The summer edition of the Branimir Slokar Academy was held in Ljubljana from 13th July until 2nd August 2014.
This time we hosted 222 musicians from 33 countries in Ljubljana (United States of America, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Ukraine and Slovenia). They attended master classes led by renowned artists and professors.
Successfully we have completed master classes with incredible musicians: Violin – Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Oboe – Emanuel Abbühl, French horn – Christian Lampert, Double bass – Božo Paradžik, Clarinet – François Benda, Flute – Felix Renggli, Bassoon – Carlo Colombo, Trumpet – Reinhold Friedrich.
We would like to highlight three master classes which are unique in the world for their concept and implementation – these are the master classes for conducting, concertmasters and timpanists, whose practical part takes place in front of a symphonic orchestra. They were led by Klaus Arp, conductor from Germany, Raymond Curfs from The Netherlands and one of the most sought-after concertmasters in the world, Gregory Ahss, who is momentarily active in the Camerata Salzburg and the Luzern Festival Orchestra. Participants of those master classes were both, students and employed musicians. The inception of those three parallel master classes was born out of the essential idea of cooperation and thorough but quick interaction between the above mentioned key musicians in an orchestra.
We have organized 11 chamber concerts. Among others we hosted the Clemente Trio from Germany (Peter Clemente – violin, Konstantin Pfiz – cello, Paul Rivinius – piano), the Slovene Ensemble 4Saxess (Lev Pupis, Oskar Laznik, Primož Fleischman, Dejan Prešiček) with guests, flutists Liza Hawlina Prešiček, Ljubiša Jovanović and harpsichord player Bojana Dimković.
Two concerts were performed by the professors and students of the Branimir Slokar Academy.
At the concert of chamber music for winds we heard Felix Renggli and Brina Kafol – flutes, Pavel Sokolov and Seung Eun Lee – oboes, Jože Kotar and Miguel Dopazo Recaman – clarinets, Igor Ahss and Adria Sanchez Calonge – bassoons, and Saar Berger and Antonio Redondo Hurtado – french horns.
The concert of chamber music for strings was prepared by Gregory Ahss and Yuri Kalnits – violins, Jörg Winkler – viola, Konstantin Pfiz – cello and Rebecca Woolcock – piano.
The participants of the Orchestra Academy have been working on two programmes that include symphonic masterpieces by Richard Strauss, Hector Berlioz and Johannes Brahms, but also music by Slovene authors Lojze Lebič and Vito Žuraj.
In the first programme the Ljubljana International Orchestra was led by a longstanding colleague of the Branimir Slokar Academy Klaus Arp from Germany.
The second one was led by the distinguished Slovene conductor Uroš Lajovic, who conducted this orchestra for the first time.
And the response we receive reads as follows:
I love Ljubljana. Beautiful city and all the world must visit it. It seems as if we are in a story…
I’m in love with Ljubljana. I would never have imagined that the city was awesome and peaceful.
Beautiful country! So peaceful. You feel that everyone cares about the Environment and it’s great.
About the Academy…
For young professional musicians is really exciting, because it’s a kind of work as if you get in a professional orchestra.
I liked how international the orchestra was. I met a lot of people from many different countries and it was really interesting to talk with them about different experiences from people from all these different countries.
It is more organized, there are one of the best professors giving lessons, the people are always laughing and positive, the practising places are great and Ljubljana is a beautiful city.