Slavko Osterc Trio
Background: the Slavko Osterc Ensemble (1962–1982)
The Slavko Osterc Ensemble, established in 1962, soon developed into the leading chamber orchestra which specialised in contemporary music. From 1962 to 1982, they performed successfully under the artistic leadership of their founder Ivo Petrić, a composer, an oboist and artistic leader who received the Grand Prešeren Award for his lifetime achievements in 2016.
During its first decade, the ensemble toured Yugoslavia, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Bulgaria and presented for the first time more than 100 pieces by composers from the former Yugoslavia. The ensemble performed works dedicated to it by composers such as P. Ramovš and L. Lebič and also recorded for the Radio Free Berlin (Sender Freies Berlin) and the Cologne West German Radio.
For its 10th anniversary, the ensemble, under the direction of Ivo Petrić, performed an original repertoire of contemporary Slovene works with soloists: violinist Tomaž Lorenz and cellist Ciril Škerjanec. The repertoire consisted of chamber works by S. Osterc, L. Lebič, I. Štuhec as well as the piece Oscillations for the Flute, Idiophone and Chordophone written for the ensemble in the 12-tone method by P. Ramovš.
The trio's repertoire
The founding member of the Slavko Osterc Trio, Dejan Prešiček wishes to follow the example of the composer Charles Koechlin and his Epitaphe de Jean Harlow Op. 164, Romance for flute, saxophone and piano, by putting together a suitable repertoire. The trio performs renditions of classical works by composers such as J. Brahms, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, as well as works by Slovene composers, such as Lojze Lebič and Uroš Rojko.
The trio also encourages Slovene composers to write for the ensemble. Many Slovene and foreign contemporary composers have written pieces for the ensemble, among them Nenad Firšt, Peter Kopač, Milko Lazar, Peter Šavli, Slavko L. Šuklar, Larisa Vrhunc, Marjan Mlakar, Blaž Pucihar, Jaka Pucihar, the Serbian composer Ivan Brkljačić, the Brazilian composer Nikolaj Brucher, and the French composer Jean Yves Bosseur.
The trio's performances
The trio has performed at the Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn, the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis (2003), in Bangkok (2009), at the 14th and the 16th International Composers Tribune in Belgrade and at music festivals in France (Toulouse, Paris) and Italy. It has also toured in Brazil as well as in Slovenia.
The Slavko Osterc Trio also recorded two CDs, released in 2005 and 2007 by the Založba kaset in plošč RTV Slovenija.