The Slovenia Times

Winter Festival

Feb 18 - Feb 23

The winter version of the Ljubljana Festival will see six concerts by acclaimed local and foreign musicians at Cankarjev Dom and the Ljubljana Philharmonic.

The opening concert of the 7th edition of the Winter Festival will feature Taiwanese pianist Kai-Min Chang, the winner of the 1st Ljubljana Festival International Piano Competition.

Accompanied by the RTV Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra conducted by French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, Kai-Min will perform Brahms's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2.

The second part of the programme will feature Lili Boulanger's Psalm 24 and Camille Saint-Saëns's Messe de Requiem, which is rarely performed on stage in Slovenia.

As soloists the concert will feature soprano Sophie Marin-Degor, mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa, tenor Celso Albelo and bass-baritone Paul Armin Edelmann.

Italian conductor Roberto Abbado will be back in Ljubljana to conduct the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Megaron Chamber Choir for a concert featuring Rossini's cantata Stabat Mater and Busoni's suite Turandot.

The concert will also feature soprano Olga Kulchynska, mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez, tenor Francesco Demuro and bass Riccardo Zanellato.

Olga Kern, a Russian-born US-based pianist, will make her first guest appearance in Ljubljana on 20 February with a versatile programme, form Beethoven to Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and Balakirev.

Also performing in Ljubljana for the first time will be the internationally-acclaimed violinist Maxim Vengerov. He will perform a recital featuring works by Brahms, Franck, Shor and Prokofiev with pianist Vag Papian.

For full programme, click here.