– Splitski virtuozi – The Virtuosos of Split – I Virtuosi di Spalato –
– Los Virtuosos de Split – Виртуозы Сплитa –
– Die Virtuosen von Split – Les Virtuoses de Split –
THE VIRTUOSOS OF SPLIT – SPLITSKI VIRTUOZI On the initiative of the Music and Art Association Artemis, Jeunesse Musicales and the Music Department of the Art Academy of the University of Split, prominent professional musicians from Split, led by violist and conductor Wladimir Kossjanenko, came together and founded in 2012 an chamber orchestra in Split with continuous concert activities in Croatia and abroad. Active musicians with many years of experience on concert stages around the world are responsible for the professional level of the ensemble are working in the same time as professors of the Music Department of the Art Academy of the University of Split.
The new String Ensemble has set itself a goal to give the historical City founded around 300 AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian and UNESCO-protected capital of Dalmatia a new sounding visit card and to become its new musical ambassador.
The Virtuosos of Split consider themselves as an active link between European and international cultural centers and Croatian musical tradition. Promotion of croatian music abroad as well as presentation of the European musical achievements in Croatia belong to the long-term artistic strategy of the Ensemble.
The President of Croatia Dr. Ivo Josipovic assured the new ensemble his high patronage for the first concert season .
The Virtuosos of Split supported by the City of Split, Split-Dalmatia County, Split Tourist Board, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Germany and private sponsors such as Marina Kaštela, Hotel Marul Split, restaurants Corto Maltese and Bokeria held numerous concerts in Split, Hvar, Osijek, Pula, Gospić, Šibenik, Omiš, Imotski, Ploče, Kaštela, Skradin, Novi Vinodolski, Drniš, Metković, Koprivnica, Petrinja and Poreč.
The ensemble has collaborated with the West Village Choral Choir from New York and renowned soloists from Croatia such as guitarists: Zoran Dukić, Edin Karamazov; pianists: Vesna Podrug and Lovre Marušić; Grigory Gruzman and Alexander Vitlin (Germany), Nataša Veljković (Austria); violinists: Mai Suzuki (Japan), Fritz Gearhart (USA), Dragan Radosavljević (Germany), Arman Mourzagaliev (Kazakhstan); cellists Kim Cook (USA), Felicitas and Pauline Stephan (Germany) and many others.
The Virtuosos of Split were invited to the International Festival “Celloherbst am Hellweg” – “Cello-Autumn in Hellweg” in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), where their recent performances were accompanied by great enthusiasm of the audience, “standing ovations” and critical acclaim.
Special attention of the founding members of the Virtuosos Split is directed towards the education of musicians of the younger generation through active participation in the preparation of concert programs of the ensemble as well as the organization of seminars and workshops.
Excerpts from the reviews:
– “Virtuosos with a heart”; “Standing ovations for the Virtuosos of Split, who inspire with a “Venetian night ” in the church on the square!” – HELLWEGER ANZEIGER
– “With cello and violin to the Adriatic Sea!”; “Virtuosos of Split filled Heeren Castle with Mediterranean spirit. Delicate and gentle sounds of strings took the audience on an interesting journey through Venice.” – HELLWEGER ANZEIGER
– “When you hold the audience in your hand during the performance of delicate movements that often followed this concert, then you know that you have achieved art”;
– “The ensemble is made up of strong musical personalities”; “Virtuosos of Split justify name”;
– “Virtuosos of Split can be imagined as one of the season holders of a Split concert hall”;
– “New rise of Virtuosos of Split with excellent soloists”; “To know the year by Virtuosi” – FREE DALMATIA
– “Justified expectations”; “Impressive interpretations of the Split Chamber Orchestra” – NOVI LIST
– “The Virtuosos of Split delighted with their string art”; “Church of St. Cross in Tvrđa was almost too small to accommodate all those who wanted to watch and listen to the guest performance of the string chamber orchestra Virtuosos of Split”– OSIJEK ONLINE
– “Edin Karamazov was excellently accompanied by excellent Virtuosos of Split”; “The only concert in Croatia dedicated to the historical event of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was performed last night by the chamber orchestra “Virtuosos of Split”under the direction of maestro Wladimir Kossjanenko” – CULTURE NEWS, HTV1
– “Exceptional Orchestra” – GOSPIC MUSIC SUMMER, COOLIKA
– “Domoljub Hall in Koprivnica opened its doors again with a beautiful concert of the Virtuosos of Split “ – DANICA.HR
Detailed information about the concert activities of Split virtuosos with numerous videos of the ensemble is available in Croatian, English and German on this website and at www.facebook.com/TheVirtuososofSplit/