Tomaž Sever, cello
Aleksandra Pavlovič, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770‒1827)
Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 102 No.1
Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto
Franz Schubert (1797‒1828)
Sonata for cello and piano in a minor, D. 821 “Arpeggione”
Žare Prinčič (1956)
La Réflexion – performed for the first time
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906‒1975)
Sonata for cello and piano in d minor, Op. 40
Allegro ma non troppo
The cellist Tomaž Sever was born in Ljubljana(Slovenia). He was introduced to the music by his father. Later, he learnt to play cello on the undergraduate level with the professor G. Grafenaur. He completed his graduate and postgraduate studies at The Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He studied with S.T. Kaljanov, I.A. Monighetti and M.K. Tchaikovska.
From 1987 to 1992, he was a cello soloist of the ochestra of the Opera Festival of G. Puccini in Torre del Lago in Italy, and of the orchestra of Opera Theatre of Lucca in Italy. Since 1995, he has been also a member of the ensemble Kreativ from Celovec in Austria. He has been performing as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Slovenia, other European countries and USA. As a soloist, he played with the orchestra of RTV Slovenija, the Chamber Orchestra of Celje, the Apuani soloists and Orchestra da camera D. Scarlatti. He has been regularly recording for several domestic and foreign broadcasting companies, and radio, and television stations. He has been, in particular, very productively cooperating with the composers; he has given first performances to more than 18 pieces for cello, composed by Slovene composers. His performances have earned him complimentary reviews by professional reviewers, and warm responses by the audiences.
He is a member of the orchestra of RTV Slovenija, and the Piano trio Syringa (Jernej Brence – violin, Hinko Haas – piano). He teaches at Ljubljana and Velenje High Schools of Music, and at “Ino Mirković” Academy of Music in Opatija in Croatia. He often gives professional music courses, and participates in juries of international musical competitions. Since 1995, he has been leading the Society of Slovene Music Artists. From 1982 to 1985, he was presiding the programme board of the society Glasbena Mladina Slovenije. Since 1985, he has been a member of the executive board of the Society of Slovene Music Artists, and since 1995, its president. In 1997, he was the author of the basic idea, and the organizer, of a series of concerts of this society, as a part of the European Month of Culture, and, in 2003, of a series of concerts during the World Music Days in Slovenia. In 1999, he was a member of the commission for music of the Prešeren fund.
The pianist Aleksandra Pavlovič was born in Postojna, where she started to play the piano. However, her first serious musical studies are connected with the famous professor and pianist Sijavuš Gadžijev. In 1997 she was admitt to Moscow State Conservatory “P. I. Tschaikowsky“ in the class of Lev Naumov. She graduated with honours in 2002. Two years later, in 2004 she took her postgraduate degree in the piano studies at the same conservatory. Her teachers were among others, Vladimir Viardo and Andrej Diev.
Aleksandra Pavlovič has been often awarded at various international and state competitions as solo or chamber pianist. She regulary performes as a solo and chamber pianist with great musicians in famous concert halls on many festivals among others: „ The Ljubljana Artists to the City of Ljubljana“ (Ljubljanski umetniki Ljubljani), The International Chamber music Festival „ Musical evenings of Piran“, „The festival „The Sounds and Places“ („Nei suoni e luoghi“), “Musical seasons of the Cultural centre of Nova Gorica“ (Glasbeni abonma Kulturnega doma Nova Gorica“), „The Young To the Young“ (Mladi mladim), „Music from tne Gardens of Saint Franciscus“ (Glasba z vrtov Sv. Frančiška-Nova Gorica), „Bohinj Summer Music Festival“ (Glasbeno poletje v Bohinju), Castle Harmonies Kromberk (Grajske harmonije)…
For twelve years she has been emplyed as a piano teacher in Nova Gorica, where she has been leading experimental teaching workshops under „THE NATIONAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA“. She is also active as a lecturer (EPTA…). During this period she and her husband Andrey Pavlovich have been leading The International Cultural Association Soglasje and organized concerts, masterclasses published her translation of A.Boissier’s: Liszt pedagogue and S.Isserlis’s: Why Beethoven threw the stew. In November 2011 The Association Soglasje together with The Publishing and Record Label RTV Slovenia released her first CD „Chopin … Dialogues…“ with the famous russian cellist Oleg Bugaev. From september 2017 she lives and works in Ljubljana as piano teacher at the Tartini Musical Studio.
Born in 1956 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Žarko Prinčič‘s work – conducting, composing, playing, musical direction and teaching – encompases a particularly varied range of activities which demonstrate a rare talent of injecting any musical work with intuitive depth, lucid comprehension and creative passion brought forth by his complete personal dedication to music.
His professional career starts with conducting Threepenny Opera in Ljubljana in 1975. In the 70s and through 80s he studies piano and conducting in Ljubljana, Zagreb, Vienna, Paris and Cologne with Lovro von Matačić, Reinhard Schwarz, Gerard Devos and Sir John Pritchard respectively.
While staying and working in Paris he conducted in Salle Gaveau, Theatre de Chatelet, Auditorium des Halles, working with orchestras such as Orchestre du Conservatoire, Sinfonietta de Picardie, Jeune Philharmonie, including works like Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd, and 7th symphony, Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht, Rimski’s Sheherezade, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bizet, Copland, Milhaud, Tchaikovski and more.
In the 90s he returns home to Ljubljana to a position of music director and general manager of National Opera House where he conducts Verdi’s Traviata and Requiem. He also conducts Zagreb and Macedonian Philcharmonic Orchestras and Symphony Orchestras: RTV Slovenia, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, works such as Beethoven’s 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies, Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and Prokofiev’s 7th symphony.
Prinčič is also dedicated to work with young talents and conducted youth orchestras such as Youth Orchestra of European Countries – Beziers, France and Orchestre Interconservatoire de Paris. He founded Orchestre d’Harmonie – Paris and Orchestre de la Cite International de Paris.
Through his work at College of Dramatic Art at University of Ljubljana since 1999 he and his students stage musicals such as Die Dregroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), West Side Story, City of Angels, Baker’s Wife, Happy End and more.
In national theatres he was the musical director and conductor of musicals such as Chicago, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and Sugar among others.
The latter only shows that all through his career Prinčič continues to counterbalance and enrich the demanding depths of classical music with other genres such as jazz, musical and theatrical engagements. Among others he also played at artistic cabaret Lapin Agile in Montmartre, Paris, toured jazz festivals and venues with his own Žarko Prinčič Trio and improvised on piano to silent films at Slovene Cinemateque.
As composer Prinčič writes music for theatre (Shakespeare, Pinter, A. Miller, Kundera) and continues his lifelong passion to write for solo, chamber and Big Band. Most public recordings of Prinčič’s conducting work are available through RTV Slovenia who transmitted and archived concerts such as Beethoven’s 7th symphony, Šostakovič’s cello concerto, a selection of slovene film music (all RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra respectively) and Verdi’s Requiem recorded at National Opera House.