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betkaBetka Bizjak Kotnik (SI) professor of saxophone and soloist graduated at Academy of Music in Ljubljana in 1999 and later in 1998 and 2000 she finished studies with Medaille d’or and Premier prix de perfectionnement at Conservatoir National de Region in Lyon, France. In 2005 she concluded saxophone post-graduate study in Ljubljana. She was awarded by Prešeren Student award of Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Her international career as young saxophone player started in 1995, when she won 2nd prize and silver medal in European competition for young saxophonists in Luxembourg, later in 1998 on she represented Slovenia in the Final EBU Eurovision competition for young musicians.

arnobornkampArno Bornkamp (NL) has won many awards, the 'Silver Laurel of the Concertgebouw' and the 'Netherlands Music Prize' among the most noteworthy. The latter enabled him to go abroad, studying in France with Daniël Deffayet and Jean-Marie Londeix, in Japan with Ryo Noda as well as working with composers such as Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Since his 1982 solo debut in Rome, performing the 'Concertino da Camera' by Jacques Ibert, he has played more than two hundred concerts with orchestras around the world, including the most important works from the saxophone repertoire in addition to new concerti written especially for him, such as the 'Tallahatchie Concerto' by Jacob TV.

MGasztychMichał Gasztych (PL) began playing saxophone at the age of eight at the Fryderyk Chopin Primary State Music School in Miastko, studying under the guidance of Mr Wiesław Orłowski. In 2011 Michał graduated with distintion the Secondary Music School in Szczecinek, obtaining a musician-instrumentalist certificate. His teacher was Mr Włodzimierz Piesiak. In 2018 Michał graduated at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (CvA), where he studied at the instrumental department – classical saxophone, with professor Arno Bornkamp. At this university he obtained firstly a bachelor’s (2016) and then a master’s degree (2018). Currently, Michał is a Ph.D. student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (UMFC) in Warsaw, studying under the supervision of Paweł Gusnar, Ph.D.

pawelgusnarPaweł Gusnar (PL) saxophonist, chamber and session musician and educator; professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. He studied saxophone performance at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Fryderyk Chopin Academy (now – University) of Music in Warsaw. In 2016 he was elected deputy vice-chancellor for foreign contacts at that University.

As a versatile artist open to many styles and forms of expression, he is one of the few saxophone players to be active as a high-class performer in all the three fields: of classical, jazz and popular music. His unique contributions to the composition and promotion of Polish music for that instrument include about a dozen Polish and foreign premieres every year.

preinfalkGerald Preinfalk (A) comes from the North of Austria. He started playing the clarinet at early age. The Saxophone became a vocation when discovering Vienna's various scenes for music. Studies of Jazz- and Classical-Saxophone opened a wide range of activities. Gueststudies in Boston (USA) and Paris completed this constant curiosity.

Since 2000 he is a member of "Klangforum Wien", one of the most renowned contemporary classical music ensembles.

TheWoopGroupThe Whoop Group (PL) - saxophone quartet

Jakub Muras - sax sopran, Mateusz Dobosz - sax alt, Krzysztof Koszowski - sax tenor, Szymon Zawodny - sax baryton

Is a young, energetic and ambitious ensemble consisting of some of the most talented Polish saxophone players of the young generation, united not only by their love for the instrument, but also by their deep friendship.

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IRÉN SELELJO (HU) was born 1987 in Uzhgorod (Ukraine) and started to learn the piano under the tutelage of her mother, followed by the studies with Erzsèbet Belàk at the St. Stephan Music-High School (Budapest). 2006-2011 she was studying at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Budapest) with Professors Attila Némethy and István Gulyás. In 2008 Irén spent a semester at the Bard College (USA), she had piano lessons with Prof. Jeremy Denk. She showed always a strong interest in chamber music, accompanied musicians in competitions, auditions and recitals. After she got the Master Degree at the Academy as a Soloist Performer and Teacher, she continued her studies (Instrumental Accompaniment) at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität in the class of Prof. Denise Benda.

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