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Zagreb World Sax Congress


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Zagreb Saxophone Quartet with Bojan Gorisek Milko Lazar

The graduates of the University of Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Josip Nochta founded the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, which has been performing with the present members since 1989. The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet are: Dragan Sremec, saxophone professor and vice dean at University of Zagreb Academy of Music - soprano saxophone, Goran Merčep, chamber music professor at University of Zagreb Academy of Music - alto saxophone, Saša Nestorović, chamber music professor at University of Zagreb Academy of Music - tenor saxophone, and the Slovenian but a Zagreb pupil Matjaž Drevenšek, saxophone professor and vice dean at University of Ljubljana Academy of Music - baritone saxophone. ZSQ has performed in Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK), Asia (Hong Kong), South America (Argentina, Chile), Canada, and the USA (Arizona, California - Los Angeles, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois - Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota - Minneapolis, Nebraska, New York, New York City, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington DC., Wisconsin, Wyoming).They have been soloists with orchestras in Croatia, Slovenia, France, USA, and Hong Kong, and performed at festivals in Berlin, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Munich, Novi Sad, Ohrid, Orsay, Paris, Podgorica, Riga, Split, Zagreb; also at several World Saxophone Congresses. Numerous Croatian as well as foreign composers dedicated more than 50 pieces to them. Quartet has recorded for the HRT, ÖRF, RTL, RTV Slovenia, Radio France, Radio Spain, WDR, and released 15 CDs (in Croatia, Slovenia, and USA), which have won seven Croatian discography awards "Porin".Bojan Gorišek was born in Celje, Slovenia in 1962. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia and completed his studies with Herbert Henck in Cologne, Germany. Milko Lazar was born in 1965 in Maribor, studied jazz and classic piano and saxophone at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria; and cembalo at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag.The cooperation and joint performance by Lazar and Gorišek is best described as a high-level musical partnership and mutual respect, resulting in the creative need for separate artistic paths after the period of intense cooperation between 1999 and 2011.Both musicians received many awards for their work, among others, the Prešeren Fund Award. During the mentioned period, the musical comrades recorded 6 albums, touring Slovenia and abroad. The years after the intense duo-experience were followed by fruitful independent creative periods for both artists. Bojan Gorišek performed solo shows at home and abroad, playing primarily newer and older works by composer Philip Glass, while also recording for Dutch label Audiophile Classics. Milko Lazar composed intensively, mostly for various orchestras at home and abroad. At the same time, he also worked closely with Edward Clug. During this period, they created fifteen ballet performances, primarily for foreign opera-ballet houses (Lisbon, Zürich, Sankt Petersburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart, Netherlands Dance Theatre, etc.). As a pianist and harpsichordist, Lazar also regularly played with various groups and musicians. 

Dragan Sremec, soprano saxophone
Goran Merčep, alto saxophone
Saša Nestorović, tenor saxophone
Matjaž Drevenšek, baritone saxophone
Bojan Gorišek, piano
Milko Lazar, piano

Zagreb Saxophone Quartet with Bojan Gorisek Milko Lazar2



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