Sunday April 14, 2019 6:00 PM in Sterling
Guilford Station Arts Proudly Presents
Markus Schirmer, Piano
Miroslav Lončar, Guitar
6 Atzenbrugger Deutsche D145/D365 Franz Schubert
Ungarische Melodie D817
Grazer Galopp D925
Sonatina Op. 137, No. 1 Franz Schubert
Schön Rosmarin Fritz Kreisler Fritz Kreisler
Marche miniature viennoise
Introductions and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9 Fernando Sor
Fantasia para un gentilhombre Joaquin Rodrigo
Villano y ricercar
Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles
Danza de las Hachas
Dr. Miroslav Lončar— educator, performing artist, and composer for guitar, is a native of Croatia. He teaches guitar and the multicultural performance group World View at Park View High School. He also directs Loudoun Youth Guitars, and is the president of Aguado Guitar Concerts – a group of guitar enthusiasts that promotes classical guitar and provides a variety of performance opportunities for guitarists in Loudoun County.
Dr. Lončar started his music education in his native Croatia and went on to study in Austria, where he received his master’s degree, and later in the United States, where he earned his doctorate. Dr. Lončar has taught students from primary to university level, including the University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and Sacred Heart Elementary School. Nineteen years ago, Dr. Lončar began conducting the Karlovac International Summer Guitar School and the Imotski Summer Guitar School in his native Croatia, where young guitarists and world-class teachers meet every summer for classes, concerts, and other fun activities. A number of students who attended the Karlovac International Summer Guitar School have gone on to study guitar at prestigious universities. Most of them are now successful performers and teachers.
In addition to teaching, Miroslav Lončar has been performing on classical guitar throughout Europe and the United States, mosty in the Klasinc&Lončar Guitar Duo with his wife, and recently with the Lončar Trio that includes their daughter Maya. Lončar has appeared as solo artist with the Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonics, the Mississippi Symphony, the Meridian Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Symphony of West Florida, the Loudoun Symphony and other orchestras. He has recorded several albums; solo, with the Klasinc&Lončar Duo, Trio Bolero, the calypso group Kaiso, and others.
Miroslav Lončar has been writing educational and concert compositions for all levels, from easy to artist. Around twenty books of his original compositions have been published by Les Productions d’Oz and Clear Note Publications. Dr. Lončar is also an active promoter of classical guitar, having organized numerous guitar concerts, concert series, master classes, competitions, and festivals.
No matter where he tours he receives audience acclaim for his charismatic musicianship and his ability to tell vivid stories with the instrument. One of his reviews sums him up precisely:
“A pied piper on the piano…music that comes straight from the heart, the brain and the fingertips.”
Soon he was to take most of the prominent concert halls and festivals by storm:
Wiener Musikverein, Suntory Hall/Tokyo, Wigmore Hall/London, Gewandhaus/Leipzig, Philharmonie/Berlin, Bozar/Brussels, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, the international piano festivals “La Roque d´Antheron“ and Ruhr, Kissinger Sommer, Schubertiade, styriarte,
Bregenz Festival, Stars of White Nights Festival St.Petersburg and many more.
He has worked with renowned orchestras: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Tokyo Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra St.Petersburg, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Michael Gielen, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Axelrod,
James Judd, Paul Goodwin, Fabio Luisi and Philippe Jordan among others.
His love affair with the unusual, his daring and his eagerness to explore new territories ensure the development of sensational events outside the traditional classical repertoire:
Scurdia is an improvisation project which brings together extraordinary musicians from all over the world.
Markus Schirmer also has great pleasure in working with actors, combining literature and music:
with American singer and actress Helen Schneider f.e. he presents his own adaptation of Kurt Weill’s
”The Seven Deadly Sins” for voice and piano.
For his exceptional artistic diversity Markus Schirmer was awarded the “Music Manual Award“ at the Euromusic International Music Convention, and is a recipient of one of Austria’s most prestigious awards, the Karl Böhm Interpretation Prize.
He received the German Record Critics’ Award for his debut CD of Schubert Sonatas.
All further strongly acclaimed recordings including works by Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel, Mussorgsky and “THE MOZART SESSIONS” together with the uplifting US chamber orchestra A FAR CRY have won several international prizes.
In the upcoming season he will be performing at many festivals and concert series in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Emirates, South Africa, China and Austria.
In addition to his work as a very successful Professor of Piano at the Music University in his hometown Graz – many of his students are acclaimed prizewinners – Markus Schirmer regularly gives international masterclasses for piano and is a sought after adjudicator at several prestigious piano competitions.
Furthermore Markus Schirmer is the artistic director of the annual international music festival ARSONORE, which every September engages top chamber musicians to perform in the Hall of Planets at Eggenberg Castle (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) in Graz.
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