Anton Sotošek, trombone & Kiara Janko, accordion (9th Concert of International Music Cycle Young Virtuosi)
Kiara Janko, born in 2003, began her musical education at Poreč Art School before moving onto the Elly Bašić Music School in Zagreb. She has so far won more than 30 first prizes at national and international competitions, including first prize, a gold plaque and two special prizes at the TEMSIG Competition in 2023. She also won absolute first prize at the International Competition Contemporary Talent in 2023, performing at the Church of Saint Andrew and Matthew in Colloredo di Monte Albano, Italy, and first prize at the Tomaž Holmar International Music Competition in Malborghetto, Italy. In the same year she also performed as a soloist with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra at the 62nd Concerts in Euphrasiana in Poreč, at Rovinj Summer Festival and at a concert for the Pro et Contra Festival organised by Pula Music Academy. In 2022, as a finalist in the Virtuosos V4+ Competition, she accompanied the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
Anton Sotošek picked up the trombone at the age of 12. In this period he also achieved outstanding results at competitions in Slovenia and abroad. In 2015 he began at the Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet under the supervision of Mihael Švagan, and scored 100 points at the TEMSIG Competition as a member of the Slidezone quartet and later with his own sextet. He has twice received a gold plaque as a soloist at Woodwind & Brass International Competition in Varaždin and at TEMSIG (2016 and 2019). In the same year he appeared as a soloist with Maribor Conservatory Symphony Orchestra after a successful audition. He is a regular member of the Symphony Orchestra of Krško Music School and Krško Wind Orchestra, where he has also taken on the role of soloist on a number of occasions. In 2020 he passed an audition to join the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO). He has also taken part in projects created by the Hofkapelle Baroque Orchestra from Munich and the L’Orfeo Orchestra from Linz, Austria. He is currently in his second year of postgraduate studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music under the supervision of Dušan Kranjc. He has also been studying under Jonas Bylund at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover since 2023.
B. Šaljić Podešva: Meditation on Closeness
J. S. Bach: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 S. Mossenmark: Water spirit (Vodni duh)
N. Rota: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
R. Peasley: Arrows of time
D. Schnyder: Rhythm in blue for Trombone and Piano