Not many symphonic orchestras can boast such a rich and long-standing tradition as the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra with its predecessors, the Academia philharmonicorum (1701), the Philharmonic Society(1794) and the first Slovenian Philharmonic (1908–1913). Among the many respectable artists, guest members of the Slovenian Philharmonic, we will only mention Haydn, Beethoven, Paganini, Brahms and Kleiber. The Orchestra, re-established in 1947, was led by renowned national and foreign directors, as Bogo Leskovic, Samo Hubad, Lovro von Matačić, Oskar Danon, Uroš Lajovic, Milan Horvat, Marko Letonja and George Pehlivanian, Emmanuel Villaume, Keri-Lynn Wilson. Currently, the Chief Conductor is Uroš Lajovic. The Orchestra has confirmed its renown in a range of guest appearances in Europe, the United States, Japan, Oman and a series of international festivals. On many occasions, they cooperated with leading conductors and musicians, and the Orchestra's concerts have been recorded on over 70 compact discs.
Simon Krečič, pianist and conductor, studied piano at the Music Academy of Ljubljana, graduating in 2002 from the class of Aci Bertoncelj. In 2005, he completed his master's degree at the University of the Arts in Bern, where he attended Aleksandar Madžar's class. In November 2008, he received an award at the International Conducting Competition in Grosseto, Italy. He has also been a regular guest of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra since March 2009. Numerous concerts as part of season tickets, ceremonial and exclusive concerts as well as many recordings have been conducted by him. He completed his conducting studies at the Music Academy of Ljubljana in the class of Professor Milivoj Šurbek in September 2012. He works with many prominent Slovenian and foreign solo artists, with whom he made a number of records.
Simon Krečič is also gaining more and more international recognition. In March 2011, he was Assistant Conductor in the Werther opera at the Teatro Real in Madrid. He also conducted Verdi's opera Macbeth at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa in February 2015. In December 2013, he became Artistic Director of the SNG Maribor Opera.
Five finalist will play the following compositions:
THE REQUIRED COMPOSITION
F. Martin: Balada za saksofon in orkester
THE COMPOSITION BY THEIR CHOICE
Vitaly Vatulya (RU) - Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera
Kalle Oittinen (FI) - Henri Tomasi: Koncert
Domen Koren (SI) - Jeanine Rueff: Concertino, op.17
Nele Tiebout (BE) – Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera
Jan Gričar (SI) – Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera
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