Croatian cellist, Dorotea Rácz, has collected over thirty international prizes, including the Grand Prize at International Competition “Casarza Ligure” (Italy), 1st prizes at International Competition “Antionio Janigro” for young cellists (Croatia), International Competition “Valsesia Musica” (Italy), International Competition Alpe-Adria "Alfredo e Vanda Marcosig" (Italy), as well as the 2nd price at the AFAF International Concerto Competition (USA), to mention a few.
Dorotea has performed in Croatia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta and the United States, in prestigious venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Konzerthaus Klagenfurt, Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Festival appearances include the PagArt Festival (Croatia), American Fine Arts Festival (USA), International Festival "Umbria Classica" (Italy), and Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival (Italy).
An ardent chamber music performer, Dorotea is a founding member of the Rácz-Samogray Duo and Trio Accendo. Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcasted on HRT Radio (Zagreb), where she was also a featured guest on the show "Od portreta do portreta," hosted by Branko Magdić.
At the age of sixteen, Dorotea was awarded a full merit scholarship to study with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She has participated in master classes with Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirshbaum, Anner Bylsma, Phillipe Muller, Karine Georgian, Silvia Sondeckiene, Valter Despalj, Reinhard Latzko, Steven Doane, Lluís Claret, and Vladimir Perlin. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Music at the Catholic University of America, with a full scholarship and graduate assistantship in chamber music, in the studio of Michael Mermagen.
Recognized as a “thoughtful player” whose playing exhibits “stylistic mastery and playful lightness” by the press, American pianist, Dmitry Samogray, performs solo and chamber music recitals regularly throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
A passionate and dynamic chamber musician, Dmitry is a top prize winner at the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition and a founding member of several ensembles, including the Rácz-Samogray Duo, Trio Accendo, and the Nubar Trio. Rácz-Samogray Duo’s Zagreb debut at the HGZ Concert Hall was described as “an inimitable musical evening filled with beauty and emotion” (HRsvijet.net). Following a recital at the Lisinski Hall, Trio Accendo was praised for its “attentive interpretations, synchronized musical intent, and a rich tone” (Klasika.hr). In addition to standard repertoire, Dmitry is committed to the exploration of wrongfully neglected music, including works for non-standard, mixed ensembles.
As soloist, Dmitry has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of the American Fine Arts Festival for three consecutive seasons. Other festival appearances include PagArt Festival (Croatia), KD Festival (Croatia), International Festival "Umbria Classica" (Italy), and Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival (Italy).
Born in Tashkent, Dmitry studied at the Uspensky School of Music with Tatyana Sotnikova before moving to the United States. He has worked with prominent Russian virtuosos Alexander Shtarkman and Larissa Dedova, earning his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, respectively. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Music at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Described as "extraordinary" and "a man of many talents" (New Haven Independent) in possession of “admirable control and color” (Baltimore Sun), Belarusian-American clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Belarus National Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Chamber Orchestra, the Peabody Camerata, and the Lunar Ensemble.
A dedicated collaborator, Gleb has made appearances on stages of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (USA), Spoleto Festival (USA), Atlantic Music Festival (USA), Klangspuren Schwaz/Ensemble Modern Akademie Festivals (Austria), New Hampshire Chamber Music Festival (USA), Leonardo de Lorenzo Festival (Italy), 1787 Festival for Experimental Music (USA), and the Shriver Hall New Artist series in Baltimore. He is a member of the artist faculty at the soundSCAPE Festival for New Music in Maccagno, Italy. At this point, he has premiered over a 120 works of living composers.
Gleb has won numerous competitions and awards, such as the Baltimore Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition, and the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition with Nubar Trio and more. A dedicated composer, he has recently received numerous commissions for solo and chamber works. He has won the Composition Prize from the “Música AntiquaNova” Foundation (Argentina) and has been commissioned to produce a new work for cello and double bass.
Gleb received a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music degree from Yale University, in the studios of Anthony McGill and David Shifrin, respectively. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition and Theory at Brandeis University.
Ginevra Petrucci has performed in prestigious concert halls throughout Europe (Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia, Rome; Villa Medici, Rome; Teatro La Fenice, Venice; Sala Maffeiana, Verona; Villa Pignatelli, Naples; Salle Cortot, Paris; Liszt Academy, Budapest; Chopin Academy, Warsaw), the United States (Carnegie Hall), Japan (Shinjuku Bunka Center, Keyaki Hall), Brazil, Israel, Turkey and Africa, alongside acclaimed artists such as pianist Bruno Canino, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour. An active chamber musician, she collaborates with ensembles such as 'I Virtuosi Italiani', 'I Musici di Roma' and the Kodály Quartet.
