Intermediate Orkesterkamp Week
30 June - 8 July 2018

Application deadline is 31 May, or until all positions get filled

Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Juan

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Born in Guillena, but currently living in Villanueva del Ariscal, near Seville (Spain), Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Juan is one of the leading international Spanish conductors. He stands out on account of his versatility as a conductor of important orchestras and professional symphonic orchestras and bands in Europe and America, and is known for tackling all types of genres, ranging from opera to jazz, without forgetting the great symphonic classics, operetta, flamenco, copla (Spanish folk songs), pop, studio recordings, radio and television work, premieres, among other work. This versatility is based on a solid musical background based in Seville and Madrid and completed with numerous international perfection courses both home and abroad with leading masters and having achieved a brilliant academic curriculum with distinction awards, special mention at elemental grade, and special awards both at the middle and end of his degree. Javier has the following titles: conducting professor; professor of harmony, musical counterpoint, composition and instrumentation; oboe professor, musical theory professor, sight reading and transport among others. Currently he is the Chief Director of the Municipal Symphonic Band of Seville; he conducts orchestras and symphonic bands as well as giving conferences and classes in universities all over Spain, the United States, Italy, Portugal, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela; in addition, he participates in international congresses and forms part of juries in international competitions. He is president of the music section of the Arts and Science Association of Seville. He has received numerous awards and prizes both in Europe and America.

Janez Vouk

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Neža Zupanc | assistant

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Neža Zupanc (1996) started her musical education at the Music school in Škofja Loka, where she studied flute for 7 years in the class of Prof. Ana Kavčič Pucihar. She continued with the study at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana in the class of Prof. Matej Grahek, who continued to be her mentor when she enrolled into the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. She regularly participates in different competitions. Her latest awards are from TEMSIG competition 2016; silver prize and a special award for best performance of a baroque piece and a gold prize in 2017 in Davorin Jenko competition, in a duet. She regularly attends different masterclasses with renowned professors, such as Robert Aitken, Lucas Graf, Julien Beaudiment, Eric Lamb, Dejan Gavrić, Carlo Jans, Nina Assimakopolous, Felix Renggli and Andrea Oliva. Since 2017 she is also a member of an ensemble for modern music Steré, performing in the Zvokotok and GM stage concert series.

Gregor Traven

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The violinist Gregor Traven was born in Ljubljana (Slovenia). After graduating at the Carinthia State Conservatory in Klagenfurt (Austria) in the class of B. Finlayson, he continued his studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg in the class of H. Herzl. He was granted a scholarship for one semester of study with prof. T.M. Hansen at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. In 2004 he received his master’s degree at the Mozarteum University with honours. During his studies, he received several prizes at national and international competitions. He was a member of several distinguished orchestras, such as Wiener Concert - Verein Orchester, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Koelner Kammerorchester, with whom he also performed as a soloist at Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany. During the summer of 2001, he performed in series of soloist concerts in Taiwan. For two years since 2002, he was a member of Bruckner Orchestra in Linz (Austria). Gregor Traven is since 2004 a concertmaster of the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet in Ljubljana. Besides that, since 2008, he is also a concertmaster of the Soloist Chamber Orchestra of the Slovene Composers Society.

Mileta Grujić

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Composer, music teacher and music producer from Serbia lives in Slovenia since 2015. He studied music composition at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad. He worked for 25 years as a professor of harmony and counterpoint at the music school "Josif Marinković" in Zrenjanin, and 2 years as a principal of that music school. In 1995 he started the first professional recording studio and a music publishing business in Zrenjanin, named "Tarcus production" and through that he fought for urban culture during the hard times in Serbia. He was also the founder, singer, guitar player, composer, and lyrics writer of the band Kanal Tvid. With Kanal Tvid, Mileta recorded 3 CDs. He is involved in theater music and music for kids for which he was awarded many times. As a music producer he has worked on dozen more CDs, as a piano player he was guest on some of those. Mileta is a multi-instrumentalist. In Slovenia he composed music drama "Enciklopedija mrtvih", on the libretto written by Svetlana Slapšak based on a book by Danilo Kiš. He works as a volunteer on several projects. He played piano in the band "El Kachon" from Novo Mesto. With "El Kachon", he recorded one CD. In Ljubljana he works as self-employed in culture, with his own recording studio, and works as a pedagogue. He performed as a soloist in the Cankarjev dom Club and in the hostel "Celica".

