Animato Piano Quartet opens the 6th Festival

The International festival of chamber music Convivium Musicum begins on Tuesday, September 10th. The honour to open the sixth edition of the Festival was given to the national ensemble from Novi Sad – the ANIMATO piano quartet.

Members of ANIMATO are Teodora Boljanac – violin, Jelena Mitrovic – viola, Jovana Milenkovic – cello and Marija Obrenovic – piano. Ensemble stands out as one of the few chamber ensembles in the region in this composition – the piano quartet. Since its founding in 2013, the ensemble stands as a regular on the most significant stages in the country. The quartet also numbers significant performances at concerts and festivals abroad. In addition to performing chamber works by world composers, the quartet often also premieres works by contemporary Serbian composers. All members of the quartet are PhD students at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade on the subject of Chamber Music. In addition, the ensemble has worked with eminent educators such as members of the Manhattan String Quartet (USA), Amar String Quartet (Switzerland), Vida Vujic (Austria), Maria Perisa (Spain). Since 2017, the ensemble has been mentored by Professor Dejan Subotic.

ANIMATO Piano Quartet will perform the following program at the opening of the Festival:

  • R. Strauss: Piano Quartet Op. 13, C minor
  • A. Dvorak: Slovenian dances
  • no. 8, Op. 46, Furiant
  • no. 2, op. 72, Dumka
  • no. 7, Op. 72, Kolo

We are sure that four gracious ladies from the ANIMATO ensemble will open this year’s Festival in great way, with their charm and elegant appearance.

Festival was made possible by our long-standing friends and some new. The City of Kragujevac contributed significantly to the realization of this project by providing part of the funds for its co-financing. There are also “Adam Mickiewicz Institute”, “Felix Nowowiejski Music Academy Bidgosc”, Faculty of Philology and Art, Music school “Dr. Miloje Milojevic”, Kragujevac Music Centre, Music Youth of Kragujevac, Prvi Prvi na Skali.

Opening concert of Festival will be held in the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium, beginning at 20 h and admission is free. Welcome!

Author and translation: Ljubica Guzvic

You can read more about the ANIMATO ensemble below:

Biography: The ANIMATO ensemble

Animato 1The Animato Piano Quartet is one of the few representatives of this type of chamber ensemble in the region. It was created in 2013 with the desire to present the audience to less-known authors and their works, in addition to standard literature. Animato had its first premiere at the Synagogue in Novi Sad, in 2014, with presentation of the piano quartet of Spanish impressionist Joaqin Turina. Shortly afterwards, the ensemble begins to collaborate with contemporary Serbian composers. Prof. dr. Aleksandar Vujic transcribed several of his compositions for the quartet (Serbian Circle, Tarantela, Waltz, Argentine Tango, Menuet), which were premiered in 2014 and 2017.
The ensemble regularly performs at concerts and festivals at Serbia and abroad, some of which include: “Nei Suoni dei Luoghi” (Italy), ” Boljšoj festival ” (Serbia), “Via Pontica” (Bulgaria), “Ars Halieti” (Slovenia) , “Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival” (BiH), “Kult”, “Dunavska Sonata” (Serbia). Ensemble held a number of concerts in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Šabac, Ruma, Pancevo, Subotica… As well as, performed in the most significant halls in Serbia: Great Hall of Kolac’s Endowment, Novi Sad Synagogue, Institute of Culture of Vojvodina, Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Subotica City Hall, the Sombor National Theatre and many more.
Quartet won both the “Donne in Musica” International Competition (2015) and two “Davorin Jenko” International Competitions in Belgrade (2014, 2015).
Ensemble studied at the master classes of eminent educators such as: members of the Manhattan String Quartet (USA), Amar String Quartet (Switzerland), Vida Vujic (Austria), Maria Perisa (Spain). Since 2017, the ensemble has been mentored by prof. Dejan Subotic (FMU). All members of the quartet are currently PhD students at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, majoring in Chamber Music.