MBZ

Ensemble

 

Ensemble

During almost 20 years of their existence, soloists, conductors, concert halls, festivals, continents, composers, scores and concepts changed but not their spiritual platform – the recent 20th and the current 21st-century music. The milieu from which the Music Biennale Zagreb (MBZ) – as the Ensemble’s program and conceptual nucleus – stemmed, had, interestingly, never seriously considered founding an institutionalized ensemble that would support and continue its unconventional, and sometimes even avant-garde pulse between the festivals. It is possible that in the musical abundance of the 1980s it was enough to hear the contemporary sound on stage once every two years, while during the war and post-war years there was no incentive for this initiative. But there was in 2001 – Biennale was just around the corner with a ready repertoire, and Zagreb was full of experienced (and young) musicians. For that particular occasion, the temporary resident ensemble was established, but it was so wonderfully good that the MBZ’s spark lit the fire and the fate has bestowed on it permanence and stability. It stopped being merely “temporary”, and a short while later it took the name Cantus (a Latin word for singing). Its mission was set. They “… insisted on an approach in which the presentation of the occasional avant-garde music is not a goal in itself, but merely the foundation on which interpretation is built.” (Trpimir Matasović, 2009).

 

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Members

The violinist Ivan Novinc has been a concertmaster of the Cantus Ensemble since its very founding in 2001.
He has received several awards at national competitions as a soloist or a member of the Porin Quartet for which he has played first violin since 1998.
He was an assistant concertmaster of the Zagreb Philharmonic from 2002 to 2006, and has been the concertmaster of the Zadar Chamber Orchestra since 2004. He founded a duo with the pianist Srđan Čaldarović in 2006. He has been a member of the Zagreb Soloists since 2016. He became an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb in 2010.

 

Ivan Novinc

Violist Tvrtko Pavlin graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Ante Živković in 2001. As a student he played in the symphony orchestra at the Bayreuth Youth Festival (in 1999). He is a soloist and chamber musician (Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Cantus Ensemble) and has been a permanent member of the Zagreb Philharmonic since 2004.  

 

 

Tvrtko Pavlin

Jasen Chelfi graduated in the class of Professor Andrej Petrač in 2001. During the course of his studies he has collaborated with Valter Dešpalj, Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Isserlis, Silvio Sondeckin, David Gregorian, Vladimir Perlin, Leslie Parnas, Phillip Muller and Boris Piergamienszczikow and Mario Brunello. He has been a member of the Zagreb Philharmonic since 2002, at first as an assistant principal cellist and as of two years ago as the principal cellist. As a soloist and with the Philharmonic, he has performed in numerous concert halls – Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Tokyo Opera, Mexico City Opera, Konzerthaus in Lucerne, Mozarteum in Salzburg and many others. He has won a number of awards for his solo appearances and performances with chamber ensembles.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasen Chelfi

Nikša Bobetko obtained his BA and MA degrees in double bass from the Music Academy in Zagreb and also studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.
He has performed as a soloist at recitals and with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces. He is a member of the Zagreb Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, he often collaborates with the cellist Mihovil Karuza as well as the Porin and Sebastijan String Quartets. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed both in Croatia and abroad. He released several CDs. In 1997, he received the Vaclav Huml Award of the Croatian Music Institute.
He is a professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb.



 

Nikša Bobetko
Marko Mihajlović, during his studies, became a part-time associate of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and still regularly collaborates with both. He was concurrently also a member of the biNg Bang Ensemble and for the next ten years they performed at major world festivals for percussions, received the award for the best student percussion ensemble in the world at the PASIC Festival (Nashville, USA, 2004) and recorded a CD for the Equilibrium Records. That same year he also received the Rector’s Award. His collaboration with the Zagreb Soloists and his ongoing collaboration with the Cantus Ensemble also began during his studies. After graduation, he worked at the Vatroslav Lisinski Music School in Bjelovar as a percussion teacher. He became the
first timpanist of the Orchestra of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb in 2007. He also plays in the Acoustic Project Ensemble and has founded the percussion quartet Boomerang. Since
2015, he has been part of the violin-marimba duo with Eva Mach.

