Cycle of Sunday Concerts

The Cycle of Sunday Concerts continues on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Foyer of the CNT in Zagreb with the appearance of the trombone ensemble: Alan Bošnjak – trombone, alto trombone; Ivan Bošnjak – trombone; Mate Đuzel – trombone; Marin Rabadan – trombone and Željko Kertez – tuba. Concert guests are sopranos Adela Golac Rilović and Gorana Biondić Ruško.

Concert programme:

Gioachino Rossini William Tell, ouverture

Charles Gounod Romeo and Juliet, aria of Juliet Je Veux Vivre
Soloist: Gorana Biondić Ruško

Giacomo Puccini Gianni Schicchi, aria of Lauretta O, mio Babbino caro
Soloist: Adela Golac Rilović

Richard Wagner Tannhäuser, Pilgrim’s Chorus 

Giuseppe Verdi La Traviata, aria of Violetta Sempre libera
Soloist: Gorana Biondić Ruško

Giacomo Puccini Turandot, aria of Liu Tu, che di gel sei cinta
Soloist: Adela Golac Rilović

Giuseppe Verdi Aida, Triumphal March

Gaetano Donizetti La Fille du Regiment, aria of Marie Salut a la France
Soloist: Gorana Biondić Ruško

Jacques Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld, Can-Can

AntonínDvořákRusalka, aria of Rusalka Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém
Soloist: Adela Golac Rilović

Ivan noble Zajc Nikola Šubić Zrinjski, Finale of the opera U boj, u boj

The Cycle of Sunday Concerts continues on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11.00 a.m. with the appearance of the music ensemble Alisios camerata with Vlatka Peljhan on the violin, Davorin Brozić on the clarinet and Mia Elezović on the piano.

Programme of the concert on March 26, 2017 at 11.00 a.m.

Igor Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale
Darius Milhaud Suite
Alexander Arutiunian Suite for Trio

Alisios camerata approaches literature originally composed for the Messiaen ensemble with equal joy and enthusiasm as works they arrange themselves and they perform in various combinations, inviting colleagues instrumentalists and singers into the ensemble. They have been instantly recognised by the audience and the critics and they aroused attention of Croatian authors of all generations who compose or have already written scores for them. Along their appearances in Croatia, the ensemble performed with great success in Austria, Cyprus and Japan. Their performance of Quatrain I. by Toru Takemitsu with the Zagreb Philharmonic at the international festival of contemporary music in 2015 at the Zagreb Music Biennale was the first performance of this work in Croatia. In 2014, at the Days of Croatian Music in Opatija they premiered the works of composers of the middle and younger generations (Olja Jelaska, Ivan Josip Skender, Mladen Tarbuk, Viktorija Čop, Davor Bobić) who composed solely for them. For the past 25 years in Croatia, no music was written for such an ensemble, but since the appearance of Alisios many scores have been composed which only proves that this ensemble arouses great interest.

Davorin Brozić manifests his affinity toward chamber music in several segments. He performs works of the classical repertoire and plays with chamber ensembles in his homeland and abroad. He participated at the Festival Carl Orff in Italy and the Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, and with the Moscow quartet Dominant he played four concerts during their Croatian tour. At several Zagreb Music Biennale editions he performed with the quartet of the Berlin Philharmonic and as a soloist with the ensemble Zeitfluss from Graz. For the Cantus record company he made a CD titled Spiritual Ruždjak with chamber works. He is the co-founder and organiser of the Festival of Chamber Music Diapason at the Croatian Music Institute. Davorin Brozić is the solo-clarinetist of the Orchestra of the Opera of the CNT in Zagreb and an assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. After he completed his studies at the Academy of Music in Zagreb he continued to study clarinet in New York and Geneva and as conductor studied in Sienna and Milan.

Vlatka Peljhan is the concert mistress of the Orchestra of the Opera of the CNT in Zagreb and professor of chamber music at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. She acquired her master`s degree in violin and viola at the High School for Music and Dance in Rotterdam. She performed as a soloist with the leading Croatian orchestras. She is the laureate of the International violin competition Alfredo e Vanda  Marcosig in Italy. As a member of the Zagreb Piano Trio she won several awards and acknowledgements in the country and abroad and appeared at international festivals of chamber music throughout Europe and Israel. She was a member of the Japanese Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the Canadian Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists and the Symphony Orchestra of Arena di Verona.

Mia Elezović graduated piano at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of Professor Zvjezdana Bašić and at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt in the class of Herbert Seidel. She acquired her master`s degree at the Academy of Music in Zagreb and at the Manhattan School of Music as part of the Contemporary Performance programme, She worked with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe, USA and Japan. As a pedagogue she works at numerous international music institutions and since 2010 she has been lecturing at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège in Belgium and from 2016 at the Art Academy in Osijek.

The Cycle of Sunday Concerts continued on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the CNT Foyer. This concert included the appearance of Gorana Biondić Ruško and Adela Golac Rilović accompanied by Darijan Ivezić on the piano.

