Zagrebački Solisti Zagreb, 24th October 2011 - Marc Coppey appointed artistic director of the Zagreb Soloists

It is our great honor and joy to inform you that as of September 2011, Zagreb Soloists have commenced a collaboration with one of the today's most prominent cellists, the French artist Marc Coppey, who will from now on be the Ensemble's artistic director. It is the first time since the ensemble's "golden era" under the leadership of Antonio Janigro, that it has been led by a cellist.
Marc has already made his debut with the Ensemble performing at the opening of Samobor Music Festival on September 24th, winning excellent reviews. At this concert, Marc appeared not only as the artistic director, but also as a soloist, playing Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major, No. 1, and as conductor, leading the Ensemble in Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a.

Both the ensemble and its new artistic director are looking forward to this new collaboration. As Marc said: "I am thrilled to start a collaboration with the Zagreb Soloists, a legendary ensemble which had achieved so much throughout the years, mastering so many works with artistry and communicative enthusiasm. Our common interest in exploring diverse repertoire with equal dedication is at the heart of our artistic project, together with opening ourselves to new audiences. It is my strong wish, while exploring new territories from the Baroque to Avant-garde, to preserve the wonderful spirit of the ensemble."

Marc Coppey regularly performs as a soloist with some of the world's most prominent orchestras, but is also a dedicated chamber musician. In addition to his solo concert career and his chamber music activities, Marc Coppey is a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and gives master-classes all over the world. He is also the artistic director of the Colmar Chamber Music Festival.

The Zagreb Soloists are very eager to start their new season under Marc Coppey’s guidance, and bring to their audiences the new ideas and energy that Marc has inspired in the Ensemble.

Documentary film about maestro Coppey and The Zagreb Soloists, 11.11.2011. Made by Zoran Vuletic :

Zagrebački Solisti - biography The Zagreb Soloists - direction Marc Coppey


Founded in 1953, as an ensemble of Radio Zagreb and under the artistic leadership of the renowned cellist and conductor Antonio Janigro, the Zagreb Soloists have gained recognition as one of the world’s most prominent chamber orchestras.

In addition to their outstanding and long-lasting relationship with Maestro Janigro, the Zagreb Soloists have worked closely with artistic directors Tonko Ninic, Dragutin Hrdjok, Andelko Krpan and Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, usually without a conductor. Since autumn of 2011 they are playing under the artistic leadership of Marc Coppey, one of the world’s leading cellists, with Borivoj Martinic-Jercic as their concertmaster. The Ensemble's virtuosity and remarkable discipline create an enthusiasm and love for ensemble playing on the highest level.

The Ensemble has performed over 3500 concerts worldwide, receiving public recognition and critical acclaim at the world’s most prestigious venues - Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebow, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Teatro Real Madrid to name but a few. The ensemble regularly appears at internationally recognized music festivals - Salzburg, Prague, Edinburgh, Berlin... The Zagreb Soloists have also collaborated with many great artists, including Henryk Szeryng, Alfred Brendel, Pierre Fournier, James Galway, Katia Ricciarelli, Christian Ferras, Ivo Pogorelic and many others.

The ensemble’s extensive repertoire includes baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary works, with special attention given to the works of Croatian composers. Their vast discography can be heard on over 70 albums for the EMI, RCA, Vanguard, ASV, Eurodisc, Melodia, Hispa-vox, Pickwick, Croatia and EDI Records labels. Their latest CD, released in December on the Naxos label, is a recording of works of Ernesto Cordero, recorded with the world renowned guitar player, Pepe Romero.

The Ensemble has won several prestigious awards, including First Prize in Mar de Plata, Pablo Casals Medal, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Medal for best performance of contemporary music, and the Vladimir Nazor and Milka Trnina awards, as well as Orlando Awards for best performance of a Croatian work and for a special contribution to the program of Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The Zagreb Soloists have twice been honored with the City of Zagreb Award and have received special recognition from UNESCO. In addition to receiving a silver CD from Croatia Records, the ensemble has been awarded the Order of National Merit and the Silver Plaque of the Jeunesses Musicales.

