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Slovenian Guitar Quartet
 

Program:



A. Strajnar: PASSACAGLIA


J. S. Bach: BRANDENBURG CONCERTO No. 3, BWV 1048
I. no indication
II. Adagio
III. Allegro


B. Ipavec: SERENADE (arranged by A. Vrščaj)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Menuetto
III. Andante con variazioni
IV. Finale


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L. Brouwer: CUBAN LANDSCAPE WITH RAIN


P. Šavli: LATINO SUITE (world premiere)
I. Bossa Nova
II. Tango-Milonga
III. Salsa


D. Bogdanović: INTRODUCTION AND DANCE


F. M. Torroba: ESTAMPAS
I. Bailando un Fandango Charro
II. Remanso
IV. Fiesta en el pueblo
V. Amanecer
VIII. Juegos infantiles

 

Slovenian Guitar Quartet was founded in 2012. Izidor Erazem Grafenauer, Mario Kurtjak, Simon Krajnčan Fojkar and Aljoša Vrščaj graduated from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. The four guitarists have been awarded in various guitar competitions, won Gold Prize in Slovenian national competition and received the Prešeren Award – the highest award given by the Ljubljana Academy of Music.

After a successful Tour across Slovenia in 2014, the Quartet has been invited to important concert venues in Slovenia and Croatia. In December 2014, Slovenian Guitar Quartet and Cantabile Symphony Orchestra gave Slovenian premiere of Rodrigo’s monumental Concierto Andaluz for Four Guitars in the sold-out Cankarjev Dom – the largest concert venue in Slovenia.

Recently, the Quartet has been performing with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, arranged the popular Serenade for String Orchestra by Slovenian composer Benjamin Ipavec and premiered a work by their member Mario Kurtjak, Slovenian Potpourri, which plays around with various traditional songs. The Quartet is featured on a new CD with works by Croatian-American composer Miroslav Lončar published by d’Oz.

Izidor Erazem Grafenauer studied the guitar with Andrej Grafenauer at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. As a soloist, he has collaborated with Slovenian Philharmonics and many other orchestras. He has been awarded at several guitar competitions including the Fernando Sor Competition in Rome and E. Mercatali Competition in Gorizia. Currently, he is a postgraduate student of lute in Venice and guitar in Zagreb.

Mario Kurtjak completed his studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana at the age of 21. The award-winning guitarist has given concerts in Slovenia and abroad. He is also engaged in chemistry and is currently working on his PhD.

Simon Krajnčan Fojkar studied the guitar with Katja Porovne Silič at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, graduating in 2012. Besides his wide activity as a classical guitarist, he is a member of a punk rock band that has just released its third album.

Aljoša Vrščaj started playing the guitar at the age of 16. He graduated from the Academy of Music of Ljubljana. He is giving concerts mostly as a chamber musician – in a guitar duo and in a duo with violin. In addition, he graduated in translation studies.


 

 

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