Concert programme – February 26, 2017  

Henry Purcell  Let us wander
Felix Mendelssohn  Grüss
Camille Saint-Saëns  El desdichado
Emile Amédée Chausson  La Nuit
Emile Amédée Chausson  Réveil
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro, duet of Susanna and Countess Almaviva Cosa minarri.. Sull
Vincenzo Bellini Beatrice di Tenda, duet Angiol di pace
Jules Massenet  Cendrillon, the scene of the Fairy and Cinderella,  Enfin je connaitrai le bonheur à mon tour

Gorana Biondić Ruško was born in Slavonski Brod. She graduated solo singing at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in 2008 in the class of Professor Snježana Bujanović- Stanislav and continued to perfect her technique with the national principal singer Vitomir Marof, Paolo de Napolia and Silvia dalla Benette. As one of the most talented singers of her generation she appeared in all Croatian opera houses. She had her debut at the CNT in Rijeka in 2005 as Despina in Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte and in 2011 she sand Paulina in Offenbach’s operetta  La vie Parisienne. At the CNT in Zagreb she sang in the following opera works: Dialogue of the Carmelites by F. Poulenc (Constance), Sister Angelica (Genovieffa) and Gianni Schicchi (Nella) by G. Puccini,  Falstaff (Nanneta) by G. Verdi, Parsifal (Blumenmädchen) by R. Wagner, Hamlet (Ophelia) by A. Thomas, L’elisir d’amore (Adina) by G. Donizetti, Don Giovanni (Zerlina) by W. A. Mozart, The Shoemaker from Delft (Happiness) by B. Bersa, Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) by E. Humperdinck, Mimi (Musette) F. Verrières, Hillary the Witch Goes to the Opera by P. Lund (Maria Bellacanta) and Helene in Hin und Züruck by P. Hindemith. At the CNT in Split she sang the roles of Musette in Puccini’s opera La Boheme, at the CNT in Osijek she appeared at the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. At the opening of the 59.Split Summer she sang in The Mariner’s Return by F. von Suppé (Jela). She achieved a great career as a concert singer and among others appeared with the Zagreb Philharmonic and Ensemble Cantus. She is the laureate of numerous awards of which the Award of the Croatian Composers‘s Society and the Award Marijana Radev of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb in 2012/13 must be pointed out.

Adela Golac Rilović graduated solo singing in the class of Professor Snježana Bujanović Stanislav at the Academy of Music in Zagreb where she also acquired her master’s degree in the class of Professor Dunja Vejzović. She furthered her technique at seminars held by world famous singers (Mirella Freni, Sena Jurinec, Biserka Cvejić, Olivera Miljaković, Franca Mattiucci, Paolo de Napoli). She had her debut in 1999 as Cleopatra in Händel’s opera Giulio Cesare and since then has been appearing in leading roles at the Opera of the CNT in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek, especially in the roles of Italian belcanto (Violetta, Gilda, Luisa Miller, Amina, Aida, Leonora, Amelia Boccanegra, Norma, Adina, Marie, Giulietta, Nedda, Giorgetta, Cio Cio San). During her career she expanded her repertoire to Slavic and German composers and attracted special attention as Jenufa and Elsa, while with the roles of Maria (Mazeppa) and Chrysothemis (Electra) achieved international success.
She also performed at the summer festivals in Dubrovnik, Split, Rijeka and Zadar and at the Tiroler festspiele. She also performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Zagreb Soloists, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Radiotelevision Orchestra, Orchestra of the Split Opera, Slovenian Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony Orchestra and worked with Croatian  (Šutej, Bareza, Dešpalj, Repušić) and foreign conductors (Kuhn, Allemandi, Dinić, Rahbari, Bosch, Conlin, Arp, Remereit). Adela Golac Rilović recorded the Croatian Mass and Noon Symphony by Boris Papandopulo for which, in 2002, she received the Porin Award for the best performed works in the category of classical music. She also recorded Preghiera by Gino Marinuzzi with the Croatian Radiotelevision Orchestra with Nikša Bareza as conductor and the CD was published in Italy. As a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem she sang at the Tyroler Festspiele with G. Kuhn as conductor and this was also recorded on a CD. For the role of Mirjana in the opera carrying the same title composed by J. Mandić she was granted the Marijana Radev Award for the best opera creation in the theatre season 2007/8 and for the role of Helene in Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani  in the season 2015/16.

