Performers

  • Ensemble MD7

    Since being established in 2001, the Ljubljana-based ensemble MD7 (Musica Danubiana 7) has been engaging their ever-growing audiences in performances of new music composed especially for them. Comprising a unique combination of instruments, the septet has commissioned, premiered and given repeat performances of more than 40 new works by composers from all over the globe. Invitations to perform followed immediately after their first concert, and the group has subsequently performed to great acclaim at concerts and music festivals in Vienna (2001), Trieste (2003, 2006, 2008), Bucharest (2004, 2008), Innsbruck (2007), Dublin (2008), Seoul (2010) and Ljubljana. MD7 has been equally active in the studio, having recorded two compact discs for the in-house label of RTV Slovenia. The ensemble has operated under the artistic guidance of Pavel Mihelčič since its formation. The seven permanent members of the ensemble are all highly skilled instrumentalists and principal players in Slovenia’s top orchestras: Matej Zupan (flutes), Jože Kotar (clarinets), Miha Šuler (trombone), Franci Krevh (percussion), Katja Krajnik (viola), Igor Mitrović (cello) and Luca Ferrini (keyboard instruments). For today’s concerts the ensemble will be accompanied by: Doris Šegula (violin), Miha Firšt (contrabass), Primož Sukič (guitar) and Andreja Zakonjšek Krt (soprano). The conductor of the ensemble is Steven Loy.

  • Ensemble Microsonus

    The ensemble began to form independently in May 2010 after successful performance projects within the framework of the Ljubljana Academy of Music. It operates in close contact with Slovenian composers, offering very diverse combinations of instruments and striving for high quality performances of contemporary music by both Slovenian and foreign composers. The core of the ensemble is made up of students and graduates of performance studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, who have demonstrated their excellence with numerous prizes at competition in Slovenia and abroad, as well as at many concerts given on domestic and foreign concert stages with various local and international conductors. The members of the ensemble regularly attend masterclasses given by leading artists and teachers. The young musicians are recipients of the Prešeren Prize of the Ljubljana Academy of Music as well as the Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana.

  • Neofonia

    is a Ljubljana-based ensemble dedicated to exploring the wealth and diversity of music composed in the last half century, music that has traditionally been absent from the cultural landscape in Slovenia. The ensemble is made up of top Slovenian instrumentalists who are passionate about contemporary music. Since its establishment in 2010, Neofonía has introduced a number of important and groundbreaking works to Slovenian audiences by some of the most exciting and influential composers of the last 50 years, such as György Ligeti, Gérard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Luigi Nono, Salvatorre Sciarrino, Kaija Saariaho, Jonathan Harvey and many others. Since its inception, Neofonía has acted as the resident ensemble of the Predihano contemporary music series produced by Cankarjev dom. The ensemble’s inaugural concert, presenting Grisey’s masterpiece Les espaces acoustiques, was hailed by critics and audiences as an indisputable success. Its Ligeti project four years later featured major works by one of the great composers of the last century for the first time in Slovenia and was met with equal acclaim.

  • Bajde, Matevž

    is a graduate of the Ljubljana Academy of Music and has played in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra since 1997. He is a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Brass Ensemble and the Slovenian Percussion Project (SToP), as well is regularly appearing at contemporary music concerts with various chamber ensembles.

  • Ban, Ivo

    is a Slovenian theatre actor. After completing his studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in 1972, he acted for three seasons in the Slovenian Folk Theatre of Celje, which at that time had established itself as one of the most progressive theatres in Yugoslavia. In 1976, he became a member of the ensemble of the Slovenian National Theatre of Ljubljana, where, with a wide range of roles, a modern acting style, a studious approach and a much appreciated talent for sophisticated humour on stage, he soon established himself as one of the leading repertory actors. He has won several awards for his work, most notably the Borštnik Ring, which he received in 1996 as the youngest actor ever to gain the award. As well as being an occasional guest actor in other theatres, Ivo Ban has also pursued an important career as a film actor.

  • Banovec, Gašper

    first engaged in solo singing at the Moste-Polje Music School with Prof. Janja Hvala, and is currently studying under the mentorship of Prof. Dejan Vrbančič. He gained his first experience with performing in the Krog Chamber Choir and today collaborates as a répétiteur and singer with the Vinko Vodopivec Academic Choir, as well as occasionally performing in the chorus of the Ljubljana Opera. In 2012, he appeared as a soloist in Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo within the framework of the Ljubljana Academy of Music, and in July 2015 he sang as a soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers. Until 2015, he was a member of the vocal group Ingenium, with which he successfully performed at many national and international competitions. Gašper Banovec has been a regular member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir since the beginning of 2014.

  • Batič, Martina

    comes from Ajdovščina, Slovenia. After successfully graduating in music education from the Ljubljana Academy of Music, she completed her postgraduate studies cum laude in choral conducting in 2004 at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre in the class of Prof. Michael Gläser. She then furthered her studies at masterclasses in Slovenia and abroad, with renowned choral conductors including the legendary Eric Ericson. From 2004 to 2009, she successfully led the chorus of the Slovene National Theatre Opera Ljubljana. Since autumn 2009, she has been the assistant to the director of the Slovenian Philharmonic for choral affairs, and she assumed the position of artistic director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir in 2012. In 2006, Martina Batič won the Eric Ericson Award, a prestigious competition for young choral conductors, which opened the door to the professional choral world for her. Since then, she has collaborated regularly with choirs such as the Swedish Radio Choir, the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Danish Radio Choir, the Danish Vocal Ensemble, the Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble and others. Martina Batič frequently prepares choirs for concerts by celebrated conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Heinz Holliger, Marcus Creed, Jaap van Zweden, Kyril Petrenko, Hartmut Haenchen, Gianandrea Noseda, and others.

  • Berger, Saar

    Horn player Saar Berger, born in 1980, has been a member of Ensemble Modern since 2007. He studied with Prof. Marie-Luise Neunecker at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, and completed his soloist diploma at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Erich Penzel and Prof. Esa Tapani. Saar Berger has received study grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and awards from the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund. As a guest and soloist, he performs with many renowned international orchestras and festivals. He has developed collaborations with many young and established composers, and he released his double CD Traveling Pieces, a solo portrait with 17 new premieres for horn, on the Ensemble Modern Label. A second CD, Stop&Horn, is available from the Society of Slovene Composers.

