Luka Poljanec, percussion
K. Abe, B. Hamilton, A. Masson
Veronika Brecelj, violin
Danijel Brecelj, piano
L. van Beethoven, E. Ysaÿe
Luka Poljanec (1999) began studying the recorder with Špela Šnofl at the Franc Šturm Music School in Ljubljana before switching to percussion with Nebojša Dačković. He has participated several times in the Svirél International Music Competition, becoming a gold finalist in 2012 and 2010 (with 100 points) and winning a gold diploma (2009) and a silver diploma (2011). He also won a silver diploma at the 13th International Competition for Young Instrumentalists in Povoletto (Udine) and a silver plaque at the 43rd TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2014. He is currently studying at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet in the class of Simon Klavžar, under whose mentorship he was a gold finalist at Svirél in 2016. That same year, he performed as a soloist with the wind orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory. In March 2017 he won a gold plaque and first prize at TEMSIG, and in April gave a half-recital as part of the “Meet Me at the Magistrat” concert cycle. He scored 100 points and received a gold diploma at Svirél 2017. He has attended numerous seminars with outstanding artists such as Nebojša Jovan Živković, Katarzyna Myćka, Ney Rosauro, Tchiki Duo, Rumi Ogava and Andrea Centazzo, among others.
Violinist Veronika Brecelj (1994) graduated with distinction from the Berlin University of the Arts in February 2017, having studied with Tomasz Tomaszewski. She is now studying for a master’s degree in the class of Silvia Marcovici at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where she previously spent the 2015/16 academic year as an exchange student in the class of Boris Kuschnir. She has won multiple prizes at international competitions and has been a first prize winner at the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition on three occasions. In 2012 the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet awarded her the Škerjanc Prize for artistic achievements. She has given numerous solo recitals in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. She has performed with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra at Imago Sloveniae, with the Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra at the Lojze Bratuž Cultural Centre in Gorizia, and with the Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet at the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall. She regularly attends international master classes with renowned teachers such as Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov, Ivry Gitlis, Krzysztof Wegrzyn and Yair Kless.
Danijel Brecelj (1988) studied piano with Siavush Gadjiev at the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris with Roger Muraro and then took a second master’s degree at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in the class of Rolf Plagge. He has also completed a specialisation course at the International Piano Academy in Imola with Leonid Margarius. He has performed with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mitteleuropa Orchestra of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the University of Groningen Orchestra. He has won two first prizes at the TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition, second prize at the Mayenne International Piano Competition in France and a Yamaha Foundation prize, also in France.