─ Clarinettist and pedagogue Jože Kotar lives and works in Ljubljana, where for 12 years he served as principal clarinet of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently he holds the same position with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. He is tenured professor of clarinet at the Academy of Music and also teaches at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet, both in the Slovenian capital.
He regularly performs in Slovenia and throughout Europe, the United States and South America as a soloist, chamber musician and a member of various ensembles. He has led master classes for clarinet and chamber music in Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Israel, Ireland and Brazil, is frequently a member of juries at international competitions and is a regular guest at Slovenian and foreign festivals. He has performed and recorded as a soloist with many orchestras, led by conductors such as Marko Letonja, George Pehlivanian, Roger Boutry, Tetsui Honna, David Itkin, Benoît Fromanger, David de Villiers and others.
He has given the world premieres, both as a soloist and as a member of numerous chamber ensembles, of more than 190 works by many composers both Slovenian (including Primož Ramovš, Pavel Mihelčič, Lojze Lebič, Ivo Petrić, Nenad Firšt, Marko Mihevc, Jani Golob, Maks Strmčnik, Janez Gregorc, Črt Sojar Voglar, Larisa Vrhunc, Urška Pompe and others) and foreign.
He is a member, co-founder and artistic director of the Slovenian Clarinet Orchestra and the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet, and is also a member many other ensembles including the Ariart Woodwind Quintet (with whom he received the Bettetova Prize in 2007), the Woodwind Trio of the Slovenian Philharmonic and the contemporary music ensemble MD7, with whom he received the first Lipovšek Prize in 2013. Since 2007 he has been the conductor and artistic director of the Trbovlje Workers Wind Orchestra.
He has recorded numerous compact discs, including five solo albums (with the Slovenian Philharmonic String Quartet, harpist Nicoletta Sanzin Fabri, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the last with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra) and nine discs with ensembles, including the Ariart Wind Quintet, the ensemble MD7, the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet, the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet and the Slovenian Philharmonic Wind Trio. He has twice recorded the Rossini Introduzione, tema e variazioni, first with the Slovenian Police Orchestra and another with the Trbovlje Workers Wind Orchestra in a live concert in the Netherlands. www.jozekotar.com
─ Matej Zupan is a Full Professor at the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana. From 1996 to 2008 he was the principal flutist of the Slovenian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He completed his graduate and post graduate studies at the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana under Professor Fedja Rupel, and later went on to complete advanced studies with Mario Ancillotti and to attend Masterclasses led by Trevor Wye, Michel Debost, Peter-Lukas Graf and James Galway. He is the winner of several first prizes and other accolades in national competitions. As a member of the Ariart Woodwind Quintet, the Academia Ars Musicae Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble for contemporary Music MD7 and Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (Society of Slovene Composers) as well as the soloist he has performed extensively throughout Slovenia, Europe, both Americas and Asia. He has recorded 5 CD’s as well for the archives of Slovenian Radio and TV, RAI and ORF. www.matejzupan.com
─ Violinist Janez Podlesek is the Concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra. He teaches at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana. In 2012 he was appointed violin docent.
His music career began at the music school in Domžale, where his first teacher was professor Hervin Jakončič. He continued his studies at the Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana with professor Dušanka Stražar. He graduated from the Academy of Music in the class of the renowned professor Primož Novšak, where he also completed his post-graduate studies – specialization.
He received several awards at national and international competitions. In 1999 he was awarded the Škerjanc Prize. During his studies he was twice the recipient of the Prešeren Award of the Academy of Music. As a member of the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra in 2006 he received the Bettet Prize.
He is an active member of the Clavimerata Trio and the Dissonance String Quartet.
As a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra he has recorded a CD in 2014 with works by Mozart, Krek and Šenk.
─ Born in Beirut in 1968, Igor Mitrović started learning cello in Belgrade and studied in Ljubljana and Basel with Miloš Mlejnik, Antonio Meneses and Walter Levin ( LaSalle Quartett).
During his studies, he also took part in summer master classes with Daniel Shafran, Janos Starker and Boris Pergamenschikov among others.
Igor Mitrović is the section leader of the RTV Orchestra in Ljubljana.
In 2005 he became a profesor at the Carinthian State Conservatory in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Is solo violist of Slovenian philharmonic orchestra since 2007. She holds the same position in Slovenian philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra. She teaches at Music Academy Ljubljana as docent for viola.
After her studies in Secondary Music school in Celje, she continued her studies at the Music Academy Ljubljana. There she graduated in the class of prof. Mile Kosi and did the postgraduation studies as well. She also improved her skills at Hochschule fur Musik Detmold (with Diemut Poppen) and did some masterclasses with proffesors as Hariolf Schlichtig, Wolfram Christ,…
She received Prešeren Award of the Academy of Music Ljubljana and Students Award of the city of Celje. She was also awarded at several National Music Competitions durig her studies.
As the soloist she appears with Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, SNG Opera and Ballet Orchestra Ljubljana, Celje string orchestra and Festine Orchestra.
She is a member of MD7 ensemble and also does a lot of other chamber music projects.