Janez Podlesek, violin
Tadej Kenig, clarinet
Gal Faganel, cello
Miha Haas, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello in A-minor, op. 114
Béla Bartók (1881–1945), Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz. 111
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992), Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)
Four acclaimed Slovene musicians perform tonight famous chamber masterpieces, including the transcendentally beautiful Quartet for the End of Time by Messiaen.
Violinist Janez Podlesek is a concert master of the Chamber String Orchestra of the Slovenian Philharmonic, with whom he has been participating in festivals and concerts both at home and abroad for more than a decade. Between 2004 and 2018 he was also the concert master Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated in the class of Primož Novšak at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he also completed his postgraduate specialization. He is a member of String Quartet Dissonance and Trio Clavimerata. He performed with numerous famous Slovene and foreign musicians. As a soloist he is intensively devoted to works by Slovenian composers. Podlesek is also active as a pedagogue. He teaches at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana and at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he also leads the Chamber String Orchestra.
Tadej Kenig is principal clarinetist of the Ljubljana Opera and Ballet Orchestra, docent at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and guest professor at the University of Novi Sad. He graduated in the class of Slavko Goričar at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and finished his postgraduate studies with the highest marks at the Basel College of Music in the class of François Benda. He is the recipient of several first prizes in domestic and international competitions. Kenig performs at home and abroad, working with conductors such as Marko Letonja, Stefan Sanderling, Othmar Maga, Loris Voltolini, Berislav Šipuš and others. He appears at important international festivals of contemporary music (Biennale Zagreb, Electromediaworks Athens, SOUND Scottland etc.), working with great soloists and composers (Felix Renggli, Sergio Azzollini, Heinz Holliger, Richard Craig, Roberto Fabbricci, Rohan de Saram, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jürg Henneberger, Jürg Wyttenbach, Adam Scott Neal, Robert Scott Thompson, Pete Stollery). He is a member of the ARTvento Wind Quintet as well as the Kompuls and the Adriars ensembles. His career is accompanied by brilliant reviews in the domestic and foreign media.
Gal Faganel is an acclaimed cello performer, teacher, coach and recording artist. He has been praised in the press for his »powerful and beautiful tone« (Dornse Krant, Netherlands), and his »brilliant virtuosity and youthful vigor« (Primorske Novice, Slovenia). He is the founder and artistic director of the Arizona Chamber Orchestra. Until 2010 he was principal cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. As a member of the Tetraktys String Quartet, he toured in the United States and Europe. Faganel is currently an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley. He grew up in a musical family and began studying cello in his native Slovenia. He continued his studies in Croatia, where his appearance in an international competition led to an invitation and a full-tuition scholarship to study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He collaborated with and learned from many renowned conductors and soloists, including Sergiu Comissiona, Zubin Mehta, Lionel Friend, Carl St. Clair, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrel, Midori Goto and Isaac Stern. In 2006, Faganel began researching, cataloging, performing, and recording music for cello by Slovenian composers. The project has been supported by the Slovenian government and UNC.
Miha Haas comes from a musical family. He started his piano study with his father Hinko Haas at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana, continued at the Music Academy in Ljubljana (with Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak), and completed master’s studies at the Conservatory in Brussels with Aleksandar Madžar. He attended master classes with I. Lasko, J. Siirala, P. Paleczny, J. M. Huizing, M. Voskresensky, P. Kuijken, V. Krpan and Trio di Parma. As a soloist or member of various chamber ensembles he performed in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Great Britain and the United States. Miha Haas teaches at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana (piano literature, piano duo, chamber music). His articles on the theme of historical performing practice and piano sound acoustics were published in several magazines, including Piano Journal. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Piano Teachers of Slovenia (EPTA).