  • Brezavšček, Anja

    has earned diplomas from the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Matej Grahek, and the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where she studied with Karolina Šantl Zupan. In order to gain a deeper understanding of music theory and history, she studied musicology at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts in parallel with her studies in performance. In 2014, she completed her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and obtained a Master of Specialised Performance in Contemporary Music. She is currently studying with Prof. Martin Fahlenbock at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. Anja Brezavšček is the recipient of many awards: two first prizes in the ISA-Sommerakademie Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music (2010, 2011); the Prešeren Award of the Ljubljana Academy of Music (2012); first prize at the competition “Giovanni Musicisti – Cittá di Treviso” in the contemporary music category (2013). She has participated in numerous masterclasses, such as the Impuls Academy, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt and the Ensemble Recherche Academy, where she has worked with flutists Eva Furrer, Vera Fischer, Mario Caroli and others.

  • Trbovlje Workers Band

    was established in 1903 and soon became an indispensable part of cultural life in Trbovlje. After the Second World War, the quality of the band began to rise, and it achieved its first major competition success in the republic competition for wind orchestras in 1949. This gave it the right to appear at the federal review in Belgrade, where it was awarded first prize. The band gradually shifted away from playing marches and began to perform more modern and demanding compositions. One success followed another, reaching a peak in 1974 when the band received first prize and a gold medal at the International Wind Orchestra Championship in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, where it also received an award from the American ambassador as the best foreign ensemble. The outstanding quality of the Trbovlje bandsmen has been confirmed repeatedly with first prizes in various competitions in Slovenia and abroad. The Trbovlje Workers Band has always been led by conductors with a great deal of knowledge and a strong dedication to the band from which they originate. Following Anton Hudarin, Mihael Gunzek and Alojz Zupan, the leadership of the orchestra was taken over by Jože Kotar in 2007. A long-standing member of the band, Jože Kotar is also a full professor of clarinet performance at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and the principal clarinettist of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. Despite the difficult economic situation and the consequent lack of funding, the band has in recent years successfully revitalised itself, ensuring that it will continue its high quality and successful work in the future.

  • Einfalt, Luka

    graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in 2003, having studied the euphonium with Prof. Darko Rošker. While studying, he participated in state and international competitions, gaining a number of awards, including first prize in the Slovenian state competition for young musicians in the academic category and a special prize from the Society of Slovene Composers for the performance of a work by a Slovenian composer. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Slovenian Army Orchestra, the Ljubljana Academy of Music Wind Orchestra, the Domžale-Kamnik Symphony Orchestra, the Coastal Chamber Orchestra and several Slovenian wind orchestras. He frequently works as a casual player with recognised orchestras (RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic). For seven years, Luka Einfalt was employed in the Slovenian Police Orchestra, and he currently devotes himself to teaching at the Domžale Music School, as well as leading the Lukovica Band and appearing in recognised music cycles (Autumn Serenade, Concert Atelier of the Society of Slovene Composers, etc.). In January 2010, he completed his postgraduate studies with distinction at the Lucerne School of Music, having studied with Prof. Thomas Ruedi.

  • Fele, Monika

    is a student of solo singing at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Matjaž Robavs. She regularly collaborates with the most prominent Slovenian choirs as a soloist and répétiteur: the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir, the Ave Chamber Choir, the Tone Tomšič Choir, the St Nicholas Choir, etc. Since September 2014, she has been a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir.

  • Dissonance Quartet

    was formed by a happy coincidence. The musicians, all members of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, came together to mount the first Slovenian performance of String Quartet by celebrated Slovenian composer Lojze Lebič. After the successful performance, the musicians decided to expand the project into a permanent ensemble, due to their desire to continue their common music making. The ensemble’s name is taken from Mozart’s eponymic composition, and it reflects the mission of the ensemble, which focuses on classical repertoire and the works of contemporary composers, particularly Slovenian composers. In February 2015, the quartet performed a concert within the framework of the Concert Atelier of the Society of Slovene Composers, and it is in the process of recording its first compact disc of works by Slovenian composers.

  • Hočevar, Pija

    graduated with distinction from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Mate Zupan, and in 2015 completed her master’s studies at Hoogeschool Zuyd – Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands, having studied with Philippe Benoit. While studying, she received numerous prizes in Slovenia and abroad both as a soloist and a chamber musician, and was a member of the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra and the orchestras of academies in Belgium and Austria. She also collaborated as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the Šentjernej Municipal Wind Orchestra. Pija Hočevar has attended numerous seminars, led by E. Beynon, P. Bernold, H. Schmeiser, PL Graf, A. Oliva, D. Formisano, KH Schütz, P. Alanko, W. Auer and many others. She currently teachers at the Sevnica Music School, while continuing to be active as a soloist and as a member of the trio Mirus.

  • Hribar, Manca

    first developed her talents as a choral singer in some of Slovenia’s most prominent choirs (the Diocesan Grammar School Girls Choir, the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir, the Dekor Chamber Choir, etc.), and after ten years of violin studies decided to do devote herself to solo singing. She studied solo singing with Julieta Kubik de Habjanič, and since 2010 has worked under the mentorship of Alenka Slokar Bajc. In 2014, she appeared in the role of Marceline in The Marriage of Figaro, and in last year’s season she collaborated with the Dekor Chamber Choir in a performance of Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning.

  • Jeraša, Domen

    is a principal trombonist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. While studying at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, he received the Student Prešeren Prize for his performance of Handel’s Concerto in F Minor with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded a solo CD with the same orchestra. Domen Jeraša is also active as a composer, primarily writing compositions for the trombone.

  • Juhart, Luka

    For a number of years now, he has been tirelessly devoted to collaborating with contemporary composers. He regularly collaborates with Uroš Rojko, Vinko Globokar, Thomas Larcher, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Eduardo Demetz, Klaus Huber, Bojana Šaljić Podešva, Vito Žuraj, Arturo Fuentes and countless other composers. These sound encounters have been well documented since. He has brought out his solo album Dialog/Dialogue with Zavod Sploh and L’innomable records, with NEOS his solo album Deconstructing Accordion, his other interpretations have been released also with NEOS, Transit and ORF. All of this, however, is not a simple matter of specialization. His in-depth approach to contemporary sound is more than a case of exploiting a repertoir niche. So throughout his studies he attended classes and master courses with specialists in old music, with cemballo and organ players, viola da gamba players and conductors, and to this day he plays this music regularly with, amongst others, Camerata Zurich, Thomas and Patrick Demenga, Christoph Bossert and Volker Jacobsen. Since 2012, he has been lecturing at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He studied at the State Academy of Music in the German Trossingen in the class of Prof. Hugo Noth, whom he joined after his finals at the music gymnasium in Maribor with Prof. Andrej Lorber. He completed his postgraduate studies in the master class of Prof. Stefan Hussong at the Academy of Music in Würzburg in 2008.

