Members of the competition jury:

Igor Ozim (SVN) 

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Igor Ozim was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After finishing his studies in Ljubljana, he continued studying under Max Rostal in London. In 1951, he won the Carl Flesch prize. After participating in the competition of ARD in 1953, he began playing concerts intensively throughout Europe and overseas. His wide repertoire counts 60 violin concerts and numerous pieces of chamber music. A lot of temporary compositions, which he premiered, are devoted to him. He performed concerts with many internationally renowned orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and numerous other broadcasting orchestras. As one of the most popular violin teachers in Europe and the whole world, he taught at the Cologne University of Music and the Bern University of the Arts as well as at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. He gives master classes all over the world and is a jury member at many grand competitions

Dale Underwood (USA)

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Dale W. Underwood is a professor at the Frost School of Music. An active performer for nearly five decades, Underwood has developed a world-renowned reputation as a phenomenal saxophone soloist and a teacher. He began playing the saxophone at 9 years old. In high school, Underwood had the privilege of studying with Donald Sinta, who was then professor of saxophone at nearby Ithaca College. Underwood entered the prestigious U.S. Navy Concert band as second alto saxophonist in 1968 and was promoted to principal saxophonist and designated as a tour soloist within 6 months. At age 20 on his first tour, Underwood was not only the youngest bandmember at the time, but also one of the youngest tour soloists in the history of military ensembles. He has performed throughout the USA and many countries across the world. His audience has included seven United States Presidents, countless other dignitaries, and even a Pope. Underwood has elicited dozens of new works, expanding the saxophone repertoire. He has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Australian Wind Orchestra, the McLean Orchestra, the Army Band of Brussels, the Scotts Guard, the Irish Guard, and hundreds of high school, university, and community ensembles. After his retirement, Underwood was recruited to participate in major music festivals in Brazil and other South American countries where was an integral part of the introduction and establishment of classical saxophone. Besides leading a brilliant performing career, Underwood is also a master teacher and pedagogue. He founded and assisted in several organizations which have promoted the saxophone and provided invaluable educational resources to all serious saxophone students across the globe. Underwood’s discography of four records and numerous CDs has garnered raving reviews both in the United States and abroad.

Cristina Monticoli (ITA)

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In 2002 Cristina Monticoli graduated in oboe at the Conservatory of Music Jacopo Tomadini in Udine under Prof. P. Pellarin and completed her studies with a Master degree in oboe, graduating suma cum laude with 110/110. Since 1999 she has studied with Luca Vignali (1st Oboe in Teatro dell'Opera di Roma). She studied also with A. Mayer, M. Sarc, N. Daniel, S. Rava, S. Azzolini; and woodwinds quintets: Bibiena and Slowind. In 2004 she won the Absolute 1st Prize in Citta di Grosseto, Competition for Winds-Kalamos Wind Quintet. She has performed as a soloist with MSO-Malmö Symfoniorkester, Solisti in Villa, Orchestra San Marco of Pordenone, Gruppo Strumentale Malipiero, Accademia Vivaldiana. Cristina played in Malmö a world premiere of a concertino written for her by Albert Schnelzer, titled "Magic Allusions". She has played with orchestras like the Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, La Verdi in Milan, Virtuosi Italiani; under the baton of Soustrot, Sinaisky, Steinberg, Campanella, Venzago, Gelmetti, Humburg, Reck, Chang, Fedoseyev, Xian Zhang, Marshall, Axelrod ... She recorded for Decca, Naxos, RAI, AudioTime. Since 2012 Cristina is the Principal Oboe in the MSO-Malmö Symfoniorkester.

