Matej Meštrović & Borna Šercar
Matej Meštrović is without any doubt the most versatile Croatian artist. He is an exclusive artist at PARMA Recordings (USA) and in his 2018 premiere of the “Danube Rhapsody” for symphony orchestra and piano in Carnegie Hall’s main hall (Stern Auditorium) was the first time that a Croatian composer premiered his own work in this prestigious hall. Meštrović wrote music for Croatian pavilions at three Expos – in Shanghai (2010), Hannover (2000), and Lisbon (1998) and for this he received the Award of the City of Zagreb. This is only one of the many awards he received so far: a special award from the mayor of Karlovy Vary; Oktavijan, presented at the Croatian Film Days festival; award Baldo Čupić for the best Croatian tourism film; four Global Music Awards. His CD Vivaldi 4 Seasons for 3 pianos is on Spotify’s list of top 50 classical editions. In March this year, PARMA Recordings published Meštrović’s CD 3 Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra, which he recorded with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. This is also the first CD by this Orchestra made for the US market. Meštrović expects the recording for his new project to begin in the spring of 2020 in Abbey Road Studio with London Symphony Orchestra. He was dubbed by American critics as the “Croatian John Williams”.
Drummer and percussionist Borna Šercar graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb under the mentorship of Professor Igor Lešnik.
His rich and versatile musical career so far consists of eight years in the Big Band of the Croatian Radio and Television (HRT), of writing music for animated films, and collaboration in theatre (HNK, Mala scena). He has been hired on contract by several orchestras: the HRT Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra of the Croatian Armed Forces, the Croatian National Theatre orchestra, and others.
Šercar is a permanent member of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble and he plays in several jazz bands: Matija Dedić Trio, Spike Quartet, Dona Lee Quartet, Ivan Kapec Trio, Zagreb Jazz Portrait, Il Gruppo Delle Azioni Progressive and Ladislav Fidri Quintet.
For many years he has worked closely with Josipa Lisac, Arsen Dedić and Gabi Novak, a during his long-spanning career he also had an opportunity to work with Michel Legrand, Miljenko Prohaska, Boško Petrović, Tereza Kesovija, Oliver, and others.
Together with Ivana Bilić and Božidar Rebić, Šercar founded a percussion trio Boob–n—yar and they perform their own music as well as percussion classics.
With Ante Gelo on guitar, Šercar delivered impressive musical performances on glass bottles – flashophone (from Croatian “flasha” – a bottle) –across Europe and South America.
He won the Status award as the most promising young jazz musician in 1999 and then again in 2014 as the best jazz drummer.
In 2008, Šercar was among the Croatian discography award Porin nominees in several categories, one of which was for the best jazz composition.
Already in their first year of existence, Šercar and Jazziana Croatica made noticeable performances in and outside the country. Their album A Little Book Of Notes published by Aquarius Records received a Porin in 2011, while in 2013 they won it a second time, for a composition “Melancholy” from their album Nehaj.