  • Kevorkova, Irina

    Violinist Irina Kevorkova was born in Kazan, Russia, where she began playing the violin at a school for gifted children. She continued her studies at Moscow’s Gnesin Academy with Prof. Miroslav Rusin, while also studying string quartet performance with Prof. Jaroslav Alexendrov, a member of the celebrated Borodin Quartet. She has lived and worked in Ljubljana since 1991, and since 1993 has been the leader of the second violins of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. For eleven years, she also served as the leader of the second violins of the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra, with whom she received the Prešeren Fund Prize and the Župančič Prize of the City of Ljubljana. She has frequently appeared with both orchestras as a soloist. In addition, she has been a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic String Quartet. On arriving in Ljubljana, Irina Kevorkova began collaborating with ensembles for contemporary music (Ensemble Slavko Osterc, Neofonia, etc.) at Slovenian and international festivals (Maribor Festival, Slowind Festival, Predihano, World Music Days, etc.).

  • Klavžar, Simon

    lectured in the USA, Russia and throughout Europe. He is the recipient of Student Prešeren Prizes from the University of Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In 2009, he received second prize in the duo category and the audience prize in a competition in Luxemburg (IPCL), as well as first prize in the PENDIM competition Plovdiv. In 2012, he received first prize in the Salieri-Zinetti competition in Verona, the audience prize in the Almere chamber music competition, and first prize in Kulturkreis Gasteig. He is the recipient of the audience prize at a concert in Carnegie Hall in 2010, and he has performed at numerous festivals including the Ljubljana Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Movimientos Wolfsburg, Musical Olympus and Klangspuren. Simon Klavžar is a representative for Adams percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks and Manic Drum small drums.

  • Klobčar, Miha

    began his singing career as a member of various choral ensembles. He is presently a member of the St Nicholas Choir from Litija and the Decor Chamber Choir, as well as collaborating with the N’omenu Chorus and the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Choir Ljubljana. In recent years, he has also been a regular member of the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir. From 2011 to 2015, he attended singing lessons with Prof. Barbara Sorč, and he is currently pursuing studies under the mentorship of Prof. Janko Volčanšek.

  • Kolbl, Miran

    As well as being the concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Miran Kolbl is also the first violinist in the Tartini Quartet. He studied the violin with Prof. Igor Ozim in Cologne, while at the same time furthering his knowledge of chamber music performance with members of the celebrated Amadeus Quartet. He then continued his studies in Bern. He has received numerous excellent reviews for the performance of solo parts in orchestral works and for his contribution as a concertmaster, and has twice appeared with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam on the invitation of its conductor Hartmut Haenchen. With the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra, with whom he served as concertmaster for ten years, he has performed numerous concertante works as a soloist. He has also appeared with the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble Slovenicum, the Maribor Philharmonic and the Berlin Symphony. Miran Kolbl has been awarded first prizes in state competitions and in the Three Lands’ Competition in Farra d’Isonzo, as well as twice receiving the prestigious Prešeren Fund Prize (in 1999, as a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra, and, in 2000, for his activities as a soloist). He has also recorded a number of compact discs with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tartini Quartet and harpist Mojca Zlobko.

  • Komočar, Mihaela

    graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music in 2007 in the class of Prof. Snježana Bujanović- Stanislav. She has received numerous prizes in state and international competitions, including first prize in TEMSIG (2002), first prize in the Croatian Competition for Young Musicians (2003), second prize in the Belvedere International Competition in Vienna (2004), second prize in the Ondina Otta International Competition in Maribor (2005), second prize in the Jaume Arragal International Competition in Barcelona (2006), etc. While studying, she appeared with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zagreb Academy of Music Orchestra. She has performed in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra in Portugal, as well as appearing with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the cello ensemble Conjunto Iberico, the Boca Cannes Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Croatia Orchestra, the Slovene National Opera and Ballet Ljubljana Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Opera Orchestra, etc. As a soloist in opera and sacred works, she has performed in Vienna, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Paris, Marseille, Frontignan, Cannes, Osijek, Barcelona, Lisbon, Montpellier, St Étienne, etc., as well as recording for the archives of Radio Slovenia and Radio France. Mihaela Komočar debuted on the opera stage in the role of Maman in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, and she has since appeared in numerous roles, including Junon (Offenbach, Orphée aux enfers), the Countess (Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro), Amelia (Verdi, Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (Verdi, Il trovatore), Helmwige and Sieglinde (Wagner, Die Walküre), the Singer (Golob, Ljubezen capital), etc.

  • Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Oorchestra

    is a 14-member chamber ensemble that performs without a conductor. It was founded in 1993 with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. In its more than 20 years of operation, the orchestra has performed approximately 450 concerts in Slovenia and abroad. Since 1999, it has operated within the framework of the Slovenian Philharmonic. The orchestra encourages the creation of new compositions, and oversees the publication of scores and the release of promotional compact discs. For 15 years, it has organised the cycle “Harmony of the Worlds” in cooperation with the National Gallery in Ljubljana, linking concerts of chamber music with lectures about visual. The repertoire of the Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra includes compositions from all stylistic periods, with particular attention being devoted to the creative work of Slovenian composers, including young composers who are just becoming established. All of this confirms the high quality of the orchestra and its important role in the performance culture of Slovenia and Europe. The Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra has received numerous prizes and awards for its successful work, including the Prešeren Fund Prize in 1999, the Župančič Prize in 2004, the Betetto Prize in 2006 and the Plaque of the City of Ljubljana in 2012.

  • Kosem, Franc

    has been the principal trumpeter of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004, and has taught trumpet performance and chamber music at the Ljubljana Academy of Music since 2011, gaining the title of assistant professor in 2015. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Emeritus Anton Grčar, and furthered his studies at the Karlsruhe University of Music with Prof. Reinhold Friedrich. As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Franc Kosem has appeared at numerous festivals and concert venues throughout the world. He has recorded a solo CD with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra featuring trumpet concertos by Leopold Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Johann Hummel, and has given the premiere performances of more than 30 works by Slovenian composers. He is a regular member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Brass Ensemble and is the leader of the SiBRASS Society for Brass Chamber Music. In 2012, Franc Kosem was awarded the Prešeren Fund Prize.