Simone Candotto (ITA)

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Simone Candotto, born in Palmanova in 1969, received his first trombone lessons at the age of 9. From 1981 to 1987 he studied trombone at Conservatory of Music Jacopo Tomadini in Udine with Prof. Giuseppe Bonomo and Giovanni Caratti. In 1987 Simone graduated with honours in trombone studies. From 1988 to 1997 Simone studied at several Universities of music in Germany: Musikhoschule Trossingen and Musikhoschule Freiburg with Prof. Branimir Slokar, and Musikhoschule Hannover with Prof. Jonas Bylund. During the same period, he took lessons by various teachers, such as is Prof. Arnold Jacobs in Chicago. While studying in Germany, Simone was a member of various youth orchestras such as the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, ECYO (now EUYO), the Festival Aix-en Provence orchestra in France and Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Switzerland). From 1993 to 1997 Simone was a trombonist at the Staatstheater Kassel and since September 1997 is a solo trombonist in the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. Simone was a finalist in international trombone competitions such as the 1st IPV Trombone Competition in Berlin, Concorso Città di Porcia and the International Music Competition "Prague Spring" in 1997 where he was also awarded the prize for Best Performance of the Piece of Czech Contemporary Music (Sonata Angelica by Ivana Ludova). In 1996 he won the 1st prize at the International Brass Competition in Gdansk (Poland). Simone Candotto is also a teacher and has held masterclasses in Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Argentina and Brazil. Since 2016, Simone Candotto has been a lecturer at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg.

Matej Bonin (SVN)

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Matej Bonin, born in 1986 in Koper, graduated in composition at the Music Academy of Ljubljana under the mentorship of Prof. Uroš Rojko and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he was studying music theater - composition in the class of Prof. Beat Furrer. His music studies abroad were supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. He is currently teaching solfeggio as an assistant at the Music Academy of Ljubljana and at the Gymnasium Koper (solfeggio and harmony). For his work he was awarded the Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana in 2008, and according to composer and conductor Peter Eötvös' recommendation he won the Gargonza Arts Award 2014. His orchestral piece “Cancro” was awarded first prize in the category “under 30” at the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC). As part of the Composition Seminar, organized by Ensemble Modern he will present his work at the 2017 festival “cresc…Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main”. His works have been performed in numerous festivals and venues abroad (Musica Viva Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Gare du Nord Basel, Contemporary Art Cafe Budapest, The Firehouse Space New York, Cankar Hall, Slowind festival, Slovenian Music Days, Kino Šiška, Biennale for contemporary music Koper, Festine, EXPO Milano 2015…). He collaborates with renowned international soloists and ensembles (Ensemble Modern, Divertimento Ensemble, Norrbotten NEO, RTV Simphony Orchestra, Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, violist Megumi Kasakawa, hornist Saar Berger, accordionist Luka Juhart, singer Irena Tomažin, Savasa Trio, Percussion duo Drumartica, Slowind quintet, neuverBand, ensemble MD7, and many others). Important part of his creative interest lies in collaborating with dance choreographers (Mirjam Klebel, Irena Tomažin, Tomaž Simatović). The result of these collaborations are also three dance performances to which he contributed music: Islands in the fog (2010) Paradise on stage (2014) and Body of the Voice (2015).

Sibylla Joedicke (GER)

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Born in Schloss Hamborn (Germany), Sibylla Joedicke received her first piano lessons at the age of 7 at the Conservatory in Hamburg with Prof. Kurt Seibert. At age 16 she began to study at the University of the Arts in Bremen and debuted a year later with Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. She subsequently attended master classes with Hans Leygraf, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Vitalij Margulis. She continued her piano studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Hans Graf and graduated in 1993. She received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Austrian Government and the Richard Wagner Foundation. She was prize winner of the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund and the Bösendorfer Competition in Vienna. She won the 1st Prize at Gedok Competition in Hamburg, followed by a Germany-wide concert tour. Since then she performs in concerts extensively and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist with numerous radio and CD recordings. Sibylla Joedicke attended courses for song interpretation with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, was an accompanist in the class of KS Walter Berry and frequently works with renowned singers. Since 1991, Sibylla Joedicke has been teaching at the University of Music in Vienna, achieving habilitation in 2004 and in 2009 she was appointed as a University Professor for piano. She has also been a jury member at Prima la musica, Jugend musiziert, various international piano competitions (e.g. Rosario Marciano).

