Tartini Festival kicks off at the seaside
Piran, 22 August - The annual Tartini Festival, dedicated to the Piran-born Italian Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini, will get under way with a performance by international ensemble Il Terzo Suono at the Piran St. George's Parish Church on Thursday evening.
This year, the international music festival will be held in Piran and Koper until 8 September, with its final performance being hosted in Padua on 12 September.
The opening performance will include musical compositions by maestros such as Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Tartini and Baldassare Galuppi.
Il Terzo Suono will give another performance next week, being joined on stage by Mario Brunello, an Italian cellist who is the first and only Italian so far to have won the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition.
He has worked with numerous acclaimed orchestral conductors and ensembles.
One of the festival's highlights will also be a performance by French pianist Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat, bringing the music of Camille de Saint-Saens and Claude Debussy to Tartini House, the birthplace of the renowned violinist and composer, in Tartini Square.
The popular Italian chamber orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, the festival's regular guest, will perform at the Piran Minorite Monastery.
The orchestra has given more than 6,000 concerts in over 90 countries and has participated in the most acclaimed international festivals.
The monastery will also see a duo performance by Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovšek and Japanese harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto as well as a performance by the Salzburger Mozart Consort.
The festival, honouring Tartini as well as composers inspired by his art, will also present young talent at Tartini Junior concerts.