“Music Colloquium Series”:

Recital performed by Ante Sladoljev (piano), student at Zagreb Academy of Music

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“Open Dialogue” with Musicians from Croatia: Miran Vaupotić (conductor), Ivana Levak Vaupotić (bandoneon) and Frane Verbanac (guitar)

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FRIDAY, 1 APRIL 2016, AT 19:00 - CROATIA

Symphonic Concert




                      FRANE VERBANAC (guitar)


FRIDAY, 1 APRIL 2016, AT 19:00


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Overture „The Hebrides”, Op. 26

Pero Šiša: Air for Symphony Orchestra (first audition)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Davor Bobić: “Varaźdin 1776”, Symphonic Epic (first audition)

Astor Piazzolla: Double Concerto for Bandoneon, Guitar and String Orchestra, „Hommage à Liège” (first audition)


Miran Vaupotich - conductor  -   Acclaimed as “dynamic and knowledgeable” by the Buenos Aires Herald, Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotich performed extensively in Europe, Middle East, the United States, Latin America and Asia conducting many symphony orchestras and ensembles including St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Belarusian National Philharmonic, Ulyanovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaliningrad Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica National Argentina, Orquesta Sinfonica UNCuyo, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Grosseto, Orchestra sinfonica Musica Civica, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica de Stat Arad, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists and others. He performed at numerous major halls including the famous Musikverein in Vienna, Smetana Hall in Prague, Cairo Opera House in Cairo, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, OrientalArtCenter in Shanghai, Tchaikovsky Hall and International House of Music in MoscowIn the summer of 2011 Miran Vaupotich made his opera debut in the United States, conducting Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival in Philadelphia. Same year he conducted Astor Piazzolla’s rarely performed tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires in a new fully staged production by Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia, directed by Mario Kovac and performed with the Zagreb Soloists, Ivan Filipovic Chamber Choir featuring renowned singers Sandra Rumolino, Jorge Rodriguez and Jose Luis Baretto. In 2012 he conducted the Empire Opera premier productions of Waundel Saavedra’s Sweet Dreams and John Alan Rose’s Rumpelstiltskin directed by Tyler Bunch (The Muppets) in New York City at The National Opera America Center, while in 2013 he debuted at the Croatian National Opera in Zagreb with Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Miran Vaupotich led two large China National New Year Tours, with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra in 2013 and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, performing at most eminent Chinese venues. A strong advocate for new music he premiered Carlos Franzetti’s Clarinet Concerto, Peter Machajdik’s Farewell Fanfare, Youngkwang Yang’s Korean Folksongs, Primous Fountain’s Symphony No. 2 commissioned by famous American producer Quincy Jones, and many other works.

He recorded his debut album “Elegia” for Classic Concert Records with the Russian Symphony Orchestra Prokofiev featuring works by Di Marino. Recently released on Naxos label album “Sensations” featuring Di Marino and Piazzolla Bandoneon Concertos recorded with the Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra and Italian virtuoso Cesare Chiacchiaretta was quickly followed by recording of album “Mediterranean” with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the same label featuring music of Charles Camilleri. Miran Vaupotich is one of international ambassadors for the EMMA for Peace (EuroMediterraneanMusicAcademy) under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary presidency of Riccardo Muti. In 2015 he was awarded the Honorary Diploma by the International Academy of the rating technologies and sociology "Golden Fortune" for significant contribution to development of the world symphonic music and has been listed in the Hubners Who is Who, a known reference publication of notable people in the field of economy, politics, science, culture, arts and sports. Miran Vaupotich holds a master’s degree from the JurajDobrilaUniversity in Pula where he was the recipient of the Rector Scholarship, and also earned conducting degree from the InternationalArtAcademy in Greece.

Ivana Levak Vaupotić’s career has led to solo appearances with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Paderewski Philharmonic Orchestra and Slovak Sinfonietta among others.  Whether in front of an orchestra, in the recital hall or in a chamber music setting, Ms. Levak Vaupotić’s impresses audiences and critics alike. Current concerto engagements feature Ivana Levak Vaupotić as guest soloist with the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra in China, Ulyanovsk Symphony Orchestra in Russia and Vienna Master Orchestra in Austria. Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1979, Ivana Levak Vaupotić began her classical accordion studies with Marija Ivković. When she was 14, Ivana entered The Elly Bašić College of Music studying with Marjan Krajna. Ms. Levak earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juraj Dobrila University of Music in the town of Pula where she studied classical accordion with Slavko Magdić and conducting with maestro Miroslav Homen. As soloist and member of chamber ensembles she is awarded with numerous valuable awards. Ivana performed in Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia. She has participated in master classes with internationally recognized performers and pedagogues like P. Soave (USA), O. Murray (Great Britain), D. Modrušan (Croatia), V. Balyk (Ukraine), J. Shishkin (Russia) and A. Skliarov (Russia). In 2004 she founded AccoDuo with which she performed internationally and won eminent competitions such as 14th International WCH Competition in the USA and IBLA Grand Prize World Competition in Italy, and recorded CD Romance for the Classic Concert Records label from Salzburg, Austria. An avid chamber musician who thrives on innovative collaborations, Ms. Levak recently collaborated with eminent composers such as Peter Machajdik, Yevgeni Derbenko, Eric Schwartz and many others. Ms. Levak Vaupotić currently teaches at the Franjo Lučić Arts School in Velika Gorica, Croatia.

Frane Verbanac was born in 1981 in the town of Split (Croatia). He started to study guitar at the age of 8. After primary music education he moved to Zagreb and continued studying with prof. Ante ÄŒagalj at the „Elly Bašić“ music school. From early days he attended summer guitar school „Upbeat Hvar“ where he started collaboration with friend and colleague Kajo Milišić. Though they were still little children, they formed Split guitar duo and performed a lot of notable concerts and took a part on many music competitions with outstanding results. He starts major studies with prof. Franz Halász at the "Hochschule für Musik Augsburg" in Germany. At the same time he studied early music with the Argentinean lutenist Eduardo Egüez. In 2007 he obtained his master diploma under the guidance of prof. Franz Halász. While studding, Frane attended many masterclasses and had opportunity to work with various guitar players. As student, he founded with his friends  Croatian Guitar Quartet and hold concerts on many festivals of classical music in Croatia and abroad („Die lange Nacht der Musik“ in München, Atrium Klänge in Nürnberg, „Split Summer Festival“ in Split…) In 2003 quartet recorded the album "Summit" with music of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. In his musical career he took place in various competitions and won numerous awards in solo and chamber music categories. He is a member of renowned chamber ensamble Zagreb Guitar Quartet and works as guitar professor at music school  „Elly Bašić“ in Zagreb.

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