Andraž Golob, clarinet
Stefano Mesaglio, violin
Erica Piccotti, cello
Nejc Kamplet, piano
Olivier Messiaen (1908—1992), Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
Berlin Philharmonic’s Solo bas clarinettist Andraž Golob has always been captivated by the storytelling might of orchestral music. However, his fascination was far from limited to programmatic music and its titled narrative, centred on individual musical pieces. He maintains that there is a deeper meaning to every composition, be it a solo concert, orchestral work, or chamber piece and feels that this is the best way to induct audiences into the realm of contemporary music. Prior to playing for the Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic, Andraž had performed with the Vienna State Opera, Nuremberg Symphony, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and Graz Philharmonic, and has had the honour of performing under the baton of world-renowned conductors like John Williams, Daniel Harding, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov. As a soloist, he performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in 2018. He’s won several competitions, including the 2021 Edmund Horwath Competition (best wind player of the Vienna Philharmonic Academy), Boris Pergamenshchikov, Val Tidone, and others. Andraž is the founding member of the internationally renowned Trio Tempestoso.
Inspired by great virtuosos of violin, Udine’s native Stefano Mesaglio first started learning the devil’s instrument at the age of 6. Having studied in Austria with professor Helfried Fister, he graduated with distinctions in both artistry and pedagogy. During this period, he co-founded the Furiant Quartet, where he plays first violin. Under the tutelage of professor Eberhard Feltz and professor Tim Vogler, Stefano earned his master’s degree in chamber music performance from The Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with a scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now (Berlin). He is currently working towards his second master’s degree, this time in violin performance, with professor Mark Gothoni at The Universität der Künste Berlin. Stefano has performed as soloist and with various orchestras in Europe and Asia, often sitting as concertmaster and/or principal second violin. Though he favours smaller chamber ensembles, he continues to perform with chamber orchestras and full orchestras in Europe and abroad.
Italian cellist Erica Piccotti graduated at 14 years of age with honours from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. She continued her studies with Antonio Meneses at Höchschule der Künste in Bern, at Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona, and at Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 2013 she was awarded the Certificate of Honor Alfiere della Repubblica for outstanding achievements in music by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. The highlights of her 2021/2022 season include solo performances with conductors Sir Antonio Pappano and Daniel Oren, and closing out the season at IUC with Orchestra Canova under Maestro Enrico Pagano. She won national and international competitions, earned the title of Best Cellist of the Italian Conservatories, Premio Città di Padova, Jugend Musiziert Nuremberg, and the title of laureate at the NYIAA Competition; this victory allowed her to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York and won her the Maura Giorgetti scholarship of Filarmonica della Scala in Milan. This is only one small segment of a long list of her competitive successes. As a soloist, she was accompanied by Zagreb Soloists, La Verdi in Milan, I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, Kodaly Philarmonic Orchestra Debrecen, Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado del Mèxico, to name but a few. She is currently pursuing her Professional Studies degree with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy for Young soloists.
Pianist Nejc Kamplet studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class of Professor Zuzana Niederdorfer before moving on to the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover all the while honing his skills with numerous world-renowned pianists like Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Daejin Kim, Mikhail Voskresensky, Aleksandar Madžar, and Sofya Gulyak. He achieved enviable results at notable international competitions. His recent prominent victories include Yamaha’s 2020 Scholarship competition in Vienna and the Franz Liszt Online Competition of 2021. From a very young age he has also actively participated in renowned music festivals including Festival Ljubljana, Festival Lent, Festival Maribor, Carpe Artem, The Night of Slovenian Composers, and Arsonore. As a soloist he performed in Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, China and the USA. His recordings for the Slovenian National Television are aired regularly. His exceptional achievements have brought him the scholarship of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the Scholarship of the Municipality of Graz in Austria.
The event is part of Festival Prečkanja – Sconfinamenti and was prepared in collaboration with: