For the activities of the summer 2017 altogether 220 musicians, 10 professors from 42 countries came together to share, experience and upgrade their musical and personal achievements.


75 participants of orchestra academy have been selected through auditions: musicians 18 –28 years of age who are at the end of their formal education and are looking for professional jobs/opportunities. 7 professors mentored and tutored young musicians through the sectional and individual rehearsals. The programmes included some most significant compositions of the symphonic orchestra literature of the 19th and 20th century. Among symphonic music written by geniuses Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Verdi and Wagner this season we focused on some most valuable operatic works. Conductors were Živa Ploj Peršuh from Slovenia and Carlo Rizzari from Italy. Soprano Urška Breznik and Tenor Aljaž Farasin from Slovenija joined in for the inspiring Madama Butterfly duets. For the immense programme we spent 13 days – 102 hours of rehearsals.

J. Brahms: Tragic Overture
L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 
R. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly, excerpts
G. Rossini: Semiramide, Overture
G. Verdi: Vespri siciliani, Overture
H. Berlioz: Roman Carnaval
R. Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

Master class OBOE (17 – 22 July 2017) – Professor Emanuel Abbühl

Emanuel Abbühl was the principal oboist in numerous orchestras, including the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006, he became the principal oboist of the London PhilharmonicOrchestra. He teaches at the Rotterdam Academy, the Mannheim University of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Number of students: 16
Assistant: Seung Eun Lee
Pianist: Kimiko Imani


Master class CLARINET (12 – 17 July 2017) – Professor François Benda

François Benda regularly performs on the most important stages, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam,Wigmore Hall London and Tonhalle Zürich. In addition to his solo performances, François Benda also teaches and is among the most sought-afterclarinet teachers. He teaches in Berlin and Basel.

Number of students: 16
Pianist: Federico Bosco

Master class PIANO (27 July – 1 August 2017) – Professor Aleksandar Madžar

Aleksandar Madžar is one of the most reputed soloists on a world scale. He is also a sought after and experienced chamber musician with whom musicians like Nicolas Altstaedt, Ilya Gringolts, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang and many others love to play. He is a regular guest of eminent festivals around the world.

Number of students: 12

ACTIVITIES ART OF SUCCESS / Supporting Professions

Our content partner HELLO STAGE is a web portal that makes classical music community visible and connects musicians, ensembles, managers and promoters. Our musicians with professional membership will be fully equipped with contents for getting online promotion, personal consulting, lectures and support in developing their professional careers.

Master class DIRECTION / VIDEO PRODUCTION (18 – 23 July 2017) – Professor Alexander Lueck

Alexander Lueck (Berlin) is one of the leading directors of documentary films about musicians and music. As a former cellist, he has a musical language in his small finger, and his vision behind the camera is primarily executed for the Berlin Philharmonic, where he serves as first among the directors of the concerts and creates broadcasts at the Digital Concert Hall.

Number of students: 5

Workshops CAREER MANAGEMENT – HALLO STAGE (18 – 25 July 2017) – Professors Bettina Mehne and Bernhard Kerres

Bernhard Kerres (Vienna) and Bettina Mehne (Berlin) are the founder of the online portal for classical musicians Hallo Stage (the portal has about 40,000 active users). For several years, she has worked for concert institutions, agencies and tour organizers for respectable orchestras. Experienced in marketing, they transfer their knowledge, experience and contacts to a generation of musicians who need to expand their work into the field of digital possibilities for success in their career and to present themselves primarily as a manager to themselves.

Number of students: 80

Topics of lectures:

  • Planning the future
  • CV clinic / Advanced biography, how do I write CV, how to present, what is the portfolio of the musician
  • Dynamics in various orchestras – what are the possibilities and requirements
  • How to get to audition
  • What are the other options?
  • Web and digital tools – yes or no
  • Personal counseling
  • Usability of the Hallo Stage Portal
  • Presentation of the book Be your own manage
Jump Start provides talented young musicians with an International Training Residency of the highest artistic calibre. In partnership with Triple Bridge, Music Up Close Network offers young musicians from around Europe the opportunity to benefit from unique musical experiences with renowned musicians such as Emanuel Abbühl, Branimir Slokar, Aleksandar Madžar, François Benda, Ivry Gitlis and Martin Ostertag, among others. It also provides with the concert experience. In the year 2017 we have had three chamber concerts.
Oboe music chamber concert, 22 July 2017 / Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana
Clarinet music chamber concert, 17 July 2017 / Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana
Piano music chamber concert, 1 August 2017 / Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana

The Music up close network annual meeting of the partners and two-day workshop on the development of audiences in contemporary music

Directors and artistic directors of the art institutes connected in the international project were invited to Ljubljana to take part in workshop on the audience development. Conclusion: there is the growing need for live broadcasts (livestream), so the Academy BSA will organise training with the director of camera in the Digital Concert Hall Berlin. New works will be commissioned and all the partners will implement the performances. Important and recognized as the key activity is the transfer of professional skills and implementation practices to young people, therefore the International Ljubljana Orchestra is invited to expand activities and joint projects with partners. The participants of the workshop then watched the performance Predani korakom and met the director of the Ljubljana Festival Darko Brlek.

Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia Rome 
BSA Ljubljana
National Orchestra from Lille
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam
Barcelona Symphony and Catalan National Orchestra
Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra
Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra 

In total:

For the activities of the summer 2017 altogether 220 musicians, 10 professors from 42 countries came together to share, experience and upgrade their musical and personal achievements. We performed 2 symphonic concerts at the Ljubljana Festival and 3 chamber concerts in front of 1085 listeners in the halls of Grand hotel Union. We livestreamed one of symphonic programmes and we reached 6342 people from 48 countries. 

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