Stefano Mesaglio, violin
Vlad Popescu, violin
Mladen Somborac, viola
Nika Švarc, cello
The Furiant String Quartet was formed in 2011 out of a honest joy and love towards chamber music.
Four different nationalities are to be found in this formation, with Nika being Slovenian and Mladen Serbian, Stefano coming from Italy and Vlad from Romania, it is altogether a very interesting cultural mixture and this is yet another proof that art and friendship have no borders.
The four musicians first meet in Austria, where they where all pursuing individual studies. Elisabeth Fister was their first mentor and after only two years, the four Furiants were accepted in the class of Professor Eberhard Feltz and Tim Vogler at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler“ Berlin where they graduated in 2016.
One of their favorite aspects of string quartet is traveling, discovering new cultures. They held concerts in: Spain, Austria, South Africa, Holland, Italy, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, France, Lithuania and through the Lincoln Center Stage Programme, performed extensively in other parts of Europe and the USA in the summer of 2017.
Their musical impulses have been enriched through lessons and cooperation with some of the greatest musicians of our time, such as Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), Casals Quartet, William Coleman and Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet), Jürgen Kussmaul, Belcea Quartet, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Donald Weilerstein.
They have participated in several chamber music competitions and in 2012 they were awarded second prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Majano (Italy). In 2016 the quartet was awarded the Third Prize in the ”Irene-Steels-Wilsing Stiftung” Competition and in November they won the First Prize in the ”Boris Pergamenschikow” Competition in Berlin.
Since 2014 they have been under the patronage of the Verein Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin e.V.
The Furiant String Quartet has founded in 2015 their own chamber music series in Berlin, named “Kammermusik im Konvikt” with up to six concerts each year.
In 2018 the Quartet has been selected to take part in Le Dimore del Quartetto network.
The four members are eager to performing and supporting new compositions as well. They have a close relationship with the german composer Helmut Lachenmann. They have performed and recorded his first string quartet “Gran Torso”.
In 2019, the renowned composer Marton Illes will write a string quartet dedicated to them.