Dorotea Senica, flute
Luka Mitev, bassoon
Lara Hrastnik, harp
A. Jolivet: Pastorales de Noël
H. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras, No. 6
M. Grandjany: Rhapsodie for Harp, op.10
C. Debussy: Sonata for flute, bassoon and harp
M. Ravel, arr. C. Salzedo: Sonatine en Trio
Dorotea Senica (born 1997) began studying the flute at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet when she was eight years old. Her first teacher was Valerija Kamplet, with whom she also completed the matura examination. At the age of 15 she passed the entrance examination for the full-time flute programme at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and was admitted to the class of Michael Martin Kofler, while continuing to attend the Arts Gymnasium in Maribor. She graduated with distinction in June 2018 and since September 2020 has been on an exchange in Paris. She has been taking part in competitions since the age of ten and has frequently obtained maximum points at regional, national and international competitions. She has performed as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Hungary). As a secondary school student she was solo flautist of the symphony orchestra and wind orchestra of the Maribor Conservatory for several years. In early March 2018 she played with the Munich Philharmonic as a substitute flautist under world-famous conductor Kent Nagano.
She is the holder of a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and a scholarship from the International Academy of music in Liechtenstein. She is financially supported by the Gallus Foundation. She has attended several summer schools with teachers Matej Zupan, Milena Lipovšek, Liza Hawlina Prešiček, Michael Martin Kofler, Martin Belič and Erwin Klambauer and seminars with James Galway, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Julien Beaudiment, Juliette Hurel, Bülent Evcil, János Bálint, Andrea Lieberknecht, Aleš Kacjan and Mateja Bajt.
Bassoonist Luka Mitev, born in Postojna in 1997, began studying the bassoon with his father Zoran Mitev. He continued his training at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, where in 2015 he won the Škerjanc Prize. He has taken part in several national competitions, with excellent results including first prizes and a perfect score of 100 points. In the 2012/13 season he auditioned for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). For the 2016 season he auditioned, as a musician on the reserve list, for the renowned Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO). He is one of the five finalists of the “We Stand Behind Them” project chosen to perform with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Rudolfinum in Prague. He has given several recitals organised by Jeunesses Musicales Ljubljana, the Ljubljana Festival and Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia. This year he was invited to take part in the Prague Spring International Music Competition and was due to join the GMJO spring tour, but both events were unfortunately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He holds a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Marco Postinghel. He is currently on a student exchange in Hanover, where he is studying with Bence Boganyi. He regularly attends seminars and masterclasses with renowned musicians and teachers such as Sergio Azzolini, Gustavo Núñez, Giorgio Mandolesi, Emmanuel Pahud, Stefano Canuti and Radovan Vlatković, among others.
Lara Hrastnik began playing the harp at the age of seven at Celje Music School, where she also sat the matura examination. She has studied with several teachers, including Dalibor Bernatović. In 2018 she completed her bachelor’s degree at the Ljubljana Academy of Music under Mojca Zlobko Vajgl, with whom she is now pursuing a master’s course while simultaneously pursuing postgraduate studies with Stephen Fitzpatrick at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She participates regularly in competitions, with excellent results. In 2018 she won a first prize at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition and special certificates for scoring 100 points, for the best performance of a compulsory piece and for the best performance of a work by a Slovene composer. In January 2017 she performed Handel’s Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4/6 with the Ljubljana Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, for which she received the Academy of Music Prešeren Prize. In April 2019 she performed Glière’s Harp Concerto in E-flat major with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 she auditioned for a place on the reserve list of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and for the European Union Youth Orchestra. She has attended masterclasses with numerous renowned teachers and gives harp lessons herself at Ljubljana Moste–Polje Music School.