LP DUO concert
Since 2004, pianists, composers and innovators, Sonja Lončar and Andrija Pavlović, known in the
music world as LP Duo, have been simultaneously experimenting with the endless possibilities of
playing on two pianos and developing a new approach to contemporary piano music. Since then,
blurring the lines between chamber ensemble and rock band, they have become one of the most
authentic musical ensembles, performing an almost complete repertoire for two pianos as well as
their original music. They graduated and received their doctorates at the Faculty of Music Art in
Belgrade, and completed their Konzertexamen studies at the University of Music and Theater in
Rostock (Germany) with prof. Hans-Peter and prof. Volker Stenzl.
So far, they have successfully performed at the biggest festivals and concert halls such as Carnegie
Hall in New York, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Meguro
Persimmon Hall Tokyo, Royal Theater and Opera Copenhagen, Music in PyeongChang (South
Korea), as and on tours throughout Europe, USA and Asia.
As solo musicians and piano duo, they have won over 30 awards at international music
competitions. Apart from the first place and special prize at the 11th International Competition of
Contemporary Chamber Music in Krakow (Poland), they won third place at the International
Chopin Roma Competition in Rome in 2005, and then in 2006 second and third place at the same
In 2011, they were awarded the prize for "greatest individuality" at the international piano duo
competition in Bialystok (Poland).
LP Duo was declared one of the 8 best world piano duos at the world's largest competition Dranoff
Miami Two Pianos in Miami (Florida) in 2008.
They were also awarded The City of Belgrade award for youth creativity, as well as the annual
award of the Association of Music Artists of Serbia (UMUS) for the best young artists (2008) and
concert of the year (2019). They received the prize Bryno Frey Stiftung Landes -akademie
Ochsenhausen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, which is rarely awarded to foreign nationals.
LP Duo began as a project of trained classical music artists, but their research and work within
different artistic disciplines and avant-garde practices defined the originality of their music, uniting
the seemingly incompatible worlds of classical and popular culture. This is evidenced by numerous
local and international releases – audio-visual recordings and 10 albums, among which the album
"Duality" from 2019 (Universal Music) stands out. Some of the recordings from this album were
also recorded by the renowned publishing house Deutsche Grammophon.
In addition, they compose music for theater, film, TV, dance choreography, visual art projects. One
of their many alter egos is the LP Elektro project, while Andrija Pavlović is also active under the
name of the Andy Pavlov project.
Sonja and Andrija are co-authors and leaders of the artistic and scientific project Beyond Quantum
Music, which aims to explore the connection between music and quantum physics by creating new
experiments resulting in (multimedia) live performances. Partners on this project include, among
others, the University of Oxford, the festivals Ars Electronica Linz, TodaysArt Amsterdam, the
Musicological Institute SANU, Sonar Festival Barcelona.
In their career so far, LP Duo has experimented with the sound of various analog and digital
synthesizers in combination with acoustic pianos. In recent years, together with a group of
collaborators and engineers, they have been developing a completely new instrument – the “Duality
Portable Hybrid Piano". By adding special hardware to an acoustic piano, they connect it to a
computer and manage to easily manipulate any digital sound, light or video, merging the worlds of
acoustic and digital.
Both have a significant academic career – in addition to joint master class programs and lectures at
various international festivals, professional conferences and universities (Chicago, Cincinnati,
London, Singapore), Sonja Lončar is an associate professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade,
while Andrija Pavlović is an assistant professor at the studies of Scene Design, Faculty of Technical
Sciences in Novi Sad.
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photo by: Petar Petrović