During the Croatian War of Independence the Zagreb Soloists performed over 70 benefit concerts for the rebuilding of the National Theatre in Osijek, the Children’s Hospital in Zagreb, and many music schools, churches and monuments, devastated during the war. They also performed a series of concerts to celebrate the independence of their home country. They play a major role in bringing vibrant performances of widely varied chamber repertoire to audiences worldwide.


Marc Coppey - biography“Combining choreographic gesture with rhetoric, earthly robustness with spiritual uplift, Marc Coppey’s playing is overwhelming in its jubilant vitality.”  (Gilles Macassar, Télérama)

The French cellist Marc Coppey first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors - Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.

This season he performs as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE National Symphony Dublin, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Zagreb Soloists, the orchestras of Liège, Castilla y Leon, Cannes, Izmir, Marseille, Caen and Poitou-Charentes, the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris…

Marc Coppey is particularly noted for his eclectic career. A passionate chamber musician, he has considerably explored its repertoire with Maria-João Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Aleksandar Madzar, Michel Beroff, Michel Dalberto, Peter Laul, François-Frédéric Guy, Nelson Goerner, Augustin Dumay, Victoria Mullova, Liana Gourdjia, Valeriy Sokolov, Ilya Gringolts, Tedi Papavrami, Lawrence Power, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Michel Portal, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud as well as the Takacs, Prazak, Ebène and Talich Quartets. He was cellist of the Ysaÿe Quartet for five years.

He has performed in the post prestigious concert halls of London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Prague, Budapest, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, New York, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo, and has been invited by the Festivals of Radio-France Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besançon, La Roque d'Anthéron, Aix-en-Provence, Stuttgart, Midem, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork, Campos do Jordao, Prades, and the « Folle Journée » in Nantes and Lisbon.

The breadth of Marc Coppey's repertoire is proof of his profound inquisitiveness: he frequently performs the Bach suites and main stream concerto repertoire, but is also dedicated to performing less well-known works. He has also given first performances of works by Bertrand, Christian, Durieux, Fedele, Fénelon, Jarrell, Krawczyk, Lenot (concerto), Leroux, Mantovani, Monnet (concerto), Pauset, Pécou, Reverdy, Tanguy (1st concerto), Verrières as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür.

He has recorded works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Fauré, Grieg and Strauss, for Auvidis, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617. More recently he has recorded the Bach Suites which received a 'ffff' review in the French magazine Télérama, a Dohnanyi CD (10 in 'Répertoire'), an album of great Russian sonatas with the pianist Peter Laul for the Aeon/Harmonia Mundi label, the Schubert cello quintet with the Prazak Quartet for the Praga label, and Martin Matalon's concert for Accord/Universal. His most recently recordings are the Dutilleux and Caplet  concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège conducted by Pascal Rophé (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde la Musique, Clef Resmusica, BBC Music Magazine*****), followed by the Brahms sonatas then Schubert's Arpeggione, both with Peter Laul for Aeon, and a world premier recording of Dubois concerts for Mirare.

In November 2009 Marc Coppey was chosen to perform Bach in the Place de La Concorde in Paris to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Marc Coppey is also a deeply committed teacher. He is professor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and gives master-classes throughout the world.
He is artistic director of the 'Musicales de Colmar' chamber music festival and since 2011 musical director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists).

Marc Coppey performs on a rare cello made in Venice in 1711 by Matteo Goffriller.


Croatian Cultural Season in France - Autumn 2012
From 1st September to 30th November 2012
Announced by the French Prime Minister François Fillon as part of the strategic Franco-Croatian partnership signed in July 2010, the Croatian Cultural Season, during the automne of 2012, 2012, is the expression of both France's and Croatia's aspiration to deepen and develop cultural and artistic exchanges between their two countries.

Full communiqué in French via this link

Press release by Isabelle Delage, the French commissaire générale of the Croatian Cultural Season in France, on the Institut Français website via this link.

During November 2012, the Zagreb soloists, directed by Marc Coppey, will be touring France with the following programme, including works by the Croatian composers Ivo Malec and Amando Ivancic.

