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Jan Gričar: SAXGO23 classical saxophone

This year, three concerts will be organised within the framework of the “classical section” of the SAXGO Festival. In a way, it is a fusion of two generations – experienced masters on the one hand and young but promising ones on the other. After a few years, the renowned French Habanera Quartet, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is coming to visit Nova Gorica again. They will perform together with a special guest, the lecturer at this year’s Classical Saxophone Summer School, Maja Lisac Barroso, the Swiss-Slovenian saxophonist. We will have the opportunity to listen to their joint project – Schubert’s String Quartet in C minor, Op. D 956 arranged for saxophone quintet, by Maja Lisac Barroso. The performance of this fresh arrangement will add a new acoustic aspect to Schubert’s masterpiece, and it is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival.

The second concert will feature Domen Koren, the Slovenian saxophonist, and Sae Lee, the Japanese pianist. Domen Koren, the winner of the third prize at the last year’s SAXGO International Saxophone Competition, is one of the most recognizable saxophonists of his generation, who has proven himself on many concert stages. Together with the outstanding pianist Sae Lee, they will recreate compositions for saxophone and piano from the 21st century by renowned composers such as Nina Šenk, Vincent David, Jean-Denis Michat…

At the third concert the audience will listen to the other two lecturers at this year’s summer school. Antonio García Jorge, the Spanish saxophonist, is a prize-winner of several international competitions and a performer at numerous master classes and festivals throughout Europe. Makoto Hondo, the first prize-winner of the SAXGO International Competition (2013), has devoted his studies to the exploration of the baritone saxophone repertoire and is one of the most prominent exponents of this instrument. The saxophonist will be accompanied by the excellent Sae Lee on piano, and together they will present a varied programme including standard compositions, contemporary literature and arrangements.

The penultimate concert of the festival will be dedicated to the Saxophone Summer School, which traditionally concludes with a closing concert by the participants of the classical and jazz saxophone workshops – All Together Now. The final concert offers young saxophonists the opportunity to perform on the concert stage. For many of the participants, this is also their first experience of performing at a festival venue, which is of great importance and invaluable in these days. Under the watchful eye and guidance of the workshop and master class teachers, participants will study for a joint performance during the Saxophone Summer School, very often forging unique personal bonds that continue and deepen from junior high school through the Conservatoire of Music and into the academic world.


artistic director SAXGO for classical saxophone


Jan Gričar (1992) belongs to the young prosperous Slovenian saxophone generation. He graduated with the highest grade ‘summa cum laude’ from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana in the classes of professors Matjaž Drevenšek and Miha Rogina. He continued his studies in France where he was a student of professor Vincent David at the Regional Conservatory in Versailles. He finished his master studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris in the class of professor Claude Delangle, where he also got a degree in chamber music in the class of professor Laszlo Hadady. He performs all over Slovenia and Europe as well as in Japan. As a soloist he has so far performed with the Vienna Symphonic orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and renowned conductors such as En Shao, Matthias Pintscher, Anton Nanut and Marko Letonja. Gričar placed first in many national and international competitions such as TEMSIG – Slovenian Music Competition for Youth, Fiorindo International Music Competition, SVIREL – International Music Competition, International saxophone competition in Nova Gorica, etc. He was presented with the Škerjanc Award for special achievements in music by the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and two other significant awards by the University of Ljubljana, the Prešeren Award and the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. He was also a Zois Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture Slovenia for many years. He works as a professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Ljubljana.



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Barbara Poša Belingar
Odnosi z javnostmi, organizacija in
koordinacija kulturnih programov


T: 05 335 40 13
E: pr@kulturnidom-ng.si

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