L. van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)         Piano Trio in Bb Major op. 11 (‘Gassenhauer’)

J. Amberg (1846 – 1928)                       Trio in Eb Major op. 11

N. Rota (1911 – 1979)                           Trio

Jože Kotar became principal clarinettist of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in 2007 after serving in that role at the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for twelve years. He is also a tenured professor at the Academy of Music, Ljubljana. As a soloist, chamber musician and member of various chamber ensembles, Kotar performs in Slovenia and abroad (Europe, USA, Australia, South America), leads seminars for the clarinet and chamber music (Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Brazil) and adjudicates on international competitions. Kotar is a member, co-founder and artistic director of the Slovenian Clarinet Orchestra as well as being a member of the Ariart Wind Quintet and the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble. Since 2007 he has been the conductor and artistic director of the Trbovlje Workers Band.

Izak Hudnik continued his training at the Zurich University of the Arts with Thomas Grossenbacher after finishing his studies with Giovanni Gnocchi at the famous Mozarteum, Salzburg. Izak Hudnik further specialised in contemporary music with Martina Schucan. He has participated in numerous masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Troels Svane, Jens Peter Maintz, Mario Brunello, Heinrich Schiff and Maxim Vengerov. As a soloist Izak has appeared with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists, the Württemberg Philharmonic,Reutlingen, and the Slovenian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, among many others. In addition to his musical activities, he is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Ljubljana. In the coming season Izak will become a member of the legendary Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.

Luca Ferrini, from Trieste, Italy, studied piano, harpsichord, organ and organ composition and graduated with distinction from the music conservatories in Trieste and Udine. Over the last forty years he has been playing concerts on all three instruments in Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. He works with renowned musicians and conductors as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras. He is a member of numerous ensembles of ancient and contemporary music, with whom he premiered more than a hundred and seventy works. In addition to his forty CDs, he has made numerous radio recordings with a variety of European broadcasting companies. He is the official piano accompanist in several international competitions, professor at the Koper Art Gymnasium, Slovenia, and piano accompanist at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.