Luka Mitev, bassoon
Dorotea Senica, flute
11th Concert of the International Music Cycle
Bassoonist Luka Mitev, born in Postojna in 1997, began studying the bassoon with his father Zoran Mitev. Even with his earliest performances and competitions, he was attracting attention with his convincing style of playing and outstanding results. At the age of just 12 he appeared as a soloist with the Logatec Wind Orchestra, he later appeared as a soloist with the Koper-based Chamber Orchestra of the Coast and the String Orchestra of Postojna Music School, with which he performed Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in D minor. He has taken part in several national competitions, with excellent results. He reached the finals of auditions for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) in the 2012/13 season and was admitted to the EUYO summer school in the 2013/14 concert season, which means that he has played with one of the finest European youth orchestras. In the summer of 2015 he played with the European Music Campus Orchestra, based in Austria, which worked with the EUYO. On 11 November 2015 he gave a notable recital in the Knights’ Hall at Križanke, Ljubljana as part of the Young Virtuosi cycle organised by the Ljubljana Festival. The concert was well received by critics and the public. For the 2016 season he auditioned, as a musician on the reserve list, for the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He is one of the five finalists of the “We stand behind them” and performed as soloists with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Luka Mitev received the Škerjanc Prize, awarded by the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet for outstanding achievements in music. He gave the premiere performance of Cobra, a piece written for him by the young composer Leon Firšt. He is currently a fourth-year student at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. He has attended numerous seminars with renowned teachers (Michael Tavernaro, Bence Boganyi, Robert Gillinger, Gustavo Núñez, Giorgio Mandolesi, Emmanuel Pahud, Stefano Canuti, Andrea Zucco, Marco Postinghel) at summer schools and festivals (OFF Izola, Črnuče Summer Music Workshop, Ljubljana Festival, Narni Summer School, masterclasses at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, the Bassoon Festival in Ghent, Belgium).
Dorotea Senica (1997) began playing the flute at the age of eight. To begin with she was taught at the Maribor Conservatory by Valerija Kamplet. At the age of 15 she passed the entrance examination for the full-time flute programme at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, where she is currently in her seventh semester in the class of Michael Martin Kofler. In 2015 she also passed the matura examination in flute, sitting the exam early, while this year she passed the matura in general subjects from the arts gymnasium programme at the Maribor Conservatory. She has been taking part in competitions since the age of 10. At regional, national and international competitions she has frequently achieved the maximum score of 100 points. At the last national TEMSIG competition (2016), her score of 100 points saw her beat competitors six years older than her in the highest category (3B). She won the gold plaque and first prize – and every other prize available: the special prize for the best performance of a compulsory piece, the special prize for the best performance of a work by Slovene composer, a special prize for achieving a score of 100 points, a concert with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2016/17 season, a 30-minute recording for RTV Slovenia’s arts radio channel ARS (Radio 3), and a performance at the Ljubljana Festival as part of the Young Virtuosi cycle in the 2017/18 season. She performs regularly at students’ evenings in Salzburg and has also performed in Liebenberg. As a pupil of the Maribor Conservatory, she was solo flute of the Conservatory’s symphony and wind orchestras every year from 2013 to 2015. She has attended numerous summer schools with teachers of the calibre of Matej Zupan, Milena Lipovšek, Liza Hawlina Prešiček, Michael Martin Kofler, Martin Belič and Erwin Klambauer, and seminars with James Galway, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Julien Beaudiment, Juliette Hurel, Bülent Evcil, János Bálint, Andrea Lieberknecht, Aleš Kacjan and Mateja Bajt.
Pandelina Atanasova was born in Kavadarci in Macedonia, where she also began her musical career. After five years she continued her musical training at DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski-Luj in Skopje with Snežana Anastasova Čadikovska. She is currently completing her studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak. Last year she studied with Daniel Blumenthal at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels as an Erasmus exchange student. She has also attended international summer schools and seminars with B. Romanov, L. Romanova, A. Diev, Y. Mikhailovich, V. Mlinarić, S. K. Aleksandrovna, A. Dukov, N. Tomić, O. Kern and R. Dalibaltayan. She has won five first prizes and two second prizes at national and regional competitions in Macedonia and a total of 19 prizes (including eight first prizes) at international young pianists’ competitions in Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France and the USA. As a soloist and chamber musician she has played in numerous concerts in Macedonia, the USA, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia and has given solo recitals in Kavadarci and Skopje. Last year she performed with bassoonist Luka Mitev at the concerts of the “Jeunesses Musicales Stage” cycle in Murska Sobota, Celje, Nova Gorica and Ljubljana. She has performed as a soloist with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra on three occasions (2004, 2009, 2013) and in 2012 performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015 she performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the SNG Maribor Orchestra in Maribor and Ljubljana and also appeared with the orchestra of the Ljubljana Academy of Music. She won the Student Prešeren Prize of the Academy of Music for her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 2.
Ivan Ferčič (1984) began his musical education at Maribor Music School (piano and accordion) and continued it at the Arts Gymnasium with Narcis Grabar and Siavush Gadjiev (piano, currently at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet) and Slavko Magdić (accordion). On graduating from the Arts Gymnasium in 2003 he received the Dr Roman Klasinc Diploma for outstanding artistic achievements. He graduated summa cum laude in the class of Tatjana Ognjanovič at the Ljubljana Music Academy in 2008 and in the 2009/10 academic year he completed a postgraduate specialisation. He received the Student Prešeren Prize of the Ljubljana Academy of Music. Ferčič has attended international piano schools with Arbo Valdma, Siavush Gadjiev, Noel Flores, Martin Hughes, Jenö Jandó, Jan Jiracek von Arnim and Gottlieb Wallisch. He has performed as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Italy, Macedonia, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. He has recorded for Radio Slovenia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Maribor Youth Chamber Orchestra (harpsichord) and played with the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Marburg Festival Orchestra and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, including later as an occasional member. He performed Chopin’s Piano Sonata No 2 at the international conference of the European Piano Teachers Association in Ljubljana. This was followed by an invitation to Cardiff, Wales, where he gave a recital during the EPTA (UK) annual conference, and to Salzburg. While still a student he took part in a number of international competitions and the majority of national competitions, winning several gold plaques and achieving one first place and four second places. In March 2007 he won a gold plaque and first prize for piano in the highest category (3B) at the national TEMSIG competition. He also represented Slovenia at the first European Union Piano Competition, organised by EPTA, which took place in June 2009 in Prague. He received a diploma of honour for his outstanding interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. He is currently employed at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet. As an accompanist he has received special commendations at competitions for the exemplary support he provides to soloists.
R. Boutry: Interferences 1
A. Tansman: Sonatina
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No 2, BWV 1008
J. S. Bach: Allemande and Courante from Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV 1013,
N. Paganini: 24 Caprices for solo flute, Op. 1
P. Taffanel: Fantaisie on themes from “Der Freischütz”
L. Berio: Sequenza (I) for solo flute
A. Jolivet: Chant de Linos