  • Kotar, Jože

    became a principal clarinettist of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in 2007 after serving in the same role in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years. He is also a full professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. As a soloist and a member of various chamber ensembles, he performs in Slovenia and abroad (Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Korea), leads clarinet and chamber music seminars (Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Brazil), and participates in the jury of international competitions. He has recorded many CDs: four as an independent soloist and numerous ensemble CDs, including three with the Ariart Wind Quintet, Family with the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet, Clarinetting with the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, three with the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble and one with the Slovenian Philharmonic Woodwind Trio. Since 2007, he has been the conductor and artistic director of the Trbovlje Workers Band.

  • Kranjc, Dušan

    graduated as a trombone soloist at the university in Ljubljana. For several years he has been principle trombone player at the Slowenic Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Later on he studied with Branimir Slokar in Trossingen (Germany). Actually he is theaching at the university for music in Ljubljana and in music school in Austria. He is a solo trombone player of the Camerata Academica Salzburg, MAS (Salzburg baroque ensemble) – Musica antiqua Salzburg, the OENM and the Lungau Big Band. Dušan has been a member of the Juvavum Brass Quintett since 1990, with which he has played at many festivals: Salzburger Festspiele / Salzburger Adventsingen / Festival fuer neue Musik Bozen / Kammermusik Festival Allegro Vivo / Int. Musikwochen Millstatt / Festival Sandstein & Musik Dresden / Bluval Straubing / Haydn Festspiele Eisenstadt / Jeunesse Musicales / contemporary autumn / Musica Sacra Trient / Festival Ljubljana / Festival Lent Maribor / Groedener Musikwochen / Konzert in Italia, Slowenia, Croatia, Serbia,Russia, Lithuania, France, Poland, Germany, Mexiko, Taiwan, USA, Israel…

  • Krečič, Simon

    completed his studies of the piano at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, being the last graduate of Prof. Aci Bertoncelj, and in July 2005 completed his postgraduate studies of the piano at the Bern University of the Arts in the class of Prof. Aleksandar Madžar. While studying the piano in Switzerland, he also commenced conducting studies in the class of Prof. Dominique Roggen, later concluding his studies at Ljubljana Academy of Music with Prof. Milivoj Šurbek. In November 2008, he won third prize in a conducting competition in the Italian city of Grosseto, conducting the Città di Grosseto Orchestra at the concluding prizewinners’ concert. Since March 2009, when he conducted a concert within the framework of the Slovenian Music Days, Simon Krečič has been a regular guest of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and in recent years he has also performed with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. With a growing reputation as a conductor contemporary music, he has been a guest at numerous concerts of the Slowind Festival, both in Slovenia and abroad (Paris, Riga). In February 2011, he was an assistant conductor in a production of Massenet’s Werther at the Royal Opera House in Madrid, and in March 2013 he conducted Verdi’s Macbeth at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy. Since December 2013, Simon Krečič has been the Artistic Director of the Slovene National Theatre Opera Maribor.

  • Kresnik, Barbara

    was born in Ljubljana. At the age of six, she began learning the piano with Alenka Naber, and soon after commenced percussion studies with Josip Mihelčič. After graduating from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Boris Šurbek, she studied at the Versailles Conservatory in France, where she gained a “premier prix a l’unanimite” under Prof. Silvio Gualdi, as well as being awarded a special prize for her interpretation of a composition by Jean Aubin. She has participated in numerous seminars with internationally renowned percussionists such as Keiko Abe, Igor Lešnik, Ney Rosauro, Evelyn Glennie and Nebojša J. Živković. Since 1992, Barbara Kresnik has been employed in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, first as a percussionist and currently as assistant timpanist. She performs in numerous chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, as well as appearing as a soloist. A great deal of her attention is currently devoted to the ensemble SToP (the Slovenian Percussion Project). Barbara Kresnik plays with sticks and beaters by Viktor and Pierre-Francois Resta.

  • Krevh, Franc

    graduated from the Percussion Department of the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Boris Šurbek. He is a regular member of various ensembles, performing in Slovenia and abroad: the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian Percussion Project (SToP) and the contemporary music ensemble MD7. He focuses primarily on the performance of chamber percussion music and has for many years co-created the programme scheme of the Slovenian Percussion Project. Franci Krevh is the co-author of the Dictionary of Percussion Terminology and leads various percussion masterclasses.

  • Kulenović, Slaven

    Conductor and pianist Slaven Kulenović studied the piano with Prof. Dubravka Tomšić Srebotnjak at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, while also studying conducting with Prof. Milivoj Šurbek at the same institution. During his piano studies, he received the Student Prešeren Prize of the Ljubljana Academy of Music for his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Minor KV 491. He has conducted the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the MIO 2012 Orchestra, the Branimir Slokar Academy Orchestra, and the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, he conducted the premiere performances of two chamber operas composed by students of the Ljubljana Academy of Music and received excellent reviews for his artistic achievement. He has worked as a répétiteur at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor and the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, and he currently teaches piano and chamber music at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. Since November 2013, Slaven Kulenović has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Domžale-Kamnik Symphony Orchestra, and since February 2014 he has conducted the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet Symphony Orchestra.

  • Ensemble 4saxess

    During its existence, the 4Saxess Saxophone Quartet has developed into one of the leading ensembles of its kind anywhere. The quartet has appeared at international festivals in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Austria, Italy and France, as well as embarking on a concert tour of the USA in January 2013. Their collaboration with the RTV Slovenia music label has produced two CDs: 4 Folk in 2007 and 4 US in 2011. 4Saxess is a contemporary classical music ensemble that frequently delves into genres other than classical and avant-garde music, such as ethno, jazz and crossover. The group’s main goal is to perform music written or arranged exclusively for 4Saxess, which has led to their ongoing collaboration with composers and arrangers. The quartet’s invitations for musical collaboration have already resulted in a substantial collection of new musical works. Some of the compositions written for 4Saxess have become a regular feature of concert programmes of similar ensembles, both in Slovenia and elsewhere in Europe.

