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New audio: Fuga y misterio by Astor Piazzolla


New YouTube Video: Bach Fugue BWV 579


Zagreb Guitar Quartet in China

Beijing NCPAThe Zagreb Guitar Quartet will perform a concert at the The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing, China, on June 7th 2012.

The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Croatia. The program will feature works by Croatian composers Adalbert Marković and Ivo Josipović.


Zagreb Guitar Quartet: The Laurentide Waltz by Oscar Peterson

Live on Croatian Television Good Morning Croatia Show, October 2010.
Tomislav Vasilj, Krunoslav Pehar, Melita Ivković and Frane Verbanac


Bach Fugue BWV 578 online

Watch video of the Zagreb Guitar Quartet playing Bach’s Fugue BWV 578 at the Guitar Days in Zagreb, May 2009.


Osor Concert Review in Vjesnik

Along with their innate passion, the performance of the Zagreb Guitar Quartet shows superior conscientiousness in the concert preparation and a high level of performing together, evident in their brilliant technique and a sense for leading phrases on the guitar, an artistic string instrument enjoying agelong popularity in Croatia.

Zlatko Stahuljak, Vjesnik (Croatian daily newspaper), 29 July 2009.

Read the full article (Croatian only).


Photos from Kastav

Taken from the festival’s website.
More photos coming!


Concert at the Osor Musical Evenings

Watch YouTube video of Oscar Peterson’s Laurentide Waltz recorded at the Osor Musical Evenings in 2007.

Osor Musical Evenings
Island of Cres, Croatia
Friday, 24 July, 9 pm

ZAGREB GUITAR QUARTET
Tomislav Vasilj – Krunoslav Pehar – Melita Ivković – Mak Grgić

Program (all arrangements by Ante Čagalj):
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Gavotte et 6 doubles
Isaac Albéniz: Pavana capricho, op. 12; Sevilla
Vlado Sunko: Varijacije na dalmatinsku temu (Variations on a Dalmatian theme)
Joaquín Turina: La oración del torero, op. 34
Francisco Tárrega: Jota aragonesa
Oscar Peterson: The Laurentide Waltz; Land of the Misty Giants; Place St. Henri


Kastafsko kulturno leto Guitar Festival

18.07. subota / Saturday
20:30 – 23:30 sati, crkva Sv. Jelene Križarice / 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., St. Jelena Križarica church
“Bach uz svijeće…klasično – aukustično – električno – povijesno!”
“Candlelight Bach…classical-acoustic-electric-historical!”

Zagrebački gitaristički kvartet / Zagreb Guitar Quartet
Tomislav Vasilj / Krunoslav Pehar / Melita Ivković / Mak Grgić
Hrvatska, Slovenija / Croatia, Slovenia
Renato Rožić & Raul sen Gupta
hi-end gitara & tabla, Hrvatska, Indija / hi-end guitar & tabla, Croatia, India


Zagreb Guitar Quartet in Prague

We are pleased to announce our concert in Prague:
Thursday 25 June 2009 at 6:00pm
Kostel sv. Salvátora
Salvátorská 1, Staré město
110 00 Praha
Czech Republic
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Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Oscar Peterson, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joaquín Turina and Ivo Josipović

Last.fm Event


In memoriam: R.I.P. Daniel Marušić (1931-2009)

Excerpt from ‘Naše malo misto’, directed by Daniel Marušić.

The Zagreb Guitar Quartet mourn the loss of the famous Croatian film director and Osor Musical Evenings founder, Daniel Marušić.

Daniel Marušić invited us to the Osor Musical Evenings in 1997 and our collaboration continued to the present day with the quartet playing each year at the festival for 12 years in a row. It resulted in eight first performances of new works by Croatian contemporary composers commissioned by the festival and the ensemble.


Guitar Days Concert broadcast on Croatian Television

The Guitar Days opening concert which featured Robert Belinić and the Zagreb Guitar Quartet will be broadcast May 24 on HRT1 (Croatian Television) from 8.10-9.15 am.

From the HRT website:

HTV1 24.05.2009. 08:10

Dani gitare 2009.: Robert Belinić i Zagrebački gitaristički kvartet

Kasnih osamdesetih, tiho i neformalno u zagrebački i hrvatski koncertni život ušli su Dani gitare. Nisu se odmah tako zvali, no pažnju jesu privukli odmah. U sklopu Dana, promoviralo se najbolje čime Hrvatska, kad je o gitarama riječ, raspolaže. Nema zapaženijeg gitarista mlađeg naraštaja kojeg organizator festivala Ante Čagalj nije pozvao da nastupi na festivalskoj pozornici. U svom 20. godištu festival okupalja potvrđenu gitarističku kvalitetu, tu je jedan od naših najrafiniranijih komornih sastava Zagrebački gitaristički kvartet i Robert Belinić kojeg pamtimo kao dječaka iz Papićeve Priče iz Hrvatske, uspješni solist koji je kao prvi gitarist u povijesti programa Young Concert Artists pobijedio na audiciji u Leipzigu 2001. Belinić i Kvartet, odvojeno i zajedno pred prepunom franjevačkom crkvom na Kaptolu, svirali su skladbe Bacha, Händela, Rameaua, Laura i Garota.

Urednik: Ivana Kocelj
Redatelj: Danko Volarić


Candlelight Bach…classical-acoustic-electric-historical!