Darijan Ivezić  was born in 1990 in Novska where he completed his high school music education – piano and music theory. He completed the study of conducting at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of Professor Uroš Lajovic. Since 2015 he has been employed as a repetiteur in the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb where he also worked as an assistant conductor to Nikša Bareza, Josip Šego and Ivan Josip Skender in the following operas: I Vespri Siciliani by Verdi, Manon Lescaut and Madama Butterfly by Puccini, Don Pasquale by Donizetti, Equinox by Brkanović, cantata Gurre-Lieder by Schönberg, Mimi by Verrières with which he had his debut as a conductor in 2016. He is the leader of the Ensemble Col legno with which, among other things, recorded music for the animated movie Mutne vode. As a sophomore student in October 2010 with colleagues from the Academy of Dramatic Art Fran Mario Vranković and Luka Jerković he realised the project DuLuM – KULTurni tulum – a welcome concert for all freshmen of the three art academies and for which he was granted the Rector’s Award. As an assistant conductor to Mladen Tarbuk at the end of 2011 he participated in an inter-academy production of Carmen by Georges Bizet at the Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski and the CNT in Rijeka for which he was granted the Dean’s Award. He also assisted Mladen Tarbuk and conducted the inter-academy production of opera The Nightingale by Igor Stravinsky at the Concert Hall Vattroslav Lisinski in April 2013. From the beginning of 2015 to February 2016 he led the Choir of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb Capella Juris. Currently he is the conductor and artistic leader of Project Lazarus. From March 2016, he works as an assistant at the Conducting, Harp and Percussion department of the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In April 2016, he led the Bajsić at 8 cycle of the Croatian Radiotelevision Orchestra for the first time.

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. the Cycle of Sunday Concerts shall commence in the Foyer of the CNT in Zagreb and shall take place once a month. The Cycle is planned as a joint project of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Croatian Association of Trombone & Tuba players – Busina which plans to showcase prominent Croatian musicians in diversely selected programmes. All concerts will be held on Sundays at 11 a.m. in the Foyer of the CNT in Zagreb in the following order.

12 February 2017        Duo Kušan – Gilming
26 February 2017        Gorana Biondić Ruško – Adela Golac Rilović – Darijan Ivezić
26 March 2017            Alisios Camerata
23 April 2017              Busina Brass Quintet
14 May 2017               Trombone Quintet and Gorana Biondić Ruško

The first concert will be held on February 12, 2017 by Duo Kušan – Gimling, with Petra Kušan as the cellist and Petra Gimling as the pianist.

Concert programme:

Robert Schumann Adagio and Allegro, op. 70
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for cello and piano, op.119

Andante grave


Allegro, ma non troppo

Cesar Franck Sonata for violin and piano in A-major
Allegretto ben moderato
Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
Allegretto poco mosso

Petra Kušan began to study the cello at the age of 6. She studied with Professor Valter Dešpalj and in 2008 graduated in his class from the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In 2010 she completed her master’s specialisation with Julius Berger at the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg, Germany. During her studies she regularly worked with other prominent musicians such as K. Botvay, D. Ferschtman, L. Fenyö, M. Lovett, O. Mandozzi, A. Meneses, Jean Guihen Queyras, V. Yagling, R. Latzko and others. She received scholarships from the City of Zagreb, the Government of Bavaria, the Leopold Mozart Curatorium, Foundation Vladimir Spivakov and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. She is the laureate of numerous competitions: the State competitions in Croatia and international competitions in Gorizia (Italy) and Liezen (Austria), Concertino Praga, Andreas Stein Wettbewerb in Augsburg and Ferdo Livadić in Samobor. In 2007, she was granted the Ivo Vuljević Award for the most successful young musician of the year. She is a regular guest soloist throughout Europe:  Slovenia, Austria, Germany, France, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Kosovo, Switzerland. She played with prestigious local and international orchestras (Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Radio, Kremerata Baltica, Budapest String Orchestra, Leopold Mozart Ensemble, Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Army Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Zagreb, Zagreb soloists, Croatian Chamber Orchestra). She made recordings for the Croatian, Czech, Austrian, German and French radios which were broadcasted all over Europe. She intensely plays chamber music and regularly cooperates with artists such as Mischa Maisky, Jose Gallard, Natalie Gutman, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Danjul Ishizaka, Radovan Vlatković, Giovanni Sollima, Daniel Gaede, Martin Lovett, Monika Leskovar, Julius Berger and many prominent members of the most prestigious European orchestras (Berlin, Munich and Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Zurich Opera, etc.). She worked with numerous local and foreign ensembles such as Cellomania, Moscow Virtuosi, Russian National Orchestra, Zagreb soloists, Cello Passionato, Les ensemble international des Quatre siècles, Croatian Army Orchestra, Zagreb Youth Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Croatian Musical Youth, Croatian Chamber Orchestra and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Orchestra of the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

Petra Gilming was born in 1978 in Zagreb where she graduated in 2000 at the Academy of Music in the class of Professor Vladimir Krpan and in his class she also acquired her master’s degree in 2007. She is the laureate of numerous international competitions, the holder of the Rector’s and Dean’s Awards of the University of Zagreb and the laureate of the Award of the Croatian Music Institute. She works with prominent Croatian and international artists. She is often invited to work as an accompanist of candidates of large-scale international competitions. She is employed at the artistic associate in the Department for string instruments of the Academy of Music, University of Zagreb.