Zagreb Saxophone Quartet - Soprano Saxophone
Zagreb University Music Academy
Artist's BiographyDRAGAN SREMEC graduated saxophone and earned his MA degree in the class of Josip Nochta at the Zagreb Academy of Music. He graduated also conducting in the class of Igor Gjadrov. He received further training under Daniel Deffayet at the CNSM de Paris as a French government grantee and under Dr. Eugene Rousseau at the IU School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana as a Fulbright grantee.
As a saxophone soloist and member of the Zagreb saxophone quartet he earned all major prizes at the competitions in former Yugoslavia and the number of awards, notably «Milka Trnina», «Judita”, several »Porin» awards for the CDs, «Darko Lukić» award etc.
Dragan Sremec is professor of saxophone and was also the vice-dean at the Zagreb University Music Academy, the founder of the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, principal saxophonist with the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and a regular guest-conductor of the Croatian Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
He performed as soloist and as member of the Zagreb Saxophone quartet in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA (recital in Weil Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall with pianist Kari Miller) and with Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, Slovenian Philharmonic, Slovenian Army Orchestra, Croatian Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Croatian Radio Television Big Band. Croatian Navy Orchestra and recently with The US Navy Band in Washington.
As a conductor Dragan Sremec appeared with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Croatian Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
A number of foremost Croatian composers such as Papandopulo, Bjelinski, Tarbuk, Ruždjak, Klobučar dedicated their pieces to him.
He was the member of national and international juries (saxophone and wind orchestra competitions), directs international summer seminars in Krško, Stari Grad, Nova Gorica and Dubrovnik and masterclasses notably at the 24th International Saxophone Symposium in Washington.