Cellomania is a cello quartet which brings together Slovakia’s most prominent cellists: Jozef Lupták, Jozef Podhoranský, Eugen Prochác and Ján Slávik. All of them are active as soloists, chamber musicians and teachers. Jozef Lupták is an artistic director of the Konvergencie festival, which is held every September in Bratislava. Ján Slávik is director of two festivals – Divergencie and Music for Trnava. Eugen Prochác is a director of the Festival of Nice Music and the Štiavnica Master Classes in Banská Štiavnica.
The repertoire of the ensemble, which was founded by Eugen Prochác in 2000, consists of a wide range of pieces for cello ensembles from all periods. It includes original works for duo, trio and quartet and larger ensembles as well as many arrangements.
Cellomania have premiered many pieces by Slovak composers such as Juraj Beneš, Pavol Šimai, Ilja Zeljenka and others. They have worked together with world-famous composer Sofia Gubaidulina and played her pieces at the Melos Éthos festival 2003. In October 2005, the ensemble performed the world premiere of the octet version of “Cello Counterpoint” by another outstanding composer, Steve Reich. In 2007, they participated in the prestigious cello festival in Beauvais, and in 2011 they presented a special cello evening at the BHS festival together with the exceptional Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima.
Their tours have taken the ensemble members to various renowned venues in Berlin, Paris, Regensburg, Salzburg and Vienna as well as to festivals in France, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and other countries.
Cellomania have recorded a CD presenting new original compositions by noted Slovak composers such as Vladimír Godár, Ilja Zeljenka, Jevgenij Iršai, Ľubica Čekovská, Peter Martinček and Marián Varga. Besides classical music, the ensemble plays many other styles, for example Argentine and Spanish tango, avant-garde and minimal music, and the music of Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.