Flute festival EuropeSaturday 24th November 2018, Koper Music School

Hour 17.00 / Concert Hall of Koper Music School location

Matej Zupan - flute


Nicoletta Sanzin - harp




  • Matej Zupan
    is a flute Professor at the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana. He started playing flute at Music School Zagorje ob Savi. His first teacher was a multi-instrumentalist Ivan Jerin. At Secondary Music School in Ljubljana his teacher was prof. Jože Pogačnik. He completed his graduation and post graduate studies at the Academy of Music at University of Ljubljana under Professor Fedja Rupel. Matej Zupan completed advanced studies in Florence, Italy with Mario Ancillotti. Matej attended masterclasses led by Trevor Wye, Michel Debost, Peter-Lukas Graf and James Galway. From 1996 to 2008 Matej Zupan was the principal flutist of the Slovenian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the ARIART Woodwind Quintet, the Academia Ars Musicae Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble MD7 and Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Slovenian Composers Society). As a soloist and member of various chamber ensembles he performed in Europe, North and South America and Asia. He recorded for Slovene Radio and TV, RAI and ÖRF. He recorded five solo CDs and six CDs with two ensembles: Woodwind Quintet Ariart and Contemporary Music Ensemble MD7. Matej Zupan led seminars for Flute in Slovenia, Croatia, England, Austria, Italy, Serbia, Greece, Luxembourg, Brazil and the USA. He was a member of jury at different national and international competitions in Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the USA.


  • Harpist Nicoletta Sanzin
    graduated with distinction at Conservatory "J. Tomadini" in Udine with Prof. P. Tassini. She finished her specialization in the U.S.A. under supervision of E. Malone and S. McDonald. In 2006 she got a Diploma Superiore at the Conservatorio "A. Buzzolla" in Adria (VE), where she was a student of E. Zaniboni. She was an absolute First Prize Winner at the International "E. Porrino" competition in Cagliari, Italy. She has also won numerous prizes at national and international competitions. She worked with many orchestras such as: Giovanile di Alpe Adria, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, the RAI Symphony orchestra in Rome and Naples, Teatro La Scala (M°R. Muti), Filarmonia Veneta, Accademia S. Cecilia Rome, RTV Slovenija, Virtuosi Italiani, Opera Ljubljana, Tokio Kosei Wind Orchestra etc. From September 1995 until 2001 she was a Solo Harpist in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs intensively as soloist and as a member in several chamber ensembles. Nicoletta is a professor of harp at the G. Tartini Conservatory in Trieste and professor of harp at the S. Cecilia's Music School in Portogruaro (Venice), Italy. Nicoletta regularly gives masterclasses and she is often a member of jury of national and international competitions.


Flute festival EuropeSaturday 24th November 2018, Koper Music School

Hour 19.30 / Concert Hall of Koper Music School location

Mario Caroli - flute


Denys Masliuk - piano



  • Mario Caroli

    "A musician whose possibilities are boundless." - Le Monde de la Musique
    "He made a sound you wanted to drink in." - New York Times

    Mario Caroli was born in Italy. He started studying the flute at the age of 14 and got his soloist diploma when he was only 19 years old. While he was studying with Annamaria Morini was influenced by Manuela Wiesler. At the age of 22 he won the prestigious "Kranichsteiner Musikpreis" in Darmstadt and started a highly successful career as a solo flutist. Today is Mario one of the leading solo flutists highly respected all over the world. Mario Caroli appears regularly in the greatest concert halls of the world including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Strasbourg, the Suntory Hall and Opera City House in Tokyo, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. At the occasion of one of his recitals at the Société Philarmonique of Bruxelles, a critic remarked: "the audience was literally amazed by his technique, his power, his poetry and his musicality", whereas his first recital at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris was called to be "of an amazing evocative power". Mario Caroli performed with orchestras such as London Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre National de Belgique, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sofia Soloists, Icelandic National Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Christian Badea, Kazushi Ono and so on. Going beyond the great canon of the historical flute repertoire, Mario Caroli became a preferred soloist of some today´s greatest composers such as Sciarrino, Rotaru, Hosokawa, Saariaho, who have written some extraordinary pieces for him. His discography contains approximately twenty titles. Mario gives masterclasses all over the world and he is the tituar of the flute chair at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg.


  • Pianist Denys Masliuk
    was born in Ukraine, studied piano and graduated at the Music Lyceum with distinction at the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus under Professor S. I. Ivanova. As a receiver of scholarship of Belarus Ministry of Culture he studied with Professor S. S. Mikulika. He continued his studies at Hochschulle für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin, Germany, with Professor G. I. Hillenhagen-Iwanzowa. His pianistic involvement was awarded with several first prizes and other recognitions at: International piano competition "Balis Dvarionas" in Lithuania, International piano competition "Marco Fortini" Bologna, Italy, International piano competition "San Nicolo di Bari" Italy, "F. Liszt" Utrecht, Nizozemska, "Aleksander Scriabin" Grosetto, Italy. Denys performs with symphony orchestras as well as a soloist and as a member of chamber music He performs with famous Slovenian and European musicians from Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Po-land, Belarus, Croatia and the Netherlands. His recitals were recorded by the Slovenian national television. Denys Masliuk dedicates his free time for composing. Through his own works he shows an excep-tional knowledge and awareness for the range of piano. Denys Masliuk has reached a reputation of an extremely gifted young pianist with "… iron tech-nique, strong individuality, and an extraordinary feeling for interpretation …". Since 2004 he has been working as a professor of piano at the Koper Artistic High School.


