Slovene composers on the international stage
Works by many Slovene composers have recently been taking center stage at concert series and competitions, as well as receiving commissions by international ensembles and choirs.
The young composer Andrej Makor is the winner of the 2nd prize at the Composers' Competition of the London Ear festival of contemporary music 2018, which took place in March. His composition Silence for viola solo was performed by Japanese viola player Tomoko Akasaka, who has also performed at Ljubljana's Slowind festival in 2017. Another one of Makor's compositions will be performed in London this autumn- O Emmanuel for mixed choir has been included in the compulsory repertoire of the London International Choral Conducting Competition – LICCC. (The newly appointed conductor of the Radio France Choir, Martina Batič, will be among the jury members of the competition.)
Furthermore, Makor's works have been commissioned by the Cardinal Singers from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, the North Salem High School Choir from Oregon, as well as the BBC Singers, who will be performing his Kyrie in the next concert season.
The choral music scene has been marked by composer Nana Forte, whose composition En ego campana for two mixed choirs was performed in April at Maribor's 30th European Grand Prix for Choral Singing – EGP by The Stockholms Musikgymnasium Chamber Choir. The composition was premiered in 2016 by the Swedish Radio Choir.
In the coming season, one of the world's most prominent classical music festivals, the BBC Proms, will feature 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 will be performed at Cadogan Hall in London on 3rd September by the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra.
In April, three works by Vito Žuraj were performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The concert was part of the Music of Today series and provided the first major UK showcase of music by Žuraj, the recent winner of the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize. The evening opened with Aftertouch and closed with a world premiere of the English version of Ubuquity, a semi-theatrical work for soprano and ensemble that takes inspiration from the grotesque character of King Ubu from the modernist play by French author Alfred Jarry. The Philharmonia orchestra and soprano Nika Gorič performed under the direction of Joano Mallwitz. Also in April, Žuraj's composition Tension was part of the Witten Days for New Chamber Music and was performed by the ensemble Klangforum Wien under the direction of Emilio Pomarico.
CreaYouth – a musical bridge connecting the young
In the first week of 2022, the Slovenian Music Information Centre (SIGIC) hosted 18 young musicians from four countries, who banded together on the CreaYouth - European Music Link project. The project is supported by the European Commission via the Erasmus+ program.
Showcase Festival and Conference ESNS 2022
The annual Dutch showcase festival and music conference Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS), founded in 1986 in order to promote the circulation of European music across the European continent and beyond, returns to Groningen for a special edition.
Live stream highlights: 5 must-see performances from Kino Šiška
Back in May 2020, the central Slovenian institution of the contemporary music scene Kino Šiška announced the project ŠTREAM, a series of interactive live streams. In cooperation with ten music event organizers, the venue produced 14 interactive concert streams that took place on the main stage. More live streams followed in the second half of the year.
SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet Releases Album On The Legendary Classical Music Label Deutsche Grammophon
The SIGNUM saxophone quartet is a widely acclaimed name among the Slovene classical music connoisseurs and various other music circles but their creative repertoire and attractive performances are also popular among global audiences from Vienna to New York.
Slovenian violinist Tanja Sonc performs on ARTE TV
The host of the ARTE concert series Europe@Home Daniel Hope recently invited the Slovenian violinist Tanja Sonc to perform in his Berlin apartment. She was accompanied by pianist Marie Sophie Hauzel.