The Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet is expanding the map of its international guest appearances with yet another destination – the Turkish city of Izmir, a port on the beaches of the Aegean Sea – where it will give two concerts. Thanks to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the audience will have an opportunity to hear the BPO ensemble on 11 April, at the Hall of the Izmir Foundation for Culture, and the following day at the Izmir Conservatory.

The Quartet will play pieces by Dejan Despić (Homage to Stevan Mokranjac), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (String Quartet in D minor, KV. 421) and Maurice Ravel (String Quartet in F major). The BPO musicians Jelena Dragnić (first violin), Vladan Lončar (second violin), Boris Brezovac (viola) and Aleksandar Latković (violoncello) founded the String Quartet in 2011.

The String Quartet’s most recent successes include performances on concert stages such as Manarat al Saadiyat as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics Festival; season opening of the “Chamber Music in Desert” at Qasr al Sarab in Liwa Oasis, the United Arab Emirates; the first guest appearance in China at the Tianjin Concert Hall; and a concert at the Centre Culturel de Serbie in Paris. In cooperation with clarinettist Ognjen Popović, they recorded their first CD with the music of Beethoven and Brahms, published by the Belgrade Philharmonic.