The outstanding Croatian ensemble Papandopulo Quartet was formed by four distinguished saxophone players that graduated from Dragan Sremec’s class at the Zagreb Music Academy. They continued studying with eminent professors at a number of seminars but also at conservatories in Paris, Amsterdam and Vienna. They performed at renowned festivals and important music events (SAXOPEN in Strasbourg, Music Evenings in St. Donat, Rijeka Summer Evenings, Music Biennale Zagreb, Music Forum in Opatija, Split Summer Festival and Days of New Music Split, Echoraum in Vienna, Days of Croatian Music in Vienna) and held a series of concerts in Budapest, Paris, Zagreb, Belgrade, Subotica etc.
Special attention is given to promoting new music, especially pieces by the young Croatian and international composers – they gave some memorable first performances of pieces by Mirela Ivičević, Krešimira Seletkovića, Frano Đurović, Matthias Kranebitter, Dubravko Palanović, Tena Ivana Borić et al. New collaborations and commissions by contemporary composers are arising unceasingly, mostly thanks to the efforts and artistic qualities of the four Papandopulo members.
Their first CD came out for the Croatia Records and has been the most selling classical music album in the past couple of years, additionally earning five Porin nominations. Members of the quartet are also involved in pedagogical work at the music academies in Zagreb, Split, Sarajevo and Novi Sad, in music schools of Zagreb, Split, Jastrebarsko and Samobor and along with that they are mentors teaching at master courses in Croatia and abroad. Together they founded The School of Saxophone in Jaska, a very successful international spring seminar for the saxophone students.