04.07.2018

Slovenian chamber orchestra Vienna

The newly established Slovenian chamber orchestra Vienna cultivates a specific mission. It connects Slovene and Viennese cultural and musical forces, brings together established music professionals from different renowned Austrian orchestras with Slovene music students in the very centre of classical music - Vienna.

Maia Juvanc

Slovenian chamber orchestra Vienna
Photo: Nina Šenk

The newly established Slovenian chamber orchestra Vienna cultivates a specific mission. It connects Slovene and Viennese cultural and musical forces, brings together established music professionals from different renowned Austrian orchestras with Slovene music students in the very centre of classical music -  Vienna. The chamber ensemble focuses on representing Slovene composers, as well as performing classical masterpieces and 20th century compositions. Special attention is given by the enbsemble towards promoting Slovene contemporary works in Vienna, a city which to Slovenians represents a historically significant cultural hub.

The orchestra was established in spring 2017 by conductor Jera Petriček Hrastnik, who completed her studies of conducting in the class of Simeon Pironkoff at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Among orchestra members we also find the double bass player Iztok Hrastnik, a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, Petra Kovačič, a member of the first violin section at the Vienna State Opera, as well as the viola player of the Carinthian Symphony OrchestraNejc Mikolič.

Last year the ensemble performed works by Uroš Krek, Joseph Haydn and Aaron Copland, together with internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink. The concert was realised with the help of the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre in Austria (SKICA).

This summer the ensemble performed the works of the internationally successful contemporary composer Nina Šenk at the Imago Sloveniae summer festival in Ljubljana, thus continuing the tradition of uniting Slovene and Viennese muisical and cultural efforts which actually originates in the 16th century – a hitorical period in which the first professional orchestra and the Viennese youth choir were established at the initiative of the first residential Bishop of Vienna, the Slovenian Jurij Slatkonja.