Jani GOLOB (Ljubljana, 1948) graduated the violin and composition under prof. Uroš Krek at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. For many years he was a member of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, an editor of the serious music and ballet on TV Slovenia. He is a professor in the Department of composition and music theory at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. His work is rich in so-called serious and popular music, where these two poles, seemingly difficult to reconcile are often intertwined. His works have been performed by many symphonic orchestras, chamber groups and famous soloists. He received Prešeren’s and Župančič’s awards as well as the 34th Festival du Film Publicitaire’s award in Cannes and many others. He is a member of many national committees and international juries. Since 1992 he is also a member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sentimental dances are writen on the initiative of Clavimerata. In its apparent ease and simplicity they combine a wonderful range of rich rhythms and melodies, dynamic contrasts, sentimental and a bit nostalgic feelings.
Jaka PUCIHAR (Ljubljana, 1976) was born in Ljubljana in a musical family. He studied composition and music theory at the Music Academy in Ljubljana (diploma/ prof. Alojz Srebotnjak, MA / prof. Marko Mihevc). As a jazz pianist / arranger / composer he was refined by professors: Veljko Glodić / Croatia, Uli Scherer / Austria, Renato Chicco / Italy, Barry Harris, John Clayton / USA. He works as an assistant professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he teaches jazz harmony, jazz improvisation and arrangement. He received the Prešeren student’s award and recognition for the important work of art in the field of music- composition. He collaborates with excellent artists and orchestras and is also the head of the jazz group The Session Band.
Three for the trio -''the composition was created in the final year of study at the Music Academy in Ljubljana, when I somehow discovered my personal style of musical expression. The last part was made as an independent composition, which should be used as an addition to the end of trio’s concerts. Later I added the first two parts. The theme, which was used in the second part, comes from the Slovenian folk song Lipa zelenela je.''
Sijaj, sijaj - is the work that was originally created for the flute, oboe, piano, and was first performed in New Zealand where they wished for the composition of Slovenian theme to be performed by the Slovenian author.
Perpetuum Jazzile – ''the emergence of composition is related to my authorial evening in CD Ljubljana in 2001, when I was first extensively introduced as a composer. The original is written for a chamber group of 10 instruments (wind quintet, string quartet and harpsichord), later on I arranged the work for the trio to simplify and increase the number of performance. It is a kind of a combination of the Baroque style with a touch of jazz ...''
David BEOVIČ (Kranj, 1977) was born in Kranj. He began by studying the clarinet and piano at the Music school in Škofja Loka. He continued his musical career at the Music and Ballet School in Ljubljana, and at the same time he attended the Gymnasium in Škofja Loka. After finishing secondary school, he entered the Faculty of Theology and continued to study composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana under prof. Marijan Gabrijelčič and prof. Paul Mihelčič. He is a professor of musical art at the Jurij Vega Gymnasium in Idrija and the School centre Gymnasium in Ljubljana. His works have been performed in many Slovenian festivals (Night of Slovenian composers, Young to the young, Musica Danubiana ...) and abroad (Trieste, Berlin, Vienna).
Angie Z. -''The Russian proverb says that a quick death even ends the longest life. After her death, I decided to dedicate my next work to the honour of her memory. The song does not reflect the morbidity or pessimism, but her cheerful nature, harmless observation, playing with the thumbs and the elderly return of the child. The child who spent his time and went to play on the other side.'
Maks STRMČNIK (Črna na Koroškem, 1948) got his degree in composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana under prof. Lucijan Marija Škerjanc and prof. Uroš Krek, who was also his postgraduate study professor. He specialised in the Baroque performance practice of the keyboard instruments, and general bass at the Academy of Music in Innsbruck (Austria) under prof. Johann Sohnleitner and prof. Toon Koopman. As a renowned organist and harpsichordist he regularly participates in the Slovenian reproductive musical life. As a composer he has been placed among the most visible Slovenian music creators. He is the winner of the Prešeren’s fund award and Kozina’s prize. He works as a full professor and is the head of the Department of sacred music at the Music Academy in Ljubljana.
Graduale - the work was written in 1987 on the initiative of the trio Goričar-Belič-Jarc and was first performed in concert studio of the Society of Slovenian composers. The work has got a great design and sound originality. Composer discovered and established the principle of design in our music space that follows the nature of sonority of individual instruments and their combinations. There is no dissection to ordinary sentences with well known conventional forms, but clean musical sequence of long bows in which the sound combination of two or all three instruments exchanges through contrasts and graduation. All this is neatly fulfilled with aleatorical moments, followed by sharp, rhythmic outlined musical ideas.
Pavel ŠIVIC (Radovljica, 1908; Ljubljana, 1995) was the first student who got his degree under Slavko Osterc from composition at the Regional Music Conservatory. The next two years, he perfected in Prague at the local conservatory and studied composition in the master class of Josef Suka and Alois Habe and piano under Wilem Kurz. After graduating he returned to Ljubljana and taught piano at the conservatory until 1939, when he became an assistant professor at the newly established Academy of Music. From 1946 until his retirement in 1978, with brief pauses when he worked at the Ministry of Culture and Radio in Ljubljana, he taught piano, music history and methodology at the Academy of Music. The next twelve years he was a general bass lecturer in the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts. In addition to holding concerts and teaching, he focused on writing the scripts for the students, criticism and essay writing, forming radio broadcasts, and composing. His musical opus is extremely comprehensive. He received a series of awards, among them Župančič’s Kozina’s and Prešeren’s award twice.
Small variations were written by Šivic in 1977. Preliminary theme is completely Hungarian coloured, followed by diverse variation (Animato, Barcaroli, Lento, Vivace, Recitativo and Marcia).