ZAGREB SAXOPHONE QUARTET
The graduates of the University of Zagreb Academy of Music (Croatia) in the class of Prof. Josip Nochta founded the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, which has been performing with the present members since 1989. The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet are: Dragan Sremec, saxophone professor and vice dean at University of Zagreb Academy of Music - soprano saxophone, Goran Merčep, chamber music professor at University of Zagreb Academy of Music - alto saxophone, Saša Nestorović, chamber music professor at University of Zagreb Academy of Music and director of HRT Big Band - tenor saxophone, and Matjaž Drevenšek, saxophone professor and vice dean at University of Ljubljana Academy of Music (Slovenia) - baritone saxophone.
ZSQ has performed in Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK), Asia (Hong Kong), South America (Argentina, Chile), Canada, and the USA (Arizona, California - Los Angeles, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois - Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota - Minneapolis, Nebraska, New York, New York City, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington DC., Wisconsin, Wyoming).
They have been soloists with orchestras in Croatia, Slovenia, France, USA, and Hong Kong, and performed at festivals in Berlin, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Munich, Novi Sad, Ohrid, Orsay, Paris, Podgorica, Riga, Split, Zagreb; also at the World Saxophone Congresses in Pesaro, Valencia, Montreal, Minneapolis, Ljubljana, and St. Andrews.
Numerous Croatian as well as foreign composers dedicated more than 50 pieces to them. Quartet has recorded for the HRT, ÖRF, RTL, RTV Slovenia, Radio France, Radio Spain, WDR, and released 15 CDs (in Croatia, Slovenia, and USA), which have won seven Croatian discography awards "Porin".