Vokalna akademija Ljubljana
|Vokalna akademija Ljubljana (VAL)|
|Srednje Gameljne 47 D, SI-1211 Ljubljana Šmartno|
|Mitja Kovač, President|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 302 171|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 511 0554|
|Daniel Svenšek, Producer|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 296 575|
- 11 July 2015
A concert by the Academic Choir Tone Tomšič, University of Ljubljana and Vokalna akademija Ljubljana at in ,
- 5 July 2015
A concert by the Vokalna akademija Ljubljana at
programme in ,
- 22 June to 15 December 2013
Polyphonea/Prosthetic Spaces, an interactive art installation produced by
programme and Auke Touwslager ( ) also featuring a musical piece performed by the Vokalna akademija Ljubljana, in the framework of the exhibition Electric Conversations at in ,
- 15 July to 21 July 2012
Ljubljana Vocal Academy (VAL) at the 11th China International Chorus Festival and the IFCM World Choral Summit in ,
Other prizes at competitions
In 2009 VAL won first places in each of the four categories as well as the Grand Prix in the 57th Guido d'Arezzo international polyphonic competition in Arezzo, Italy. In the following year VAL won the most prestigious award in choral singing, European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, which took place in Varna, Bolgaria. In September 2011 they won the Grand Prix at the competition in Aosta, Italy, where the competition took place for the first time.
Cooperation and international character
VAL is set up of experienced Slovene singers (former members of choirs like the Academic Choir Tone Tomšič, University of Ljubljana, the Ljubljana Madrigalists Chamber Choir, the Ave Chamber Choir etc.). In autumn 2011, they were invited on the renowned festival of vocal music Polyfollia in France. They cooperate and frequently perform with famous Slovene soloists: the pianist , the soprano (also as a specialist for vocal technique), the cellists , , and the mezzo-soprano . They also perform with world-renowned mezzo-soprano , bass-baritone and soprano .
The choir's repertoire covers musical period from the baroque on; they sing a wide array of secular and sacred music as well as Slovene folk songs. When winning the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing 2010, VAL convinced the jury with works by, , , , Giovanni Bonato, and Ildebrando Pizzetti.
In July 2011 Vokalna akademija Ljubljana with soloists and instrumentalists presented Henry Purcell's baroque opera Dido and Aeneas. In December 2011 they presented a selection of solo and polyphonic motets by C. Monteverdi.
They have recently recorded an album, simply called VAL. Apart from the above-mentioned composers, the album also features works of Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leoš Janaček, and.
- Vokalna akademija Ljubljana website
- European Grand Prix for Choral Singing on Wikipedia
- VAl album cover by Ursula Lavrenčič
- World Choral Summit 2012 brochure, pdf