Ante Čagalj, still the ensemble's artistic director, gathered his students in 1990 to form the Zagreb Guitar Quartet.
Ante Čagalj, still the ensemble's artistic director, gathered his students in 1990 to form the Zagreb Guitar Quartet. The current ensemble consists of Tomislav Vasilj, Krunoslav Pehar, Melita Ivković and Frane Verbanac. They perform extensively around Croatia and Europe, in Canada, India, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere. They have appeared in concert stages such as the Austrian Parliament in Vienna, Pontificio instituto di musica sacra in Rome, Les Invalides in Paris, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi, Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. The ensemble has won awards in several prestigious competitions, such as Trofeo Kawai in Tortona in 1996, Simone Salmaso in Viareggio in 1998, Ghitaralia Festival Competition in Przemyśl in 1998. They have a broad repertoire that ranges from renaissance and baroque to contemporary pieces, but also includes other genres, such as jazz and Croatian traditional music. They are also dedicated to premiering new pieces written by Croatian authors. In 2005 the Quartet released a CD called Fuga a milonga, which was also played on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Vatican.
Year of foundation