We would like to inform you that the concert of Dominik Rus and Mayaka Guitar Duo will be available on Festival Ljubljana Facebook profile on Thursday, 21st January, at 6.30 pm. The viewing of the concert is free of charge.
Dominik Rus, trumpet
Nadja Rus, piano
Mayaka Guitar Duo
Jaka Škoberne, guitar
Maja Kralj, guitar
G. Torelli: Trumpet Concerto in D major
H. Tomasi: Trumpet Concerto
E. Bozza: Rustiques
T. Slakan: Trumpetness
F. Carulli: Serenata in A major for two guitars, Op. 96, No. 1
M. Castelnuovo Tedesco: Fuga Elegiaca
E. Granados: Valses poéticos
Dominik Rus started learning the trumpet at Vrhnika Music School when he was ten years old. Having passed the admission exams, he continued his training at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet with Matej Rihter. He is currently a second-year master’s student of trumpet at the Ljubljana Academy of Music under Tibor Kerekeš. He won a silver plaque at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2017 and three years later won a gold plaque and second prize at the same competition, along with a special prize for the best performance of a compulsory piece. He won a second prize at the Ljubljana Academy of Music’s first brass competition. He works with various orchestras in Slovenia, including the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Police Orchestra, the Ljubljana Academy of Music Wind Orchestra and the Ljubljana Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Schaka Brass Quintet and the Ljubljana Academy of Music’s brass ensemble Brass AG. He regularly attends seminars and masterclasses with distinguished Slovene and foreign teachers such as Håkan Hardenberger, Reinhold Friedrich, Fruzsina Hara, Thomas Gansch, Laura Vukobratović, Ottaviano Cristofoli, Jeroen Berwaerts, Jure Gradišnik and Aleš Klančar.
Nadja Rus completed her piano studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with distinction under Hinko Haas. She has also completed piano duo studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She has been a constant prize winner at national and international competitions and has regularly taken part in international summer schools and seminars in Slovenia and abroad led by renowned teachers such as Kevin Robert Orr, Chiara Bertoglio, Tatjana Ognjanovič, Agathe Leimoni, Jurij Bogdanov, Borislava Taneva and Claudio Constantini. She is a member of the Scaramouche piano duo, which has received two first prizes and gold plaques at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition, as well as six first prizes, two second prizes and one third prize at international competitions. Together with Neža Koželj she won a first prize at the 2017 Golden Classical Music Awards international competition, which gave them the chance to perform in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. In September 2015 the duo appeared as soloists with the SNG Maribor Orchestra and won an Academy of Music Prešeren Prize for their performance. A year later they performed as soloists with one of the best youth orchestras in the world, the European Union Youth Orchestra, under world-famous conductor Vasily Petrenko. She performs regularly with her brothers Grega Rus (double bass) and Dominik Rus (trumpet).
Jaka Škoberne started learning the guitar at Lendava Music School when he was six years old, initially with Vojislav Slijepčević and then with Dušan Stojanović. After completing his elementary education in Črenšovci and passing a musical aptitude test, he was admitted to the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet, where he studied for four years with Vojko Vešligaj. While a student he participated in various national and international competitions, achieving excellent results, including: first place and gold diploma at the Guitar Open Festival in Subotica (Serbia) in 2012; gold plaque in the guitar duo category at the TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2017; gold diploma at the Svirél International Music Competition in 2018; gold diplomas at the Krško Guitar Days in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018; and a first prize, gold plaque and special diploma for the best performance of a compulsory piece and the best performance of a work by a Slovene composer in the guitar duo category at the TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2020. He has also attended a variety of seminars and masterclasses with notable teachers such as Miloš Janjić, Paolo Pegoraro, David Pavlovits, Nejc Kuhar, Mak Grgić, István Römer, Jure Cerkovnik, Jimmy Liu and Hugo Fernando González Zurita. After completing his studies at the Conservatory in Maribor he enrolled at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he is currently taught by Tomaž Rajterič.
Maja Kralj began her musical journey at the age of seven at Sežana Music School, where she studied guitar for eight years with Nataša Črnugelj. In 2014 she entered the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, where she continued her musical training with Anton Črnugelj. In 2019 she enrolled as a student at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where she is taught by Andrej Grafenauer. Throughout her lower and secondary musical education she performed regularly and took part in numerous competitions both in Slovenia and abroad. Her most notable results include a gold diploma at Krško Guitar Days in 2016, a second prize at the 2nd Zagreb Guitar Festival (2016), a first prize at the 3rd Zagreb Guitar Festival (2017), a second prize and gold plaque at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2017 as part of a guitar duo with Tine Črnugelj, a first prize at the Young Talent Competition at the XVI Uppsala International Guitar Festival in Sweden (2019) and, as half of the Mayaka guitar duo with Jaka Škoberne, a first prize, gold plaque and special diploma for the best performance of a compulsory piece and the best performance of a work by a Slovene composer at the TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2020. She performs regularly at international festivals, where she has attended masterclasses with renowned teachers such as Judicaël Perroy, Aniello Desiderio, Paolo Pegoraro, István Römer, Mak Grgić, Nejc Kuhar, Jure Cerkovnik, Johann Palier, Xuefei Yang, Andrea De Vitis, Costas Cotsiolis, Olaf Van Gonnisen, Laura Young, Margarita Escarpa, Álvaro Pierri, Brian Head, Gabriel Bianco, Stephanie Jones and Anders Miolin.