Veli Kujala (FIN)

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Veli Kujala (born 1976) has gained a solid reputation of an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music on the accordion. In 2010 he completed his doctorate in Music, graduating with distinction at the Sibelius Academy. He is a prize winner of many international competitions for soloists and for composition in the field of classical music. From the beginning of his career he has also been very active in the field of jazz and improvised music. During the past 10 years he has also made a name for himself as a composer. Veli Kujala has premiered over 60 works for accordion, among them are nine concertos for accordion and orchestra. He has developed a 'chromatic' quarter-tone accordion, which was first introduced at the Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam) in 2008. His composition debut CD 'Hyperorganism' was nominated for the Finnish Grammy and for the Record of the year - award by the Finnish Broadcasting Company in 2017. Veli Kujala has performed in whole Europe in major festivals and venues and also toured in the USA. Since 2005 he has been a teacher of concert accordion and improvisation at the Sibelius Academy.

Marcin Dylla (POL)

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Hailed by Washington Post as "among the most gifted guitarists on the planet" Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of Classical Guitar. He has earned this praise, among others, due to the unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. Recent tour highlights included return invitations to Mexico, Chile, recitals throughout Asia and all of Japan, and Carnegie Hall debut during a two-month tour of North America with recitals covering both coasts. In Europe, he returned to Konzerthaus in Vienna and is invited to appear at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and Competition, a major festival for the classical guitar each year, where he's a beloved regular. Mr. Dylla's orchestral engagements included subscription concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming. He has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta, Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra (Russian Federation), Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy), the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at Stuttgart Liederhalle, in Romania with the National Romanian Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany). Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976 and received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz and later completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor of Guitar at the Music Academy in Katowice and Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster.

Stanko Arnold  (SVN)

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Stanko Arnold was born in Slovenia and graduated at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with Anton Grčar. Already during the study, he collaborated with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra as a solo trumpet. After his success at a competition for young musicians in Zagreb in 1976, where he won the first prize, he moved to Paris and studied with Roger Delmotto. During those years he received the first prize in the Competition in Toulon in 1976; the second prize at the “Maurice André” Competition in Paris in 1979, where he was awarded a special prize for the best performance of the Concertino by A. Jolivet. In Slovenia he was awarded four times for his musical success: in 1980 and in 1987 the Župančič Award for solo performance and as member of the Slovenian Brass Quintet; in 1982 and in 1985 the Prešeren Fund Award as member of the Slovenian Brass Quintet and for a solo performance. From 1968 to 1990 he played as the first trumpet at the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1990 he became a professor at the Music High School in Graz. For several years he has taught at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He has recorded four CDs as a soloist and four as a member of different chamber orchestras. As a chamber musician, Stanko Arnold has played in several groups: in the Slovenian Brass Quintet, in the Baroque Trio, in the Brass Trio, etc. In these last years he has held numerous summer musical courses in Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Japan and Croatia. He has often taken part as juror in several national and international competitions in Slovenia, Austria and Italy. He has played as a soloist with various symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as a part of organ duos in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, USA, and in Japan.

Bernhard Krabatsch (AUT) 

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Born in Wels (in Upper Austria) Bernhard Krabatsch studied at the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Art in the class of Prof Wolfgang Schulz. Winner of the Youth Competition Jugend musiziert, he was awarded the sponsorship by the Vanausek Foundation, given to young musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist he appeared at the most prestigious European music festivals such as the Salzburg International Festival, the Festwochen in Berlin and Vienna, and the Easter festival in Luzern; and has given concerts with outstanding musicians of international impact such as Murray Perahia, Aurèle Nicolet, Sándor Végh and the Hagen-Quartet. He is the solo flutist both in the Mozarteum Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg Orchestra and is teaching flute at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. 

