Enzo Fabiani Quartet

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Kvartet Enzo Fabiani

Sonja Vuković, Prijateljeva 9, SI-1000 Ljubljana



Sonja Vuković




Phone

386 (0) 1 425 1338



Pavel Rakar




Phone

386 (0) 1 433 7159, 386 (0) 31 469 861







Established in 1989, the Enzo Fabiani Quartet is one of Slovenia's leading string quartets.


The Quartet was originally established by four students of the Academy of Music who, after initial training under Jossi Gutmann, a violinist of the Melos Quartet, continued their education at masterclasses held by various well-known quartets including the Alban Berg Quartet, the Hagen Quartet and Panocha.

The Quartet received its first award at the Zagreb Competition in 1991. Following an invitation from Professor Valentin Berlinski, 'cellist of the famous Borodin Quartet, they spent a year and a half training in Moscow. From 1997 to 2003 Igor Grasseli, previously concertmaster of the Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Ljubljana - Opera and Ballet, joined the quartet as first violinist. The other members were all musicians of the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2000 the Quartet played Juliet's Letters by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet with violinists Benjamin Izmajlov and Maja Naveršnik. In the following year the Quartet collaborated with the Steve Martland Quartet on music by Kevin Volans and Boris Kovač. Then in 2004 it collaborated with the Steve Martland Quartet a second time on The Quartets by Dimitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.

The Quartet - Maja Naveršnik (violin), Andrej Kopač (violin), Sonja Vukovič (viola) and Pavel Rakar (violoncello) - has toured many European counties and has performed acclaimed concerts in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Gent, Lisbon, Bologna, the countries of the former Yugoslavia and of course Slovenia. It has been vitally connected to modern artistic expression: it has recorded music for numerous dance and theatre groups, including Betontanc, Ljubljana Dance Theatre (PTL), En-Knap Dance Group, Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Ljubljana - Drama, and Dance Energy from Munich, and has also recorded music for film, including Ekspres-Ekspres and Vrtoglavi ptič. They have also recorded a CD with the music of Novi Sad composer Boris Kovač and a CD called Betontanc which features a review of compositions by Mitja Vrhovnik-Smrekar. The Quartet has also premiered several works by contemporary Slovene composers Larisa Vrhunc, Urška Pompe and Borut Kržišnik.