Dear lovers of high-class culture: the new concert season of Imago Sloveniae is upon us.
Here at Foundation Imago Sloveniae, we have been busy preparing a new concert season for the summer of 2022, coming back after two years of limited cultural activity with a rich and diverse programme. For the 34th year in a row, as a non-profit NGO we are committed to organizing widely accessible top-quality cultural events in Slovenia and abroad.
As before, our concert cycles will offer an attractive and diverse musical selection from classical music and introducing young talents to jazz and ethno music. There will be more than 80 concerts of top Slovenian and international musicians from 14 countries. This year, we have again strengthened our international cultural network, organizing tours for Slovenian musicians at various international festivals, and bringing international musicians to different parts of Slovenia. In the season 2022, we will have organized concerts at 34 different venues in 5 European countries.
The 34th Imago Sloveniae and Summer in Old Ljubljana Town will open at Congress Square in Ljubljana with a gala concert by RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the successful young Slovenian conductors Ana Erčulj and Davorin Mori, joined by some of the best young Slovenian soloists: member of the Berlin Philharmonic, clarinettist Andraž Golob, the top-of-her-class and recipient of the flattering Associate of the Royal Academy of Music title, soprano Nika Gorič; the rising star of opera and pop scene, mezzosoprano Sara Briški Cirman – Raiven; the winner of the prestigious Emily Anderson Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society, violinist Maja Horvat; and the multi-awarded musical genius, pianist Urban Stanič. The concert programme pays tribute to this year’s 330th anniversary of composer Giuseppe Tartini and the 100th anniversaries of composers Uroš Krek and Vladimir Lovec’s births.
Soon after that, the masterful ensemble of professors at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, Ansambel Camerata Academica Ljubljana, will give a concert in the historic ambiance of the National Gallery, premiering a new work by Aleksandra Naumovski Potisk, written especially for this ensemble.
We must mention the international Quartet Berlin-Tokyo (Germany, Japan, Israel, Slovenia), whose members include Slovenian violinist Gregor Hrabar. In concerts in Ljubljana, Gornji Grad and Bled, the group will present the newly discovered quartet by the Russian composer Gavriil Popov.
We will commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of core Slovenians groups dedicated to contemporary music, Ansambel MD7, with a gala concert.
On his tour of Ljubljana, Metlika, Gornji Grad and Graz, Slovenia’s internationally most successful guitarist Mak Grgić will introduce his latest album consisting of some of the most popular Bach works which has earned him a Grammy nomination. In Postojna, he is joined by Jure Cerkovnik and Nejc Kuhar, accompanied by the renowned Ensemble Dissonance, for a Night of Guitar Concertos, where a new work by the successful young composer Leon Firšt will be premiered.
We are in for a summer evening of beautiful Spanish temperament in the company of Peña-Pasch-Posada Trio (Spain, Dominican Republic, Columbia / Austria), and then for a wonderful concert by a piano duo dubbed by the media the “Twenty Golden Fingers of Italy”—Marco Sollini and Salvatore Barbatano.
In the second half of the festival, we will host the piano star extraordinaire, the Austrian Paul Gulda, who collaborates with some of the biggest names in classical and jazz music. Then, Gabriel Lipuš and Karen Asatrian (Austria) will present their original work A Land of Sighs, opening up a creative space between jazz and operetta. There will also be a concert by internationally renowned Slovenian musicians working and living abroad: ENSEMBLE.si whose members include the Berlin Philharmonic members Andrej Žust and Matic Kuder.
For our world-renowned guitarist Klara Tomljanovič, we have commissioned 4 new works by composers Márton Illés (Hungary), Tomaž Bajželj (Slovenia), Alberto Carretero (Spain), and Steingrimurg Rohloff (Denmark), which will be premiered as part of our new international project, The Dialogue of Culture and Time, with concerts in Slovenia, Germany and Spain. There will also take place a conversation with composers on their work process and the background of their compositions, facilitated by musicologist Dr Primož Trdan.
The summer concert season will come to a close in the unusual—and attractive—ambiance of the Port of Koper, with a variation on the opening concert by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra with select young soloists, premiering the Symphony of Koper by Vladimir Lovec, thus commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
The concert cycle Young Talents will take us into the world of Italian Renaissance and Baroque music with UnderStories Baroque Ensemble (Italy) on authentic instruments. At the traditional concert of select TEMSIG prize winners, we will host Brass Neobrass Quintet and two young music geniuses, pianist Mak Muni Mihevc and violinist Patricija Avšič, who at mere thirteen is enrolled in two renowned music academies–in Graz and in Vienna. She is the current absolute winner of the international violin competition Jeno Hubay, where she placed first and received to special awards.
Stopping here on their grand European tour will be talented young musicians from all over the world who have successfully auditioned at the Chamber Music Academy Colluvio in Austra. They will premiere a new work by the German-Serbian composer Dijana Bošković. We will once again be treated to three concerts by winners of one of the most prestigious competitions for contemporary music (Boris Pergamenschikow in Berlin), the young but already internationally acclaimed Trio Tempestoso, who will play for us in Ljubljana, Graz and Arta Terme in Italy.
Summer Friday evenings in Old Ljubljana Town will again be coloured by the sounds of jazz: Jazz Stage International Cycle will see concerts by Slovenian and international masters of jazz at Gornji and Stari trg. We kick the season off with a concert by Ljubljana jazz octet in collaboration with Prva vrsta of Radio Slovenia. The octet will present music from their most recent and coming albums. With jazz fusion and funk comes one of the most prominent Brazilian drummers, Igor Willcox, with his excellent quartet. There will take place an explosive concert by the international ensemble Balkalito Project (Austria, Brazil, Serbia, North Macedonia), who, defying definition, sails effortlessly between ethno-jazz and classical music. The celebrated jazz musician Ratko Zjaca, whose work earned him the 2019 outstanding authorship and artistic creation award by the Croatian Composers’ Society, returns to Jazz Stage in the company of Slovenia’s most distinguished young vibraphonist, a Berklee College of Music summa cum laude graduate Vid Jamnik.
We will also hear from this year’s TEMSIG winners, J. J. A. jazz trio, under the mentorship of Braco J Doblekar with a prodigious eleven-year-old on piano, and the exceptionally talented young Slovenian Jakomini jazz trio from Academy of Music in Graz who are putting out their first album this year. There will also be a multimedia performance by the brilliant Lado Jakša, paying homage to our architectural giant Janez Plečnik and this year’s anniversary of his birth. Finally, Swingatan will spoil us with their original mix of swing, bossa nova and gypsy jazz.
The summer season of Imago Sloveniae will traditionally close with Nights in Old Ljubljana Town International Festival–a three-day music extravaganza with concerts by select ethno and jazz ensembles from the whole wide world. During the festival, the International Musicology Symposium will also take place, organized in collaboration with the musicology department of the University of Ljubljana and ZRC SAZU. This year being the European Year of Youth, the symposium is dedicated to the Music of Youth – Between the past, present and future.
Warmly welcome to our events!