Dominik Strgar, euphonium
Mirjana Kostić, piano
Ph. Sparke: Euphonium Concerto
B. Marcello: Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 1
J. Turrin: Concert Piece no. 1 for Euphonium and Piano
Dominik Strgar was born in Novo Mesto in 1996. He began his musical training at the Miran Jarc Music School in Novo Mesto. After completing his elementary education, he continued his studies with Darko Rošker and Nejc Merc at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet. Upon graduation, he entered the Carinthian State Conservatory in Klagenfurt (Austria). After three years abroad he enrolled at the University of Ljubljana and is currently a second-year student at the Academy of Music, where he is studying with Roland Szentpáli and Nejc Merc. He is a long-standing member of the Krka Wind Orchestra and Brass Band Slovenija and also plays with the wind orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. While studying abroad, he attended tuba masterclasses with world-renowned teachers such as Roger Bobo, Steven Mead, Thomas Rüedi and Luciano de Luca. He has taken part in various competitions and achieved excellent results. His results at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in Slovenia include a gold plaque and first prize in category I.c, a gold plaque and second prize in category II.b, and, last year, a silver plaque and second prize in category III.b. He has also won a gold plaque and the title of laureate at the Davorin Jenko International Music Competition in Belgrade.
Mirjana Kostić, born in Serbia, where her musical career began. While at school her musical talent gained attention, and she took part in various musical competitions. She completed her education at the Music Academy in Belgrade under Prof. Mirjana Vukdragović in 1997. While she was still a student she began working as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Secondary Music School in Šabac. After graduating from the Academy, she continued her career as a teacher at the Secondary Music School in Leskovac, at the Faculty of Arts in Pristina and the Faculty of Arts in Niš. From the very beginning she was noticed as an ambitious piano teacher, and along with her students each year she won numerous prizes at various levels, while as an accompanist in competitions at all levels she actively accompanied students from other classes. In the autumn of 2011, after a career of almost 20 years in Serbia, she moved to Slovenia, where she continued her work as an educator first at the Anton Martin Slomšek Music and Ballet School as a piano teacher and répétiteur, then brought her teaching skills to the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Maribor. In her career spanning more than 26 years so far, she has participated in a large number of projects and events, she has continuously accompanied young musicians on their own path and together with her students she has taken part in competitions, closing and independent concerts at home and abroad (Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Austria). She has carried a love of music with her since the very beginning, and music is an integral part of her life.