A. Strajnar: PASSACAGLIA
J. S. Bach: BRANDENBURG CONCERTO No. 3, BWV 1048
I. no indication
B. Ipavec: SERENADE (arranged by A. Vrščaj)
I. Allegro moderato
III. Andante con variazioni
L. Brouwer: CUBAN LANDSCAPE WITH RAIN
P. Šavli: LATINO SUITE (world premiere)
I. Bossa Nova
D. Bogdanović: INTRODUCTION AND DANCE
F. M. Torroba: ESTAMPAS
I. Bailando un Fandango Charro
IV. Fiesta en el pueblo
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
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.