Teja Udovič Kovačič, accordion
Matej Kravcar, trumpet
Bojana Karuza, piano
D. Buxtehude: Ciacona in E minor, BuxWV 160
M. Bronner: In my enormous city from the cycle Insomnia
D. Scarlatti: Sonata in F major, K. 44
M. Bronner: Here again a window from the cycle Insomnia
S. Mossenmark: Wood spirit
M. Bronner: Dialogue of Hamlet with his consciense from the cycle Insomnia
L. Lebič: Rej
M. Bronner: Thus they listen from the cycle Insomnia
G. Ph. Telemann: Trumpet concerto in D major
T. Slakan: Trumpetness
T. Takemitsu: Paths
A. Jolivet: Concertino for trumpet and piano
Teja Udovič Kovačič began studying the concert accordion at the age of six with teacher Erika Udovič Kovačič at Koper Music School. To date she has won 13 first prizes at regional, national and international competitions, also scoring 12 first places and winning several special prizes. She is a three-time winner of the national TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition (2011, 2017, 2020) and this year also won a special prize for the best performance of a work by a Slovene composer. As a soloist she has performed with the symphony orchestra Nova Filharmonija, the Chamber Orchestra of the Coast, the Vladimir Lovec String Orchestra, the Vladimir Lovec Symphony Orchestra and the Accordion Orchestra of the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet. In 2017 she won the International Accordion Competition in Pula (Croatia) and in April 2018 scored 100 points at the Svirél International Music Competition. In 2018 she was among the performers in Ljubljana Festival’s Young Virtuosi cycle, in 2019 she appeared in the Franc Goršič Summer Organ Cycle, while this year she gave a performance as part of the Listening at the Opera series organised by Jeunesses Musicales Ljubljana. This summer she also performed with saxophonist Andrej Omejc at Summer in Celje 2020 and at the Festival on the Ljubljanica. In 2017, as part of the concert cycle Four Notes for Europe, she was the soloist in the premiere performance of Corrado Rojac’s composition Polja VI with the Nova Filharmonija symphony orchestra, with which she also recorded an album. Having graduated from the Arts Gymnasium in Koper and the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet (where she studied with Slavko Magdić), she is continuing her accordion studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with Borut Zagoranski.
Matej Kravcar began learning the trumpet at Trebnje Music School with Igor Hribar and continued his training at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet in the class of Franc Žugelj. He is currently studying at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with Jure Gradišnik. He has attended seminars with such noted musicians as Reinhold Friedrich, Laura Vukobratović, Urban Agnas, Adam Rapa, Andreas Öttl, Nilo Caracristi and Stefan Hofer and Håkan Hardenberger. He has taken part in several national and international competitions (TEMSIG, Davorin Jenko, Svirél, Varaždin) and won several top prizes. He has given solo performances at a range of events and solemn occasions. He has played in various ensembles including the Brass Quintet, Big Band, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, the Ljubljana Academy of Music Wind Orchestra, the brass ensemble TrobiNOVA, the HRT Jazz Orchestra, Euro Symphony SFK, the Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, the Slovenian Army Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.
He is a member of the Schaka Brass Quintet, with which he won a gold plaque at the TEMSIG (Young Musicians of Slovenia) competition in 2019 and a gold plaque and first prize at TEMSIG 2020.
Pianist Bojana Karuza is from Split (Croatia), where she completed music school before continuing her studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music under Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak. While a student she won several prizes and commendations and performed with the orchestra. She is currently employed as an associate at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. She works both with younger musicians and with established performers and also accompanies them at masterclasses and international competitions.