LP duo is a Serbian piano electronic duo, consisting of pianists Sonja Lončar and Andrija Pavlović.
It was first formed as a traditional chamber ensemble that performs classical music, but today the ensemble is active in the field of electronic, avant-garde, film, television, theatre and popular music.
The duo was formed in 2004, while Sonja Lončar and Andrija Pavlović studied at the Piano Department at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where they acquired the titles of graduate pianists. Afterwards, the two of them studied at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre.
In the formative period, the ensemble performed works from the classical repertoire, i.e. works by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but also avant-garde artists such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Olivier Messiaen.
LP Duo is very active in the field of theatre and visual arts. In that manner, they composed and performed music for plays by Atelje 212, Belgrade National Theatre, Yugoslav Drama Theatre, BITEF Theatre, Puppet Theatre ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Duško Radović’ Theatre, National Theatre in Sombor, National Theatre in Kikinda, Slovenian National Theatre in Celje and others.
They are the authors of one part of the compositions for the series ‘Žigosani u Reketu’ by Dragan Bjelogrlić, ‘Dug Moru’ by Goran Gajić and ‘Jutro će Promeniti Sve’ by Goran Stanković and Vladimir Tagić.
They performed a song by Nemanja Mosurović at the credits of the ‘Ederlezi Rising’ movie.
Since 2012, the LP Duo has become one of the key promoters of the concept of quantum music. It is the project that started with a reunion of old friends, one of the world’s most famous quantum physicists Vlatko Vedral (University of Oxford) and Dragan Novković, electrical engineer and acoustician, with the support of the Musicological Institute of SANU and funding the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Quantum physicists Andrew Garner and Klaus Mølmer, composer Kim Helweg, who joined the project at the invitation of LP Duo, and musicologist Ivana Medić, who is also the project coordinator, also contributed to this project, while the LP Duo is the main performing and composition duo, the ensemble.
So far, they have released seven solo albums, and participated in some other releases, the most recent of which in collaboration with the publishing house ‘Universal Music Serbia’, and their discography is also available via the Spotify and iTunes platforms.
LP Duo, both as a band and in individual categories, won over thirty competition awards. They performed at one of the world’s largest piano competitions, the Miami Dranoff Two Pianos in the American state of Florida, where they were named one of the eight most important piano duos on the planet.
Photo Credit: Marko Milovanović, Universal Music Serbia