On 25 April 1919, the Zagreb Quartet was established by a concert in the great hall of the Croatian State Music Institute.
The first four musicians in this quartet were violinists Vaclav Huml and Milan Graf, violist Ladislav Miranov, and violoncellist Umberto Fabri. During the ninety years that this Quartet has been performing, some thirty musicians made their contribution to it: Stjepan Šulek, Josip Klima, Zlatko Balija, Đorđe Trkulja, Marija Cobenzl, Goran Bakrač, Ante Živković, Josip Stojanović, Goran Končar, Sergej Evseev, Marin Maras, to name only some of them. The present ensemble consists of Martin Krpan, the Philips brothers Hrvoje and Davor, and Martin Jordan.
The Zagreb Quartet played more than 4,000 concerts on all continents andmade more than 60 recordings for different music labels and radio stations across the world, such as Sastruphon, RCA, Melodicom, Da Camera Magna, Croatia Records, ALM Records, etc.
In a multitude of domestic and international acknowledgements and awards received by the Quartet, it is the 2009 ‘Vladimir Nazor’Award for Life Achievement that is particularly outstanding.