Wonji Kim-Ozim (KOR) 

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Born in 1973 in Seoul, South Korea, Wonji Kim-Ozim had her first lessons with prof. Li Song. From 1989 to 1991 she took private lessons with Prof. Max Rostal. She then studied at the Bern University of the Arts in the class of Prof. Igor Ozim where she graduated with distinction in 1994. Wonji Kim has won several national competitions and is also winner of the Migros Genossenschafts-Bund. She has performed as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Howard Griffiths, the Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic and performed at the Sandor Veress Festival in the Tonhalle Zürich as well as at the Festival Tous les Violon du Monde under the patronage of Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the Casino in Bern. From 1996 to June 2003 she taught at the University of Music in Vienna, the University of the Arts in Bern and from October 2003 till 2016 she has been at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg as the assistant to the master class by Prof. Igor Ozim. Now she teaches her own pre-college class at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. 

Andraž Poljanec (SVN)

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Andraž Poljanec graduated in flute (Prof. Karolina Šantl - Zupan) and percussion (Prof. Boris Šurbek) at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He further improved in percussion at the Conservatorium Rueil-Malmaison in Paris and timpani in Amsterdam. In 1999 he received the Betetto Prize for his performative musical accomplishments in the group Studio for percussion. As a member of the Studio and as a soloist he performed, debuted, and recorded various musical pieces of different Slovene authors. Since 2004 he has been employed as a timpani soloist in the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 he had a solo recital in the Concert Atelier of the Society of Slovene Composers. In the concert season of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchchestra 2011/2012 (within the series “Chromatics”), he first-performed the Concert for percussion player and symphonic orchestra by Peter Šavli titled Čakra. In 2015, he defended his master thesis »The Acoustic Properties of Timpani and their Relationship with Instrumental Practice«.

David Cristopher Panzl (AUT)

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The Austrian multi-percussionist David Christopher Panzl was born in Salzburg and began his percussion training at the age of four under Martin Grubinger. He performed his first solo concerto at the age of 13 together with the Philharmonic Orchestra Bad Reichenhall. During his schooldays, he traveled New York several times to study original jazz. In New York, he met Gene Jackson, Jamey Haddad, Jim Black, Jeff Hirshfield and Justin DiCioccio. In his home town, he continued his studies with Charly Antoliny and Andreas Steiner. Following that, Panzl moved to Vienna to complete his studies as a concert percussionist at the The Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna under Prof. Josef Gumpinger, where he received his Bachelor’s degree with honours in 2010; he further completed his Master of Arts with honours in 2013 under Anton Mittermayr. Lastly, he studied Marimba in Tokyo at the Toho Gakuen School of Music under Keiko Abe. He is currently the lecturer for concert percussion at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As a soloist David Christopher Panzl has performed at the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Seoul Art Center, the Vienna Konzerthaus and at the opening festivities of the Salzburg Festival. He has collaborated with exceptional artists such as Keiko Abe, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Jeff Queen, Tim Collins and HK Gruber. In addition, he has performed with the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra Salzburg and the German Chamber-Orchestra Berlin. He has played world premieres of the composers Keiko Abe, Shih, Johannes Motschmann, Jorge Sanches Jiong and J. Peter Koene. David C. Panzl judges in International Competitions and leads master classes worldwide. He appears under Paraty Records (Harmonia Mundi), Edel Records Germany and endorses Mike Balter mallets.

Balázs Szabó (HUN)

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Balázs Szabó began his musical studies at the age of 15. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and went on to continue his studies in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. His most important mentor was Prof Dr Christoph Bossert, he also concluded the only two existing International Master Studies in Organ Expert at the University of Rome and at University for Music in Trossingen, finally, in 2015 he received Ph.D. in Musicology in Utrecht. He won first prizes at renowned international organ competitions: St. Maurice (2007, Switzerland), Biarritz (2009, France), Nürnberg ION (Germany); and 2nd prizes in Chartres (2014, France), Wiesbaden (2009, Germany) and Heidelberg (2008, Germany). 2010 he received the City of Miskolc Standard of Excellence Award, the Junior Prima Prize and in 2015 the Múzsa-Award. Since 2011 he holds a teaching position at the Liszt Academy of Music and at the Béla Bartók conservatory in Budapest. Balázs Szabó is a renowned specialist for Max Reger's music, in 2016 both his new release double CD, featuring all seven choral-fantasias and his gap filling publication received high acclaim. 

