Marko and Joseph
The Prometheus Duo is a saxophone/piano duo based between Hartford and New York City, specializing in the masterpieces of baroque music, classical literature, and commissioned contemporary music. As their mythical name implies (bestowing fire to the people), the duo strives to socially impact communities by cultivating audiences and giving a percentage of their proceeds to local charitable organizations.
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 U.S. in tremendously varied musical capacities.
With their debut in the 2016 Siglufjördur Folk Music Festival in Iceland, Marko and Joseph have garnered critical acclaim from venues throughout the New York City and the New England area. In 2018, Prometheus released their first recording on the Connecticut Composers Incorporated CD, Spectra, premiering Ryan Jesperson’s Icarus for alto saxophone and piano. For the 2019-2020 season, Prometheus is expanding its already diverse programming to include a vast collection of classically-influenced folk styles from around the world and new works of prominent living composers, while expanding their list of local, national, and international charitable contributions.
Marko Stuparevic has appeared in numerous concerts and festivals in the USA, Israel, France, Serbia, Iceland, Czech Republic, 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 with internationally acclaimed double bassist Robert Black, soprano Maureen O'Flynn, and many other accomplished artists, as well as a member of the 20/20 Chamber Music Honors Program, Vagus Trio, HICO, Foot In The Door Ensemble, Elements Ensemble, with the Dahlia Duo, Celesti Sondato, and the 016 ensemble. He has performed in the Women’s Festival of New Music (Hartford), 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, studying with praised American pianist Dr Paul Rutman.
Joseph Abad is a contemporary, classical saxophonist and educator based in the Hartford (Connecticut) area.
As a concerti soloist, Mr. Abad has 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, and the University of California (Davis) Wind Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Mr. Abad has had the pleasure performing in 18 states, alongside performances and recitals in Japan, Italy, and Iceland. From 2012-2016, he was the soprano saxophonist of the Hartford-based Asylum Quartet.
Mr. Abad holds music degrees from the University of California at Davis (BM) and Arizona State University (MM). In 2013, he received an Artist Diploma in Saxophone Performance from The Hartt School of Music. He is currently an Endorsed Artist of Forestone Reeds.