July 2018.
Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.
Small hall


Tuesday U 21:00
Small hall
100 kn
100.00 kn
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for clarinet, piano and cello in B flat major, Op. 11, Gassenhauer
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazioni
Johannes Brahms
Trio for clarinet, piano and cello in a minor, Op. 114
Andantino grazioso – Trio

Marija Pavlović graduated from the clarinet program of the Music Academy in Zagreb, where she studied under Milko Pravdić. She further studied at the Mozarteum in Salzbug with Alois Brandhofer, where she received the Würdigenpreiz by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Culture in Vienna. She has received numerous awards and won in a number of international competitions. As a soloist, she has collaborated with renowned Croatian and international orchestras and chamber ensembles (the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Gli Archi Scaligeri, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Vlaamse, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, etc.). She is a passionate chamber musician and regularly plays with bassoonist Pieter Nuytten, pianist Martina Filjak (with whom she recorded the triple Porin winning album Glazba... Prijateljstvo), flutist Edith Van Syck (with whom she formed the Focus Chamber Ensemble). She is a frequent guest of many concert halls, including the Groβen Saal der Stiftung Mozarteum, Santander Performing Arts Center, Muziektheater Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, Vlaamse Opera in Gent and Antwerp, Concertgebouw in Bruges and Amsterdam, etc. In 2018, she became the Artist in Residence to the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and established a new festival called Stradun Classic.

In 1995, cellist Monika Leskovar became the youngest laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Japan. She first attended the Elly Bašić Music School in Zagreb, where she studied with Dobrila Berković-Magdalenić. She then studied under Valter Dešpalj and obtained her Bachelors’ and Master’s Degrees from the Hanns Eisler High School of Music in Berlin, where she studied with David Geringas and remained as a professor assistant. Between 2010 and 2011 she was the solo cellist of the Munich Philharmonic. In 2013, she started teaching at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and in 2017 at the Music Academy in Zagreb as an assistant professor. She was the winner of a number of international competitions, including ARD Munich, Mstislav Rostropovich Paris, Antonio Janigro Zagreb, Roberto Caruana Milan and Adams Cello Competition in New Zealand. She has collaborated with numerous renowned artists (Valery Gergiev, Itamar Golan, Tabe Zimmermann, Nikolai Znaider, Thomas Hengelbrock, Boris Berezovski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Stefan Milenković, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Mario Brunello, Patti Smith, Janine Jansen) as well as with chamber ensembles and orchestras in Croatia and abroad. She and cellist/composer Giovanni Sollimo have been working together since 20015 and recorded an album called We Were Trees for Sony/BMG. She plays a 1765 instrument made by the Italian master Mantegazza.

 “An artist with galvanizing power” and “magnetic presence on scene” are only some of the descriptions used by international critics for one of the most successful Croatian pianists, Martina Filjak. Although she has won a number of prizes in international piano competitions, she particularly drew the public attention in 2009 when she won the gold medal and a number of special prizes in the international competition in Cleveland and soon after in Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein Vienna and the Zankel Hall - Carnegie Hall. Martina Filjak was trained at the Music Academy in Zagreb and the Vienna Conservatory. She completed her formal training in the exclusive soloist class in Hannover. She also attended master classes at the Piano Academy at Como Lake in Italy. She performed with the world's leading orchestras and famous conductors, such as Heinrich Schiff, Theodor Guschlbauer, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Christian Zacharias, Michael Schønwandt, Christoph Poppen and Stefan Sanderling. She appeared in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Palais des Congres in Strasbourg, Auditori and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Auditorium di Milano, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, Severance Hall in Cleveland. Her rich repertoire includes compositions ranging from Bach to Beri and more than thirty piano concertos. She is planning her first tour to South Korea, Finland, and Columbia.