 

Marko Mihajlović
Percussionist Hrvoje Sekovanić graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb, in the class of Ivana Bilić. As a student he won the second (2004) and the first (2006) prize at the National Competition of Music and Dance Students. He was a member of the acclaimed biNg bang percussion Ensemble whom the Percussive Arts Society proclaimed the world`s best student percussion ensemble at the time. He has collaborated with the Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) Symphony Orchestra in which he is a head timpanist since 2013. He collaborates with the chamber orchestras from Varaždin, Zadar, Rijeka as well as the Croatian Chamber Orchestra. He played timpani at the Croatian National Theatre Opera in Rijeka, where he also taught percussion. Since 2013 he is a member of the Cantus Ensemble.
Hrvoje Sekovanić

Srebrenka Poljak, the permanent pianist of the Cantus Ensemble, obtained her BA and MA degrees in piano from the Music Academy in Zagreb under Zvjezdana Bašić, and also attended master classes under Leon Fleisher in Jerusalem that had significantly shaped her musical identity. She is a distinguished chamber musician and regularly collaborates with many Croatian and international musicians. She has held over 80 recitals in famous concert halls around the world with the violinist Stefan Milenković. As a member of the Zagreb Piano Trio she has won a number of awards and accolades (First prize at the TICC 2000 in Trondheim, second prize and the award for the best piano trio in Heerlen in 1999, the Darko Lukić and the Ivo Vuljević awards). As a soloist and orchestral musician she has performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra and Zadar Chamber Orchestra. She works as a senior artistic associate at the Music Academy in Zagreb.

Srebrenka Poljak
Mirjana Krišković’s music education started with piano lessons, but later on she realized that harp was her instrument of choice. In 2007, she graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Diana Grubišić – Ćiković, and became the solo harpist with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra right after graduation. Ms Krišković has been a permanent member of the Cantus Ensemble since 2008. She has performed solo (especially with the Zagreb Soloists and the Cantus Ensemble) or with renowned artists and chamber ensembles on numerous occasions. Her performances with the famous Croatian orchestras and ensembles include appearances at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Osor Musical Evenings, Music Biennale Zagreb. She regularly records for the Record Library of the Croatian Radio.
Mirjana Krišković
The latest member of the Cantus Ensemble, the flute-player Ana Batinica, earned her master’s degree from the Music Academy in Zagreb under Professor Renata Penezić in 2012, and completed a specialist course under Professor Mario Caroli at the Conservatoire de La Musique et de La Danse in Strasbourg in 2014. She attended master courses under eminent flute-players such as E. Pahud, A. Adorjan, A. Liberknecht, D. Formisan, P. Gallois, P. Bernold and others. She has received numerous professional and music awards in Croatia and abroad including the first prize at the International
Competition “Giovani Musicisti“ in Treviso, the second prize at the flute competition in Golbey (France) in 2013 as well as the Premio Ghigi fellowship at the Summer Gubbio Festival in 2012. In 2015, she received the Myrna Brown International Scholarship by the National Flute Association (US) and had the honor of performing in a solo recital in Washington D.C. She is a permanent member and
the first flute of the Zagreb Philharmonic, Cantus Ensemble, Zagreb Flute Ensemble, PurPur Orchestra, and has given solo performances with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Zagreb Youth Orchestra,
Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces, Zagreb Soloists and Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. She is also an active chamber musician.
Ana Batinica

Oboist Branko Mihanović graduated in oboe from the Music Academy in Zagreb in 1976 as well as from the Freiburg State Conservatory of Music in 1978 (under Professor Heinz Hollinger). He has won numerous awards and accolades. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras (Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Slovakian Philharmonic, Orquestro sinfonica Simon Bolivar, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists etc.) and conductors (such as M. Horvat, P. Dešpalj, P. Kogan, U. Lajovic, M. Letona, N. Bareza, G. Guererro, F. Krommer, A. Kolar etc.) and has performed in Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Venezuela, US etc. He has acquired extensive experience as a chamber musician for the Zagreb Woodwind Trio, Musica viva Ensemble, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Croatian Chamber Octet, Musica da camera Ensemble, Zagreb Wind Ensemble. In 2001, he substituted collaboration with all of Zagreb’s orchestras with a professorship at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He was the director of the Croatian National Theater Opera in Zagreb from 2005 to 2011.

Branko Mihanović

The clarinetist Danijel Martinović graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb under Josip Nochta in 1990. He received several awards and accolades during his studies, and has held numerous solo concerts in Croatia and abroad since. He is currently a member of the Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. He is also a co-founder and a member of the Zagreb Wind Ensemble (1991) and the Cantus Ensemble (2001) with which he regularly performs in the country and abroad. He collaborated with both ensembles in the making of several CDs and recordings of numerous compositions by Croatian composers.

