Double bassist Filip Jaro and pianist Xénia Jarová have been acting as a concert duo since 2011. With the musical idea of discovering and mutual harmony they revive forgotten works of double bass virtuosos and Slovak and world chamber repertoire.

They won the Best Interpretation Award at the Festival of Young Artists in Piešťany in 2012, they played the live recital in the Slovak Radio, they performed in the concert cycles Sunday Matiné in the Mirbach Palace, Albrechtina, Musical evenings at Palisády, at the festival of Academic concerts in Prešov and at many solo concerts.

With high respect to an important double bassist and composer Johann Matthias Sperger they covered their activities by adopting the name Sperger Duo.

Repertoire

Henry Eccles (1670–1742)

  • Sonata in G minor

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)

  • Sonata in G minor

Benedetto Marcello (1686–1739)

  • Sonata in F major
  • Sonata in D minor

Willem de Fesch (1687–1761)

  • Sonata in E minor

Johann Ernst Galliard (1687–1749)

  • Sonata in A minor

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739–1799)

  • Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in D major
  • Sinfonia Concerto for Viola, Double Bass and Orchestra in E-flat major

Jan Křtitel Vaňhal (1739–1813)

  • Double Bass Concerto in D major

Václav Pichl (1741–1805)

  • Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in D major

Johann Matthias Sperger (1750–1812)

  • Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in D major
  • Double Bass Concerto No. 11 in A major
  • Double Bass Concerto No. 15 in D major
  • Sonata in D major (T. 38)
  • Sonata in D major (T. 39)
  • Sonata in D major (T. 37)
  • Sonata in B minor (T. 36)
  • Romanze

Antonio Capuzzi (1755–1818)

  • Double Bass Concerto in G major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

  • Per questa bella mano for Bass, Double Bass and Orchestra (Piano) KV 612

Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti (1763–1846)

  • Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in A major
  • Double Bass Concerto No. 3 in A major
  • Double Bass Concerto No. 5 in A major

František Gregora (1819–1887)

  • Scherzo

Giovanni Bottesini (1821–1889)

  • Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor
  • Grand Duo Concertante for Double Bass, Violin and Orchestra (Piano)
  • Fantasia on “La sonnambula”
  • Grande Allegro alla concerto di Mendellsohn
  • Mellodia in Re

Franz Simandl (1840–1912)

  • Double Bass Concerto in G major
  • Fantasia on Czech national songs
  • Nocturno
  • Divertissement

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

  • Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104 – version for Double Bass and Piano
  • Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, op. 100 – version for Double Bass and Piano
  • Songs My Mother Taught Me op. 55 No. 4 – version for Double Bass and Piano

Josef Emanuel Storch (1841–1877)

  • Concert Piece in A major

Gustav Láska (1847–1928)

  • Double Bass Concerto in D major

Johann Geissel (1859–1919)

  • Double Bass Concerto in A major
  • Concert Piece

Vojta Kuchynka (1871–1942)

  • Concert waltz for Double Bass and Piano
  • Desire and Daydreaming for Double Bass and Piano
  • Fantasia on “The Bartered Bride”
  • Duo for Violin, Double Bass and Piano

Alexander Skrjabin (1871–1915)

  • Six pieces

Sergej Rachmaninov (1873–1943)

  • Vocalise
  • Two songs

Sergej Kusevickij (1874–1951)

  • Double Bass Concerto in F-sharp minor
  • Andante cantabile op. 1/1
  • Valse miniature op. 1/2
  • Chanson Triste op. 2
  • Humoresque op. 4

Reinhold Glier (1875–1956)

  • Intermezzo op. 9/1
  • Tarantella op. 9/2
  • Prélude op. 32/1
  • Scherzo op. 32/2

Adolf Míšek (1875–1955)

  • Sonata No. 1 in A major
  • Sonata No. 2 in E minor
  • Sonata No. 3 in F major
  • Fantasia on Smetana operas
  • Legend
  • Concert Polonaise

Ľudovít Rajter (1906–2000)

  • Sonata for Double Bass and Piano
  • Sonatina for Double Bass and Piano

Eugen Suchoň (1908–1993)

  • Nocturno in B minor

Tibor Frešo (1918–1987)

  • Small Fantasia

Xénia Jarová

was born in Prešov in a family with musical interpretation and educational traditions. She underwent her conservatory and university music studies in Bratislava. At the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava she studied piano under Ida Černecká and Magdaléna Bajuszová.

Xénia Jarová is currently an internal Ph.D. student at the Department of Keyboard Instruments of Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She has been working on a dissertation dedicated to Robert Schumann and presents the concert cycle Chamber Schumann focused on performing the complete chamber works of R. Schumann.

With solo and chamber repertoire she appeared at the concerts in Slovakia, the UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and at the festivals Musical Spring in Humenné, Academic concerts in Prešov, Young composers meeting, New Slovak Music. Xénia Jarová is a member of musical society of Albrechtina which is aimed to discovering and preparing concert presentations of unknown Slovak and world music.

With her husband and double bassist Filip Jaro she performs in a standing duo and as a chamber musician she also cooperates with the mezzo-soprano Denisa Šlepkovská and members of Mucha Quartet.

Filip Jaro

was born in Bratislava and grew up in a musical family. His father and brother, both double bass players, inspired his to play this instrument. Filip Jaro studied at the State Conservatory in Bratislava and at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica. In 2005 he won the first place at the Competition of Conservatories of the Slovak Republic and in 2007 he won the first place and the special audience award at the International Double Bass Competition in Brno.

He underwent master classes with Prof. Thomas Lom in Stuttgart in 2003. He participated in the 5th, 6th and 7th International Double Bass Convention in Brno, where he worked under the direction of such personalities as M. Gajdoš, M. Jelínek, J. Hudec, H. Mayr, J. Niederhammer, W. Guttler, C. Rottaru.

Filip Jaro performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory at the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, with Baroque Orchestra Collegium, at the festivals Divergencie, Music for Trnava. He participated in several international orchestras, where he presented as the first double bass player under the baton of prominent conductors: Riccardo Mutti, Xavier Ricour, Aleš Podařil, Michael Millard, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Ondrej Lenárd (Brno, Budapest, Bremen, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Martinique etc.). Since 2007 he has been a member of the Slovak National Theatre Opera Orchestra, since 2008 at the position of associate principal of the double basses.

His solo repertoire ranges from baroque music up to the 20th century music. Filip Jaro annually organizes recitals and concerts in the concert duo with his wife and pianist Xénia Jarová to promote double bass as a solo instrument. As a chamber musician he also cooperates with Mucha Quartet and Moyzes Quartet.

Upcoming Concert

9. Nov '16, 19:00

Komorné večery vo Dvorane

Bratislava, Bratislava Region,
Bratislava

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Concert Calendar

21. September '16, 12:00

Recitál »

Praha

26. June '16, 10:30

Komorný koncert - Nedeľné matiné »

Mirbach Palace, Františkánske nám. 11, Bratislava

22. May '16, 17:00

Hudobné večery na Palisádach »

Bratislava

24. April '16, 18:00

Komorný koncert - Trenčianska hudobná jar 2016 »

Galéria M.A. Bazovského v Trenčíne, Palackého 27, Trencin

15. January '16, 19:00

Pozvánka na koncert »

Bratislava

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