Launched in 2007, the Antonio Sorgo Ensemble was founded by Hrvoje Jugovic, and named after Anton Sorgo (Sorkocevic in Croatian) – and his father Luca, from Dubrovnik. Both are amongst the most influential Croatian composers of the 18th century.
The musicians of the ensemble perform music of the 18th and 19th century on period instruments.
In 2006, following the initiative of Hrvoje Jugovic, an original fortepiano (Anton Walter, Vienna, ca 1790) from the Cultural Historical Museum of Dubrovnik was restored. The fortepiano was then presented in the Vienna Mozart Exhibition 2006 at the Albertina. Hrvoje Jugovic performed on this so-called “Dubrovnik Walter piano “ at the opening ceremony in the Hofburg and in following concerts in Vienna, Zagreb and Dubrovnik. It is possible, that the fortepiano was formerly owned by the composer Elena Luisa di Pozza Sorgo (1786-1865), a member of the Sorgo family, living in Vienna.
The Antonio Sorgo Ensemble performed with great success in Germany (Mozartfest Augsburg), Austria (Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Klassik Festival Kirchstetten, Festival of Croatian Music in Vienna), Italy (Settimana Mozartiana Chieti), Croatia (Varazdin Baroque Festival, Osor Festival), United Arab Emirates (Dubai).