Biography

 

IMG_3019Klasinc and Lončar formed their duo at the University of Graz, Austria, where they both studied the classical guitar with Marga Bäuml and Martin Mysliveček. They received their doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Klasinc & Lončar are winners of the Best Guitar Duo prize at the International Guitar Competition Toyoko Yamashita in Berlin.

They have given concerts at the Guitar Foundation of America Conference in Los Angeles, the Tucson Guitar Society, the San Francisco Guitar Society, the University of Ottawa, the University of Puerto Rico, the Marlow Guitar Series and the Croatian Embassy in Washington, DC, the European Guitar Teachers Association, the Appalachian GuitarFest, Tennessee Guitar Festival, the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival, the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival, and the Classical Guitar Ensemble Week in New Orleans. The duo has been features as soloists with the Gaudeamus Chamber Orchestra, the Karlovac Chamber Orchestra, and the Split Opera Chamber Orchestra in Croatia; with the Camerata Academica in Austria; and with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in the U.S.

In addition to performing and teaching, Miroslav Lončar is also active as a composer. A grant from the Music Teachers National Association enabled him to study composition with Dušan Bogdanović in San Francisco. Lončar was recently commissioned to write the feature composition for the Loudoun County Public School All-County Middle School Guitar Festival. He has served as a member of the Education Committee for the Guitar Foundation of America.

Nataša Klasinc won numerous prizes at a number of national competitions in Croatia, including the Competition for Music Artists of Yugoslavia. While a student in Graz, she was a recipient of the Austrian National Scholarship. Nataša was also a winner of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Concerto Competition.

Klasinc & Lončar can be heard on four CD recordings: Images–works for two guitars, Con Spirito–mostly Lončar’s transcriptions for two guitars and cello, CD for the music book Danzas of Puerto Rico, and the Aguado Guitar Concerts Christmas Album.