Her recordings include Giulio Briccialdi’s four Flute Concerti with I Virtuosi Italiani (first world recording, Bongiovanni 2009), the complete Quintets by Kuhlau with the Kodály Quartet (Brilliant Classics 2013) and the complete Flute Duets by Haydn (Brilliant 2014).
Ginevra is a founding member of the Delphi Chamber Orchestra and Cantata Profana, both based in the United States. She has been visiting professor and has presented masterclasses and lecture-recitals at Accademia Flatus (Switzerland), Académie Musicale de Villecroze (France) and Accademia Musicale Sherazade (Italy). Since 2013, she is Professor at the Accademia Angelica Costantiniana of Rome and at the European Culture and Performing Arts Association of Tokyo.
As a strong advocate of contemporary music, Ginevra had direct collaborations with composers Kaija Saariaho, Steve Reich, George Crumb, Betsy Jolas and Jean-Michel Damase, as well as several composers of her generation in the United States and in Italy, where she performs regularly at the Nuova Consonanza Contemporary Music Festival and La Biennale di Venezia.
Born in Rome, Ginevra studied at Conservatorio ‘Santa Cecilia’ with her father, continuing her education at Ecole Normale ‘Alfred Cortot’ and at Yale University, where she obtained a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma. She is President of the Associazione Musicale Leonardo De Lorenzo.
Kaja Farszky is a versatile percussionist who is active as a soloist, but also collaborates with different chamber ensembles, orchestras, music and theatre artists. Contemporary music productions have a prominent place in her repertoire, many of which are first performances or pieces rarely performed in Croatia. In 2014 she was awarded by the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia for the most outstanding musical achievement in 2014. She got her musical education at Music Academy in Zagreb and Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Currently she is based in Brussels where she's enrolled in contemporary music programme coached by members of Ictus ensamble at School of Arts Gent. Her musical life was largely marked by many guest performances in Europe and worldwide. Her approach to music performance is characterized by excellence of the performance, but also by a clearly defined extramusical dramaturgical concept, carefully thought through. She dedicates equal attention to the visual elements as well as elements of the scene and her performances are characterized by a powerful artistic personality, both in the classical music performances and in the most challenging pieces of contemporary music literature. She is an active musician in classical, contemporary, improvisation and music-theatre scene, as well as the author of individual works and projects. She performed at festivals such as Showroom of Contemporary Sound Zagreb, Dani Nove Glazbe Split, Music Biennale Zagreb, Holland Festival, Manifeste in Paris, Festival for New Music in Darmstadt, Wien Modern in Vienna and many others.
Mak Grgic, proclaimed “imaginative, gifted and expressive” by the NY Times and a “guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post is an innovative player, who programs music as far reaching as works from the avant-garde, film music to the great classics of guitar repertoire, early works, pop, jazz and more. His new recording on Marquis Music entitled Cinema Verismo focuses specifically on music used in cinema over the last few decades, which mixes classical works used in films and transcriptions of cinematic scores.
Coming up in 2016/17 sea- son Mak will be releasing new recordings on Grammy Award winning label Mi- croFest Records, Naxos and recording projects with Principal Cellist of the LA Phil Robert DeMaine and Los Angeles based composer Anderson Alden with fo- cus on gamelan music.
Mak, who was recently a Young Artist in Residence at The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, is a co-founder of DC8, Da Camera’s contemporary music ensem- ble, which strives to expand the definition of what a modern music ensemble can be and was named an “inspiring addition to the contemporary music landscape in Los Angeles” by the LA Times.
His collaborators have so far included Martin Chalifour (Concertmaster of The Los Angeles Philharmonic), Robert DeMaine (Principal Cellist of the LA Phil), Jay Campbell, Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, Ashley Bathgate (cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), John San- t’Ambrogio (former principal cello of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), Paul Vasile and Stephen Ackert on the organ, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and gui- tarist-composer Nejc Kuhar, with whom Mak made his first album String Modula- tions, sponsored by The National Radio of Slovenia and the Ministry of Culture in Slovenia. Mak is a member of Duo Deloro with flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte and FretX Duo with Daniel Lippel, founding member of ICE Ensemble, dedicated to performing new music for guitar duo.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he studied guitar in Zagreb with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor’s De- gree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He has just recently finished his Doctoral Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. During his time at USC he was a teaching as- sistant under the direction of Brian Head. He currently holds a faculty position at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and artistic directorships of M.A.R.S. Interdisciplinary Arts Festival and Zagreb Guitar Festival. His charitable activities include fundraising for Bosnian children with financial issues.