Recorder player Una Košir was born in Ljubljana in 1994. She began playing the recorder at the age of seven with teacher Barbara Cefera at the Edgar Willems Music Centre and continued her training at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet under Mateja Bajt, passing the music matura examination with distinction. She is currently studying the recorder at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with the same teacher. She regularly attends summer schools and recorder seminars (Radovljica Festival, Musica Locopolitana Festival of Early Music, masterclasses with Katharina Lugmayr at the Emona Festival, etc.) and has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, including a gold plaque and first prize at TEMSIG 2013 as a soloist and a gold plaque at TEMSIG 2015 with the ensemble La dolce fiamma. Performing as a soloist at this year’s national competition, she received a gold plaque, a first prize and a special diploma for achieving a perfect score of 100 points. She also took part in the 3rd International Solfeggio Competition at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in May 2015, coming second and receiving a silver plaque. She works regularly with the Academy of Music’s baroque, symphony and wind orchestras, both as a member and as a soloist. In January 2015 she performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra at the First Philharmonic Festival of Baroque Music. In 2014 she received her Willems teaching diploma at the congress of the Fédération Internationale Willems in Rome. As well as studying she teaches introduction to music and solfeggio at the Edgar Willems Music Centre in Ljubljana.
Oboist Aris Vehovec (1995) attended the lower and secondary levels of the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School in Velenje, where he studied oboe with Tanja Mršnjak Petrej while simultaneously studying piano and voice. Since the very beginning of his musical career he has taken part in regional and national competitions, with notable results: a third prize and gold plaque at TEMSIG 2007 (Category 1B), a first prize and gold plaque at TEMSIG 2010 (Category 1C) and a first prize and gold plaque at TEMSIG 2016 (Category 3A). He has also taken part in international competitions: in 2007 he took part in the Davorin Jenko International Music Competition in Belgrade, where he won a gold plaque and a first prize. He has taken part in several editions of the Svirél International Music Competition, winning a gold plaque in 2012 and silver plaques in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2010 he won a fourth prize at an international competition in Trieste. In 2011 he was a semi-finalist at the Emona International Competition (Ljubljana), and in 2015 he won a bronze plaque at the same competition. In 2014 he took part in the Stevan Mokranjac International Woodwind Competition in Požarevac, Serbia, where he won a gold plaque and first prize and was the overall winner in his category. In 2016 he won a first prize at the International Woodwind & Brass Competition in Varaždin, Croatia and came first in Category F. In the 2006/07 academic year he was made an honorary pupil of Velenje Music School. He has performed frequently as a soloist with the school’s symphony orchestra and string orchestra and also works with the symphony orchestra of Celje Music School. He has recorded contemporary chamber music by Leon Firšt for RTV Slovenia in Ljubljana. He has also performed and competed as part of a duo with accordion, a wind quintet and a chamber ensemble with flute and piano. In March 2016 he passed an audition for solo with orchestra at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He continues to study with various teachers and is a regular participant at the orchestra camps organised by UPOL. He is currently a third-year student at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Matej Šarc.
Since he was a child, Alberto Busettini grows a deep interest in the Harpsichord and in Early Music. This passion became easily his profession and life: after graduating with highest marks and mention in Italy, he specialized in Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Baroque Orchestra in The Netherlands and after at Chigiana Accademy with Christophe Rousset. With thousands concerts in all Europe, Alberto is an appreciated soloist and conductor, playing also with many early music groups like Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, Venice Baroque Orchestra and Opera Stravagante in Early Music Festivals like Grandezze e Meraviglie, Alte Musik Live Berlin, Festival Monteverdi, Musikfest Kreuth, Wunderkammer, Festival delle Ville Venete, with many important artists like Alfredo Bernardini, Sara Mingardo, Stefano Montanari, Silvia Frigato, Anna Fusek, Sergey Malov, Angelo Manzotti, Michael Radulescu, Filippo Maria Bressan, Gabriele Cassone. Alberto Busettini is appreciated as solist, performing often on original instruments like Walter harpsichord (1696) in Tolmezzo or in Paris on Collesse 1748 harpsichord. He is Visiting Professor for Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Historically Informed Interpretation Praxis at the Early Music Department In the Faculty of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and also the harpsichordist and “Maestro di Sala” for the Early and Baroque Music Projects in the Teatro La Fenice, Venice.
Lara Oprešnik (1997) began playing the piano at the age of seven at the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School in Velenje with Monika Vehovec and completed the secondary programme in the class of Jožica Grebenšek and later Jerneja Grebenšek. Her musical career to date has brought her numerous national and international accolades and prizes, including two first prizes (2010, 2011) at the Ars Nova International Music Competition in Trieste and a primo premio assoluto at the international competition in Legnago (Italy) in 2011. She has taken part several times in the Città di Gorizia International Piano Competition, winning two second prizes (2008, 2009) and a third prize (2010) and in international competitions in Udine, where she has won two first prizes (2013, 2015) and a primo premio assoluto (2014). In 2011, performing in a piano duo with Maša Kljun, she won a second prize and gold plaque at TEMSIG. She has performed in a wind trio with Klara Kikec and Lara Ramšak, winning a second prize and gold diploma at TEMSIG (2015) and a first prize at an international competition in Belgrade (2015). In 2010 she won the title “Pupil of the Year” at the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School, Velenje and, as a prize, the opportunity to perform the Second Movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 in C major with the orchestra of Velenje Music School. In the 2016/17 academic year she won the title “Pupil of the Year” of the Arts Gymnasium in Velenje and received a prize for outstanding achievement from the Fran Korun Koželjski Music School. She has also studied with Milana Chernyavska, László Baranyay, Ruben Dalibaltayan, Jasminka Stanèul, Siavush Gadjiev, Oleg Marshev, Natacha Kudritskaya, Selma Chicco, Aleksandar Serdar, Rita Kinka and Lovro Pogoreliæ. She is currently a first-year student at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the class of Hinko Haas.
D. Castello: Sonata seconda
F. Geminiani: Sonata No 3 in G minor from Le prime Sonate
F. Couperin: The Royal Concert No 4
C. Tsoupaki: Charavgi
H. Dutilleux: Sonata for oboe and piano
A. Pasculli: Gran Concerto on themes from Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, for oboe and piano