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Ines Nedelkovska, piano
Clarinet Orchestra of the Ljubljana Academy of Music
Nina Tomič, E-flat clarinet
Samanta Škorja, Lara Ramšak, Anže Popovič, Špela Pokorn, Matija Rajćević, Jan Zver, Adam Atanasov, Urban Erker, Manca Skalar Demšar, Matic Sotošek, Matija Francuski, Luka Vovk, B-flat clarinet
Jan Junger, Urška Sikovšek, alto clarinet
Benjamin Burger, Anže Plesnik Zupanc, bass klarinet
Jan Ulaga, double-bass clarinet
Jože Kotar, conductor
Samanta Škorja, soloist
L. van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 »Pathetique«
F. Chopin: Etude in F major, Op. 10, No. 8
P. I. Čajkovski, arr. M. Pletnev: Intermezzo from The Nutcracker Suite
W. A. Mozart, arr. J. Hanquier: Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
G. F. Händel, arr. T. Kmetič: Largo from the opera Xerxes, HWV 40
Ch.-M. Widor, arr. M. Johnston: Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 42, No. 2
M. Jarc: Klara
W. Soenen: Variations on a theme of one of Guido’s friends
G. Gershwin, arr. R. Kernen: Gershwin favourites
J. Van der Roost, arr. M. Jense: Rikudim
Ines Nedelkovska is one of the most prominent young Macedonian musicians. At the age of six she started learning the piano under Nina Kostova, and currently she is a pupil at the Todor Skalovski – Tetoec State Music School in Tetovo. To date she has earned numerous prizes at international competitions in Monte Carlo, Italy, the USA, France, the UK, North Macedonia and elsewhere. In 2015 she even won two competitions in Italy on the same day (Naples and Corato, Bari). As a winner she has earned the opportunity to perform at some of the most distinguished concert halls in the world. After her triumph at two competitions in New York she performed at the Kaufman Music Center and Carnegie Hall. In 2017, she topped her category at the London Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and performed at the winners’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She has also recorded major successes in competitions of young musicians in Bonn, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Astana. Her hectic concert schedule includes several notable events, such as the invitation extended by the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation to hold three solo recitals in Moscow, and the invitation extended by Vadim Repin to attend the Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Novosibirsk, where she performed with Mohammed Alshaikh and the Yankovsky Junior Symphony Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Music College. On 9 June 2021 the international section of Jeunesses Musicales International in Brussels declared her “musician of the week”.
The Clarinet Orchestra of the Ljubljana Academy of Music formed in the 2017/2018 school year at the initiative of Jože Kotar, who also directs it. The ensemble includes all the members of the clarinet family, from the E-flat clarinet to the contrabass clarinet, which gives it an extremely broad tonal palette and a vast range of interpretational possibilities. The orchestra’s repertoire includes numerous original compositions for this configuration alongside arrangements of symphonic works. All the orchestra’s members are clarinet students at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
Jože Kotar is a clarinet teacher at Ljubljana’s Academy of Music and Conservatory of Music and Ballet, and has since 2007 has performed as solo clarinettist for RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that he had been solo clarinettist in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years. As a soloist, chamber musician, and member of various chamber ensembles such as the Slovenian Clarinet Orchestra, the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet, the MD7 contemporary music ensemble, and others, he performs both in Slovenia and abroad, holds seminars for clarinet and chamber playing, and is also a jury member in international competitions. Since 2007 he has been the conductor and artistic director of the Trbovlje Workers’ Band, and since the 2017/2018 season he has also led the Clarinet Orchestra of Ljubljana’s Academy of Music. He has performed under the baton of eminent conductors, cooperated at numerous renowned festivals, and recorded a series of CDs. Jože Kotar has premiered over 190 compositions by Slovenian and foreign composers.