Roger Bobo (USA)

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Brass Legend, Virtuoso Soloist, World Renown Teacher… These are just a few catch phrases associated with Roger Bobo. He is in demand worldwide as a teacher of all brass instruments, adjudicator at major international competitions, and as a conductor. He gave what is reputed to be the first solo tuba recital in the history of Carnegie Hall. Roger Bobo currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico where he has founded the Oaxaca Brass Ensemble (OBE). Prior to Mexico Roger Bobo taught at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo, Japan, the Fiesole School of Music near Florence, Italy, the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland, the Bern Conservatory in Switzerland, the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony, the Trondheim Symphony in Norway and the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Xalapa, Mexico. As a conductor, Roger Bobo has a strong background playing for and studying the rehearsal and conducting technique of the greatest conductors in the world. During his twenty-five years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he had close associations with Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini and Andre Previn, not to mention the many world class guest conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A list of orchestras that have seen Roger Bobo as soloist, conductor or teacher would fill volumes. His career has covered as many continents as it has decades.

Anna Loro (ITA)

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Born in Desenzano del Garda, Anna Loro studied in Verona Conservatory with Mirella Vita, and the Gargilesse Academie with Pierre Jamet. Winner of important international and national competitions, she started giving concerts when was still very young, both as a soloist and a member of chamber music ensembles. She played for important associations and musical European and worldwide societies. Besides her soloist activity, since 1976 she played as the first harpist in most important orchestras, in Italy and abroad, among them: the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Turin and the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt; under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Gianadrea Gavazzeni, Donato Renzetti, Luciano Berio, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Salvatore Accardo, Raphael Frubeck de Burgos, Alexander Lazarev, Elhiau Inbalm, George Prètre. She holds master classes in Italy and abroad (Guildhall School in London, Royal College of Manchester) and is a permanent harp teacher at the Brescia Conservatory.

Dmitri Tsirin (ISR)

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Winner of numerous international cello competitions (Rostropovich in Paris, Leonard Rose in Washington, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, etc.) Dmitri Tsirin has studied with professors such as N. Shahkovskaya at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and N. Gutman at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. He also took lessons with D. Shafran and M. Rostropovich. On recommendation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri obtained the G. B. Guadagnini cello from the collection of the Russian state. As a soloist, he has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra etc. Mr. Tsirin has participated at prestigious chamber music festivals and has collaborated with musicians such as Michail Lidsky, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger, Boris Beresovsky and Marianna Shirinian. His recitals and chamber music concerts have been broadcast by Danish radio, Radio ''Orpheus'' (Russia), Deutsche Rundfunk etc. In 2015 as a member of the Elan string quintet Dmitri recorded 2 CDs for Naxos. Mr. Tsirin was firstly an assistant to Natalia Gutman at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart and at several international masterclasses. He was then appointed as a professor of cello at the Neve Sharet Conservatory in Tel-Aviv, and a professor at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Esbjerg, Denmark. Dmitri has held numerous masterclasses in Russia, Israel, Denmark and Spain.

Gertrud Huber (GER)

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Gertrud Huber grew up in Bavaria, not far from the Austrian border. She completed studies of the zither, the harp, folk music, the hammered dulcimer and jazz clarinet at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and at the University of Music Nuremberg-Augsburg. A highlight of her national and international career was her appearance with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Kurt Masur. Two of her most successful CDs have been "Der Weg zum Herzen (The Way to the Heart) – Salonmusik Gertrud Huber" and the London re-production of "The Third Man". Gertrud Huber played the Alpine harp in the renowned Toni-Goth-Ensemble for over ten years. In addition to private mentorship, she teaches regularly at seminars for zither and Bavarian folk music. She is a frequent guest lecturer at the Trossingen National Academy (Bundesakademie für musikalische Jugendbildung). She has won the first prize in the national youth contest for musicians "Young People Perform (Jugend musiziert)". Today she is a juror herself at national competitions. In 2014 Gertrud Huber finished her Ph.D. studies at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Institute of folk music research and ethnomusicology.

