Anja Malkov, flute
Sofía Zamora Meseguer, oboe
Lorenzo Dainelli, clarinet
Joseph Longstaff, horn
Luka Mitev, bassoon
Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844–1908), Wind Quintet
Aleksandra Naumovski Potisk, Quincunx (premiere)
Samuel Barber (1910–1981), Summer Music, Op. 31
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Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), The Tomb of Couperin (Arr. Mason Jones)
György Ligeti (1923–2006), Six Bagatelles
The quintet is paying hommage to the hundredth anniversary of the birth of composer György Ligeti by performing his piece Six Bagatelles.
The Wind Quintet of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, is elevated by its association with its distinguished founding institution. Founded by the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan, it is renowned for nurturing top-tier musicians who can be found in some of the world’s most illustrious orchestras. Indeed, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Netherlands Orchestra, the Orchestre de Radio France, the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic, and of course, the Berlin Philharmonic, have all benefited from the Academy’s exceptional graduates. It is therefore no surprise, that each individual member of the quintet is an extraordinarily accomplished musician in their own right, honed by the rigorous standards of the academy.
Serbian-born flautist Anja Malkov is a distinguished graduate of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, having studied under the tutelage of the esteemed Professor Laura Levai Aksin. Malkov boasts an impressive track record of winning numerous international competitions, including the prestigious “Davorin Jenko” competition (Belgrade, 2018 and 2016), Wind Instrument Competition in Varaždin (2016), and the “Anton Eberst” competition (Novi Sad, 2015). In 2017, she emerged as the Laureate and overall winner across all disciplines and categories at the International Ohrid Pearls Competition in Macedonia. Malkov is pursuing a master’s degree in flute studies at the renowned Mozarteum University Salzburg, under Professor Michael M. Kofler. She has also attended masterclasses and lessons with many prominent flautists, including Andrea Lieberknecht, Mario Caroli, Wally Hase, Renate Greiss-Armin, Matej Zupan, Peter-Lukas Graf, as well as Emmanuel Pahud, Sebastian Jacot, Jelka Weber, Michael Hasel, and Egor Egorkin. Currently a member of the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, Malkov has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of world-renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, and Daniel Harding. In addition to her orchestral experience, Malkov is also skilled in chamber music and has performed solo recitals at various festivals. She is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras, a testament to her exceptional talent and musical finesse.
Sofía Zamora Meseguer‘s love affair with the oboe began in Spain at the tender age of seven. She spent her formative years studying at the Conservatorio Profesional de Almoradí. She honed her craft under the esteemed professor Juan Carlos Báguena at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree Extraordinary Award. Meseguer’s exceptional talent garnered her numerous awards, including the Premio Extraordinario del Conservatorio de Almoradí, Premio Extraordinario de la Comunidad Valenciana, Premio Nacional al rendimiento académico, and Beca de la excelencia de la Comunidad de Madrid. A promising young musician, Meseguer played with several youth orchestras and later lent her artistry to professional ensembles such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, National Orchestra of Spain (OCNE), and many others. As a soloist Meseguer played works such as W. A. Mozart’s Concerto for oboe with OSASV, D. Cimarosa’s Concerto for Oboe with JOGV, Ferrer Ferrán’s El Bosque Mágico with Banda Municipal de Alicante and Unión Musical de Almoradí, A. Vivaldi’s Concerto for oboe in C major with Orquesta Clásica de Orihuela, and B. Martinu’s Concerto for oboe with Orquesta Sinfónica del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the esteemed “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig under the mentorship of Professor Nick Deutsch, and has been a member of the prestigious Karajan Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker since September 2021, studying predominately with the noted oboist Andreas Wittmann.
Italian born clarinettist Lorenzo Dainelli first studied under Alessandro Carbonare at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome before enrolling at Universitӓt Mozarteum Salzburg, where he graduated with full honours. In 2018, the prestigious Accademia Chigiana (Siena) awarded him the H.C. Degree, which is granted rarely and exclusively to artists of supreme quality. Hailed as a “clever, exciting clarinet player of great musicality and an outstanding quality of sound”, he performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Sala Santa Cecilia in Rome, and more. He has collaborated with illustrious orchestras such as the the Berlin Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), to name but a few. He has also had the privilege of performing under the baton of esteemed conductors such as Kiriil Petrenko, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Thomas Adés, Daniel Baremboim, Christian Thielemann, Ennio Morricone, and others. Between 2017 and 2018 Dainelli held the prestigious position of principal solo clarinet in the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester in Germany. He is currently a member of the Karajan-Akademie of the Berlin Philharmonic further solidifying his place among the great young musicians of our time.
Joseph Longstaff also began his love affair with the horn at the age of seven. He first honed his skills in his native UK at the Purcell School, where he had the honor of being the first-ever recipient of the renowned Sir Charles Mackerras Scholarship. In his pursuit of excellence, Longstaff sought out the finest instructors he could find, training under Richard Watkins and Mike Thompson at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the desirable ABRSM scholarship. He then ventured to the continent to study with Professor Jörg Brückner as an Erasmus student at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. Longstaff’s talent and supreme musical ability have earned him a coveted position in the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, where he is perfecting his skill with the illustrious Sarah Willis and Stefan Dohr. He regularly performs in the Academy’s chamber music ensembles and orchestral projects, not to mention the world’s leading orchestra – the Berlin Philharmonic. With his unparalleled passion and musical ability, Longstaff is sure to elevate any piece of music he plays.
Slovenian bassoon player Luka Mitev received his very first instruction in bassoon from his father Zoran Mitev at the tender age of seven. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Salzburg under the tutelage of the renowned Prof. Marco Postinghel. Next, his thirst for knowledge took him to Berlin, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree with Prof. Volker Tessmann at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. His impressive talent was recognized and rewarded by the Slovenian cultural ministry, which awarded him scholarships for both degrees. He has also claimed multiple national and international accolades, including the coveted first prize at the Concertino Praga in 2014. Mitev took to the international stage as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2016 to 2019 followed by a season with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2020/2021. His awe-inspiring performances have taken him across Europe, where he has shared his talent with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and many others. He also regularly performs in various chamber music ensembles. Mitev has been a member of the Karajan Academy of Berlin Philharmonic since January 2021, where he receives lessons from principal bassoonist Stefan Schweigert, as well as from other members of the orchestra.
Complimentary tickets, courtesy of Adria Media Ljubljana, GenLan, and Essai & Acai, can be collected an hour before the concert at the venue. Reservations are not possible.
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