The Prometheus Duo is a saxophone/piano duo based between Hartford and New York City, specializing in classical music. Having met in 2011 as chamber music scholars in the Hartt School Performance 20/20 Chamber Music Honors Program, Marko Stuparevic and Joseph Abad have successfully performed throughout the US (with their debut in Iceland), in tremendously varied musical capacities.
Together, the duo has garnered critical acclaim from venues throughout the New England area, and for 2017, is making a push to perform works from local composers on the national and international level–sharing a sensual blend of the current day and the proven works of the musical canon.2017’s programming focuses on the transformative as well as the new. With the addition of two new programs, Prometheus aims to repurpose the familiar soundscapes and stories of well-known composers, alongside the fresh and bold, creating something uniquely different, yet rooted in strong traditions.
Marko Stuparevic has appeared in numerous concerts and festivals in the USA, Israel, France, Serbia, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Slovakia as a solo performer and chamber musician. He has won top prizes in the Dimitar Nenov, Petar Konjovic, American Protégé, Nikolai Rubinstein competitions and many other international piano contests. As a result, Mr. Stuparevic is a regularly performing concerto soloist, performing with the Razgrad Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Army House of Serbia, the National Symphony of Bulgaria, the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Foot in the Door Ensemble. He has also performed as a member of the 20/20 Chamber Music Honors Program, the Vagus Trio, HICO, the Foot In The Door Ensemble, the Elements Ensemble, with the Dahlia Duo, Celesti Sondato, and 016. Most recently, he has performed on the Women’s New Music Festival (Hartford), the Tel Hai Festival, and the LaMama Moves Festival in New York City alongside the principal Martha Graham dancer, Miki Orihara. Mr. Stuparevic is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree (DMA) at The Hartt School of Music.
Joseph Abad’s repertoire spans from Bach to Debussy to Berio. As a concerti soloist, Mr. Abad enjoyed collaborating with the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, The Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the University of California (Davis) Symphony Orchestra, the University of California (Davis) Wind Ensemble, and the James Logan High School Wind Symphony (CA). As a chamber musician, Mr. Abad has had the pleasure performing in 16 states, alongside performances and recitals in Japan, Italy, and Iceland. As a chamber musician, he is the current saxophonist of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and the Elements Ensemble. From 2012-2016, he was the soprano saxophonist of the Hartford-based Asylum Quartet.