The brass quintet SiBRASS was formed in the autumn of 2011 upon the initiative of soloists from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.
SiBRASS has a broad repertoire with works from the established canon of original compositions and adaptations. It strives to foster the continuous development and propogation of works by Slovene composers.Thus far, the group has been invited to participate in the programs of the following institutions: Narodni dom Maribor, Ljubljana Festival, Zavod Celeia, and Sokolski dom Škofja Loka, and their activities throughout Slovenia have been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. Of special note is the concert organized by Koncertni atelje Društva slovenskih skladateljev (the Concert Atelier of the Society of Slovene Composers), which featured the first public performance of works commissioned by SiBRASS by the following composers: Andrej Misson, Neville Hall, Jani Golob, Božidar Kos, and Uroš Rojko.Furthermore, SiBRASS carries out a highly successful project called Trobilni Kraval – Živalski Karneval (Brass Commotion – An Animal Carnival), which in an original manner introduces children to brass instruments and chamber music. The group also regularly records music for the RTV Slovenia Archives.
Principal trumpet, Slovenian Philharmonic
Principal trumpet, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Principal horn, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Principal trombone, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Professor, Klagenfurt Conservatory
Slovenian Philharmonic Brass Ensemble
SLOVENIAN PHILHARMONIC BRASS ENSEMBLE – TASF was founded in 2002 on initiative of Slovenian Philharmonic’s brass section in desire for artistic progress that can be fulfilled through the chamber music. During its comprehensive work the ensemble performed numerous successful projects that were in season 2015/16 upgraded to their first independent concert cycle held in Marjan Kozina Hall of Slovenian Philharmonic.
Since its start the ensemble has been regularly playing concerts across Slovenia as well as among the Slovenian minority in Italy where they performed within the Festival of Contemporary Music Kogojevi dnevi and it has participated at Slowind Festival. With a support of Society of Slovene Composers it commissions and performs new compositions.
TASF has recorded three CDs, Tasf with Slovene Composers published by Society of Slovene Composers, Brilliant Baroque published by Slovenian Philharmonic and The ugly duckling published by label ZKP RTV SLO. Its broad repertoire includes arrangements from different stylistic periods as well as original compositions for brass.
In recent years the ensemble has performed few notable projects: in 2012 a concert with guest soloist and versatile virtuoso on trumpet Allen Vizzutti, in 2013 an author project of composer and conductor Lojze Kranjčan, in 2015 Big Concert and Brass Week under legendary Roger Bobo, in 2016 Show-off Gala with trumpet player Reinhold Friedrich as soloist and in 2017 special family concert with newly composed music by prominent Slovenian composer Nina Šenk, based on H. C. Andersen’s fairy tale The ugly duckling. Cooperating with such eminent artists is a great recognition to the ensemble and priceless encouragement for its further work.