GAŠPER POPRIJAN, tuba & MIA KRISTAN, tolkala (10th Concert of International Music Cycle Young Virtuosi)
Gašper Poprijan, a 20-year-old tuba player, comes from a large musical family. He began learning the trombone at the Fran Korun-Koželjski Music School in Velenje under Miran Šumečnik. After three years his teacher encouraged him to switch to the tuba, shortly after which he joined the Zarja-Šoštanj Wind Orchestra. He very quickly entered the first of many music competitions. He has achieved excellent results as a soloist and member of ensembles. His musical journey took him to Velenje, where he completed his secondary-level music education last year under Mitja Škorjanc. He is currently in his first year at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he studies under Josef Steinböck.
Mia Kristan first encountered percussion at Tolmin Music School. After completing the elementary music school programme there, she continued her training at the Arts Gymnasium in Koper under the guidance of Mitja Tavčar. Her first CD contained a selection of her work from her time as a secondary-level student at the school. After completing the first year at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, she decided to continue her education abroad, at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory of Music in Trieste. Alongside her educational commitments, Mia also takes every opportunity to play in various chamber ensembles and orchestras, and has also taken part in numerous national and international competitions. In 2020 and 2023 she was awarded first prize and a gold plaque at the national TEMSIG Competition. She received overall first prize at the International Associazione Melody Competition in Tropei (Italy), in 2022 and overall first prize at an Cittá di Palmanova International Music Competition (Italy) in 2019.
J. Massenet, arr. V. Gionanidis: Méditation from the opera Thaïs
D. Barry: Concerto for Tuba
Ø. Baadsvik: It will be alright (Ordner Seg)
I. Xenakis: Rebonds “A”
C. Deane: Mourning dove sonnet
K. Abe: Marimba d’amore