Mokranjac in Turkey

The Belgrade Philharmonic visiting Izmir, where their musicians gave a successful concert


The Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet’s MUSIC-MAKING reached the Turkish City of Izmir, where the musicians gave a successful concert. Owing to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, the ensemble gave a performance at the Cultural Foundation Concert Hall on 11thApril, and the next day they made a visit to the Conservatorium of music in Izmir.


For the Turkish audience the musicians performed the “Homage to Stevan Mokranjac”, by Dejan Despic, String Quartet K 421, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and String Quartet in F major, by Maurice Ravel. The Quartet members are violinists Jelena Dragnic and Vladan Loncar, cellist Aleksandar Latkovic and violist Boris Brezovac.


Latkovic highlighted his impression after the Quartet had interpreted Despic’s composition:

– A deafening silence after our performance of Despic’s work told us that the audience had experienced the “Homage to Stevan Mokranjac” profoundly and authentically, after which there followed an applause.


Among their most recent successful performances, the String Quartet like to highlight their concerts in the United Arab Emirates, on the stage of Manarat Al Saadiyat, where they performed at the Abu Dhabi Classics Festival; their opening of concert season “Chamber Music in the Desert” at the Liwa Desert at Qasr Al Sarab; their first visit to China, where they performed at the Tianjin Concert Hall; and also their concert at the Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris. In collaboration with clarinetist Ognjen Popovic, they made a recording of their first CD, with the works of Beethoven and Brahms, published by the Belgrade Philharmonic.

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