  • Lee, TaeJung

    first studied the piano at the Seoul Arts High School before studying orchestral conducting with Chi-Yong Chung and chamber music with Myung-Wha Chung at the School of Music of the Korea National University of Arts. He also studied conducting at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts under Fabio Luisi, Bertrand de Billy and Uroš Lajovič, as well as having lessons with many renowned international maestros. The 2013/2014 season marked his conducting debut with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra. Highly successful both in the operatic and symphonic fields, TaeJung Lee has led various orchestras and ensembles. Of particular note was his performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at a conducting masterclass with Sir Simon Rattle, who praised him highly.

  • Lipovšek, Boštjan

    comes from a musical family with a long tradition of horn players. His first mentors were his father and brother, followed by Prof. Jože Falout at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, with whom he completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Later, he attended the Salzburg Mozarteum for advanced studies with Radovan Vlatković. During his studies in Ljubljana, he received the Student Prešeren Prize for his performance of Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Maribor Philharmonic, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Udine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Padova e Veneto Chamber Orchestra, and the Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra. Boštjan Lipovšek has taught at the Ljubljana Academy of Music as an assistant from 1999 and a senior lecturer from 2004. Since 2005, he has also worked as senior lecturer at the Zagreb Music Academy. In 2008, he received the prestigious Prešeren Prize from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic Slovenia for his musical achievements.

  • Lipuš, Grabriel

    studied solo singing and jazz piano at the Klagenfurt State Conservatory, singing at the Graz Jazz Academy (Jay Clayton), and solo singing, lieder and oratorio at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (Prof. Kurt Equiluz), graduating in 1996. Since 1993, he has performed as a baritone and since 2007 as a tenor in Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany and other European countries. He works as a freelance artist based in Klagenfurt, and since 2001 has been employed as a teacher of solo singing at the State Conservatory. Gabriel Lipuš regularly collaborates as a soloist with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, the Academia Ars Musicae Chamber Orchestra, the Celje String Orchestra, the Euro Symphony Orchestra, the KSO - Koroška Symphony Orchestra and the Kelag Big Band. In 2004, he received the Promotional Prize for Music of the state of Koroška, and in 2005 he was received the Honorary Prize for Cross-Border Cultural Activities, which is awarded by the Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture in Vienna.

  • Logar, Martin

    Tenor Martin Logar is currently furthering his education in the solo singing master’s programme of the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Matjaž Robavs. He has acquired a great deal of experience in ensemble singing with various choirs, including the World Youth Choir, the TENSO choral society, Meesters&Gezellen and the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir. He performs as a concert soloist interpreting lieder on various occasions and has a broad repertoire. Since 2011, he has been a regular member of the Slovenian Chamber Choir, with which he also performs numerous solo parts.

  • Loy, Steven

    Conductor and composer Steven Loy is known as an inspirational and insightful interpreter across an exceptionally broad range of music. For 15 years, he has earned a reputation in Slovenia as a deeply committed advocate for contemporary composers. As founder and principal conductor of the ensemble Neofonía, he has conducted national premieres of numerous major 20th and 21st century works, such as Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and Chamber Concerto, Grisey’s Les espaces acoustiques, Lachenmann’s Mouvement-vor der Erstarrung, and others. As principal conductor of the ensemble MD7 since 2004, Steven Loy has led more than 50 world premieres in Slovenia and abroad (Zagreb Bienale, Seoul, Dublin, Trieste). He has also led imaginative and exciting performances of standard symphonic repertoire, including symphonies by Brahms, Mozart and Schumann, with orchestras in Slovenia, Romania and Hungary. His orchestral work Tahtatā was performed in 2013 to critical acclaim during the Slovenian Music Days, with the Slovenian Philharmonic under the composer’s direction.

  • Mitrović, Igor

    was born in Beirut is 1968. He began learning the cello with Relja Ćetković at the age of seven. He subsequently studied in Ljubljana and Basel with Miloš Mlejnik and Antonio Meneses, as well as studying chamber music performance with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet). While studying, he attended masterclasses with Daniil Shafran, Janos Starker and Boris Pergamenschtschikow, and in 1987 he became a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Igor Mitrović has given the premiere performance of numerous compositions by Slovenian and foreign composers, and has appeared at contemporary music festivals in Ljubljana, Trieste, Seoul, Bucharest and Zagreb with the ensemble MD7. In 1994, he became the leader of the cello section of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.

  • Mlejnik, Miloš

    is from the Slovenian town of Škofja Loka. He inherited his passion for the cello from his father, with whom he had his first instruction on the instrument. He studied with Oton Bajde in Ljubljana and Siegfried Palm at the Cologne University of Music, as well as completing additional studies with Enric Mainardi and André Navarra. From 1977 to 1990, he served as the principal cellist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at numerous renowned festivals, and has appeared as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Berlin’s Schauspielhaus. Miloš Mlejnik has received a series of prizes and awards: first prize in the Alfred Vorster Competition in Cologne in 1972; second prize in the F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin in 1972; first prize in the Yugoslav Young Artists Competition in Zagreb in 1973; first prize in the 10th International Chamber Music Competition in Colmar in 1977; the Prešeren Fund Prize in 1984; the Gorenjska Prešeren Prize in 1987; the Grohar Prize in 1989; and the Prešeren Fund Prize in 2001 as a member of the Tartini Quartet. Miloš Mlejnik leads numerous international masterclasses and frequently participates in international competitions as a jury member. Since 1979, he has led the cello masterclass at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he is a full professor.

  • Močnik Pirc, Marta

    studied solo singing at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Irena Baar. While studying, she received the Student Prešeren Prize. In 2006, she concluded her postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands, having studied with Barbara Pearson and Diane Forlano at the Department of Classical Music, and with Jill Feldman and Michael Chance at the Department of Early Music. She undertook additional studies with a number of renowned teachers and singing soloists, and established herself by gaining numerous prizes and awards in Slovenian and international singing competitions. Marta Močnik Pirc performs as a soloist with many ensembles, appearing at independent recitals and with celebrated orchestras (the Slovenian Philharmonic, Slovenicum, Wiener Akademie, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra) under the leadership of renowned Slovenian and foreign conductors. She teaches solo singing and vocal technique at the St Stanislaus Institute in Ljubljana.

  • Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

    There are not many symphony orchestras that can pride themselves upon such a rich and longstanding tradition as the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra with its precursors, the Academia philharmanicorum (1701), the Philharmonic Society (1794), and the first Slovenian Philharmonic (1908–13). Amongst the numerous celebrated artists who have become honorary members of the Slovenian Philharmonic and its predecessor the Philharmonic Society, one finds such great names as Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Niccolò Paganini, Johannes Brahms and Carlos Kleiber. Since being re-established in 1947, the orchestra has been led by recognised, mostly Slovenian, conductors, including Bogo Leskovic, Samo Hubad, Lovro von Matačić, Oskar Danon, Uroš Lajovic, Milan Horvat, Marko Letonja, George Pehlivanian, Emmanuel Villaume, and Keri-Lynn Wilson. The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra has proven its repute on numerous tours (Europe, USA, Japan, Oman, etc.) and at international festivals (Wiener Festwochen, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Prague Spring, Warsaw Autumn, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Ravenna Festival, etc. In addition to its concert activities, the orchestra has more than 70 compact discs to its credit. TAE

  • SLOVENIAN ARMED FORCES BAND (SAF)

    was founded in 1996 and works under the command of SAF Protocol Unit. The musicians of the SAF Band are dedicated professionals, most of them graduates of the Music Academy in Ljubljana. The Band plays Slovenian and foreign military, classical and contemporary works and is responsible for the provision of high-quality music support at the ceremonies, protocol events and celebrations organised by the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Defence and the Slovenian Armed Forces. In addition, it can often be heard on public concerts under the baton of renowned Slovenian and foreign military and civil conductors. The Band has taken part in many international military tattoos and music festivals in Austria, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Kosovo, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Russia and USA. For its merits, it received Bronze Medal of the Slovenian Armed Forces in 1997 and Gold Medal of the Slovenian Armed Forces in 2006.

  • Peternel, Marjan

    studied composition with Prof. Uroš Rojko and piano with Prof. Hinko Haas at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He has received several Prešeren Prizes, awarded to students for special achievements, as well as gaining first prize in the TEMSIG national competition in a piano duo with Tjaša Šketako. In Slovenia and abroad, he is active as a pianist, arranger and composer. As a soloist, he has performed with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Police Orchestra and the Kranj Grammar School Orchestra. He frequently cooperates with Jeunesses Musicale Slovenia in their concerts as a soloist in chamber groups and as a composer. He also performs with world-renowned musicians in contemporary ensembles including MD7 and Slowind, as well as in the concert cycles Predihano and Koncertni atelje DSS. As a pianist and composer, he frequently works in theatre, including collaborations with SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, SNG Ballet Maribor, Mestno gledališče ljubljansko, Pionirski dom and the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music.

  • Wind Quintet Ensemble Slowind

    is made up of soloists from the Slovenian Philharmonic. Although the ensemble’s repertoire includes the (rare) good compositions from the classical and romantic periods, most of its attention is focused on works of the 20th century and new works, which it presents at important festivals in Slovenia and abroad. A number of prominent Slovenian composers have dedicated works to Slowind, including Larisa Vrhunc, Urška Pompe and others. New works have recently been created for wind quintet by Slovenian composers Vinko Globokar, Lojze Lebič, Božidar Kos, Igor Majcen, Bor Turel and Uroš Rojko, as well as international composers Volker Staub, Ivo Nilsson, Martin Smolka and others. For many years, the quintet has organised its own series of chamber concerts in Ljubljana under the title the Slowind Festival. At these concerts, the musicians present seldom-heard works from the chamber literature in which wind instruments have a leading role. For their work to date, Slowind have received the Župančič Prize, in 1999, and the Prešeren Prize, in 2003.

  • Podlesek, Janez

    Violinist Janez Podlesek is the concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra. He teaches at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, and since 2009 has also been regularly employed at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he is the artistic director of the Ljubljana Academy of Music String Orchestra. In 2012, he was awarded the title of assistant professor in the area of violin studies. He began his involvement in music at the Domžale Music School, where his teacher Hervin Jakončič sparked his interest in the violin. He continued his studies at the Ljubljana Music and Ballet High School with Dušanka Stražar, and eventually graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of the celebrated teacher Primož Novšak, with whom he also completed his postgraduate studies/specialisation. Janez Podlesek has received numerous prizes in state and international competitions. In 1999, he received the Škerjanc Prize, and while studying he was twice awarded the Prešeren Prize of the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In 2006, he received the Betteto Prize as a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Clavimerata Trio and the Dissonance String Quartet. In 2014, he recorded a compact disc as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring works by Mozart, Krek and Šenk.

  • Prešiček, Nina

    In a short period of time, pianist Nina Prešiček has emerged as one of the central figures on Slovenia’s contemporary music scene, performing works by acclaimed Slovenian and international composers. Her approach is daring and inventive, often combining various artistic expressions and media. In the last few years, she has embarked on a number of notable multimedia projects, including Ondine and Sono Mobile. Nina Prešiček is not merely an exceptional instrumentalist and performer, she is a musician who thinks music and continually searches for creative challenges. Nina Prešiček graduated in 2000 and completed a postgraduate programme at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany in 2003, in the class of professor Wolfgang Bloser. The same year, she obtained a postgraduate degree at the Conservatoire National de Toulouse in France, in the class of professor Thérèse Dussant. In 2005, she obtained a master’s degree in musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris.

  • Rančigaj, Ljubo

    composer and pianist Ljubo Rančigaj studied at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, specialising in the piano (A. Ravnik) as well as completing a degree in composition (U. Krek). He later supplemented his knowledge and technique at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He started working at the Ljubljana Academy of Music as an artistic collaborator, but rounded off his teaching career as an assistant professor in the Composition Department. His works have been performed by renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians. Amongst others, two recognitions deserve particular mention: the performance of his Three Monothematic Pieces for piano at the World Music Days in Luxemburg (2000) and the Kozina Award given by the Society of Slovene Composers for his oeuvre in the field of lieder and piano music (2013). Ljubo Rančigaj has performed at concerts and in recording studios both in Slovenia and abroad, mostly as a chamber pianist, although recently he has been more active as composer. His compositional output comprises instrumental works, mainly for the piano, as well as vocal-instrumental, chamber and symphonic works. Stylistically, one could label him as a moderate modernist.

