and modern music to a wider audience. Mladen Dervenkar and Marko Mađarić, violinists from Zagreb, brought together fifteen young, highly trained musicians from Zagreb's Music Academy in 2004 to reform the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, originally founded by Rudolf Matz in 1937, with the idea of continuing the tradition of the Zagreb school of violin. ZKO has also had the fortune of having Russian virtuoso Maxim Fedotov as a long-time collaborator and friend – he has been the orchestra's honorary conductor since its very beginning, and artistic director of the international Musica Maxima festival, organised by the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, since 2009.
Maxim Fedotov is a Russian violinist and conductor, referred to as "a brilliant artist and a perfect master of the violin" or "the Russian Paganini" by the European press. He has won numerous major international violin competitions and is a laureate of the Moscow Government Award.
26 July 2019 at 9:00PM
CROAZzOLA CONCERTANTE ENSEMBLE, Umag Parish Church
Krešimir Marmilić, violin
Petar Haluza, violin
Marta Bergovec, viola
Vinko Grubešić, cello
Saša Špoljar, double bass
Ivana Marija Vidović, piano
is a close-knit ensemble of musicians from cities throughout Croatia brought together by the desire to turn their talent, affinity, and the beauty of playing into something entirely new and unusual, thus proving that nothing is impossible or insurmountable. The core of the ensemble consists of members of the Cadenza Zagreb String Quarter and double bassist Saša Špoljar, who are known for their different, unconventional ideas and solutions, and who have a wealth of performing experience from diverse chamber groups. All of the musicians in CROAZzOLLA CONCERTANTE have performed on stages throughout the world. In addition to their intent to further develop their repertoire and their artistic skills, CROAZzOLLA CONCERTANTE's mission is to bring together new ideas through cooperation with musicians and composers dedicated to the creation and nurturing of music.
8 August 2019 at 9:00PM
ANA & VIKTOR VIDOVIĆ, Umag Parish Church
Ana Vidović was born to a musical family in the city of Karlovac in 1980. She began playing guitar at the age of five, inspired by her brother Viktor Vidović. By the young age of eleven, she was already performing on the international music scene, and at the age of thirteen, she enrolled in Zagreb's Music Academy as its youngest student ever. She studied in the class of Istvan Römer in Zagreb and Manuel Barrueco at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore (USA). She has won an enviable number of international awards and held more than 1,000 concerts in the world's most prestigious concert halls. Her exceptional talent and fascinating musical abilities have brought her to the very top of today's musical elite.
Viktor Vidović was born in 1973 in Karlovac. At the age of fourteen, he enrolled in the Conservatoire De Musique De Genève in the class of Brazilian guitarist Maria Lívia São Marcos. Under her guidance, he won first prize at the International Competition for Musical Performers (CIEM) in Geneva, becoming the competition's youngest ever winner of the Villa Lobos and Patek Philippe awards for his special musical interpretation. He graduated from the conservatory in Geneva at the age of sixteen and received a diploma "with first prize for virtuosity". He continued his education at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where he received his master's degree. For his exceptional artistic accomplishments and achievements during his studies, he received the Franz Kossak award and an award from the Austrian Ministry of Culture. He has performed a series of notable concerts in prestigious concert halls throughout the world. He has won multiple Porin music awards.
16 August 2019 at 9:00PM
HARLEQUIN ART COLLECTIVE, Umag Parish Church
HARLEQUIN ART COLLECTIVE
Dani Bošnjak, flute
Alan Bošnjak, trombone
Šimun Matišić, vibraphone
Stjepan Vuger, accordion
was founded in Zagreb in early 2018 by Dani Bošnjak, one of Croatia's most sought-after flautists, with the goal of offering audiences a new and unusual auditory collage. Dani Bošnjak (flute), Alan Bošnjak (trombone), Šimun Matišić (vibraphone) and Stjepan Vuger (accordion) are members of the ensemble. This entirely atypical combination of instruments, which might seem unimaginable at first, results in a compact, stable sum of sound that provides both mass and delicate tonal nuance.
22 August 2019 at 9:00PM
MiseEnScene ENSEMBLE, Umag Parish Church
Bruno Philipp, clarinet
Vlatka Peljhan, violin
Alja Mandič, cello
Mia Elezović, piano
With a various line-up consisting of numerous instrumentalists and vocalists, the MiseEnScene ensemble (aka Alisios Camerata) performs both material originally written for the Messiaen Ensemble and works they adapt themselves with equal joy and curiosity. They immediately drew the attention of audiences and critics alike, as well as of Croatian composers from all generations who have written or still write pieces for them. In addition to performances in Croatia, the ensemble has enjoyed brilliant performances in Europe, Canada and Japan. The interest this unique group has produced is witnessed by the fact that no pieces for this type of ensemble were composed in Croatia in 25 years, but several have been since MiseEnScene appeared.