Domen Lorenz, violin
Beata Ilona Barcza, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sonata for violin and piano no. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Sonata for violin and piano no. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Sonata for violin and piano no. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Domen Lorenz is one of the most promising young Slovenian violinists. Having started the violin at the age of five, his first teachers were Armin Sešek and Vasilij Meljnikov and later Primož Novšak at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. After successfully passing the entrance exam, he continued his education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Dora Schwarzberg, one of the greatest pedagogues of our times, and after two years returned to Ljubljana, where he completed his studies with Gorjan Košuta. Finally, he earned his master’s with a concert with Volodja Balžalorski. Since 2014/2015 season, he has been a permanent member of the Orchestra of the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, and since 2020, he has been playing in the Ensemble Dissonance. So far, Domen has won eight first prizes at national and international competitions in Ljubljana, Gorizia, Trieste and Zagreb, where he was declared the absolute winner of the competition in 2005, while in 2002, he received the first prize at TEMSIG competition as a member of a chamber ensemble, SGBŠ Trio Ljubljana. He has toured in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Italy and Germany. As a soloist, he has played with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana, Camerata Labacensis, the Celje String Orchestra and the SGBŠ Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra. He has attended the summer Musical July academy on the Slovenian coast several times, where he also received the Antonio Tarsia Award. He attended the Forum of the Vienna Philharmonic in Trenta twice and was both times chosen for the final concert in the Brahms Hall of the famous Vienna Musikverein. Domen’s other major successes include performances in Frankfurt and TV Slovenia St. Nicholas’s concert, a gold plaque at the national competition in Velenje, an extremely successful solo recital at the European Music Summer in Bergamo and Prague, and an invitation to the International Orchestra Institute Attergau. The ensemble performed at the Salzburg Festival in 2009, and Domen was the only Slovene invited. He also won the Prešeren Award of the Academy of Music. In 2010 to much acclaim, he and pianist Mia Miljković performed two recitals in Taiwan (Taipei, Ilan).
The Hungarian pianist Beata Ilona Barcza began her musical journey with piano lessons in Fertőd at Joseph Haydn Music School. She continued her studies at the University of Pécs at the Academy of Music and Visual Arts, where she graduated in 2012 as a pianist and in 2013 as a piano teacher. She continued her studies as a doctoral student. She has participated in various competitions and won many first prizes. As a pianist and accompanist, she has participated in many festivals and international competitions (Europa Cantat, Orkesterkamp Bovec, Svirél) and master classes. She has attended master classes by Dalibor Miklavčič, Konstantin Bogin, Zoltán Kocsis and many others, and in the summer of 2016 she participated in Pia Brodnik’s singing master class as an accompanist. In 2015, she received a scholarship to study at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where she attended the class of Jasminka Stančul for one semester. In the same year, she successfully performed with cellist Jaka Stadler and pianist Miha Haas. She has collaborated and performed with many Slovenian musicians, such as Tibor Kerekeš, Rok Zgonc, Žiga Brank, Matej Grahek. As a pianist, she regularly performs at recitals at the Pécs National Theater with the excellent soprano Marianna Váradi. She is also interested in keyboard instruments typical of early music. In Hungary, she has received additional training in harpsichord, and at the invitation of Malcolm Bilson, she attended a fortepiano master class in Ithaca (USA). She is currently working as an accompanist at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.