Composer Nana Forte Wins
Work “Broken Car” given first prize at MusMa.
MusMa (Music Masters on Air) is an international project of ten European festivals and ten European national radio stations. Every year each of the countries taking part chooses two people to represent that country at European festivals: a composer who writes a new work for the occasion and a performer to present it.
This year the Ljubljana Festival entered the piece “Broken Cars” by Nana Forte, performed by pianist Nina Prešiček. The work was voted the winning entry at the festival in Grenada which is part of the MusMa project. Now the piece is to be performed at five other European festivals, while we in Slovenia will get to hear it on the Ljubljana Festival on August 2, performed by Nina Prešiček.
Dendrocopos duo performs at Katya Popova Laureate Days
The promising young percussion duo took part in Pleven's flourishing cultural life and is currently preparing for new challenges ahead.
Jure Pukl's European tour
The USA-based jazz musician and saxophone player Jure Pukl has begun a European tour to promote, his latest album Doubtless. The new vinyl album was released by Whirlwind Recordings in May this year and can also be digitally streamed via Bandcamp.
Barbara Kozelj performs in London, Tokio, Amsterdam and The Hague
The internationally established Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj will be performing in the following months at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Theatre in The Hague, NHK Hall in Tokio and the Middle Temple Hall in London and other venues.
18-year-old Nikola Pajanović represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018
At the 19th edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, which took place at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 23 August, the young violinist from Ljubljana Nikola Pajanović performed the 3rd movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and was awarded the second prize.
First female Slovenian composer breaks the ice at this year's BBC Proms
On 3 September one of the world's most prominent classical music festivals, the BBC Proms, featured the work of Slovene composer Nina Šenk. Among the works commissioned from eight women composers in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote, Šenk's composition Baca was also chosen.
Festival Maribor dishes out musical passion
Passion is the force behind the unbridled creativity, which became the trade mark of the Festival Maribor. This is why passion is in the centre of the festival's 2018 programmes: from Haydn’s passion for beauty to Beethoven’s passion for freedom, from Mozart’s passion for life to children’s passion for learning.