esor strokovno teoretičnih predmetov v glasbeni šoli "Josif Marinković" v Zrenjaninu, zadnje dve leti je bil ravnatelj te šole. Leta 1995 je osnoval prvi profesionalni snemalni studio v Zrenjaninu in založbo "Tarcus production" in se na ta način bojeval za urbano kulturo v takratnih težkih časih v Srbiji. Je ustanovitelj, pevec, kitarist, skladatelj in pisec besedil skupine Kanal Tvid, s katero je posnel 3 zgoščenke. Redno se ukvarja z glasbo za gledališče in glasbo za otroke, za katero je bil večkrat nagrajen. Kot glasbeni producent je delal na več ducat izdaj CD-jev, na nekaj od teh pa je bil kot klaviaturist tudi gost. Mileta je multiinstrumentalist. V Sloveniji je napisal glasbeno dramo "Enciklopedija mrtvih", na libreto, ki ga je na osnovi knjige Danila Kiša, napisala Svetlana Slapšak. Dela kot prostovoljec v več projektih. Kot klaviaturist je včasih igral v glasbeni skupini "El Kachon" iz Novega Mesta, s katero je posnel en CD. V Ljubljani dela kot samozaposlen v kulturi, s svojim snemalnim studiem, ukvarja pa se tudi s pedagoškim delom. Samostojno je nastopal v Klubu Cankarjevega doma in v hostelu "Celica".

Urška Zupan | assistant

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Urška Zupan is a Slovenian clarinettist born on January 15, 1997. After three years of playing the flute, she began to study the clarinet at the music school in Ljubljana. During the first 6 years, her professor was Jože Kregar; after that period, she enrolled at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, where she studied for 4 years with Professor Dušan Sodja, graduating in 2016. In the same year, she was accepted to study Bachelor in the class of prof. Wenzel Fuchs - Principal clarinettist of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - on Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Over the years of her study, she received several awards from different national and international competitions. In 2010 and 2016, she attended the Slovenian national competition TEMSIG and won a golden award both times. In 2013 and 2014 she attended two international competitions EMONA and SVIRÉL, where she received golden awards and second place. She also attended a competition in solfeggio, in which she won the first price. She attended masterclasses with well-known Slovenian and foreign professors: Jože Kotar, Aljaž Beguš, Mate Bekavac, Benze Szepesi, Paolo Beltramini, Massimiliano Miani, Charles Neidich, Nicholas Cox, Radovan Cavallin Zerjal, Davor Reba, Andreas Schablas, Jonathan Cohler, Pascal Moragues, Rupert Fankhauser, HubertSalmhofer, Helmut Hoedl and Wolfgang Kornberger. In Salzburg, she became a member of Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg, with which she participated in the New Year’s concert 2018 in Salzburg Festspielhaus with the conductor Hansjörg Angerer. She also played a number of projects with Mozarteum symphony orchestra with the conductor Bruno Weil.

Gal Krajčič | assistant

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Gal Krajčič was born in Ljubljana in 1998. At the age of 9, he started to play the percussion in Music school Grosuplje. After successfully passing the entrance exam he enrolled in the Conservatory for Music and Ballet Ljubljana in the class of prof. Simon Klavžar. He graduated from Conservatory and is now a student at the Academy of Music Ljubljana. He is mainly devoted to orchestral and chamber music. At 43rd national competition of young Slovenian musicians (TEMSIG), he achieved a silver plaque and 3rd prize. With “Slovenian percussion trio” he achieved a golden award. At Italy PAS competition in category Timpani, he won a 1st place and 3rd prize. At 46th TEMSIG he achieved a golden plaque and 3rd prize. He is regularly attending percussion courses and seminars of renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians, for example Jože Bogolin, Simon Klavžar Mitja Tavčar, Matija Tavčar (Slovenia), Peter Sadlo, Wolfram Winkel, Rainer Römer (Germany), Rumi Ogawa (Germany/Japan), John H. Beck, Matthew Coley (USA), Ney Rosauro (Brasil), Andrea Centazzo (Italy) and other. Later he also became interested in conducting, therefore he applied for a Conducting School of Slovenian Concert Band Society under the baton of Miro Saje (Slovenia), and then Jan Cober (the Netherlands). He also participated in some conducting courses by conductors Mitja Dragolič, Miro Saje (Slovenia), Jan Cober (the Netherlands), and Ivan Meylemans (Belgium). Since September 2015 he is a conductor of Music school Grosuplje Concert band under the supervision of maestro Mitja Dragolič.