 

Danijel Martinović

Fagotist Žarko Perišić po završetku studija na Muzičkoj akademiji u Zagrebu u klasi prof. M. Kobetića, nastavlja usavršavanje u Salzburgu, na Visokoj školi za glazbu Mozarteum – u klasi prof. M. Turkovića i prof. R. Gallera. Surađuje s brojnim orkestrima te komornim ansamblima diljem Europe i svijeta (Izraelski radio orkestar, Izraelski komorni orkestar, Simfonijski orkestar Tel Aviva, Salzburška komorna filharmonija i dr.). Od 1997. godine predaje fagot na Akademiji umjetnosti u Novom Sadu te surađuje s Vojvođanskim simfoničarima kao solo fagotist. Od 2004. godine predaje fagot na Muzičkoj akademiji u Zagrebu, a od 2011. do 2016.  radi kao docent za fagot i komornu glazbu na Umjetničkoj akademiji u Sarajevu. Djeluje kao solo fagotist Simfonijskog orkestra HRT-a s kojim održava i solističke koncerte.

Žarko Perišić
Bank Harkay finished his elementary and secondary music education in his hometown of Subotica under Professor Mihaly Zillih, and graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb in 1992 under Professor Prerad Detiček. He achieved great success at many competitions entered during his studies. He attended masterclasses held by Professor Hermann Baumann in Vienna (1989) and in Valen (Germany, 1990), and had also obtained his MA under Baumann in Essen (1993–1995). He is a soloist with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, and has been collaborating with the leading Croatian chamber ensembles, such as the Zagreb Soloists and Varaždin Chamber Orchestra.
 
 
Bánk Harkay
Trumpeter Vedran Kocelj (b. 1977) finished elementary and secondary music education in his hometown of Dubrovnik. He graduated in trumpet from the Ljubljana Music Academy in the class of Stanko Arnold. He has attended masterclasses with John Wallace, Bo Nilsson and Ed Carroll. Kocelj won the first prize at the competition of young musicians in Slovenia in 1999, and was one of the semifinalists at the International Competition in Toulon in 2000. That same year he passed the audition for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra that was conducted by Pierre Boulez and went on a 12-concert European tour with them. His solo performances with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces, Zadar, Varaždin and Zurich Chamber Orchestras were well-received, especially his collaboration with the world-famous Hungarian trumpeter Gábor Boldoczki. As a chamber musician, he is playing in the Croatian Bass Quintet with which he has performed in Croatia, Italy, Switzerland and China. He is a permanent member of the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra and is regularly recording for the Croatian Radio and Television. His recording of Concertino for trumpet, strings and tympani by Boris Papandopulo is especially memorable.
Vedran Kocelj

Mario Šincek, the trombone-player of the Cantus Ensemble, received his first music lessons from his father Vjekoslav, and finished primary and secondary music school in Varaždin under Professor Stjepan Rukljić. He continued his studies in trombone at the Music Academy in Zagreb. Already in 1998, during his second year of study, he passed the audition for a permanent position at the Croatian National Theater (HNK) Opera in Zagreb which he held until 2003, when he was employed by the Zagreb Philharmonic where he can still be seen and heard. His music interests are wide, which is a reason for his active interest in trombone-related instruments, so one can often see him performing on bass trumpet or euphonium. It was with euphonium or tenor tuba that he has accomplished his greatest achievements in chamber music as a member of the XL Tuba Quartet, resulting in numerous tours across the United States, Asia and Australia. He is also a member of the Ad glorian brass ensemble, as well as a soloist accompanied by orchestras or organ. As a soloist or chamber musician he has given a substantial number of first performances; he also arranges music, especially for brass wind instruments, and has recorded five CDs of classical music for chamber ensembles. He worked as an assistant at the Music Academy in Zagreb from 2006, and since 2012 he is as assistant professor at this Academy.

Mario Šincek

Organization

Croatian Composers' Society

The Croatian Composers’ Society is the only association of music professionals in Croatia. It brings together over 300 regular (composers, musicologists and music writers) and 8,000 associate members (copyright owners).
 
This reputable artistic organisation significantly influences Croatia’s music scene thanks to its knowledge, creative and organisational potential as well as to its close collaboration with similar bodies, ensembles, institutions and individuals from all over the world. Its only aim is to develop the music scene and to contribute to the recognition of Croatia’s music, both nationally and abroad.
 

 

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Concert cycle Cantus@Lauba is supported by City of Zagreb and international activities by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.