Matic Kuder, clarinet
Tonko Huljev, bassoon
Andrej Žust, horn
Matjaž Bogataj, violin
Nejc Mikolič, viola
Jaka Stadler, cello
Žiga Trilar, double bass
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and Franz Hasenöhrl (1885-1970), Till Eulenspiegel – einmal anders!, Op. 28
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Quartet for clarinet and strings in B major, KV.378
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
An ensemble of our internationally successful musicians living and working abroad, led by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra member Andrej Žust.
Andrej Žust graduated from primary music school in his native Logatec with Janez Polanc. He continued his education at Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana with Metod Tomac, finally pursuing studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with Jože Falout and Boštjan Lipovšek. He honed his skills further with renowned professors such as Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatković, Froydis Ree Wekre and others. For two years, he was a scholarship recipient of the prestigious Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic (2009-2011). As a soloist, he won the national competition of young musicians three times (1996, 1999, 2001 – he received the absolute 100 points) and the international competition in Udine (Italy), where he collected not only the first prize, but received also two special prizes and was declared the absolute winner. As a chamber musician, he won the national chamber music competition in 2004 with the horn quartet, in 2006 with the wind quintet, in 2006, he was a quarterfinalist in the prestigious ARD competition with the Savitra wind quintet, and he was a semi-finalist in the Young Talent competition in Bratislava. Andrej Žust is a very active chamber musician, regularly performing at international festivals around the world. As a member of the world-famous Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestras (GMYO) and the Pacific Music Festival (PMF), he has collaborated with the most eminent conductors and soloists. He has performed as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Barok Soloist Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, the SNG Maribor Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra and others. He presented himself with compositions from the standard repertoire, as well as novelties by domestic and foreign composers. For his achievements, he received the Škrjanč Award from the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, the Prešeren Award from the University of Ljubljana and the Betetto Award. Andrej Žust was for many years the solo hornist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, he also collaborated with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Ljubljana Opera Orchestra, and since 2011 he has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Matic Kuder started on his music path under his uncle Peter Kuder’s wing. He continued his studies at the Conservatory for music and ballet in Ljubljana with Dušan Sodja and at the Academy of Music and completed his master’s at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the class of Gerald Pachinger. From 2017 to 2021, he was a solo clarinettist at the Nürnberg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since December 2021, he has been a clarinettist at the Berlin Philharmonic. He has also been a member of the renowned Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and has collaborated with many international ensembles, such Hr-Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Mini, Spira Mirabilis, Orchestra Leonore, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Stadtstheater Würzburg and others. As a chamber musician, he works with different musicians, such as Mate Bekavac, Sergio Azzolini, Viennese and Berlin philharmonic musicians, Concertgebouw Amsterdam … As a soloist, he has performed with the Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra, Chamber String Orchestra of the Academy of Music Ljubljana and the SNG Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with numerous celebrated clarinettists, such as François Benda, Wenzel Fuchs, Mate Bekavac, Harri Mäkki, Paolo Beltramini and Michel Lethiec.
Bassoonist Tonko Huljev studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in the class of Eberhard Marschall. In 2001 and 2004, he received the first prize at the regional and national competition TEMSIG, and in 2002, he won the Croatian national competition in Dubrovnik with the highest number of points. He also won the competition of all instruments in Povoletto in 2003, and in 2009 received the second prize of the competition of German colleges of music in Detmold. So far, he has played in the best concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, KKL Lucerne, Royal Albert Hall London, Milan Scala, Herkulessaal Munich, and has collaborated with great conductors such as Franz Welser – Möst, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Bruno Weil, Zubin Mehta and Jonathan Nott. In 2009, he was the solo bassoonist of Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the same year he became a member of the orchestral academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he became the solo bassoonist of the Hof Symphony Orchestra.
Matjaž Bogataj completed his solo studies in 2013 with a master’s degree summa cum laude at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. A year later, he completed his master’s degree in chamber music at the College of Music and Theatre under the direction of Wen-Sinn Yang and Michael Schäffer. He was a member of the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra for four years. In September 2017, he took over the position of conductor of other violins in the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. In addition to his work duties at the opera, Matjaž is actively involved in chamber music—especially with the piano trio Munich ARTISTrio, in which he has been playing since 2012. BR, RAI, ORF and RTV Slovenia archived their studio recordings and live concerts.
Violist Nejc Mikolič studied viola at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and then continued his studies in Vienna, at the University of Music and Visual Arts. During his studies, he received two student Prešeren awards. He is a member of the Slovenian String Sextet and the Minui ensemble. He also teaches chamber music at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He performs in various chamber ensembles at home and abroad.
At the age of fifteen, cellist Jaka Stadler enrolled in the Academy of Music in Ljubljana as an extremely talented student, where he also graduated in the class of Ciril Škerjanc. During his studies, he participated in numerous competitions at home and abroad and won seven top awards. From 2000 to 2003, he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and co-cellist of the Young Munich Philharmonic. Upon his graduation in Ljubljana, he received Prešeren Student Award. In 2003, among 40 candidates, he successfully auditioned for the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and at the same time enrolled in postgraduate studies at the High School of Music in the class of Wenn-Sinn Yanga. Meanwhile, he also trained with renowned educators such as David Geringas, Martin Ostertag, Wolfgang Boettcher, Franz Helmerson, etc. In 2005, he received an important award from the European Cultural Fund for his work. He has performed as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the direction of noted conductors such as Claudio Abaddo, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel, he has performed in outstanding orchestras (Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra…). Between 2008 and 2010 he was the first solo cellist of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and in September 2010 he became a full member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Žiga Trilar completed his studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana in the class of Zoran Marković, with further training received from Matthew McDonald, Slawomir Grenda, Herbert Mayr, Iztok Hrastnik and others. As a student, he participated in several tours of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Since 2015, he has been a regular member of the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, where he is currently the solo double bassist.