Žofie Součková was born in 1993 in Czech Republic, in Hradec Králové where she began her musical education at the age of 10. After her high school graduation in 2012, she began her education at the Conservatory in Prague in the class of professor Jan Ostrý and in 2015, under the same tutorship, she enrolled for a music degree at the Faculty of Music in Ostrava. As a part of the Erasmus+ programme, she spent the academic year 2016/2017 in the class of professor Renata Penezić at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. She participated in large number of seminars under the influence of significant world flutists and educationalists ((Philipe Bernold, Barthold Kuijken, Hansgeorg Schmeister, Nathalie Rozat, Michel Moragues, Renata Penezić, Matej Zupan…). Along with specializing modern flute performance, she studies technique, interpretation and style performance on traverso flute (Radka Kubinová, Martina Bernášková, Ana Benić). She is a winner of several first and second prize awards, amongst other: 2nd prize on the International Competition ”Davorin Jenko” in Belgrade (2017) and 1st prize on the International Competition in Varaždin (2017). She is an active member of the Prague Philharmonia and jazz-swing ensemble ”Jiři Hasal Big Band”. She performed as a soloist with the Prague Youth Chamber Ensemble as well as second flute as a part of Ostrava Philharmonie and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. She worked as a flute teacher on English language at the Thomas International School of Music in Prague, and since 2013 she is teaching at the Music school Střezina in Hradec Králové.
Elena Roce (1994.) was born in Pula, where she completed her elementary and high school education. After successfully obtaining degree in organ in the class of mr.art Eduard Kancelar, she enrolled in MA Zagreb in the class of professor Mario Penzar. A year later, she graduated solo singing in the class of mag.art Cvetan Pelčić. She gained several regional and state awards (categories: organ, singing, chamber ensemble) and participated in large number of organ and singing seminars, associated mostly with renaissance and baroque (Katarina Livljanić, Igor Paro, Vlasta Gyura…). In recent dates, she has been performing renaissance and baroque repertoires accompanied by excellent lutenists Igor Paro, Ema Stein and organist Krešimir Klarić on festivals such as: Dvigrad Festival, Zrin Fest, Eufrazijana Concerts, Renaissance Festival Koprivnica, Vukovar Festival, St. Joseph Musical Evenings in Karlovac, Dverce Palace Concerts, Concert Season in Lipik, Archaeological Museum Zagreb Concert Cycles, ecc. Since 2012 she holds the position of main organist in Cathedral of Saint Mary’s Assumption and Church of Saint Anthony in Pula, conductor of Soli Deo Gloria vocal ensemble and singer in oratory choir Cantores Sancti Marci and renaissance ensemble Marco Polo. Since 2017 she became external associate at the Music school in Karlovac and collaborator on Organum Histriae organ festival.
Margareth Tumler Born in 1987 in Italy. First piano lessons at the age of nine, first organ lessons at the age of fifteen. From 2006 to 2012 studies in Music Education and Organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Gunther Rost, including solo performances at Stefaniensaal and Dome of Graz and recording Peter Eben. Zwiesprache with chamber music of the Czech composer Peter Eben. Multiple awards and prizes from the University, highest degrees in both fields of studies.
Master classes with Jean Guillou, Ben van Oosten, Ludger Lohmann and Martin Schmeding; concert performances in Austria, Germany and Italy.
From 2007 to 2013 conceptual design and conductor of organ workshops for primary school classes at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in cooperation with Kinderuni and Junioruni Graz.
While studying, assistant of Gunther Rost, head of organ and church music department; from 2012 to 2013 assistant of Silke Kruse-Weber, head of Music Education (Voice and Instruments) department. From 2012 to 2016 member of the team editing the scientific series Studien zur Wertungsforschung at the Institute of Aesthetics of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts; since 2015 research assistant to the research projects Musical Expression and Emotional Improvisation at the same department. Engagement with issues of organ education and aesthetics, publications in various journals.
Since 2014 studies in psychotherapy at the University of Graz in cooperation with the Medical University of Graz.
Dora Draclin (Zagreb, 1989.) began her musical education at the age of 7 at the Music school Pavao Markovac in Zagreb. After her high school graduation in the class of professor Nevenka Kirin, in 2008 she enrolled oboe study at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of professor Branko Mihanović. During her education she won several awards on regional, state and international competitions (two 1st prizes on the state HDGPP competitions, 3rd prize on the international competition “Ohrid Pearls” in Macedonia) and participated in large number of soloist, chamber and orchestral concerts, among others in notable projects of three art academies – “Ivan Grozni” and “Carmen” which were rewarded with a rector’s award. She specializes in oboe seminars both in Croatia and abroad. During her studies, she received Scholarship for Excellence of the University of Zagreb two years in a row. In 2013 she finished her master’s degree with highest grades.
Anthony Havelka was born on September 14, 1991 in Rijeka. He received his elementary and high school education at the music school „Ivan Matetić-Ronjgov Rijeka“, where he graduated in 2010 with highest grades, as a chellist in the class of professor Mauro Šestan and as a theorist. In the same year, he began his chello studies at the Arts Academy of the University of Split in the class of professor Mihovil Karuza, where he finished his studies with highest grades. He participated in large number of seminars and masterclasses held by various educationalists (Maja Virant, Illia Laporev, Mihovil Karuza, Yevgeny Xaviereff, Manhattan String Quartet, …). He received many rewards on regional and international chellist and chamber music competitions. In 2012 he performs as a soloist with Chamber Orchestra of Rijeka. Since 2015 he is working as a chello teacher at the Art School in Poreč.
Katarina Javora was born in Zagreb, where she finished her high school education in piano with Renata Strojin Richter. In 2010 she obtained organ performance Master Degree in class of Prof. Ljerka Očić at Academy of Music in Zagreb. She studied harpsichord with Prof. Pavao Mašić in Zagreb, Prof. Emanuel Schmelzer Ziringer in Vienna, and she completed her harpsichord Master Degree at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in Prof. Višnja Mažuran’s class. In 2013 she graduated from University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, obtaining Master Degree in organ performance with Prof. Pier Damiano Peretti. She also graduated Music Theory at the Acadamy of Music at the University of Zagreb. During her studies she performed as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and with orchestras in various festivals in Croatia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy and France. She has participated in several national and international competitions such as: HDGPP (Competitions of the United Music and Dance teachers), “Ferdo Livadić”, “Darko Lukić”, „Vinko Lesić“ in Croatia and “Petr Eben” in Czech Republic. She also won the „Janka Šanjek“ foundation prize. Katarina Javora received the University special Rector’s prize 2011 for her musical performance at the Music Bienalle Zagreb. She attended various seminars by croatian and foreign professors such as Theo Jellema, Martin Sander, Ferdinando Luigi Tagliavini, Christoph Bossert, Ante Knešaurek, Pavao Mašić, Aline Zylberajch, Jean Baptiste Robin, Hans Fagius, Nathan Laube , Ludger Lohmann, Edoardo Bellotti and Lorenzo Ghielmi. Ms. Javora is the resident organist at the Church of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and organist of the Mary Help of Christians Church. She is permanent music teacher in „Franjo Lučić“ Music High School in Velika Gorica.
RENAISSANCE ENSEMBLE MARCO POLO
Ensemble Marco Polo was founded in 2008, specialized mainly in early renaissance vocal and vocal-instrumental music. In eight years of their existence, the ensemble performed myriad of concerts in Croatia (Zagreb Summer Evenings in Klovićevi dvori, Evenings in St. Donat, Rovinj Summer Festival in Church of St. Eufemia, Music Evenings of Lubenice, The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, Dvigrad Festival…) and Ireland (Dublin). Ensemble framework is consisted of professional musicians and educated singers, with Ante Milić as a key initiator and conductor. They manage to evoke unique atmosphere with ancient costumes, lutenist accompaniment and diverse repertoire which includes soloist, chamber and choir pieces.
Ante Milić obtained piano diploma and master’s degree at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of Z. Bašić. In 2005 he obtained conducting diploma in the class of V. Šutej. As a pianist, he regularly performs in concerts throughout Croatia and Europe, and as a conductor he performed with the Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and Croatian Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He is the founder of the Early Music Ensemble Marco Polo. He is working at the Academy of Music since 1990.