Co-Directors of the Audeamus International Music Festival in Zagreb, Croatian cellist Dorotea Racz and American pianist Dmitry Samogray, collectively known as the Racz-Samogray Duo, have forged a lasting bond through a shared commitment to the performance, promotion, and production of classical music in North America and Europe. The duo made their international debut at the PagArt Festival (Croatia) in 2011 and their American debut at the American Fine Arts Festival (Carnegie Hall) in 2012.
In 2013, they completed a summer tour of Croatia with concerts in Brac, Vis, Gradac, Ploce, Kaštela, Koprivnica, and Lipik, where they received national news coverage (HRT-1) for performing in the Slavonian region of the country, still recovering from the devastation of the Yugoslav Wars. The same year the duo made their Zagreb debut at the historic HGZ Concert Hall, which was described as “an inimitable musical evening filled with beauty and emotion,” by the press (HRsvijet.net).
In 2014, Dorotea and Dmitry joined forces with Belarusian clarinetist/composer Gleb Kanasevich to form Trio Accendo, with the goal of exploring and expanding the repertoire of the clarinet-cello-piano ensemble. Last summer they completed a tour of Italy and Croatia, with recitals at the International Festival "Umbria Classica" (Italy), Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival (Italy), as well as a season-opening recital at the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, where the ensemble was praised for its “attentive interpretations, synchronized musical intent, and a rich tone” (Klasika.hr).