was founded 2007 by Hrvoje Jugovic and named after Anton Sorgo (Sorkocevic in Croatian)
and his father Luca from Dubrovnik. Both are amongst the most influential Croatian composers of the 18th century.
The musicians of the ensemble perform mostly music of the 18th and 19th century on period instruments.
In 2006, following the initiative of Hrvoje Jugovic, an original fortepiano (Anton Walter, Vienna, ca 1790) from the Cultural Historical Museum of Dubrovnik was restored. The fortepiano was then presented in the Vienna Mozart Exhibition 2006 at the Albertina. Hrvoje Jugovic performed on this so-called “Dubrovnik Walter piano“ at the opening ceremony in the Vienna Hofburg and in following concerts in Vienna, Zagreb and Dubrovnik.
It is possible, that the fortepiano was formerly owned by the composer Elena Luisa di Pozza Sorgo (1786-1865), a member of the Sorgo family, living in Vienna.
The Antonio Sorgo Ensemble performed with great success in Germany (Mozartfest Augsburg), Austria (Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Klassik Festival Kirchstetten, Festival of Croatian Music in Vienna, Italy (Settimana Mozartiana Chieti), Croatia (Varazdin Baroque Festival, Osor Festival) and others.
Recordings for Radio HRT (Croatia), ORF (Austrian Radio TV), Radio Stephansdom –
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Was born in Vienna, studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with the professors Karl Österreicher, Rudolf Jettel, Karl Öhlberger und Peter Schmidl.
1976 he founded the chamber music association “Wiener Nonett” for strings and wind instruments, 1983 the “Wiener Quintett” (clarinet and string quartet).
With these ensembles he had intensive concert activity all over the world.
He is member or temporary member and soloist of famous orchestras and ensembles – playing also historical clarinets, basset horns as well as chalumeaux: Haydn Akademie Wien (Anton Gagmayer),
Clemencic Consort (René Clemencic), Concentus Musicus Wien (Nicolaus Harnoncourt),
Concentus Harmonie-Wien, Wiener Akademie (Martin Haselböck),
Ensemble baroque de Limoges (Christophe Coin), Ensemble Cantatio-Genf (John Duxbury),
L’Orfeo Barockorchester (Michi Gaigg), Salzburger Barockensemble (Sigiswald Kuijken),
Solamente naturali-Bratislava, Maria Theresia Harmonie, Musica aeterna-Bratislava, Musica florea-Prag, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Simon Rattle).
was born in Zagreb. After obtaining piano concert diplomas in Zagreb Music Academyand
Vienna University for Music, he attended Malcolm Bilson’s fortepiano master classes at
Cornell University (NY, USA) and in Belgium.
He received scholarships from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Alban Berg Foundation. He was awarded the Zagreb University Rector’s Prize and the Croatian Music Union Prize. Hrvoje Jugovic was also a prizewinner at the International piano competition in Udine (Italy) and a finalist in the
Modern Music competition at the Wiener Musikverein. In 2005, he was nominated for the
Klassik Amadeus Award together with the Pleyel Trio Wien, which he had founded.
2007 he founded the Antonio Sorgo Ensemble www.sorgoensemble.com – named by the Croatian composer Luca Sorgo (1734-1789) and his son Anton Sorgo – for flexible cast.
Hrvoje Jugovic appears as soloist and with chamber music groups mostly on historic pianos with repertoire focus on the music of the 18th and early 19th century.
During the last years he performed as soloist and with his ensembles at festivals like
Haydn-Festival Eisenstadt, Mozart Festival Augsburg, Settimana Mozartiana Chieti in Italy, Varazdin Baroque Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival; at the opening ceremony of the major Albertina exhibition MOZART 2006 in the Vienna Hofburg; in Dubai and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and also as soloist with the chamber orchestra Capella Istropolitana (Bratislava) and the Croatian Chamber Orchestra.
CD – Productions: two CDs by Gramola Vienna (2004: Piano Trios by Ignaz Pleyel;
2006: Three Piano Concertos by Mozart), two CDs by Brilliant Classics, Netherlands (2009 and 2010, Complete Piano Trios by Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn); Radio & TV- Recordings for ORF, Radio Stephansdom (Austria), NDR (Germany), HRT (Croatia) and for Romanian TV.
Rudolf Leopold was born in 1954 in Vienna. He studied the violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, being taught there by Richard Krotschak and Tobias Kühne. In addition he also studied piano and composition.
He was a member of the Vienna String Sextet – with this ensemble he toured the whole of Europe, the United States of America and Japan, and was invited to perform at the Salzburg Festival as well as at the Edinburgh Festival.
Numerous recordings for EMI and Pan Classics followed, some of which award-winning. For years Rudolf Leopold also was a solo cellist in Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien.
As a soloist Leopold has also played rarely performed cello concertos by composers such as Monn, Enescu and Dohnányi as well as many modern works with orchestra.
Between 1983 and 1990 Rudolf Leopold worked as a lecturer for chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. After that he became professor for violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.