Amando Ivancic (1727-1790)
Sinfonia for strings N°9

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto N° 1 in C Hob.VIIb.1, Marc Coppey, cello


Ivo Malec
(born 1925)
'Lumina' pour cordes et bande magnétique

Piotr Illich Tchaikovski
Serenade for strings in C, Op. 48

This programme is part of "Croatie, la voici", the Croatian Festival in France (September-December 2012)


Programmes 2014-2015Eclecticism
The cellist Marc Coppey has embraced both Baroque and Contemporary music, along with mainstream Romantic repertoire, from the very begining of his career. When winning First Prize in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition, he also won the special prize for the best Bach performance. He is one of the world's foremost cellists in the field of contemporary music, giving numerous first performances including the French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür. Eclecticism is the guiding principle of Marc's programming with the Zagreb Soloists. He draws on Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century and contemporary repertoire. And of course the cello concerto, from Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky's Andante cantabile, via C. P. E. Bach, Boccherini, Haydn and Schumann.

As well as much of the popular, well known chamber orchestra repertoire, the Zagreb Soloists will present:

Rameau - Suites from the opera ballets
C. P. E. Bach - Sinfonias
Amando Ivancic - Sinfonias
Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 95 arranged by Gustav Mahler
Mendelssohn - String Symphonies
Bruckner - String Quintet in F Major orchestral version (1879)
Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (1899)

and a number of 20th Century and contemporary works including:

Bartok - Divertimento for Strings (1939)
Hindemith - 'Trauermusik' for cello and strings (1963)
Takemitsu - 'Death and Resurrection' (1996)
Malec - 'Lumina' for strings and tape (1968)
Rihm - 'Nachtordnung', 7 Fragments for 15 strings (1976) 
Stravinsky - Concerto in D (1946)

Some specific programme proposals:  

Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle as Beethoven performed them
Thanks to research by the American musicologist Howard Chandler Robbins Landon, we now have clear evidence that Beethoven performed his piano concertos with 11 string players seated in a semi-circle with the piano to the left, outside the semi-circle, and the wind opposite the piano, behind the cellos on the right-hand side of the stage. This set up creates a completely different sound relationship between the players and fascinating chamber music perspective of these works for audiences.

J. Ph. Rameau - Suite from the opera-ballet 'Les Indes Galantes'
J. S. Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
B. Bartok - Romanian Dances
B. Bartok - Divertimento for Strings, BB 118

C. Ph. E. Bach - Sinfonia in E minor H.652, Wq 177
A. Vivaldi - Stabat Mater, with Max Emanuel Cencic
Baroque work tbc with Max Emanuel Cencic
A. Vivaldi
- Concerto pour violoncelle en ut mineur RV401
G. F. Händel - Concerto grosso in G minor, op 6 N°6

A. Dvorak - Nocturno Op. 40
Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 95 arranged by Gustav Mahler
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2
P. Hindemith - Trauermusik
P. I. Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings

J. Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross

C. Ph. E. Bach - Sinfonia in E minor H.652, Wq 177 / I. Malec - Baroque Study for strings
J. Haydn
- Cello Concerto in C Major, no. 1, Hob. VIIb/1
A. Bruckner - String Quintet in F Major, WAB 112

W. A. Mozart - Divertimento in D major
W. A. Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, KV 364
T. Takemitsu - Death and Resurrection
F. Mendelssohn - String Symphony No. 8 in D major

J. S. Bach - St John's Passion, in a chamber setting

A. Ivancic - Sinfonia N°9 in G major
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto N°1 in C majeur, Hob.VIIb/1
Lars Erik Larsson - Concertino for doublebass and strings (soliste Mario Ivelja)
P. I. Tchaikovsky - Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

W. A. Mozart - Serenade N°13 in G major « Eine kleine Nachtmusik », K. 525
L. Boccherini - Cello Concerto in G
A. Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (1899)


Photo Romano Grozic

Photo Adrien Hippolyte

10th Anniversary tour poster, 1964,
with Dmitri Shostakovich

Marc Chagall poster signed by the artist, 1975