Karolina Šantl Zupan, flute
Matej Šarc, oboe
Jože Kotar, clarinet
Zoran Mitev, bassoon
Jože Rošer, horn
Miha Rogina, saxophone
Marc Eychenne (1933), Sextuor
Simon Kravos (1999), Saxtet for Wind Sextet (premiere)
Todor Skalovski (1909—2004), Macedonian Humoresque, arr. Zoran Mitev
Giulio Briccialdi(1818—1881), Wind Quintet No.1 in D Major, Op. 124
Leoš Janaček (1854—1928), Mladí for Wind Sextet
As a composer, Simon Kravos excellently combines an exceptional sense of melody, a thorough understanding of folk motifs, musical expressivity and his skills as a pianist. In fact, a multiple piano competition winner, he has composed his earliest pieces on piano, boiling them down out of improvisation, which lent the music a particularly organic character. He composes chiefly for string and symphony orchestras, clarinet orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo instruments and greatly benefits from his broad genre versatility, drawing from classical and folk music as well as jazz, popular genres, and even electronic music. The composer describes his Saxtet za sekstet pihal (Sakstet for Wind Sextet) in the following words: “What is immediately apparent with the composition “Saxtet” is its distinct dance character, direct expressivity, and European traditional rhythmic patterns and melodies. I also drew vital inspiration from the very make-up of the ensemble. A wind sextet (a traditional wind quintet with the addition of alto saxophone), which lends the composition its name, combines wind instruments with distinct individual tonal timbres. They produce different overtones when different combinations of instruments play the same notes lending chords or melodies a variety of individual characters. This distinguishes a wind sextet from, say, a string ensemble and can yield interesting and unexpected sonorities with even the simplest of chords. I utilised this quality in colouring melodies, adding various accompanying textures and sharp dissonances that can pepper the music with a pinch of aggression. The common denominator tying the variety of harmonic expression together is the element of Slavic dance, both from nearby and faraway parts of Europe. The composition ends by uniting various themes as overtones above F, which hints at the primal origin of all traditional music. Following Bartok’s example, I wanted to show a universal dance that transcends physical and temporal limitations.”
Ansambel Camerata Academica brings together Slovenia’s topmost musicians, i.e. professors from the Ljubljana Academy of Music and members of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. The ensemble’s make up arises from the desire for artistic collaboration between top educators and professional musicians who enhance their pedagogical work with artistic projects. The line-up changes with each new project, and can thus accommodate an ever changing repertoire. This enables the ensemble to perform a vast variety of chamber pieces for string and wind instruments sourced from international and Slovenian, classical and modern literature. In short, the adaptability of their line-up allows Camerata to tackle an extensive range of chamber music repertoire. Hence, the ensemble has become known for its clever programming, technical prowess, and exceptional musical expression. On this occasion, they are performing as a wind sextet, an atypical wind ensemble, more suited to contemporary works, which demand a high level of technical precision, adept collective musicianship, and convincing stage presence. Many pieces have been composed specifically for the Camerata ensemble, including the composition by Simon Kravos that will debut at the concert.
Already during her studies Karolina Šantl Zupan received several first prizes at various national and international competitions including the coveted Prešeren Award. She began her professional career in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has collaborated with the Ljubljana Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the JuJu (South Korea) and Nuremberg Symphony Orchestras, and the Zagreb Soloists. As a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the international flute quartet 4Syrinx she released eight albums. She is currently employed as a full professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and Zagreb.
World-class oboist Matej Šarc started his musical journey on accordion and piano. Before going to study abroad, he played solo oboe with the RTV Slovenia Symphony, collaborated with the Young German Philharmonics and Freiburg Philharmonics. After returning to Slovenia, he joined the Slovenian Philharmonic, at first as an oboist, then acting director, and finally managing and artistic director. He is a founding member of the Slowind quintet and the eponymous festival of contemporary music. He is also a professor at the Music and Ballet Conservatory and at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
Jože Kotar became principal clarinetist of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in 2007 after having served in that role at the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for more than ten years. He is a tenured professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. As a soloist and member of chamber ensembles he performs across Europe and the USA. He has recorded eleven albums, including four solo discs, and is a member of the ARIART Woodwind Quintet, the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet, and founding member of the Slovenian Clarinet Orchestra.
Bassoonist Zoran Mitev studied at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, from which he received a special recognition award,and two Prešeren Awards. He is a member of the SLOWIND wind quintet, the Pro Musica Nova trio, the Slovenian Philharmonic Wind Trio and the OFF Trio. So far, he has performed more than fourty solo and chamber works.
Jože Rošer is a solo hornist at the Slovenian Philharmonic and assistant professor at his first alma mater, the Academy of Arts. He also studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Stuttgart School of Music. He received two Prešeren Student Awards: with the brass ensemble of the Academy of Music and with the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra. He has collaborated with many international orchestras.
The Sax magazine named Miha Rogina best saxophonist of his generation. He studied in Ljubljana, at the prestigious Paris Conservatory, and at the Eastman School of Music in the USA. Furthermore, he also graduated in orchestral and choral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is a professor of saxophone and vice-dean at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and performs as a soloist and conducts renowned orchestras.
Complimentary tickets, courtesy of Adria Media Ljubljana, GenLan, and Essai & Acai, can be collected an hour before the concert at the venue. Reservations are not possible.