  • Rošer, Jože

    Horn player Jože Rošer studied in the class of Prof. Boštjan Lipovšek at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, graduating with honours in 2012. During that time, he also studied as a participant in the Erasmus Programme at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart in the class of Erich Penzel and Christian Lampert. He received the Student Prešeren Prize in 2009 for his achievements with the Academy of Music Brass Ensemble, and was awarded the prize again in 2010 for his performance of Lars Erik Larsson’s Concertino with the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. His brass quintet Contrast is the winner of the Slovenian national competition TEMSIG (2013) and of other notable international competitions such as Svirel 2014 and Jan Koetsier Munich 2014. Jože Rošer is currently employed as a solo horn player in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, while at the same time completing his master’s studies in Salzburg in the class of Radovan Vlatković.

  • RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

    In its sixty years of creative activities, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra has made an important mark on the Slovenian music scene, which has been partly shaped by the orchestra’s existence and accomplishments. Since its foundation, the orchestra’s primary activity has been making studio and concert recordings for the national music archive, which is available to radio and television programmes. The orchestra performs an interesting and colourful programme of concerts, attracting a diverse audience. Its repertoire is made up of compositions from the treasure trove of the international music repertoire of all artistic periods, as well as anthologies and premiere performances of works by Slovenian composers. In the third millennium, it has also gained a broad circle of listeners with concerts of orchestrated popular music, primarily performed together with prominent songwriters and performers from the Slovenian music scene. The RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra has the most extensive discography of any professional music ensemble in Slovenia.

  • The Percussion Ensemble SToP

    was founded in 1999, with academically educated musicians coming together to play quality chamber music and exploit new percussion sounds. They upgrade their musical and social mission by staging educational concerts for the young and by organising seminars and the BumFest festival, as well as by actively encouraging Slovenian composers to write percussion music. The unique ensemble consists of established percussionists from different parts of Slovenia: Barbara Kresnik, Marina Golja, Matevž Bajde, Damir Korošec, Franci Krevh, Tomaž Lojen, Davor Plamberger and Dejan Tamše. They have played on numerous stages in Slovenia and abroad. Recently, StoP has become involved in other musical and non-musical art genres: singing, dancing, video, etc. Thus it has discovered synergy in other art fields and (consciously) shifted from performing a strictly classical percussion programme. The ensemble won the Župančič Award in 2013 and the Prešeren Fund Award in 2014.

  • Steklasa, Dominik

    studies composition and music theory at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Emeritus Pavel Mihelčič, and conducting in the class of Assist. Prof. Marko Letonja (assisted by Simon Dvoršak). During his second year of study, he wrote the music for a graduation presentation of students of the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (directed by Milan Golob). In the 2013/14 academic year, he received the Student Prešeren Prize of the Academy of Music for the composition Searching for... ? for accordion duo (premiered by the duo Furioso: Nikolina Furić and Mirko Jevtović). Dominik Steklasa does not define his own work stylistically, as he believes the essence of music is music itself and not its style.

  • Steklasa, Jerica

    is a young soprano who has been studying opera singing at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Claudia Visca since October 2011. She performs a great deal both at home and abroad, collaborating with renowned Slovenian and foreign conductors and first-rate orchestras, and receiving excellent reviews. Jerica Steklasa is the recipient of numerous prizes in state and international competitions: in November 2013, she received second prize and a special audience prize in the “Nico Dostal” Competition; in July 2014, she received third prize in the “Ljuba Wellitsch” Competition in Vienna; in March 2015, she received first prize in the “Vissi d’arte” competition in Prague; and she also received first prize in a competition in Bulgaria in April 2015. Jerica Steklasa has already performed numerous opera roles. In April 2013, she debuted in Australia (Sydney and Canberra) in the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, receiving excellent reviews. In August 2013, she performed the role of Suzanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Schlosstheatru Schönbrunn in Vienna, and in March and August 2014 she took the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. In April 2015, she performed the solo soprano part in a concert performance of Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana in Vienna, and in August 2015, she debuted in the role of Adele in Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus at the Schlosstheatru Schönbrunn in Vienna.

  • Šolar, Andreja

    graduated in symphonic conducting and music education from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with maestro Marko Letonja. She also studied conducting with Jan Cober at the Brabants Conservatorium in Tilburg, Netherlands. In 2002, she completed her masters-degree studies with her début appearance with the Slovenian Armed Forces Band, which received excellent radio reviews. In 2008, she completed the Senior Musician Course at Naval School of Music Norfolk in Virginia, USA. She is currently employed with the Slovenian Armed Forces Band as Artistic Director and Conductor. As a conductor, she has worked with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovenian National Radio and Television, the Slovenian Philharmonic Brass Ensemble, MD7 Ensemble for Contemporary Music, and many others. In addition to her work in Slovenia she has also collaborated with the Latvian National Armed Forces Band, Symphonishes Blasorchester Klagenfurt, Blasorchester Johann – Joseph – Fux Konservatorium Graz, Austria, and is member of the international jury at Austrian and Slovenian wind bands competitions. She is continuously upgrading her knowledge at international seminars led by G. Pehlivanian, and writes arrangements for wind and brass bands.

  • Štrucelj, Valentina

    is a Slovenian clarinettist who lives and works in Switzerland. She commenced her music education at the Črnomelj Music School (Tone Kralj and Venčeslav Lenarčič) and later completed the Ljubljana Music High School (Jožete Kregar) before going on to graduate with distinction from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Gerald Pachinger). She completed her postgraduate studies of the clarinet and bass clarinet at the University of Arts in Bern with Ernesto Molinari. Valentina Štrucelj is active on international stages, devoting particular attention to the performance of contemporary music and discovering and experimenting with the unconventional sonic possibilities of the various clarinets through improvising. She is a regular member of the contemporary music ensembles neuverBand (Basel), chromoson (Südtirol) and Neofonia (Ljubljana), as well as the WIM Quartet in Bern (improvised music). In addition, she regularly appears as a soloist and member of various symphonic and wind orchestras, as well as chamber ensembles. She works as a teacher at music schools in Stetten-Künten, Le Mouret and Klubschule Migros, as well as contributing to various summer schools and masterclasses.

