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Montenegrin Guitar Duo

Goran Krivokapić and Danijel Cerović

The Montenegrin Guitar Duo is frequently invited to eminent international venues around the world, such as Saint Petersburg Philharmonia Hall in Russia, Manuel de Falla Hall in Madrid and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Presenters including Koblenz Guitar Festival, Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Granada, Kotor Art Festival, A Tempo Music Festival, Qinling Mountains International Guitar Festival, Shenyang International Guitar Festival and Daejeon International Guitar Festival regularly engage the Montenegrin Guitar Duo to give recitals, deliver lectures and master classes and to adjudicate important competitions. In 2016 they were invited to participate in the Guitar Foundation of America Convention. The duo also regularly performs concerti for two guitars, such as Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal.

The duo’s performances are always enthusiastically received, both by their audiences and the press. Their historically informed performances of their own arrangements for two guitars of J. S. Bach’s English Suites have received particular praise from the critics.

The Montenegrin Guitar Duo has a large repertoire, comprising transcriptions of ancient music and original compositions written in the 19th, 20th and 21st century, with a special emphasis on contemporary music written for two guitars. Their two principal aims are to broaden the guitar repertoire and to further integrate the guitar into chamber music.

Their education work has taken them to Toronto University and Montreal Conservatoire in Canada, to Chapman and Metropolitan universities in the USA, Maastrich Conservatoire (Netherlands) and Tianjin University in China. 

In 2013 their debut CD was published by the Montenegrin Music Centre; the recording features works by Domeniconi, Piazzolla and Bogdanovic. Naxos released the first of two volumes of Bach’s English Suites, transcribed by the duo for two guitars, in 2015. Completing this unique project to transcribe and record the entire set of English Suites, Volume 2 was released in June 2018 and the Montenegrin Guitar Duo has been congratulated widely, both by the press and by their large following, on the result. The Duo is now preparing for their next disc, featuring works by Piazzolla, which they will record in Florida for Naxos in 2020.

The duo looks forward to the coming season, which will include a concert in Germany dedicated to music by Sergio Assad and attended by the composer, as well as a tour of Japan and China.

Goran Krivokapic is a leading international guitarist.  A first prize winner at nineteen prestigious international competitions, his focus lies on the development of the guitar repertoire. He has performed all over Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Russia, appearing at major concert halls such as the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Lubkowitz Palace in Vienna and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid. He is a professor of guitar at The Cologne University of Music in Germany and a guest professor at LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, Belgium.

Danijel Cerović lectures in guitar and chamber music at the Music Academy in Cetinje, University of Montenegro. A versatile solo and chamber musician, he is also on the artistic board of the Montenegrin Music Centre and the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra. Danijel is an active contributor to the organisation of numerous international music events, and founded the Niksic Guitar Festival and competition.

Astor Piazzolla Tango Suite – filmed by the Paris Guitar Foundation

Last updated: 31 Oct 2019
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