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International Saxophone Meeting: SUMMER SCHOOL SAXGO24

This year marks the 27th edition of the Festival during which Nova Gorica will become a meeting point for Slovenian and foreign saxophonists who will flood the town and its surroundings with the sounds of saxophones. SAXGO24 – the International Saxophone Meeting in Slovenia, which is the festival with the longest tradition in the town, will include the Saxophone Summer School and the Festival.


From 28 June to 5 July 2024, the training programme – the Saxophone Summer School – will offer a classical and jazz saxophone workshop.


The Classical Saxophone Workshop will be held by Sandro Compagnon (France), Xavier Larsson Paez (Spain), Alessandro Malagnino (Italia) in Nikita Zimin (Russia).


The Jazz Saxophone Workshop will be held by Jaka Kopač (Slovenia).


Registration deadline: 7 June 2024


Kulturni dom Nova Gorica / Nova Gorica Arts Centre
Bevkov trg 4
SI – 5000 Nova Gorica



T + 386 5 335 40 13
M + 386 41 775 089




Jan Gričar is a representative of the younger generation of successful Slovenian musicians. He graduated from the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana with the highest honours in the classes of Professors Matjaž Drevenšek and Miha Rogina. Jan continued his musical career in France, where he studied at the Regional Conservatory of Versailles under the guidance of Professor Vincent David and successfully completed his master’s studies at the prestigious Paris Conservatory, officially known as the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, under the supervision of Professor Claude Delangel. In addition, he obtained a bachelors’ degree in chamber music in the class of Professor Laszlo Hadady. He regularly performs on numerous music stages in Slovenia, Europe and Japan. He has performed as a soloist with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. During his career, he has played with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and under renowned conductors such as En Shao, Matthias Pintscher, Anton Nanut and Marko Letonja. Jan Gričar is the first prize winner of numerous national and international competitions, such as TEMSIG – Slovenian Music Competition for Youth, Fiorindo International Music Competition, SVIREL– International Music Competition, the International Saxophone Competition in Nova Gorica, etc. He has been awarded several significant prizes for his outstanding achievements in the field of music: the Škerjanc Award of the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, as well as the Prešeren Award and the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award of the University of Ljubljana. He repeatedly won the Zois Scholarship and was also a holder of the scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. He works at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet, where he teaches saxophone and chamber music. See more: www.jangricar.com




After graduating from the Amsterdam Conservatory, Boštjan Simon returned to Slovenia where he and other musicians founded several internationally renowned ensembles. He explored various approaches in improvisation with the ensembles Trus!Velkro and Litošt, and performed on stages were such performances are not usually heard. He currently leads the ensemble There Be Monsters, which performs in Slovenia and in the neighbouring countries. He also occasionally plays in the following ensembles: TEJO – Trieste early jazz orchestraBig band RTV SlovenijaMilan Stanisavlević QintetRobert Jukič quartetBoštjan Simon QuintetQuartzite Quartet and Big band Nova. In his artistic work he devotes himself to improvisation on the saxophone and combines it with live electronic music and polyrhythmic approaches to composition, as noted in his latest audiovisual project called Etceteral, performed in association with Marek Fakuč and Lina Rica. He draws inspiration from the exposure to different styles of authentic music. He writes down musical bookmarks and sketches, from which music arrangements for each specific group are born. “Each of these groups is an excursion into a specific sound,” says Boštjan, “but I believe it would be possible to find common characteristics to all these excursions especially in the composed rhythms and the mixture of acoustic and electronic sounds, which evoke my broader musical interest.” As far as improvisation is concerned, Boštjan has certainly been strongly influenced by the internationally renowned percussionist Zlatko Kaučič, with whom he had the honour of playing in a duet at one of the past editions of the SAXGO festival. The SAXGO School, the BCMF festival and his Kombo groups represent an important incubator of improvisation in the wider Goriška region.



  • 140 €
  • 126 € (for members of the Saksofonija Music Society, for saxophonists from Nova Gorica)

Registration deadline:
7 June 2024

Classical saxophone

Sandro Compagnon (France)

Xavier Larsson (Spain)

Alessandro Malagnino (Italia)

Nikita Zimin (Russia)

Jazz saxophone and improvisation

Jaka Kopač (Slovenia)

Streliška pot 7, SI-5000 Nova Gorica

+386 5 335 48 10


Unit A (1/3 room with shared shower and bathroom facilities)
Bed and Breakfast: €26
Half board: €31
Full board: €35


Unit B (1/2 room with proper bathroom)
Bed and Breakfast: €31
Half board: €37
Full board: €40


Single room (with proper bathroom)
Bed and Breakfast: €36
Half board: €39
Full board: €44


Reservation code: SAXGO24


The payment must be done on the arrival day (at the time of your registration at the hostel). If you want to sign up for a meal (half or full board) please inform the personnel at the hostel when you make the reservation or at last when you arrive in the hostel.


Participants and their companions are exempt from paying the tourist tax.


Please register yourself at the Nova Gorica Student Hostel by the 10 June 2024 by writing to the following e-mail address: info@hostel-ng.si.



Langobardska ul. 16, SI-5250 Solkan

+386 40 661 080
W www.garagehostelsolkan.com


4 rooms with 21 beds with shared showers, toilets, kitchen and social space, 4 bikes for sightseeing

Overnight stay per person:
Bed and breakfast per person: €23 (for groups of 10 or more)


Recommended for high school and college students.


Reservation code: SAXGO24


The payment must be done on the arrival day (at the time of your registration at the hostel). Plačilo ob prihodu. Participants and their companions are exempt from paying the tourist tax.


Please register yourself at the Garage Hostel Nova Gorica by the 10 June 2024 by writing to the following e-mail address: info@hostel-ng.si.

Cesta IX. Korpusa 35, SI-5250 Solkan

+386 5 33 65 000
E hotel.sabotin@hit.si 


Single room – BB: 65 €


Double room – BB: 119 €


Double room (single use) – BB: 82 €


Triple room – BB: 140 €


Quadruple room – BB: 157 €


Additional benefits: Free bike rental


Reservation code: SAXGO24

The discount does not apply to bookings through intermediaries (Booking.com…). Prices include discounts for participants and their companions. 
Participants and their companions are exempt from paying the tourist tax.


Please register yourself at Hotel Sabotin by writing to the following e-mail address: hotel.sabotin@hit.si.

Barbara Poša Belingar

Public relations, contact person and program coordinator


T: + 386 5 335 40 13
M: + 386 41 775 089
E: pr@kulturnidom-ng.si


Where are we
Kulturni dom Nova Gorica / Nova Gorica Arts Centre
Bevkov trg 4
SI – 5000 Nova Gorica

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