Friday
23. August
at 19.00
Cathedral - Gornji Grad (Slovenia)

AN EVENING OF HARP AND VIOLIN: MOJCA ZLOBKO IN ŽIGA BRANK

Mojca Zlobko Vajgl, harp
Žiga Brank, violin


Programme:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1585–1750), Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020
Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848), Sonata for Violin and Harp in G Major
Marcel Tournier (1879–1951), Two Romantic Preludes
Claude Debussy (1862–1918), Arabesque No. 1
Carlos Salzedo (1885–1961), Song in the Night
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858–1931), Violin Sonata No. 5
Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945), Symphonic Intermezzo from the opera “Cavalleria rusticana”
Camille Saint Saëns (1835–1921), Fantasy for violin and harp


Musician and full professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Mojca Zlobko Vajgl,has been a leading Slovenian harpist and internationally acclaimed musical for a number of years. She performed as a soloist with several esteemed international musical ensembles including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker (Concert Verein), the chamber orshestra of the Hamburg Philharmonics, Slovenian Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestra RTV Slovenia, Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrade, Kiev, Sarajevo,Baku,Skopje,Berlin Symphonie orchestra, Orchestre di Padova e del Veneto, Stockholm chamber orchestra and many others.
She performed with many outstanding conductors like: Ulf Schirmer, Leopold Hager, Pavel Dešpalj, Tetsui Hona, Roberto Benzi, Israel Yinon, Evan Christ, Roman Kofman, Uroš Lajovic, Marcello Viotti, Karen Kamenšek, Rauf Abdulayev and Georg Pehlivanian.
Musical critics praise her interpretations, extraordinary musicality, technical perfection, broad spectrum of colours and outstanding articulation. Her cooperations with prominent slovenian composers , such as Primož Ramovš, Ivo Petrić, Uroš Krek, Jani Golob, Aleš Strajnar, Milko Lazar resulted in the creation of several original works for the harp. She recorded 9 albums covering a large part of existing literature composed for solo harp, chamber music, and concerts with orchestra.

Numerous critics regard Slovenian violinist and pedagogue Žiga Brank as technically brilliant and emphasise his refined interpretation and convincing performances. He worked as a concertmaster of the SNG Opera and Ballet Maribor and later became a member of the Zagreb Soloists. His recent chamber music projects include numerous recitals at the most important Slovenian festivals (Maribor, Radovljica, Tartini, Narodni dom Maribor, Ljubljana Drama, Kulturni Dom Nova Gorica). As a soloist he played with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra of Košice, Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. He was the first to perform the then newly discovered L. M. Škerjanc’s violin concerto with the RTV Slovenia orchestra. In recent years, Brank has been actively involved in music recording, as evidenced by the extensive collection of his exquisite recordings for the RTV Slovenia archives and numerous other albums.
He currently holds a teaching position at the Academy of Music Ljubljana and at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana. He also teaches masterclasses in Slovenia, Austria, Israel, Croatia and lectures as guest professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. He participates as a jury member in important national and international competitions. In 2021, he was appointed Head of Department of Music Education/Pedagogy at Academy of Music Ljubljana. He is also a central board member of the Slovenian branch of European String Teachers Association.


Admission free.


in collaboration with:

Municipality of Gornji Grad

 

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