  • Šuler, Miha

    Trombone player Mihael Šuler graduated at the University of Music Freiburg (in Germany) in 2004 and two years later with a solo concert with the Bern Symphonic Orchestra he finished the education at the University in Bern (Switzerland) in the class of professor Branimir Slokar. During his studies he has regularly attended various international competitions and won many prizes at competitions for young Slovene musicians. He is a member of different chamber groups: Slovenian Brass Quintet, Ensemble MD7 (Musica Danubiana 7), Brass Trio Triumvirat, SiBrass Quintet, International Brass Ensemble Brasscussion… He plays in orchestras abroad: Orchestra of the Maltese Opera, Camerata Salzburg, Bern Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra Doha-Qatar. He is also member of the Baroque Ensemble Trompeten Consort Friedemann Immer, baroque orchestra Hannoversche Hopfkapele and the Slovene Ensemble Musica Cubicularis. He has performed as a soloist or member of the above mentioned ensembles in the United States, Asia and Europe. From 2007 he has been playing principal trombone in the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.

  • Uhari, Nina

    graduated from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. She then furthered her studies with Matti Raekallio and Eero Heinonen, as well as studying chamber music performance with Ralf Gothoni and lieder interpretation with Ilmo Ranta. She continued her studies in Baltimore with Julian Martin, and from 1997 studied in Paris with Prof. Bernard Ringeissen, as well as commencing studies as a répétiteur and piano accompanist at the Conservatoire National de Region du Rueil-Malmaison with Prof. David Selig, Angeline Pondepeyre, Monique Bouvet and others. During this time, she worked as a répétiteur at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Saint Germain en Laye, where she was the principal répétiteur with singing instructor Jean-Philippe Lafont. Since 2003, she has been a répétiteur at the Centre National D’Aristes Lyriques (CNIPAL) in Marseille, and since 2008 she has served as the leader of the répétiteurs at the same school. She regularly collaborates with various chamber ensembles, performing throughout Europe (France, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Finland, etc.), as well as in Columbia, USA and Togo. She also appears with renowned opera soloists, and collaborates in masterclasses by the celebrated bass-baritone Tom Krause at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Nina Uhari is the recipient of first prize in the Hannikainen and Fazer Competition in Finland, and the Spedidam Prize in the competition Forum de Normandie in France.

  • Vrtačnik, Eva

    began her involvement with music at the Zagorje Music School with Metka Podpečan, before continuing at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet with Maja Kojc. She is currently completing her master’s studies of the oboe at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with Prof. Matej Šarc. She is the recipient of a number of first prizes in state and international competitions. Eva Vrtačnik collaborates with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a member of the wind quintet Opus 5, with whom she has achieved notable success in competitions and at international festivals. She has furthered her knowledge of the oboe with celebrated teachers such as Emanuel Abbühl, Christian Wetzel, Max Artved, Guy Porat, Clara Dent, Erik Behr, Peter Tavernaro and others.

  • Walentynowicz, Małgorzata

    won the first prize in the 37th Gaudeamus Interpreters’ Competition in Amsterdam (2009) and first prize in the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music Competition in Buffalo, USA (2010). She graduated from the music academies in Gdańsk and Hannover, and from the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, where she obtained an honours degree in the interpretation of contemporary music after studies with Nicolas Hodges. As a soloist, she has appeared most notably with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, the Illinois Modern Ensemble and the New Music Orchestra. Małgorzata Walentynowicz has performed in festivals and venues such as Ultraschall Berlin, Rainy Days in Luxembourg, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the ISCM World Music Days, the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Tzlil Meudcan Tel Aviv, and many others. Her interpretations have been released on CDs by Wergo, Bôłt Records, DUX and Polmic, as well as being recorded by Polish and German radio stations.

  • The Slovenian Philharmonic Choir

    was established as a professional choir under the name the Slovenian Chamber Choir in 1991. Until autumn 2009, it was led by Dr Mirko Cuderman, and for the seasons from 2009/10 to 2011/12 by conductors Martina Batič and Steffen Schreyer. In the 2012/13 season, Martina Batič took over the artistic direction in its entirety.This 40-member choir has been part of the Slovenian Philharmonic since 1998. It focuses primarily on a cappella compositions from various musical periods, but it also collaborates with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as other Slovenian and foreign orchestras, in the performance of vocal-instrumental works. In addition to working with established Slovenian choral conductors, within the framework of the Vocal Series, the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir is also led by renowned foreign conductors such as Ericson, Gronostay, Kaljuste, Layton, Theuring, Putniņš and others. At concerts of vocal-instrumental works, the choir has been conducted by such celebrated conductors as Gergiev, Haenchen, Muti, Seeliger and Penderecki. In November 2012, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir toured Europe with a concert performance of the opera Iolanta by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, appearing in famous concert halls in Stuttgart, Munich, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Nuremberg, Prague, Essen and Vienna. With celebrated soprano Anna Netrebko in the leading role and under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, their performance was recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon record label.

  • Zhang, YongYin

    is a young Chinese erhu player who was born in Tianjin, China, in 1989. She studied the erhu under the tutelage of one of China’s most celebrated erhu artists, Song Fei, graduating from the China Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree in 2015, and she currently serves as an erhu teacher at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. Zhang Yongyin has achieved outstanding results in many erhu competitions. She has collaborated with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, and has given numerous concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and elsewhere. Her erhu performance style has been described as unpretentious and emotional, exquisite and mature. In addition to inheriting the essence of performing Chinese traditional music, Zhang Yongyin has a high level of interpretive and technical skill for contemporary music. As well as being an exceptional performer on the erhu, she is also a remarkable performer on other Chinese musical instruments, such as the gaohu, the zhonghu, the banhu, the jinghu, etc., and is an outstanding figure amongst young Chinese performers.

  • Žerdin, Tina

    Harpist Tina Žerdin completed both her undergraduate and master’s degree with distinction in the class of Adelheid Blovsky-Miller at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, while at the same time furthering her studies with a number of renowned foreign teachers, mainly representatives of the high French school of harp performance. During her studies, she held a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, after which she was awarded a grant for outstanding academic achievement by the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2010, she received a Bayreuth University study grant for her research on Richard Wagner and the harp. Tina Žerdin performs numerous concerts both in Slovenia and abroad, appearing as a soloist, as a member of various chamber ensembles, and as a solo harpist in renowned Austrian orchestras (the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of early instruments “Wiener Akademie”, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival). She has also made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera and Milan’s Scala. Tina Žerdin has made numerous recordings for the archive of Radio Slovenia and Austria’s ORF. In 2015, the Society of Slovene Composers released her first compact disc with works by Slovenian composers. She is active as a teacher in Slovenia, Austria and Mongolia.

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