Minja Spasić, cello
Kaja Sešek, violin
5th Concert of the International Music Cycle
Minja Spasić was born in Ljubljana in 1991. She has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, among the most important a first prize in Sremska Mitrovica (2009), a second prize in Belgrade (2004), a third prize at the Alfredo and Vanda Marcosig Competition in Gorizia (2008), a second prize in Trieste (2008) and a second prize and a third prize at Slovenia’s national TEMSIG competition (2009, 2012). Having completed two master’s programmes – under Miloš Mlejnik at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and under Xenia Jankovic at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany (“Master Solo”) – she is currently a “Konzertexamen” student at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold under Xenia Jankovic. She has attended seminars given by Wolfgang Boettcher, Christian Poltéra, Claudio Bohórquez, Timothy Eddy, Jörg Widmann, Marcio Carneiro, Andreas Lindenbaum, Dmitri Dichtiar, Marc Coppey, Matthias Buchholz, Xenia Jankovic, Miloš Mlejnik, Igor Mitrović, Nebojša Bugarski and Karmen Pečar. She has given solo recitals in Slovenia and Serbia, she has also performed with various ensembles in the USA, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Albania and Serbia. In 2015 she played at the chamber music festival in Montepulciano (Italy), the ISA Festival in Semmering (Austria) and the prestigious Beethoven Festival in Bonn (Germany). She has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, among them the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (2013, 2015), the Detmolder Kammerorchester (DKO), the orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, the Gaudeamus chamber orchestra, the orchestra of Ljubljana Moste-Polje Music School, the orchestra of Škofja Loka Music School, the Camerata Medica orchestra and the Domžale-Kamnik Symphony Orchestra and worked with conductors such as Uroš Lajovic, Simon Dvoršak and Andrej Ožbalt. She has passed auditions as a substitute member of the Landestheater Detmold Orchestra and the DKO.. In 2013 she won the Student Prešeren Prize of the Academy of Music.
Kaja Sešek, born in 2000, began studying the violin at the age of five with her father, the noted violin teacher Armin Sešek. She is currently a second-year arts gymnasium student and a fourth-year student at the Ljubljana Conservatory’s Secondary School of Music. She has already been the recipient of numerous prizes, including two gold plaques at the national TEMSIG young musicians competition (99 points in 2015), a second prize and gold plaque as half of a violin duo with her sister Ana, a second prize at the Leon Pfeifer Competition in 2015, first place (with 100 points) at the 2016 Svirél Competition (and a performance at the final concert), several first prizes (with scores of 100 points) at Stringfest in Sremska Mitrovica (where in 2015 she and her sister Ana were proclaimed laureates in the chamber music category), a primo premio assoluto (with a score of 100 points) at the 10th edition of the Ars Nova International Music Competition in Trieste, and a second prize at the Primož Ramovš Chamber Music Competition in 2015, where she and her sister gave the premiere performance of Črt Sojer Voglar’s Sonata for Two Violins. She has given two recitals for musical youth organisation Glasbena Mladina Ljubljanska. In December 2015 she took part in the “Musical Sundays at the Union” concert series with Tomaž Lorenz and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Academy of Music at a St Nicholas’s Day charity concert for state broadcaster RTV Slovenia. She has given solo concerts in Belgrade (SANU), Grožnjan, Trieste, Split, Dubrovnik, Makarska, Logatec and Sežana.
For the 2016/17 academic year she holds the posts of leader of the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and leader of the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatories of Music and Ballet and Arts Gymnasiums of Slovenia.
She has attended various masterclasses and summer schools with Igor Ozim, Wonja Kim-Ozim, Vesna Stanković, Latica Honda-Rosenberg and Armin Sešek.
Nenad Lečić was born in Čačak, Serbia, in 1979. Shortly after beginning piano lessons at the age of five, he won numerous national and international competitions. His successful orchestral debut at the age of eleven was followed by concert tours, recordings for radio and television and CD productions. When he was 13, he received the award “Young European Top Talent” from RAITV. In 1992, Nenad Lečić was accepted into the class of Igor Lazko as the youngest student at the University of Music in Belgrade. He then completed his studies at the University of Music in Cologne under the tutelage of Arbo Valdma and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Workshops with András Schiff, Vladimir Krainew, Alexander Lonquich, Peter Eötvös, the Alban Berg Quartet, among others, have shaped his influences. He regularly gives solo recitals, solo and orchestra as well as chamber music concerts in Europe, Korea and Japan. As a soloist he has performed with various orchestras, such as the Bamberg Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Belgrade Philharmonic and collaborated with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jonathan Nott, Dennis Russel Davies, Konstantin Krimets, Mauricio Kagel and Mladen Jagust. He performs chamber music alongside Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Johannes Moser, Ralph Manno, Guido Schiefen, Xenia Jankovic, Tamara Stefanovich, Christoph Richter and Kathar- ina Deserno. Lečić taught at the University of Music in Detmold for many years and currently gives les- sons at the University of Music and Dance Cologne. Nenad Lečić has five CD recordings to date with works for solo piano and chamber music.
Pianist Hermina Hudnik graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Andrej Jarc. She currently works as a répétiteur at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. She has recorded for the Radio Slovenia archives and accompanied their youth and children’s choirs. She has participated in numerous violin and cello seminars as a répétiteur. She has premiered several works by Slovene composers in a duo with cellist Milan Hudnik, with whom she has also performed as the Unico Trio with clarinettist Boris Rener. She also gives concerts with other established Slovene musicians.
R. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, op. 70
S. Rahmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
E. Chausson: Poema, Op. 25
C. Saint-Saëns : Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
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