The Day of Harmonica
unfortunately won't participate this year.
VLADIMIR HROVAT, born 1947 in Zagreb, in a Slovene-Croatian family, and represents the third generation of its professional musicianship. Violinist by profession, for the most of the years of his violin career he had been employed as a member of the Slovene National Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra. During the specialization of violin solo-playing at the Academy of Music of Ljubljana he was a concert master of its Symphony Orchestra, and also won the Student’s Prešeren Award for the recital. In addition to the violin he plays a number of other instruments too (mandolin, tenor-banjo, bass-guitar, accordion, etc.), appearing most often as a classical concert soloist with the harmonica. As a composer he is active since his age of thirteen, palette of genres and casts is very large, and he won a number of awards as well.
Harmonica came in his life in early teen-age, and he found very soon that it’s usable also in the more serious fields of music. Today he is satisfied very much that – how luckily – he developed his playing as an autodidact and thanks to the wide musical horizon discovered original statements, so important for bringing harmonica to the equality with the other classical instruments. So, very soon his career began also in this realm. His solo work includes numerous concert appearances as well as audio and video recordings accompanied by the international recognized artists, and frequently by the symphony orchestras. Let’s mention that he’s owner of eight different CD albums also.
Since founding of The Harmonica Concert Ensemble (Octet) SORAMONICA, a very special era of collaboration between Vladimir Hrovat and Simona Perme marks Slovene scope of harmonica. Under their leadership, besides Slovenia, ensemble visited many parts of Europe (Croatia, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, North Macedonia), at the festivals won a heap of medals, the Grand Prix as well, and successfully performed in Asia – Taiwan also. As the group reduced step by step, and then the Covid19 stopped a big part of cultural life, Simona and Vladimir succeed to reach almost incredible achievements as the harmonica duo, but also as the tandem by her poetry and his composers-ship, creating new vocal and vocal-instrumental music. About their playing critics write many superlatives, for example: after the premiere concert performance of Hrovat’s Concerto S / for Grand-solo and Balcony-solo Harmonicas, Strings Orchestra and the Percussion (dedicated to the Simona’s special occasion), said that “with this special treat the soloists brought heavenly atmosphere to the hall”; and about their new CD album Intimate Impressions of Great Masterpieces the STARS ILLUSTRATED Magazine / Times Square Press New York sais that this “CD is a treasure”, they “created a masterpiece”, “creative and innovative with human warmth, and you can feel it in almost all the pieces”, “in their hands, the harmonica is transmuted into a powerful and gigantic orchestral instrument; it is really a miracle”, “after listening to Simona Perme and Vladimir Hrovat, one begins to wonder why the harmonica was never incorporated into symphonic orchestras …”