We are pleased to announce our concert at the 13th International Guitar Festival in Kastav, Croatia.

18.07. subota / Saturday
20:30 – 23:30 sati, crkva Sv. Jelene Križarice / 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., St. Jelena Križarica church
Bach uz svijeće…klasično – aukustično – električno – povijesno!
“Candlelight Bach…classical-acoustic-electric-historical!”

Zagrebački gitaristički kvartet / Zagreb Guitar Quartet
Tomislav Vasilj / Krunoslav Pehar / Melita Ivković / Mak Grgić
Hrvatska, Slovenija / Croatia, Slovenia

Renato Rožić & Raul sen Gupta
hi-end gitara & tabla, Hrvatska, Indija / hi-end guitar & tabla, Croatia, India

Last.fm event


Zagreb Guitar Days 2009: May 13-16

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Zagreb Guitar Days! We are pleased to announce the opening concert of the festival which will feature Robert Belinić, Zagreb Guitar Quartet and GuEllyBa Guitar Orchestra.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Franjevački samostan (Franciscan Cloister), Kaptol 9 (view Google Map)
RSVP on Facebook & Last.fm


Handel, Rameau, Bach in Split

<a href="http://zagrebguitarquartet.bandcamp.com/track/fugue-bwv-541">Fugue BWV 541 by Zagreb Guitar Quartet</a>

We are excited to announce our concert in Split on 29 March at 8 pm in the Cathedral of St Duje. Our program will feature Suite no. 5 by Georg Frederic Handel, Gavotte et 6 doubles by Jean-Phillipe Rameau and several works by Johann Sebastian Bach: contrapuncti 1 & 4 from The Art of the Fugue, “Little” Fugue in g minor BWV 578, Prelude and Fugue BWV 531 (C major) and BWV 541 (G major). The entrance is free.

The concert is a part of the Days of Christian Culture in Split which takes place from 28 March to 7 April in Split, Dubrovnik and Šibenik.

RSVP on Last.fm or Facebook


Guitar4.com Facebook Integration

We’ve implemented a WordPress plugin that allows direct integration of Zagreb Guitar Quartet’s website with Facebook using Facebook Connect:

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Let the Facebook mania begin!


Johann Sebastian Bach’s Eight Little Preludes and Fugues

<a href="http://zagrebguitarquartet.bandcamp.com/album/eight-little-preludes-and-fugues">Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 553 by Zagreb Guitar Quartet</a>

Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Eight Little Preludes and Fugues (BWV 553-557), originally written for organ, transcribed for us by our own Ante Čagalj, are the part of our upcoming baroque CD which is scheduled for late 2009 and will feature works by Handel and Rameau.

You can buy Eight Little Preludes and Fugues from the following online mp3 stores:


Zagreb Guitar Quartet to appear live on Good Morning Croatia

The Quartet at Jumeirah The Zagreb Guitar Quartet is scheduled to appear live on HRT – Croatian Television’s Good Morning Croatia (Dobro jutro Hrvatska) on Friday, 20 February. Good Morning Croatia airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Quartet will perform pieces by Mohamed el-Qasabgi and Zdenko Runjić.


Musicians Who Blog website features Zagreb Guitar Quartet

Our website got featured on the brand new Musicians Who Blog website, run by a jazz trumpet player and upstart blogger Ashley Morgan.

Melita Ivkovic of The Zagreb Guitar Quartet is a wonderful example of how musicians are leveraging the power of the blogging and social media.

Guitar4.com, the WordPress powered blog of The Zagreb Guitar Quartet, is clean and professional, allowing easy access to the quartet’s releases, press information, photographs and biography.


Photos from the Emirates

Playing soprano guitar at the Holiday Inn Sharjah
We have just added a selection of photos from our enjoyable trip to Sharjah and Dubai. Enjoy!


Concert at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, February 1

Emirates
Date: February 1, 2009
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Main Auditorium of the American University of Sharjah

ZAGREB GUITAR QUARTET
Tomislav Vasilj, Krunoslav Pehar, Melita Ivković, Mak Grgić

Program:

Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL (1685 – 1759)
Suite no. 5 in E-Major, HWV 430
Prelude – Allemande – Courante – Air

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683 – 1764): Gavotte et 6 doubles

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750)
Fugue in g minor, BWV 578
Prelude and fugue in C major, BWV 531

-intermission-

Joaquín TURINA (1882 – 1949)
Cinco danzas gitanas, op. 84
Fiesta de las calderas
Circulos ritmicos
Invocacion
Danza ritmica
Seguirya

Mohamed EL-QASABGI (1892 – 1966): Tibieni Layh

Ivo JOSIPOVIĆ (b. 1957): Samba per chitarre

Celso MACHADO (b. 1953): Folguedo

All compositions are arranged for four guitars by Ante Čagalj, except Folguedo which is exclusivelly arranged for the Zagreb Guitar Quartet by Celso Machado.

Links:
Facebook Event
Last.fm Event


Announcing the Dubai concert

Zagreb Guitar Quartet will perform a concert in Dubai on February 2, 2009 at the American University of Sharjah. The Quartet will perform works by George Frideric Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joaquín Turina, Mohamed el-Qasabgi, Celso Machado and Ivo Josipović. More information forthcoming.

(Photo: Dar’ya Sipyeykina)


Happy Holidays!

Best wishes to everyone from the Zagreb Guitar Quartet.