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Valter Despalj and Istvan Roemer distinguished Croatian cellist and guitarist playing together
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic
Published on 05/9/2012
Maestro Valter Dešpalj is distinguished Croatian cellist, professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In 1990 he founded Cellomania - an orchestra of young cellists in Zagreb. Among his former students are Stjepan Huaser & Luka Suljic, members of the duo 2 CELLOS. Maestro Istvan Roemer on the photo is distinugished Croatian guitarist and professor at the same Academy. Among his former students are Ana and Viktor Vidović.

Professors at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, Croatia

R. Leoncavallo (arr. V. Despalj): Sérénade Valter Despalj, cello and Istvan Roemer, guitar This arrangement has been published by the Ovation Press, Chicago,
The original version for cello and harp (or piano) published by International Music Company, New York

F. Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 109 (arr. V. Despalj)
Valter Despalj, cello
Istvan Roemer, guitar

Pavle Despalj: Ommaggio a Bellini
Valter Despalj, cello
Istvan Roemer, guitar

F. Chopin (arr. V. Despalj): Trois Nouvelles Etudes, No. 1
Valter Despalj, cello and Istvan Roemer, guitar
This arrangement has been published by the Ovation Press, Chicago (

J. Offenbach (arr. V. Despalj): Musette
Valter Despalj, cello
Istvan Roemer, guitar

Maestro Valter Dešpalj, Croatian cellist
Valter Dešpalj
Biography provided by Ovation Press

Valter Dešpalj (Zadar, Croatia, 1947) is professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music. A graduate from the Juilliard School (cello with L. Rose, chamber music with F. Galimir and Juilliard Quartet), he also took master classes with P. Casals, P. Fournier and A. Navarra, and did two years of postgraduate study with G. Kozolupova at the Moscow Conservatory. Dešpalj has performed all over the world, including performances at festivals in Gstaad, Lockenhaus, Kuhmo and Dubrovnik, also in some of the most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, Sydney Opera House, Amsterdam′s Concertgebouw, Moscow Conservatory Hall etc.

He was soloist with orchestras including Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and others, under baton of eminent conductors such as Roberto Benzi, Sergiu Comissiona, James Conlon, Vernon Handley, Gűnther Herbig, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Andrzej Markowski, David Zinman and others. Among his chamber music partners were Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Heinrich Schiff, Philippe Entremont, Yuri Bashmet, Tabea Zimmerman, Irena Grafenauer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Alexandre Rabinovitch. Besides teaching in Zagreb, he has also been a guest professor at the conservatories in The Hague, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Graz (University of Music), editor of cello music with major music publishers, and member of judging panels at the most prestigious international competitions including Tchaikovsky (Moscow), Bach (Leipzig), Lutoslawski (Warsaw) and ARD (Munich) competitions.



Maestro Istvan Römer, Croatian classical guitarist

István Römer

István Römer studied guitar at the Hochschule fur Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where he graduated in 1984, as well as at the Zagreb Academy of Music, where he graduated 1983.

His brilliant career began with numerous awards in international competitions, where we allocate the first prize won by the mid-eighties in Mettmann (Germany) and the Competition Segovia in Palma de Mallorca, and, in Vina del Mar in Chile. In his list of performances recorded hundreds of concerts in Europe, South America and Asia. In addition to solo recitals and concerts with renowned domestic and foreign orchestras he often performs as a chamber musician – he gave many concerts in duo with cellist Valter Dešpalj and clarinetist Milko Pravdić. On most of the chamber music concerts he performed as a member of a prominent Zagreb Guitar Trio, with Darko Petrinjak and Goran Listeš. He produced eight recordings. He is a professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb.

Source Guitar Art Festival

Includes a full facsimile of the original manuscript of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo (BWV1001-1006)
transcribed for the classic guitar by Croatian cellist Walter Dešpalj and fingered by István Römer.
Written for the advanced guitarist in standard notation only.
Source MEL BAY.

Formated for CROWN by prof.dr. Darko Žubrinić
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