To mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Tartini, our most important Baroque composer, we paid homage to him at this year’s 68th Ljubljana Festival with the concert Reflections of Tartini, at which acclaimed cellist Bernardo Brizani performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra.
Brizani is a regular guest of the Ljubljana Festival. A member of the Orchestra Academy of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for the last two seasons, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at numerous important concert venues in Slovenia and abroad, including in Minnesota (USA), Brussels, Semmering and Baden-Baden. In 2010 he performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation Auditorium in New York as the first of the three winners of the Alexander & Buono Competitions. He has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions and in 2012 was the recipient of a Student Prešeren Prize. The Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, which has already appeared six times at the Ljubljana Festival, is an ensemble of fourteen string players from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. It was founded in 1993 by Boris Šinigoj, who was then director of the Slovenian Philharmonic, with the support of the Ministry of Culture. Over the course of more than 25 years of activity, the ensemble has played over 400 concerts at home and abroad and is a regular guest at Ljubljana’s summer festival.
The programme included three Tartini symphonies, a virtuoso performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major (a stunning work famous for its extraordinarily demanding cello part) and a work by the Slovene composer Uroš Krek.
You can find the concert in the Chamber Studio archive on the RTV 4D streaming site.
The concert was an accompanying event of the 68th Ljubljana Festival and took place as part of the European cross-border project “tARTini”, co-financed by the EU’s Interreg Italy–Slovenia cross-border cooperation programme, which brings together institutions in Piran, Ljubljana, Trieste and Padua with the aim of stimulating cultural tourism and promoting cultural heritage.