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Fibonacci Quartet

Biography

Kryštof Kohout (°2000), Luna De Mol (°2002) - violin, Ami-Louise Johnsson (°2001) - viola, Kosta Popović (°2000) - cello

The Fibonacci String Quartet was formed in September 2019 and consists of students of David Takeno (International Chair of Violin Eugène Ysaÿe) and Louise Hopkins at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. It is an international ensemble, bringing together Czech, Belgian, Swedish and Montenegrin nationalities. The quartet is coached and mentored by Krysia Osostowicz, a renowned violinist and chamber musician; a.o. first violinist of the Dante String Quartet and principal violinist of the Endymion Ensemble.

Since their formation they have participated in numerous masterclasses and projects with a.o. Adrian Brendel, the Gould Piano Trio, the Endellion Quartet, The Bozzini Quartet, The Castalian Quartet, the Consone Quartet and members of the Chilingirian Quartet.

In March 2020 they won both 1st prize and audience prize at the Beethoven Competition for Young Musicians in London, competing against international musicians up to 26 years old.

Later that same month they also won the 1st prize at the Saint James Chamber Music competition. This prize included a concert at the famous Saint James Piccadilly church in London.

They regularly perform in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Kosta Popovic was born in 2000 in a musical family in in Podgorica, Montenegro. At the age of six he enrolled in the elementary music school Vasa Pavić in his hometown, where he was taught and mentored by his father professor Mladen Popovic.

In April 2017, he was awarded The Headmaster's music scholarship at the prestigious Whitgift School, where he continued and completed his secondary education. In September of the same year he was accepted and offered a scholarship to attend the Junior departement of the esteemed Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he countinued his musical education with many reputable teachers including Jonathan Few and William Bruce. In 2019 he was awarded the Junior Guildhall Strings prize.

In 2020 Kosta was granted a scholarship by the Guildall School of Music and Drama to start bachelor studies with world renowned cellist and pedagogue Louise Hopkins.

Next to many concerts over the years, he participated in numerous national and international competitions, winning special awards and first prizes at competitions in Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Italy and the UK.

He took part in both solo and chamber music masterclasses with well-known pedagogues such as Alexander Rudin (Russia), Victor Uzur (USA), Raphael Wallfish (England), Peter Esswood (England), Tatjane Prelevic (Germany), Dmitry Prokofiev (Russia), Eve Faith and Reinhard Armleeder (Germany) and has collaborated with renowed conductors like Daniel Glineur (Belgium) and Anton Martinov (Russia-France).

Kosta has played at many formal events and official occasions held by a.o. the Montenegrian Ministry of Culture and participated in numerous projects organised by the Vasa Pavic music school. He has played as a soloist with renown professional orchestras such as Allegro Vivo and has been a soloist with the Youth Orchestra of Montenegro and Albania.

Submission December 2020