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.
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. It was performed at Cadogan Hall in London by the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. Nina Šenk was invited to participate at the BBC Proms on the initiative of the members of the Berlin Philharmonic, who had worked with the composer before. In 2013 they performed Nina Šenk's In the Absence at the Salzburg Festival.
On 3 September, the composer took to the stage and explained the concept of her work to a packed auditorium: "With everything that's currently going on about women breaking through the glass ceiling, and other related movements, I found that glass itself had become the inspiration for my new piece." The name of the piece is a translation from Latin and relates to a glass pearl. "The structure of Baca is based on a process of making glass: melting together several minerals – in this case musical elements – at very high temperatures (from the beginning until the middle of the piece), forming the object and later cooling it down (the second third of the work). The end of Baca – which I am deliberately not explaining – should be left to free interpretation."
Nina Šenk is thus the first female Slovenian composer to have featured at the Proms. Baca was composed on commission and features the same instrumentation as Ravel's Introduction and Allegro (for harpe, flute and a quatuor of strings).
More performances of her work are scheduled to take place this autumn. On 13 and 15 November Šenk's pieces Gouache and In the Absence will be performed at the Slowind festival in Ljubljana by Klangforum Wien & Slowind Quintet. Furthermore on 14 December her Movimento fluido III will be performed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris by soloists of the Ensemble intercontemporain.
Slovenian delegation and the band Koala Voice heading to Sharpe Bratislava!
On 26 and 27 April, the Slovakian showcase festival Sharpe will take place in Bratislava for the second time. The event at the Nová Cvernovka former factory will feature 36 acts from twelve countries over two days. Half of the acts are Slovakian, while the foreign ones include Slovenian quartet Koala Voice (INES#talent), who have performed at numerous European festivals and clubs in recent years and released their third album “Woo Horsie” in February.
MENT Ljubljana – Festival & Conference
The fifth edition of MENT, produced by Kino Šiška and coproduced by the Slovenian Music Information Centre - Sigic, will fill different venues in Ljubljana with performances of more than 70 musicians and shed light on their individual creativity as well as the inner workings of the music industry at the international conference.
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First International choral competition for youth, high school and student amateur choirs (Dead-line for application: January 11, 2019) and choral conductors born after February 1979 (Dead-line for application: January 14, 2019) will take place in Koper from March 14. – 17. 2019.
Pianist Zala Kravos and the LX Export Prize 2018
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