After six years of independent writing and exploring, pianist/composer Milko Lazar and pianist Bojan Gorišek will once again take to the stage together for a joint concert. As solo performers during the first part of the evening, they will present Philip Glass’s latest solo piano work, Etudes for Piano – Vol. 2, for the first
After six years of independent writing and exploring, pianist/composer Milko Lazar and pianist Bojan Gorišek will once again take to the stage together for a joint concert.
As solo performers during the first part of the evening, they will present Philip Glass’s latest solo piano work, Etudes for Piano – Vol. 2, for the first time in Slovenia (Bojan Gorišek), and Milko Lazar’s newest compositions for solo piano (Milko Lazar). During the second part of the concert, they will perform as a piano duo, after many years again playing Milko Lazar’s songs Four Pianos, adapted for two pianos, and Pret-a-porter Variations (off of the remastered eponymous album, released for this occasion by the Klopotec record label). FB event>
Though many might consider the joint performance by Lazar and Gorišek as their comeback, they would be wrong to think so. Their cooperation is best described as an uninterrupted musical partnership and mutual respect, resulting in the creative need for separate paths after the period of intense cooperation between 1999 and 2011. During this period, the musical comrades recorded six albums, touring Slovenia and abroad (Budapest, Berlin, Stockholm, the Merkin Concert Hall, the United Nations (New York), the Kennedy Centre (Washington)). As the crowning achievement of their collaboration, one could consider the extensive Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, written by Lazar in 2010 for their own piano duo and performed that same year in the Gallus Hall of Cankarjev dom, together with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Milko Lazar and Bojan Gorišek performed together for the last time in 2011, followed by fruitful independent creative periods for both artists. Bojan Gorišek performed solo shows at home and abroad, playing primarily newer and older works by composer Philip Glass, while also recording for Dutch label Audiophile Classics. Milko Lazar composed intensively, mostly for various orchestras at home and abroad (the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Augsburg Philharmonie Orchester, etc.). At the same time, he also worked closely with Edward Clug. During this period, they created fifteen ballet performances, primarily for foreign opera-ballet houses (Lisbon, Zürich, Sankt Petersburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart, Netherlands Dance Theatre – NDT, etc.). As a pianist and harpsichordist, Lazar also regularly played with various groups and musicians (Vasily Melnikov, Zlatko Kaučič, Igor Matkovič, Matjaž Drevenšek, Luka Juhart, etc.).
Among other awards, both musicians also received the Prešeren Fund Award (Milko Lazar – 2005, Bojan Gorišek – 2006).