Irena Kavčič (SVN)

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Irena Kavčič (Slovenia, 1984) is a solo flutist in the RTV Slovenia Symphony orchestra. She graduated in 2008 from the Ljubljana Academy of Music, in the class of Karolina Šantl-Zupan. In 2011 she completed advanced studies at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, with Jacques Zoon and Aniela Frey. She was awarded numerous prizes and honors at national and international competitions, including most recently the Second Prize with Extimité Ensemble at the Fiorindo International Competition in Nichelino (Torino, 2010). She was the recipient of the Yamaha Scholarship and student Prešeren Award. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in several countries, collaborating with the Mantova Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Leonore, Spira Mirabilis, Aarhus Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, Ulster Orchestra etc. She has worked with conductors such as Z. Mehta, L. Segerstam among others. Irena Kavčič has been a member of Grupo de Musica Barocca Vivaldi de Eon, Grupo Poulenc, Wind Quintet Pentada, Flute quartet Nereide etc. Her performances were recorded by Radio Clasica and RTV (National Spanish Radio and Television) and by ARS (National Slovenian Radio and Television). She has performed at important festivals (Santander, Lockenhaus, Cortina d’ Ampezzo) and has appeared in prestigious venues including Milan’s La Scala, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Vienna’s Musikverein, Madrid's Auditorio Nacional and Valencia's Palau de la Musica.

Luca Ferrini (ITA)

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He studied piano, harpsichord, organ and organ composition and graduated with honours at the Conservatories of Trieste and Udine. He has been playing as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras, equally successfully with all three instruments at important venues in Europe as well as elsewhere in the world (Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Beijing Concert Hall, Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Cankarjev dom and Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, Musikverein in Vienna, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Theatre St. Michel in Brussels, Auditorium Michail Jora in Bucharest, National theatre of Malta, Prague, Budapest, Zagreb, Rome, Milano, Seoul, Philharmonic Halls in Odessa and Ulan Bator). He performed in more than thousand concerts, recorded for several broadcasting stations and recorded twenty CDs. He works with renowned musicians and conductors and as a soloist, a member of the Ensemble for contemporary music MD7, and several other chamber groups, he premiered more than one hundred fifty new works. He is the official collaborative pianist at several international summer academies and at international instrumental competitions (Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Armenia, Mexico, China). He has taught at the National Conservatories in Trieste, Udine, Brescia, Salerno (all Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Klagenfurt (Austria). He was also an accompanist at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. Currently he is a professor of piano, harpsichord, chamber music and a collaborative pianist at Koper High School of Art.

Aleksandar Milošev (SVN / CRO)

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Awarded the highest Slovenian prize for cultural achievement (the Prešeren Award), Aleksandar Milošev is a versatile artist with a broad range of stylistic interests. Recently appointed as Principal Viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra, he has also appeared as a soloist with the Zagreb Soloists ensemble, under the baton of Marc Coppey, En Shao and Uroš Lajovic, and with the Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras. Aleksandar has collaborated with many renowned artists, such as Bruno Giuranna, Rocco Filippini, Jan Talich, Franco Gulli, Julian Rachlin, Irena Grafenauer, Radovan Vlatkovic, Gautier Capucon, Viktoria JaglingAlexandar Rudin, Richard Tognetti and Christian Altenburger. He has recently recorded and performed with Grammy Award nominated lutenist Edin Karamazov. An avid chamber musician, Aleksandar is also a founding member of The Tartini String Quartet which has performed in many prestigious venues around the world. He has performed in many chamber festivals including the Colmar Chamber Music Festival (France), Dubrovnik Festival (Croatia), Maribor Musical September, Ljubljana Summer Festival (Slovenia) and Samobor Festival (Croatia). He is currently principal violist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and has held previous positions with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Zagreb Soloists, Deutsche Kammer Orchester and Arturo Toscanini Orchestra. CD recordings include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s flute quartets with Davide Formisano for Italian label Stradivarius, and many recordings with the Tartini String Quartet. Firmly dedicated to pedagogical work, Aleksandar currently teaches viola at the Zagreb Music Academy in Croatia as well as at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.