Piano Trio Rêverie:
Mojca Jerman, violin
Katarina Leskovar, cello
Tanja Činč, piano
Ana Julija Mlejnik, violin
Yevgeny Chepovetsky, viola
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975), Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
More than thirty years of development of the Imago Sloveniae Festival is closely related to the work of Primož and Tomaž Lorenz. Tonight’s concert is dedicated to their memory. Both brothers remain remembered as brilliant musicians, pedagogues, organizers and of course as members of the legendary chamber ensemble Trio Lorenz.
Pianist Primož Lorenz (1942–2007) was a man of exceptional vision. Towards the end of the 1980s, the idea of a cultural revitalization of the historical center of Ljubljana ripened in the musician. He founded the Society for the Resurrection of the Cultural Image of the Old Town (1988) and designed the festival cycles Summer in Old Ljubljana Town and the Nights in Old Ljubljana Town, which also today have a central place in our programme. Shortly thereafter, the Ustanova Imago Sloveniae (1994) was founded – and the Slovenian musical revival of cultural heritage began. The ideas of Primož Lorenz are therefore a permanent legacy and an incentive for future work.
Violinist Tomaž Lorenz (1944–2016) left the distinct trail of the concert soloist and chamber musician in Slovenian music, but he also remains remembered as great pedagogue. With his unwavering enthusiasm and optimism, his love of music was transferred to young people, especially successfully in the field of chamber music. With the mentoring personality of Tomaž Lorenz, the artistic beginnings of the Piano trio Rêverie are also connected.
Piano trio Rêverie was founded in autumn 2012 under the supervision of professor Tomaž Lorenz. Young and aspiring musicians presented themselves at concerts in Slovenia (Ljubljana, Koper, Idrija, Kranj, Slovenska Bistrica), Croatia (Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb), Hungary (Budapest, Szengotthard) and Italy (Trieste). They also participated in several competitions: in July 2013 they won 2nd place and 3rd prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Bled (Slovenia), and in December 2013 they won first prize and the prize of an absolute winner among chamber groups at the International Competition Tartini, which took place in Piran, Slovenia. In July 2015 they recorded promotional CD in Studio Činč, and in September 2015 they had a tour in Argentina (four concerts in Buenos Aires and concerts in Villa la Angostura and Llao Llao – Bariloche). In December 2015 they became absolute winners of the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Paris. They have participated in masterclasses of renowned Trio di Parma, Schaffhauser Masterclasses in Switzerland (with professors Wenn-Sinn Yang, Nora Chastain, Homero Francesch), and they also worked with professors Chia Chou, Daniel Rowland and Julian Arp. Currently, the pianist Tanja Činč is a student of postgraduate specialist studies at the Academy of Music in Zagreb in the class of prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan. The violinist Mojca Jerman is a student of master’s study of Baroque violin at the Academy of Music G. Martini in Bologna in the class of prof. Enrico Gatti. The cellist Katarina Leskovar is a student of the master’s degree at the Music College in Basel in the class of prof. Danjulo Ishizaka.
Violinist Ana Julija Mlejnik has established herself as a soloist on international stages in Tokio, Paris, London, Brussels, Ancona, Ljubljana, Toronto and elsewhere. Amongst her more important performances was the one at Queen’s Elizabeth’s visit to Slovenia in 2008 where she performed as a soloist in the Slovenian Philharmonic with the Slovenian brass orchestra. She won first prize at the Genova International Competition and has shared the stage with many important musicians (G. Pehlivanian, Y. Horigome, A. Meneses, B. H. Van De Velde, L. Cossi, L. Trotovšek, A. Spasić, L. Nova). She is also the artistic director of chamber music festival Loka da Camera in Škofja Loka, Slovenia, and a standing member of baroque ensemble London Brandenburg Soloists. Ana Julija Mlejnik started learning violin in her hometown Škofja Loka and continued her studies in Ljubljana, at the Academy of Music (with professor Gorjan Košuta). In 2013 she finished her bachelor diploma with the highest grades. She continued to study for her master’s diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under the guidance of world-famous violinist Yuzuko Horigome. In 2016 she graduated with a distinction; she continued to study for a concert musician (concertmusicus) as a postgraduate student and finished in 2018 with great distinction. She took advice from many other famous professors (R. Friend, I. Ozim, J. Fisher, G. Pauk, S. Kim, C. Forough, S. Ryu, S. Shipps, V. Szabadi, K. Yon, J. Talich, S. Ashkenasi).
Violinist and violist Yevgeny Chepovetsky was born in 1995 in Riga, Latvia. In 2000 he entered the Emil Darzin Music School for Gifted Students in Riga. From 2008 till present time he has been studying violin with prof. Boris Kuschnir at Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (Vienna) and at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz. He also studied composition in the class of renowned Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. From an early age, he participated in a wide variety of musical events, concerts, festivals, masterclasses, charitable activities and projects (to name some of them: Julian Rachlin presents young violin talents, Vladimir Spivakov International Festival, Arsonore, International Festival of Young Musicians in Kaunas, Mozarteum International Summer Academy, Académie de Musique de Lausanne). In 2006 he played for Queen Elizabeth II and for the UK diplomatic corpse. He won the prizes of different values (starting with Grand Prix) in the great majority of competitions he took part at (competitions named after David Oistrakh, Louis Spohr, Jan Kocian, Balys Dvarionas, Saulius Sondeckis etc.). He was also the winner of all national violin competitions in Latvia between 2004 and 2014.