Matjaž Drevenšek (Slovenia)
is a resident professor of saxophone and Vice Dean at the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music, a soloist, chamber performer, member of the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet and of other ensembles with which he performs throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, South America and the USA. As a soloist, he plays with leading symphony orchestras and concert bands at home and abroad (Croatia, France, Hong Kong, USA), he is also a saxophone soloist in the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra. He took part, as a jury member, in Slovenian and international competitions for young musicians. He premiered over 50 pieces by domestic and foreign composers, and he has taken part in 19 discography projects. He was formally president of the Saksofonija Music Society, which during the summer of 2006 hosted the 14th World Saxophone Congress. He also served as president of the Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia. Since 2004 he is the artistic director of the International Saxophone Meetings and International Saxophone Competition in Nova Gorica.

Jean-Denis Michat (France) graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with degree in saxophone as well as in composition, analysis, music history and new music technology. At the age of 25, he was appointed saxophone professor at the Conservatoire National de Région in Lyon, and later he was promoted to assistant-professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). He gives lessons at masterclasses in France and abroad to saxophone students as well as to tutors, he also teaches at saxophone summer schools in Gap (France). He is also a jury member at international competitions. As a concert performer, Jean-Denis Michat is recognized for the high quality of his performances of classical pieces, and is known for devoting careful attention to transcriptions of the classical literature. As a leading artist he collaborates, assists and takes part in developing and promoting the manufacturing of the Yanagisawa Saxophone. He has not only premiered the pieces by renowned composers, such as Stockhausen, Mantovani, Ton That Tiêt, Escaich, Levy, Merah and others to consistent acclaim, but he is also becoming well-known as a composer.

Described as ‘The best saxophonist of today’s younger generation’ by The Sax magazine, Miha Rogina (Slovenia) is accredited for his innovative interpretations of musical works. He has won 1st prize at no fewer than 10 international competitions. He worked with today’s leading musicians including Pierre Boulez and Fabio Luisi and has performed on major international concert stages throughout Europe, Asia, USA and Africa. He initially studied in Ljubljana with Matjaž Drevenšek and continued his studies in France with Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Vincent David, and at the prestigious CNSM de Paris with Claude Delangle, where he graduated with highest honours. He also studied at the renowned Eastman School of Music in the USA. An active chamber musician, he performs frequently with concert pianist Sae Lee with whom they perform worldwide as the Duo Kalypso. Miha Rogina has been a professor at the Music Academy of Ljubljana.

Warm, gripping sound meets big virtuosity – Jan Schulte-Bunert (Germany) is acknowledged a pioneer of the neo-German school of saxophone. He spreads his message, whether as a soloist with orchestra, as orchestral saxophonist of the Berlin Philharmonics or with his sax quartet «clair-obscur». Concerts and master classes have brought him to Europe, America and Asia. In addition to many prizes, Jan Schulte-Bunert was awardee of the «Deutscher Musikwettbewerb», the international Gaudeamus competition and the Echo Klassik. The international master class for classical saxophone initiated by him ranks amongst the most renowned in the world. He is a lecturer at the Rostock University of Music and Drama as well as the Academy of Musical Art in Darmstadt.

Tomislav Žužak (Croatia) from Zagreb graduated from the Secondary School of Music of Zagreb and continued studying saxophone at the Academy of Music of Zagreb, where he obtained his diploma in 2000 with distinction under the guidance of Prof. Dragan Sremec. He studied saxophone for two more years in Paris and graduated in the classes of Prof. J. Y. Fourmeau and Prof. P. Portjoie. He has received a series of national and international music awards and performed on several occasions as a soloist accompanied by the orchestra. He gave concerts in France, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, USA and Croatia. He has been Assistant Professor at the Academy of Music of Zagreb since 2010 and has been leading a saxophone class at the Secondary School of Music in Samobor. He continues to cooperate with renowned Croatian composer and performers. Between 2001 and 2011 he was member of the “4 saxess” ensemble and recorded two CDs with them. Currently, he is member of the Papandopulo Quartet.

* * * * *

Piano accompanist:

Zoltan Peter (Slovenia) began his academic studies in the class of Arbo Valdma at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and completed his piano studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. As a soloist, chamber musician and piano accompanist for all generations of top musicians, he has performed across Slovenia and abroad. As one of the finest chamber and piano accompanists in the region, he has mastered an extensive repertoire and has taken part in countless domestic and international masterclasses and competitions. Apart from teaching and performing, he also gives seminars for piano students, teachers and piano accompanists.


Kulturni dom Nova Gorica,
Bevkov trg 4, SI-5000 Nova Gorica
T: + 386 5 335 40 10

Kulturni dom Nova Gorica je član
Art kino mreža Slovenije Europa Cinemas KUDUS
Občina Ministrstvo za kulturo Radio Koper Radio Robin Hit US embassy