Flute festival EuropeSunday 25th November 2018, Koper Music School

Hour 17.00 / Concert Hall of Koper Music School location

Etni Molletones - flute


Luca Ferrini - piano




  • Etni Molletones
    is Flute Soloist of Staatskapelle Karlsruhe symphonic orchestra and Miyazawa´s International Artist. He is a flute-player from Venezuela, who is currently studying at the Musikhochschule of Freiburg in the class of Prof. Mario Caroli. Upon his arrival in Europe he has already won prizes at numerous international competitions such as: International Flute Competition "Jeune Flûtiste" in Paris-France (1st prize); International Flute Competition "Concours Artistique" in Epinal-France (1st prize); International Flute Competition "Dinu Lipatti" in Bucharest-Romania (1st prize); International Flute Competition "Domenico Cimarosa" in Aversa-Italy (1st prize); International Music Competition in Berlin (Golden Prize). Etni was awarded with the "Pierre Pfimlin" prize in the city of Strasbourg, as the best student in chamber music and flute. He participated at important festivals such as: "Hands on Research" in Aveiro-Portugal, "Flautissimo" in Rome-Italy, and The Nederlands Fluit Genootschap in Holland. Etni comes from being first Flute of the prestigious Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He had the opportunity to play under the baton of important conductors such as: Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir. Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Frühbeck de Burgos, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel with whom he had numerous international tours playing in prestigious venues such as: Philharmonie in Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Theater Alla Scala in Milan, KKL Luzern, Royal Albert Concert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others. As a soloist he has played with orchestras such as: Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Camera Cittá di Fondi, Yaracuy Symphony Orchestra, among others. At the moment he is involved in the process to prefect with Prof. Mario Caroli who makes up the board of directors of the Cultural and Educational Musical Foundation for Human Development "OPUS sounds and life", a non-profit organization through which he makes an important musical and social contribution for the young musicians of his country.


  • Pianist Luca Ferrini
    studied piano, harpsichord, organ and organ composition. He graduated with distinction at the Music conservatories in Trieste and Udine, Italy. During the last thirty years he has performed as a pianist, harpsichordist and organist on more than thousand concerts in Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Australia (St. Petersburg, Beijing, Venice, Ljubljana, Vienna, Dublin, Malta, Seoul, Odessa, Kaunas, Ulan Bator, Brussel, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Zagreb, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Madrid, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Buenos Aires, etc.). Luca worked with renown musicians and conductors and had performed as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as a member of different orchestras. His large repertoire includes pieces from renaissance to contemporary music. In addition to his 30 CD records (as soloist and chamber musician) he has made numerous radio and television recordings with a variety of European broadcasting companies. As a professor Luca takes part at many piano and harpsichord seminars. Until now Luca has been an official piano accompanist at international summer academies and instrumental competitions in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland, Mexico and China. As a teacher he worked at National Conservatories in Trieste, Udine, Brescia, Salerno (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Klagenfurt (Austria). Luca worked as a piano accompanist at Academy of Music Ljubljana. Luca is a professor of piano, harpsichord, chamber music and piano accompanist at the Koper Secondary School for Arts.


Flute festival EuropeSunday 25th November 2018, Koper Music School

Hour 19.30 / Concert Hall of Koper Music School location

Jasmine Choi - flute


Tadej Horvat - piano




  • Jasmine Choi

    "The goddess of flute"- Korea Times
    "Jasmine Choi is a revisionist"- Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jasmine Choi performed across the globe in a variety of genres from classical solo, chamber, and orchestral to experimental, jazz, and pop. Her infinite curiosity has also led her to make her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, as well as performing world premieres of works composed by Daniel Dorff, Detlev Glanert, Texu Kim, Gary Schocker and Uriel Vanchestein. She was selected as one of the ten best flutists in the history of music by Sinfini Magazine UK in 2015. Jasmine Choi is a full-time soloist giving almost 100 concerts each season. Before her full-time career as a soloist started, Ms. Choi was the first Korean musician to hold a post in Vienna Symphony Orchestra when she joined as principal flute under Fabio Luisi, as well as the first Korean woodwind musician in the US when she joined Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Jarvi. Ms. Choi performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Seoul Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, as well as at recitals in Paris, Vienna, London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Ms. Choi's performance featured during the 2018 Winter Olympics' celebrations in Pyeongchang, Korea. Ms. Choi studied at the Curtis Institute and at Juilliard as a student of Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label, including Mozart Flute Concertos, Fantasy, Claude Bolling Jazz Suite, Mozart Flute Quartets. Other recordings include Telemann Fantasies, Love in Paris and Trio Joy. Her performances can be heard on her YouTube channel which has reached more than 5 million views. In 2016 she was named for Cultural Ambassador of her hometown Daejeon, Korea.


  • Pianist Tadej Horvat
    graduated cum laude in 2005 at The Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana under Professor Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak's supervision. In June 2007 he completed his specialization in Bern under supervision of Professor Aleksander Madžar. Horvat´s academic success was awarded with three Slovenian national prizes: Škerjanc award and two Prešeren awards. He received several medals, prizes, and special awards at national and international competitions. As a soloist he has collaborated with Slovenian and foreign orchestras, with which he performed various piano concerts. The program included pieces of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Osredkar, Adamič. At the 32nd International EPTA Conference he performed a solo recital within a project The International Pianissimo. Slovenian embassy in Washington in July 2014 invited Tadej to play with another Slovenian flautist Matej Grahek at the famous Kennedy Center. In recent years he has been working with Slovenian well-known musicians. Together they performed at events of national and international importance across Slovenia and abroad. As a piano accompanist on various competitions Tadej received many special awards for upstanding artistic collaboration. Since 2016 he has been a leader of piano seminar, which is part of summer school Ars Longa Vita Brevisa. He works as an accompanist and a piano teacher at Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana and cooperates with Academy of Music of University of Ljubljana.