Laura Mjeda Čuperjani (1971, Croatia) acquired her degree in composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, under the supervision of Prof. Srđan Hofman. Her oeuvre comprises works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestral works, music for theatre plays and multimedia projects. Especially noteworthy is her music for the accordion (ranging from solo to concertante works), while her piece for solo accordion titled Becoming was selected by a group of renowned accordionists for the 2014 Critical Selection of Accordion Works. Čuperjani has participated at many events and festivals: the International Review of Composers (Novi Sad / Belgrade), Mediadance International Festival (Paris), Music Panel (Opatija/Pula), Croatian Music Days in Vienna (Festival kroatischer Musik in Wien), Heferer Organ Festival (Festival Orgulje Heferer), Podium Festival of Chamber Music (Brioni, Croatia), Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (Odessa, Ukraine), Ukrainian Bayan and Accordion Days (Kiev), Days of Macedonian Music festival of contemporary music (Skopje), BUNT Festival (Belgrade), Predihano Series of New Music (Ljubljana), Talk Town Festival (Copenhagen), and Music Biennale Zagreb. Čuperjani is the composer-in-residence of the 5th Podium Chamber Music Festival (Brioni, 2019). Since 2007, Čuperjani has taught at the Music Academy of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula.
Reverse, for accordion and string quartet
The main idea behind this three-part piece was to construct a whole in a peculiar acoustic situation, by relocating, inverting, and repeating the basic motive, a chord structured in thirds, which is initially presented in the accordion part and then also appears in the guise of melodic patterns comprising third shifts.
Reverse was composed in 2016 for the artists of Vareš Classic Festival, on the initiative of the Slovenian accordionist Borut Zagoranski.