LAURA FELICIJAN, flute
SAE LEE, piano
NADIA TERNIFI, soprano
TANJA ŠTERMAN, piano
C. Frühling: Fantasy for Flute and Piano, Op. 55
R. Strauss, arr. E. Pahud: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
R. Strauss: Dedication, Op. 10/1
R. Strauss: The Night, Op. 10/3
F. Liszt: Die Loreley, S. 273
F. Liszt: Oh, when I sleep, S. 282
C. Gounod: Il était un roi de Thulé … Ah! Je ris (Marguerite’s aria from Faust)
W. A. Mozart: Solitudini amiche … Zeffiretti lusinghier (Ilia’s aria from Idomeneo, K. 366)
R. Wagner: Einsam in trüben Tagen ( Elsa’s aria from Lohengrin)
Flautist Laura Felicijan is a second-year master’s student at the Ljubljana Academy of Music under Matej Zupan. She began her musical journey at the age of seven, when she began playing the recorder at the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School in Velenje. In 2005 she switched to the flute with teacher Špela Zamrnik. Two years later she began studying with Ana Zajc Smolčnik, with whom she remained for three years. After completing the lower music school programme, she continued her training under Karolina Šantl Zupan at the Velenje Arts Gymnasium. After successfully sitting the entrance exam, she enrolled at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. While a student she has won several gold diplomas and first prizes at competitions both in Slovenia and abroad. In 2018 she was among the three finalists at an international competition in Romania and performed as a soloist with the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a member of the chamber ensemble Four Characters, with which she won a gold diploma and a first prize at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2018. She has attended various masterclasses and trained with numerous well-known teachers such as Paolo Taballione, Mario Caroli, Andrea Oliva and Manuel Morales, among others.
Sae Lee is a graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, where she studied with Kazuhiko Nakajima and Etsuko Tazaki. In 2007 and 2008 she graduated with distinction in piano and chamber music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Her teachers were Michel Beroff, Eric Le Sage and Laszlo Hadady. She has won nine first prizes at international competitions, among them a first prize at the Citt di Padova International Competition (Padua, Italy) and a first prize at the Albert Roussel International Piano Competition (Sofia, Bulgaria). As an active chamber musician, she works with the saxophonist Miha Rogina, with whom she performs as Duo Kalypso. Sae is a piano accompanist of Aurélie Dupont, prima ballerina and director of the Paris Opera Ballet. She has given several television and radio broadcasts in Japan and Europe. She is currently employed at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
Nadia Ternifi is a voice student of Pia Brodnik at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In 2019 she completed a degree in dental medicine at the University of Ljubljana and is currently working as a dentist trainee. In 2016 she passed the matura examination at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, where she studied singing with Edita Garčević-Koželj.
In 2013 she won a gold award and third place at the Lazar Jovanović International Voice Competition in Belgrade. She has performed in the “Listening at Križanke”, “Meet me at the Magistrat” and “Youth to Youth” recital series organised by Glasbena Mladina Ljubljanska (Jeunesses Musicales Ljubljana). In 2015 she received a scholarship to participate in the international opera festival Oper Oder-Spree in Beeskow, Germany, where she performed in a “collage opera” and at two gala concerts with the Prussian Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist at the New Year concerts of the Domžale-Kamnik Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet. She also collaborates frequently with the chamber orchestra Camerata Medica, most recently at this year’s Klic dobrote (“Call of Kindness”) charity concert. In both 2016 and 2019 she was the winner of her category at the TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition, receiving a gold plaque and a special prize for the best performance of a Slovene lied. In 2019 she gave a recital of opera duets with tenor Gregor Ravnik at the Lent Festival in Maribor. Also in 2019 she participated, as assistant director and soloist, in a gala event in Cankarjev Dom’s Gallus Hall to mark the centenary of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Medicine. She sang the role of Sabina in Domenico Cimarosa’s rarely performed opera Gli Orazi e i Curiazi at the 2019 Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg opera festival.
She regularly attends voice seminars with distinguished teachers such as Giulio Zappa, Rudolf Piernay, Nena Brzaković, Snežana Stamenkovič, Constance Fee, Peter Maus and Breda Zakotnik. She was the holder of a City of Ljubljana scholarship throughout her dental medicine studies.
Pianist Tanja Šterman graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak in 1995. Following graduation she spent two years at the Academy of Music in Budapest before completing postgraduate studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in 2001, again under Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak. She has also attended international masterclasses given by renowned teachers. In 1993 she won a Student Prešeren Prize. Her performing career includes numerous solo recitals and chamber concerts. She has appeared three times as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1994 performed as a soloist with the Padova Chamber Orchestra (from Padua, Italy). She is currently employed as an associate at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.