Trio Amicus

Georg Philipp Telemann: Trio for two flutes and basso continuo in D major (Tafelmusik XVI)
2. Allegro
Ian Clarke: Maya for two flutes and piano
Anton Bernhard Fürstenau: Rondò brilliant Op. 102
Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion
Gary Schocker: Three dances for two flutes and piano
3. Coffee nerves. Prestissimo

Valentin Novak, guitar, contrabass
Mirjam Strlič, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. by Alexander Milovanov: Suite for lute No. 4 in E major BWV 1006a
Isaac Albeniz: Granada from Suite Española / Spanish Suite No. 1, Op. 47
Roland Dyens: Saudade No. 3 / Homesick No. 3
Rituel / Ritual
Danse / Dance
Fête et final / Feast and Finale
Oswald Schwabe: Romance for contrabass and piano
Henry Eccles: Sonata in g major for violin (contrabass) and piano

Trio Amicus

Trio Amicus are three ladies from Ajdovščina Vinko Vodopivec Music School and Nova Gorica Music School. Flutists Katarina Lozar from Podkraj and Eva Faganelj from Šempeter pri Gorici are students of Professor Armando Mariutti, whereas pianist Ema Gregorčič is in the class of Professor Ana Knez at Ajdovščina Music School. The trio play under the mentorship of Professor Armando Mariutti. Trio Amicus regularly take part in various music competitions. In 2017 the ladies took part in two competitions, earning 1st prize in both: Svirel International Music Competition, and an international competition in Serbia where they scored 100 points and won the grand prize. This year they won the gold prize and 1st place at the national music competition TEMSIG and appeared in the final concert of competition winners in Ljubljana.

Valentin Novak

Valentin Novak (2001) began playing the guitar at the age of six with Professor Stojan Kralj, and later moved on to study with Professor Zdravko Rumpf at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet. Valentin took part in numerous national and international guitar competitions and won a series of awards and prizes: Mörski Guitar Festival (bronze and three gold prizes), Krško Guitar Days (2012 and 2013, 1st prize and gold award; 2016 2nd prize), TEMSIG 2011 (gold award in guitar), 2014 (1st prize and gold award as guitar duet with his sister Katja Veronika), 2015 (2nd prize in guitar, gold award), 2017 (gold award as guitar duet with his sister Katja Veronika), 2018 (1st prize in guitar and gold award, 2nd prize in contrabass and gold award), Guitar Art Festival Beograd 2013 (3rd prize), Porečki tirando 2014 (1st prize and 2nd place), Premio Enrico Mercatali (Concorso Europeo di Ghitarra Classica Gorica, Italy - 2015 gold award and 3rd prize; 2017 ‘Premio assoluto’ award), Andres Segovia International Guitar Youth Competition, and Monheim/Rhein, Germany, 2016 (‘Very Good Participant’ award). He took additional training by attending seminars with renowned guitar masters such as Ante Čagalj, Marko Feri, Sanja Plohl, Damjan Stanišić, Vera Ogrizović, Xhevdeth Sahatxhija, Paolo Pegoraro, and Istvan Römer. He is currently in the 3rd year at the art high school of the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet in the class of Professor Vojko Vešligaj and in the 3rd year of contrabass with Professor Božidar Kovačič. Valentin is a member of the guitar, accordion, string and symphony orchestra of the Maribor Conservatory.

Mirjam Strlič

Mirjam Strlič graduated in 2002 from the Ljubljana Music Academy in the class of Professor Aci Bertoncelj. During her studies she earned may awards and recognitions at regional and national competitions, with the most prominent achievement coming in the 2011 national competition where she earned the award for best performance with her rendition of a piece by Slovenian author J. Matičič. Mirjam took part in various piano seminars with V. Lobanov, O. Maisenberg, K. Bogin, and A. Valdma. As part of a student exchange programme, she took additional training at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Mirjam played with renowned Slovenian music artists in various chamber ensembles. She most often appeared in a duo alongside cellist Gorazd Strlič. Mirjam is a professor and repetiteur at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet.

  • Trio Amicus (Katarina Lozar, flute; Eva Faganelj, flute; Ema Gregorčič, piano)
  • Mentor: Amando Mariutti / Nova Gorica Music School and Ajdovščina Vinko Vodopivec Music School

  • Valentin Novak, guitar, contrabass

  • Mirjam Strlič, piano

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