LET'S | SAX IT UP! 02. December 2012 at 4:00 PM



02. December 2012 Sunday at 4:00 PM, in the ORANGERY of the Schoenbrunn Palace Vienna!




We present to you a musical treat of the highest class with enchanting melodies and numerous world hits of musical geniuses like Mozart and Bach, interpreted in a new way by world-class musicians from renowned Vienna orchestras as well as the local jazz scene, put together to make the VIENNA CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ORCHESTRA, with solo saxophonist Mateo Granić and featuring Matej Meštrović on the piano.

The goal is to take the classical saxophone as well as classical music rearranged crossover style, and to reach a wider audience and above all the younger generation, though which the world-wide perception of the saxophone as exclusively a jazz, rock, or pop instrument shall be forever changed. Moreover, Mateo Granic would like to go back to and bring about the original ideal sound of the saxophone which was the legacy of the its inventor, Adolph Sax. The saxophone and its sounds were completely different at Sax's time. Giacomo Rossini claimed back then, that he had never heard more beautiful sounds than those coming out of the saxophone! In this vein the saxophone is sure to resound in a totally 'new' light.

The Orangery in the Schoenbrunn Palace, the former green house of the Habsburger Emperor, where Mozart himself also used to perform, provides for exactly the right atmosphere to bring these unique sounds to the highest fruition.

The excellent musicians are bound to put forth an amazing and unforgettable evening, which promises to be genuine pleasure, with the innovative "golden sounds of the magician on the saxophone," who will take over your hearts. Have you got a hankering for something new? Don't miss this magnificent opportunity to be a part of this trip into a new world!

The proceeds of this concert will be written to the Association for the Advancement of the Saxophone in the Music of the Arts (Verein zur Förderung des Saxophons in der Musik der Künste), for the purpose of commissioning a work of composition for the saxophone solo with the symphonic orchestra from the leading contemporary composers of the day, such as Kristof Penderetzki, Arvo Pärt, or Sofia Gubaidulina.


Mateo Granić was born in the southern Croatian city of Vrgorac "Summit of the mount". His musical education began at the age of 9. He attended a music academy in Lovran, Istrien under the patronage of Ivo Pogorelich, where he studied classical saxophone, music theory and composition. His university studies of classical saxophone proceeded at the University for Music in the Arts in Graz, at the University of Vienna, and finally at the University of the Performing Arts in Berlin as a DAAD scholar.

He completed two Magister diplomas and graduated with honors in Vienna, and also completed a further graduate degree in musical performance training as a solo artist (Konzertexamen) in Berlin. He attended master courses among the most important saxophonists of the day: J.M. Londeix, E. Rousseau, and others. His performances extend all over Croatia and abroad including: Vienna, Graz, Linz, Berlin, New York, Beijing, and beyond. Tours have been in France, Norway, and China. He plays a 24 carat gold refined saxophone, which is custom-designed to his performance style. Mateo is the recipient of an array of prizes and honors in music.


Pianist and composerMatej Meštrović was born in Zagreb in 1969 into an artistic family. From 1982 through 1990 he won first prizes at biennial competitions for schoolchildren and students in Croatia and the former Yugoslavia. At the Croatian Music Days in 1985, he was the youngest composer taking part. composed the music for numerous other theatre performances and for films, and musical material for TV and radio commercials and jingles. In April 1998 he composed the music for a 360-degree projection film directed by Vinko Brešan, One Day on the Croatian Coast, which was shown at the Lisbon Expo in 1998. There he also took part in the making of the exhibition and the furnishing of the Croatian pavilion, for which he won the City of Zagreb Prize. In the same year he started working with the well-known Croatian director Stipe Božić, for whose documentary and travel films he created the musical settings (Depths, North Pole, Dhaulagiri, Holy Mountains of the World). The film Reticent Wall won the first prize at the Trento International Film Festival in 1999. In June 2000 he wrote the music for a 360-degree projection film entitled Dreamscape directed by Tomislav Rukavina, which was shown at the Hannover Expo in 2000. In 2004 he created the custom-designed record entitled Sounds of Velebit that, with the journal National Geographic, was distributed in a pressing of 45.000. In October 2006, the premiere of the ballet Sounds and Shadows of the Ballet ensemble of Šibenik Theatre was put on, choreographed to the sounds of this recording. As composer and director, he has produced a project promoting the Croatian monumental heritage for UNESCO. In the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 he worked with composer Tonči Huljić on the production of the albums A New World, Electric and Pure by Maksim Mrvica.

Let's Sax it Up! 02.December 2012 Sunday at 4:00 PM, in the ORANGERY of the Schönbrunn Palace!

Info: Orangery Schoenbrunn | 1130 Wien | Austria

How to get there

By public transport

Underground train U4 from the town center to Stop "Schoenbrunn" (approx. 15 minutes) Take the forward exit of the subway station, follow the way to the pedestrian traffic light, cross the street (walking time is about two minutes). Diagonally left is the entrance to the Orangery Schoenbrunn.

By car

Drive along "Schoenbrunner Schlossstrasse" into town, past the main entrance of Schloss Schoenbrunn, until you reach the pedestrian traffic light. On the right side is the entrance to the Orangery Schoenbrunn. A large car & bus park is directly opposite of the Orangery.