Porin String Quartet

Porin String Quartet was founded in 1998 within the chamber music class of Professor Mladen Sedak at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Alongside the dedicated work during their Academy days, the quartet has participated in master seminars held by Professor Walter Dešpalj and many famous artists and members of the world's most renowned string quartets, such as the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Bartok, Janaček, Smetana and The Prague Quartet.

The young Porin String Quartet quickly emerged as one of the most distinguished Croatian chamber music ensembles with numerous successes at home and abroad, most notably in Germany, Austria, France, Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada and Argentina. The quartet had the honour to represent Croatian music during the Days of Croatian Culture at the Expo 2000 in Hannover. That same year they were invited by the Austrian Society for Contemporary Music to participate in a concert of young Austrian composers in Vienna, and they also performed in the Mozarteum Salzburg. Among their most notable performances are the String Quartet No. 2 by Krzysztof Penderecki at the Music Biennale Zagreb in 2007, attended by the composer himself, the concerts at Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2008, 2009 and 2012 as well as the ones held in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb (as part of the Lisinski Saturday cycle) in 2008.

Since 2006 the quartet has held concert cycles in Zagreb, first in the Illyrian Hall of the National House, followed by the Small hall in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. The Porin String Quartet members are violinists Ivan Novinc and Val Bakrač, violist Lucija Brnadić and cellist Neva Begović.
They have cooperated with numerous prominent Croatian musicians; their repertoire consists of classic pieces of quartet music and notably works by Croatian composers. The quartet has also won several prestigious awards: Ivo Vuljević Prize for the most accomplished young musicians of the year in 2002, first prize in the Darko Lukić Competition of Young Musicians, and first prize in Radio podij, the contest for young Croatian artists. For their concert cycle held during the 2007/2008 season, they received the greatest prize awarded to chamber music ensembles by the Croatian Music Artists Association, the Milka Trnina Award.