Anja Podpečan, flute
Andreja Kosmač, piano
Tine Bizajl, bass trombone
Denys Masliuk, piano
G. Ph. Telemann: Fantasia No. 6 in D minor, TWV 40:7
C. Reinecke: Sonate for flute and piano, op. 167, “Undine”
H. Dutilleux: Sonatine
E. Ewazen: Concerto for bass trombone and piano
F. Hidas: Meditation for bass trombone solo
S. Hyldgaard: Concerto Borealis
Anja Podpečan attended lower music school in Zagorje, where she studied flute with Nataša Burger. She continued her training with Liza Hawlina Prešiček at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, where on completing her studies she received the Škerjanc Prize, given by the Conservatory to the most successful students and young artists in recognition of outstanding achievements. Following the matura (schoolleaving examination) she continued her studies at the University of Music in Detmold, where she studied with János Bálint and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Since the start of her musical career she has participated regularly in national and international competitions, winning numerous prizes, and has performed throughout Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member. Since 2005 she has regularly attended seminars and masterclasses with renowned flautists such as Petri Alanko, Walter Auer, Emily Beynon, Philippe Bernold, Julien Beaudiment, Juliette Hurel, William Bennett, Andrea Oliva, Carlo Jans and Andrea Lieberknecht, among others.She is currently studying with Michael Kofler at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and is a member of the Orchestra Academy at the Munich Philharmonic.
Pianist Andreja Kosmač graduated with distinction from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak. Since graduating she has studied with Siavush Gadjiev, with Martyn van den Hoek at the Vienna Conservatory, and in masterclasses with Jacob Lateiner, Leonid Brumberg, Sándor Falvai, Vardo Rumessen and Oleg Maisenberg. While still a student she gave several solo and chamber concerts at home and abroad; she has won prizes at national and international competitions and is the recipient of an Academy of Music Prešeren Prize. She has made archive recordings for RTV Slovenia and Italian state broadcaster RAI and collaborated on several CD projects. As a soloist she has performed with the orchestra of the Secondary School of Music and Ballet, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. In 2004 she represented Slovenia in a performance with Moscow’s Kremlin Chamber Orchestra. She is currently devoting herself principally to chamber music and can be heard performing with established Slovene and foreign artists, particularly singers and flautists. As an accompanist, she is a frequent collaborator at masterclasses given by leading artists. She teaches at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and is an associate at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
Tine Bizajl began his musical studies at Piran Music School in the class of Mirko Orlač and continued at the Arts Gymnasium in Koper with Albert Kolbl and Andraž Cencič. Since 2015 he has been a student at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where he is studying with Jonas Bylund and Tomer Maschkowski. He has attended masterclasses with notable trombonists such as Lars Karlin, Michael Steinkühler, Jesper Juul, Sven-Erik Eriksson, Antonello Mazzucco, Michael Massong and Dušan Kranjc. His prizes include a silver plaque at the 2008 edition of the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition, gold plaques in 2011 and 2014, a first prize in category III.a (tenor trombone) in 2017 and a first prize in category III.b (bass trombone) in 2020, bronze (2010), silver (2013) and gold diplomas (2009, 2017) at the Svirél International Music Competition; and a gold plaque and second prize at the Davorin Jenko International Music Competition in Belgrade (2013). He has played with numerous ensembles such as the Braunschweig Opera Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Trombone Quartet of the Hanover Academy of Music, the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie, the Friesenblech Brass Ensemble, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, En Big Band and wind orchestras in Slovenia’s coastal region, among others.
Denys Masliuk was born in the Ukrainian town of Khmelnytskyi. He acquired the basics of piano playing in his homeland, then he was accepted into the Music Lyceum of the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. His virtuosity, along with his unusually mature and profound interpretation, drew attention, including in competitions. As the most promising young pianist of the Minsk Academy’s Music Lyceum, he performed multiple times with the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He concluded his studies at the Minsk Academy in 2002 with distinction, being rewarded for his efforts with a scholarship from the Belarus Ministry of Culture. He continued his studies at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. During this period he gave several acclaimed performances at concerts and festivals in Germany. He furthered his education under the renowned professors K. H. Kämmerling, I. Lazek, K. Bogin and V. Margulis. In 2005 he was the winner of two international competitions in Italy, the Marco Fortini competition in Bologna in June and the San Nicolò di Bari competition in Bari in December. In February 2009 he won third place in the Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition in the Italian city of Grosseto. For several years now Masliuk has been living and working in the Slovenian city of Koper as a professor of piano at the Arts Grammar School. He has given concerts in Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Croatia, the Netherlands and elsewhere. In Slovenia he has appeared on all the major concert stages: The Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana, Kulturni dom Nova Gorica, Kosovelov dom Sežana and elsewhere.