Ajda Antolovič, saxophone
Laura Felicijan, flute
13th Concert of the International Music Cycle
Saxophonist Ajda Antolovič was born in Ljubljana in 1995. She began her musical career at the age of eight at her local music school in Kranj with Eva Krajnčan and Andrej Knap. She continued her studies at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet with Špela Kolenc and passed the matura examination under the supervision of Dejan Prešiček and is currently his student at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In 2007 she scored 100 points at the regional TEMSIG competition and won a silver plaque and second prize at the national competition; in 2010 she won a gold plaque and a prize for the best performance of a work by a Slovene composer at the national TEMSIG competition; in 2013 she won silver plaques at the national TEMSIG competition and at the Emona International Competition for Young Wind Players. At this year’s national TEMSIG competition she won a first prize and a gold plaque. In 2013 she and saxophonist Nace Kogej performed as soloists with the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. In the 2013/14 academic year she performed as part of the duo A2 (marimba, saxophone) at a concert organised by Glasbena Mladina Ljubljanska, which saw the inaugural performance of a new work by Slovene composer Črt Sojar Voglar, In due tempi. She gave the premiere performance of Žilj by Slovene composter Urška Pompe at the Night of Slovene Composers event in April 2015. She is an active member of several chamber groups (Evterpa Saxophone Quartet, A2, Saxophone Ensemble of the Academy of Music, Academy of Music Big Band, Great Saxess). She has performed as part of a saxophone trio at the World Music Days in Ljubljana, premiering a composition by Tilen Lebar. Also worth highlighting in the past year is her success with the Evterpa Saxophone Quartet at the national TEMSIG competition (99 points and gold plaque). She works with professional symphony orchestras such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the SNG Opera & Ballet Ljubljana. She has attended seminars by teachers from Slovenia and abroad and world-renowned musicians such as: Jean-Marie Londeix, Arno Bornkamp, Matjaž Drevenšek, Miha Rogina, Dejan Prešiček, Koryun Asatryan, Joel Versavaud, Jean-Denis Michat, Daniel Gauthier, Julien Beaudiment, Nicolas Prost, Tomislav Žužak, Dragan Sremec, Oto Vrhovnik, Lev Pupis, Betka Bizjak Kotnik and the Signum Saxophone Quartet.
Flautist Laura Felicijan is a third-year student at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Matej Zupan. She began her musical career at the age of seven, when she began playing the recorder at the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School in Velenje. A year later she entered her first competition, under the guidance of Boštjan Mesarec, and won a gold diploma at the regional TEMSIG competition for young musicians. In 2005 she began studying the flute with Špela Zamrnik. Two years later she began studying with Ana Zajc Smolčnik, with whom she remained for three years. After completing the lower music school programme, she continued her training under Karolina Šantl Zupan at the Velenje Arts Gymnasium. In 2013 she took part in the national TEMSIG competition and won a gold diploma and a third prize. In 2015 she won a first prize at the International Woodwind & Brass Competition in Varaždin. Last year she won a gold diploma and a first prize at the national TEMSIG competition, a first prize at the Davorin Jenko International Music Competition in Belgrade, and a first prize at the international competition in Varaždin. She has attended various masterclasses and trained with numerous well-known teachers such as Paolo Taballione, Mario Caroli, Renata Penezić, among others. She regularly works with various orchestras and chamber ensembles
Mateja Hladnik completed the secondary music school programme in Celje and in 2003 graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Janez Lovše. While a student she spent a semester as an Erasmus exchange student at the Music Conservatory of Kristiansand, Norway. Following graduation she took up a position at Celje Music School as a piano teacher and répétiteur at the elementary and secondary levels. She is currently employed as a répétiteur at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
Pianist and piano teacher Zoltan Peter was born in Vojvodina. After attending secondary music school in Subotica, he continued his studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of Arbo Valdma. He then graduated in piano from the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He has performed extensively both in Slovenia and internationally, including in all the musical centres of the former Yugoslavia, as a soloist and chamber musician and as an accompanist to many top musicians of different generations. He has given concerts in Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Germany, Switzerland and the countries of the former Soviet Union and has appeared at numerous festivals of contemporary music both in Slovenia and abroad. He has worked with noted conductors including Igor Gjadrov, Simon Robinson, Berislav Skenderović, Hermann Ostendarp, Guido Mancuzzi, Paul Hoskins, George Pehlivanian and En Shao, among others. He has made numerous broadcasts for RTV Slovenia, RTV Belgrade, RTV Novi Sad and Croatian national broadcaster HRT and recorded eleven albums of solo and chamber music for RTV Slovenia’s ZKP label and other labels. As a top chamber musician and a piano accompanist with a vast repertoire, he is a frequent collaborator at international masterclasses and competitions. He is also the author of the book Korepetiranje – kazen ali ustvarjalnost? ["Accompanying – Punishment or Creativity?"], published in 2015 by Didakta. In addition to his performing and teaching activities, he regularly holds seminars and masterclasses for young pianists, piano teachers and piano accompanists in Slovenia and abroad. He teaches piano at the lower, secondary and university levels.
C. M. Widor: Suite for flute and piano op. 34
M. Cornils: Harlequin
L. Libermann: Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23
C. Franck: Form Violin Sonata in A minor
E. Denisov: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano
F. Schmitt: Legende, Op. 66