Concert by Slovenian composer to be performed by Dutch Royal Orchestra

Amsterdam, 13 April - The Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will play the Concerto for Orchestra by Slovenian composer Nina Šenk on Friday in Amsterdam. The work was commissioned by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and was first performed in 2020, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, who will be conducting the upcoming performance as well.

Composer Nina Šenk receiving the Prešeren Fund Prize for achievements from the past two years in February 2017.
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According to Šenk, the whole orchestra has the virtuoso-expressive role of a soloist. She highlights it through different perspectives and sound combinations. The roles of musicians change quickly and require flexibility and constant awareness of one's part.

"Every individual is his own story and the combination of these stories is visible through the music that represents the joint effort and shared goal," said Šenk.

The concert will be reprised in Germany on Saturday at the end of the orchestra's residency at the Essen Philharmonic, Alen Salihović said in the name of the composer.

In May Šenk's new composition for trumpet and brass ensemble will premiere at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

After graduating in composition and music theory from the Ljubljana Academy of Music, Šenk studied composition at the Carl Maria von Weber music school in Dresden and earned a Master's degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in 2008. Her works have been performed at important festivals, such as BBC Proms, the New York Philharmonic Biennial and the Ljubljana Festival.

She won the Prešeren Fund Prize in 2017 and became the second Slovenian to receive Austria's Johann Joseph Fux Prize in 2022.

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