Pianist Zala Kravos and the LX Export Prize 2018
The 16-year-old Zala Kravos made her debut at 14 and is now becoming an artist of international renown. This December she received further acclaim in Luxembourg.
The 16-year-old Zala Kravos made her debut at 14 and is now becoming an artist of international renown. This December she received further acclaim in Luxembourg, where she was nominated, along with two other musicians, for the music:LX Export Prize 2018 in the category classical and contemporary music.
The Luxembourg Music export office, Music:LX, is a non-profit organization and network, created in 2009 with the aim to develop the music of Luxembourg of all genres around the world as well as to promote professional exchange between Luxembourg and other territories. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Sacem Luxembourg. This year's event was marked by a press conference featuring many excellent musicians from Luxembourg and abroad and by the young musical talent from Slovenia. The press conference took place in the presence of the nominees and the new Minister of Culture Ms Sam Tanson.
An award ceremony took place on 18 December, at which Zala's recent performance of Copin's Piano concerto no. 2 (Larghetto) was presented. In 2016 she completed her studies at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo (Belgium), under the mentorship of Maria João Pires, who praised her musicality. She continues her studies in Luxembourg, where her first album Début was recorded and released by the German label Ars Produktion. The CD features Zala's interpretation of Brahms's Ballades Op. 10, Chopin's Impromptus and Liszt's Ballade No. 2, as well as a modern work by the Luxembourg-Bulgarian composer Albena Petrovic-Vratchanska. Music critics have defined her playing as fluent, with a pleasant and fine touch, which expresses the poetry of the works beautifully, but never becomes sentimental. The last work, Crystal Dream by Albena Petrovich, is, as she herself says, very close to the pianist. "Albena wrote it for me in 2013 in order to introduce me to a more modern style."
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.
1. International youth choral festival and Choral conducting competition »AEGIS CARMINIS\'« 2019
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.
Vox Arsana perform at The Worldwide Holiday Special
The global 1-hour show was broadcast on YouTube and featured selected vocal groups from Canada, the United States, Brazil, England, France, Sweden, Denmark, the Philippines, and Slovenia.
Young violinist Lalita Svete at the Fidelio competition 2018 in Vienna
Lalita Svete performed a chamber music repertoire with her colleagues, German cellist Maike Clemens and Bulgarian pianist Iliyana Stoyanova, and received a scholarship award.
Katarina Pustinek Rakar awarded in Italy
In November the Adkins Chiti Women in Music Foundation, which focuses on the musical creations of women, awarded ten female composers for their works. Slovene composer and assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana Katarina Pustinek Rakar was among the finalists.