Maja Horvat, violin
Ema Grčman, cello
Daniel Šimek, accordion
8th Concert of the International Music Cycle
Maja Horvat, violin and Ema Grčman, cello
J. Haydn: Duo for Violin and Cello in D major, Hob.VI:D1
M. Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello, M. 73
A. Piazzolla: 3 Tangos
Daniel Šimek, accordion
E. Jokinen: Alone
J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV 885
V. Semionov: Prophetic dream
A. Tuchowski: Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Maja Horvat and Ema Grčman first performed together as a string duo in Italy in 2016. This was followed by performances in Radovljica and at the Tartini Festival in Koper. At the last TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition they won first prize, a gold plaque, a special diploma for scoring 100 points, a special diploma for outstanding interpretation, an EMCY certificate and a prize in the form of concerts.
Violinist Maja Horvat began her musical training at Jesenice Music School with Bojan Ristič and later studied with Blanka Piotrovski. She graduated from the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet in the class of Volodja Balžalorski and since 2015 has been a student at the Royal College of Music in London, where she is studying with Daniel Rowland. She regularly attends masterclasses with celebrated violin teachers such as Saewon Suh, Vasilij Meljnikov, Tatyana Balashova, Daniel Rowland, Igor Ozim, Wonji Kim Ozim, Alina Ibragimova, Anton Martinov and Ivry Gitlis. She has participated in numerous competitions in Slovenia, Italy, England, Slovakia and Croatia, both as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups, and has won various prizes including the top prizes and diplomas. She has played with various symphony orchestras and was the leader of the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. She has performed as a soloist with the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and the Young Ljubljana Soloists. She has also been a member of the chamber ensemble Evigilans, mentored by Tomaž Lorenz, and has performed with the piano trio Crescendo. She gives regular solo concerts and performs with the orchestra and ad hoc chamber ensembles at the Royal College of Music.
Ema Grčman began her musical career with Vladimir Kovačič at music school in Ljubljana. She continued her training at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet in the class of Milan Vrsajkov and Karmen Pečar Koritnik. In 2014 she passed the entrance exam of the University of Zagreb Academy of Music and began studying with Valter Dešpalj. Since 2016 she has been studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Julian Arp. She has also attended cello masterclasses with Igor Mitrović, Christoph Richter, Martin Ostertag, Mihovil Karuza, Marko Ylönen, Giovanni Gnocchi, Monika Leskovar, Claudio Bohórquez and Elena Cheah. She has won several prizes, including the highest distinctions, as a soloist and a member of chamber groups at competitions (the Antonio Janigro in Poreč, the Petar Konjović in Belgrade, the Antonio Salieri in Legnago, the HDGPP in Zagreb, etc.). She is a member of the international Oberton String Octet, with which she performs on the concert stage and at festivals abroad. She also collaborates with other chamber ensembles at various cultural events.
Daniel Šimek was born in Rijeka (Croatia) in 1996. At the age of five he began singing in a choir and started piano lessons, but then switched to the accordion. He graduated from the Ivan Matetić Ronjgov Secondary School of Music in Rijeka with the highest marks in accordion (teacher Josip Nemet) and music theory (teacher Nataša Šuleski). He has taken part in numerous competitions and won second prize at the international accordion competition in Pula; a first prize and, in 2015, first place with 99 points at the national accordion competition in Daruvar; a prestigious prize at the international Lions Grand Prix competition that gave him the opportunity to take part in an international music camp in Austria, where today he is a regular collaborator and one of the mentors; and last but not least, first prize in the solo category and the first prize with the chamber group Trio Agitato at the Svirél International Music Competition in Nova Gorica and a gold plaque and first prize at the 46th TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition. He has worked with the ensembles of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka. He has attended seminars and masterclasses with teachers such as Mika Väyrynen, Teodoro Anzellotti, Boris Lenko, Alexander Skliarov, Andreas Borregaard, Mikko Luoma and Corrado Rojac. He is currently studying with Borut Zagoranski at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.