Barbara Jernejčič Fürst, mezzosopran
Žarko Ignjatović, guitar
Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly
Music for a While
When I have often my Heard
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
All mein Gedanken, die ich hab
Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen
Feinsliebchen, du solst mir nicht barfuss gehn
Dušan Bogdanović (1955)
Like a String of Jade Jewels (iz Šestih pesmi ameriških ljudstev)
Peter Šavli (1961)
Three Slovenian for soprano and guitar
Sijaj, sijaj, sončece (Shine, shine, sun)
Nocoj pa, ah, nocoj (Tonight, ah, tonight)
Slišala sem ptičko pet (I heard the bird sing)
Enrique Granados (1867–1916)
Descúbrase el pensamiento de mi secreto cindado
Mira que soy niña. Amor dejame!
Roberto Gerhard (1896–1970)
Cantares, for soprano and guitar
La muerte y la donzella
Reinas de la Baraya
Mezzosoprano Barbara Jernejčič Fürst completed her studies of choral conducting under prof. Karl Ernst Hoffman and gained the title Master of Arts and Opera-dramatic Performing at the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts. She attended master classes under M. Lipovšek, Ch. Ludwig, D. Fischer-Dieskau, M. Martinuj, R. Pirnay, and in Baroque singing under B. Schlick, and Ch. Rousset. She was a member of the Flemish Ghent Opera Studio in Ghent and a scholarship holder of the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Barbara J. Fürst performed on stages at the Flemish Opera in Ghent and Antwerp, at the Ljubljana and Maribor Opera, at the Vienna Chamber Opera and Theater an der Wien, within Musical Youth Ljubljana, Ljubljana Festival, Kogoj’s days, Summer in Old Ljubljana Town International Festival, Slovenian Music Days, Concert studio DSS, the Biennale of Zagreb, the Austrian festivals Styria Autumn, Styriarte, Carinthia Summer, Bregenz Festive Games, Krieglach International Old Music Week, Retz Festival, Musikverein Spring Festival, etc.
She collaborates with numerous orchestras and ensembles (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Recreation Orchestra, Slowind Wind Quintet, La petite bande, Armonico Tributo Austria, Capella Musicae, Solamente naturali, Musica Aeterna, Mosaik, Klangforum Wien etc.). In her rich concert history, she recreated some of the greatest works of the music treasury.
She also regularly collaborates with guitarist Žarko Ignjatović, with whom she has toured in America and Canada. For domestic and foreign publishers, Barbara J. Fürst has reproduced works on more than ten CDs, and has published three independent CDs dedicated to Slovenian self-songs of the 20th century. First one she dedicated to the entire opus of Mario Kogoj, accompanied by Lithuanian pianist Gaiva Bandzinaite, who is also her companion on a CD entitled V votlini raja (In the Cavity of Paradise) with works written by Lebič, Jež, Šivic and Lipovšek. She dedicated CD entitled Dotiki (Touches) to composers of the present time, who write for solo voice, and to Monteverdi. Barbara Jernejčič Fürst is Professor of solo singing at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
Guitarist Žarko Ignjatović graduated from high music school in his hometown Pula in Croatia, and at the Zagreb Academy of Music (1983) under prof. Darko Petrinjak while completing his guitar studies under prof. Margi Bäuml – Klasinc at College (now University) of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (1987). In 1995, he completed a three-year postgraduate study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under prof. Eliot Fisk. He has actively participated in numerous seminars of world-renowned guitarists and won many awards in former republican and federal competitions. He has been living in Ljubljana since 1984. Žarko Ignjatović is a professor of guitar and chamber music at the Faculty of Education in Maribor and professor of guitar at Music High School in Celje. Besides performing solo home and abroad, he also devoted himself to chamber music. He regularly records for radio and television. In 1998, his first solo album with works by Weiss, Piazzolla, Tippett, Bogdanović and Rojko was released, and in 2001, his second, Hic et nunc, dedicated to music by contemporary Slovenian composers. He recorded two albums with guitarist Jerko Novak, one with cellist Nebojša Bugarski, and the latest with mezzosoprano Barbara Jernejčič Fürst.