Gal Faganel

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Gal Faganel is an award-winning cello performer, an acclaimed teacher and recording artist, and a conductor. He is currently an associate professor and string area head at the University of Northern Colorado, where he greatly enjoys teaching cello, coaching chamber music, and occasionally conducting. With a doctorate from the University of Southern California, he was previously the principal cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. He has recorded for Astrum, Naxos, Potenza Music, Pucihar Music, and many radio stations. His performances have been praised in the press for “exceptionally sensitive interpretation,” his “powerful and beautiful tone,” and “brilliant virtuosity and youthful vigour.”

Barbara Grahor | assistant

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Violist Barbara Grahor (1994) completed her master's degree at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with Prof Marija Rome in March 2018. During the study year of she participated in the Erasmus student exchange for one semester, studying under the renowned Prof. Nils Mönkemeyer at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich. She regularly competes in national and international competitions, receiving several awards, most recently the golden diploma with the second award and special recognition for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece of music at TEMSIG 2018 and the golden award and a place among the Ten of the Best at the International Music Competition for Soloists and Chamber Music Groups Svirél 2018. She performs as a soloist (Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia Stage, recitals in the Academy of Music Concert series for soloists, recital in the Jeunesses Musicales Ljubljana concert series), as a chamber and orchestra musician (NOVA String Quartet, Duo with the pianist Meta Červ, Duo with the guitarist Samo Vovk, Vermilion String Quartet, Radio Television Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Ljubljana Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, NOVA Chamber Orchestra, NOVA Philharmonic, ...). Besides playing the viola she holds a great interest also in jazz improvisation, conducting, arranging and composing.

Nina Klinar | assistant

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The saxophonist Nina Klinar was born in 1994 in Jesenice, Slovenia. She began her music career as a clarinettist at the Jesenice Music School in the class of Prof. Monika Korbar and continued as a saxophonist at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet Ljubljana, in the class of Prof. Dejan Presicek and Prof. Lev Pupis. After finishing high school, she improved her knowledge at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz where she was accepted as the only saxophonist in the class of Prof. Gerald Preinfalk. She is a multiple-time winner of national and international competitions, such as Emona, Svirél, Temsig, Davorin Jenko, etc. and has often performed as a soloist and member of several chamber groups on stages at home and abroad (Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Poland, France, Spain, Belgium, etc.). As a soloist, she performed with many woodwinds and string orchestras and different ensembles, at the World Sax Congress in Strasbourg (France) in 2014, at the festival of contemporary music IMPULS in 2016, in 2017 she performed as a soloist with the Woodwind orchestra KUG Graz and in 2018, as the first saxophonist at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, she performed the solo Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra in Musikverein Graz. She regularly participates in professional symphonic and wind orchestras (Slovenian Army Orchestra, Opera Graz, Euphony Orchestra, Symphonischesorchester der Kunstuniversität Graz, Symphoniscesorchester Oberschutzen, ...). She regularly participates in seminars of world-renowned musicians (Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Tomislav Zuzek, Jean-Denis Michat, Koryun Astrayan, Matjaž Drevenšek, Hans de Jong, Dragan Sremec ...) and works with numerous Slovene and foreign composers. She is a member of the Greatsaxess ensemble, Mons saxophone quartett, Kug-Sax-Sippia, duo SLOIT, duo Mamba. She is a scholarship recipient at the Kunistuniversität in Graz and BKS Bank.