Domen Lorenz, violin
Beata Barcza, piano (Hungary)
About the memorial concert…
The Lorenz family is one of those families that most noticeably marked the musical art in Slovenia. In the 1960s, the Lorenz Trio set new standards for chamber music in Slovenia. Brothers Primož, Tomaž and Matija won over the audience with dazzling performances of many basic works of literature for the piano trio. They soon achieved cult status at home, and at countless concerts around the world they impressed many music lovers and played the role of ambassadors of Slovenian music. Unfortunately, death interrupted their fruitful work.
Tomaž Lorenz was an excellent violinist and a distinguished professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. With his dedicated pedagogical work, he has raised a number of excellent young chamber ensembles. He founded the Leon Pfeiffer Competition for Young Violinists, designed and artistically led a series of high-profile music projects; Autumn Serenades, Music Sundays at the Union, Music July on the Coast…
As a violinist, he has also performed in many other chamber ensembles with many Slovenian and foreign musicians. Already in 1967 he won the 5th competition of young Yugoslav artists in Zagreb, received three awards from the Prešeren Fund, two awards from the Society of Slovenian Composers, the Župančič and Betett Awards, and the Škerjanc Diploma for outstanding pedagogical achievements.
GIUSEPPE TARTINI (1692–1770): Violin sonata in G minor, »Devil’s Trill Sonata«
Allegro (Tempo giusto)
Andante – Allegro
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976): Suite for violin and piano, Op. 6
Introduction: Andante maestoso
March: Allegro alla marcia
Moto perpetuo: Allegro molto e con fuoco
Lullaby: Lento tranquillo
Waltz: Alla valse, vivace e rubato
— Intermission —
CESAR FRANCK (1822–1890): Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Allegretto ben moderato
Recitativo – Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
Domen Lorenz is one of the most promising young Slovenian musicians. He started learning the violin at the age of five. His first teachers were prof. Armin Sešek and prof. Vasilij Meljnikov, 2nd year of the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, finished in the class of prof. Primož Novšak.
Domen has so far won eight first prizes at national and international competitions in Ljubljana, Gorizia, Trieste and Zagreb, where in 2005 he was declared the absolute winner of the competition. He also performs a lot as a chamber musician, in 2002 he received the first prize at the TEMSIG competition as a member of the SGBŠ Ljubljana trio. So far, he has toured with great success in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Italy and Germany. He has performed as a soloist (twice already) with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the SNG Ljubljana Orchestra, Camerato Labacensis, the Celje String Orchestra and the SGBŠ Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra. He attended the Musical July on the Coast several times, where he also received the Antonia Tarsie Award. He twice attended the Vienna Philharmonic Forum in Trento and was both times chosen for the final concert in the Brahms Hall of the famous Vienna Musikverein.
Domen’s major successes include performances in Frankfurt and at Miklavž’s concert on TV Slovenia, 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 (as the only Slovene) to become a member of the orchestra of the Attergau International Orchestral Institute, whose symphony orchestra performed at the Salzburg International Festival in 2009. Domen is the winner of the Prešeren Award of the Academy of Music. In 2010 he performed two recitals (Taipei, Ilan) in Taiwan with pianist Mio Miljković with great success.
After successfully passing the entrance exam, he continued his education at the University of Vienna in the class of one of the greatest pedagogues of today – prof. Dora Schwarzberg and returned to Ljubljana after two years, where he completed his studies at the first level of the Bologna system with prof. Gorjan Košuta. In the 2014/2015 season, he became a permanent member of the Ljubljana SNG Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and continued his 2nd level of Bologna studies with prof. Volodja Balžalorski.
Beata Ilona Barcza (Hungary) began her musical career with piano lessons in Fertőd at the Joseph Haydn School of Music. She continued her studies at the University of Pésc at the Academy of Music and Visual Arts, where she graduated in 2012 as a pianist and in 2013 as a piano professor. She then continued her studies as a doctoral student. She has participated in various competitions several times, where she won a commendable number of first prizes.
As a pianist and accompanist, she participates in many festivals and international competitions (Europa Cantant Festival, OrkesterkamP Bovec, Svirel) and master classes. She attended a master class of Dalibor Miklavčič in Ljubljana, Konstantin Bogina, Zoltán Kocsis and many others, and in the summer of 2016 she participated in a master class of singing with Pio Brodnik. In 2015, she received a scholarship to study at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and attended the class of Jasminka Stančul for one semester, and in the same year she successfully performed with cellist Jako Stadler and pianist Miha Haas. She has collaborated and performed with many Slovenian musicians, such as Tibor Kerekeš, Rok Zgonec, Žiga Branko, Matej Grahek and others. As a pianist, she regularly performs at recitals at the Pécs National Theater, together with the excellent soprano Marianna Váradi.
Beato is also interested in musical instruments with keys that are typical of early music. In Hungary, she received additional training in harpsichord for three years, and at the invitation of Malcolm Bilson, she also attended a piano master class in Ithaca (USA). She is currently a piano teacher and accompanist at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.