Pianist Sven Brajković held an all-night concert on Tuesday, August 24 as part of the Youngmasters Festival. The festival took place from August 20th until August 31 in three Croatian cities: Samobor, Šibenik and Varaždin.
Brajković is a fifth-year piano student in the class of Srđan Čaldarović at the Music Academy in Zagreb. He parallely studies at the Music Academy in Ljubljana where he is a second-year student in the class of Alexander Serder. In his concert program, this pianist focused on dance-inspired musical genres. Suites also fall into this kind of genre so Brajković performed two of them. The most successful performance was Claude Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, L. 82 (75). This four-part suite is most recognizable by the third movement called “Clair de Lune”. This movement is the favorite one for the author of this text, who had the opportunity to listen to this suite live for the first time. Sven Brajković’ interesting program and biography were certainly a good incentive to come to his concert.
He opened the concert with “French Suite no. 6 in E major, BWV 817 ”by Johann Sebastian Bach, whose third movement called “ Sarabande ”stood out among eight of them in total. After this, he performed “Sonata no. 3 in C major, Op. 2 ”, which was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The concert also stood out because of the interesting order in which the compositions were arranged. After “Suite bergamasque”, Brajković performed the composition called “Invitation to Dance”, Op. 65, J 260 ”by Carl Maria von Weber. This performance left a great impression on the entire concert. I also want to point out that while listening to Sven, you can easily notice the pleasure he has while playing. The way he plays encourages the listener to focus on the music and make an emotional connection with it. It can be said with certainty that everyone present in the audience enjoyed Sven’s performance. They showed their delight with applause!
Author: Barbara Šimunić