Press

… The next piece was Mozartís Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A-major, KV 622, with Andrej Zupan as soloist … The soloist boasts an excellent, in-depth musical rendition of the structure and style of the composition … The soloistís long breath was especially suitable in playing the wide melodic range of the second movement; also in the following part, the sequentially formed motifs were carefully rendered within the growing expressivity of the second movement. In the last movement, the musician preserved the carefully rendered stylistic frames, in which he placed special emphasis upon his elaborate musical concept, not satisfied with mere brilliance and its superficial effects …


(Milena Nograšek, SLOVENEC)

… The clarinetist Andrej Zupan fully used the potential of äivicís work with a beautifully, musically rich tone and reliable, confident technique …


(Bogdan Učakar, DELO)

… What needs to be emphasised in the case of Andrej Zupan is the unusually mature rendition of Mozart melodies, the correct congruity of the elegiac undertone in a clear and intricate musical performance. Zupan undoubtedly understood this music …


(Peter Kušar, DNEVNIK)

… The ISO 2001 Orchestra was also interesting, with Mozart´s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra and the soloist Andrej Zupan …


(Gašper Troha, DELO)

… Accompanied by the piano, the clarinettist Andrej Zupan first presented himself with Rota´s three-movement sonata. Zupan boasts a beautiful tone, long breath and sense for the musical shaping of the phrase. Especially vivacious and virtuosic was the sound of the last movement … Zupan confirmed himself as a tonically and musically sensitive chamber musician. With the pastorally-oriented melodies, he complemented the central mood of the piece … Especially notable was the bravura in the performance of Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B-minor, op.115, marked by the performance of the clarinettist and his softness of sound and feeling. The conception of the clarinettistís part was conspicuous, logical and in accordance with the musical principles …


(Milena Nograšek, SLOVENEC)

… Andrej Zupan presented himself with the Clarinet Concerto by Karol Kurpinski … he proved himself as a virtuoso, enthusing the audiences especially with this playful concerto, calling for exceptional technical and musical abilities and providing the audience with a delightful experience of this particular instrument …


(Dušan Ješelnik, SLOVENEC) 

… The Parisians began to take interest in Andrej´s references. They enquired as to his concert and competition career, verifying his prizes and commendations. He was thus accepted into the noble company of the best French clarinettists, who co-operate with the Selmer Company as recognised artists and experts …


(Martin Žužek, GM)


… Every summer for the last ten years, French Aix-en-Provence has hosted musicians under the baton of the famous Michel Tabachnik … Selected on the basis of auditions was also the Slovenian clarinettist Andrej Zupan … In France, they performed in Provence, with the biggest turnout in Marseilles an audience of 2,000. After the concert, the musicians had a reception with the French Minister of Culture, surrounded by consuls from numerous countries. After the Monaco concert, the musicians were received by Prince Rainier at his garden party …


(Danica Petrovič, SLOVENSKE NOVICE)

… The quartet presented itself with musical distinction, which grew in the course of the evening to become a virtuoso performance …


(Jure Dobovišek, DELO)

… It is an immense pleasure to listen to such lively and elaborate playing as can be offered to audiences by the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet … The bestî is a label which can be used for the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet without reservation. Not only did its members show technical perfection, flexibility and sensitivity at last nightís concert; perhaps their greatest asset is their refined ability to use all possible traditional and contemporary, serious or entertaining musical approaches. Another essential quality not too frequently found, even when it comes to chamber groups consisting of great soloists, is the perfect uniformity of the performance. This distinctive feature is shown by the members of the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet literally from breath to breath; be it the structure of the theme or hot-blooded elaboration of a fast movement, a sudden turn into ìpianoî or the ending of a phrase …They always give the impression of an indivisible whole, filled with immense creative energy. Their technical knowledge effectively fuses with the momentary inspiration and the ability of momentary shaping of the musical flow, with their playing relaxed and tonically clear. They are true masters of musical totality …


(Gregor Pirš, RADIO SLO)


… With its performance of original and numerous adapted works, but especially those written by Slovenian composers who have created many new works especially for this group ñ the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet undoubtedly has a bright future …


(Franc Križnar, RADIO SLO)

… This concert makes the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet one of the most eminent Slovenian wind ensembles. If the impression given by the Slovenian Clarinet Ensemble is so mature, musically competent and self-reliant already on their fifth anniversary, we can only wonder what kind of surprises are in store for the future …


(Ognjen Tvrtković, DELO)

… Excellent technical basis, musicality and communication were the main features of the good performance of the four soloists …


(K. K., NOVI TEDNIK)


… already the performance of the introductory Divertimento by A. Uhl confirmed that it is about proper chamber performance of four equal partners … who, with the same level of enthusiasm, shaped the expressive slow movements as lively and witty sentences. Their musical pulse was harmonised in the uniform shaping of the phrases …


(Franc Križnar, DELO)

… In its entirety, the group is well-trained, equal and also very disciplined in their joint playing. The differences between the clarinets (B-flat, E-flat, bass), make their sound and expressive range very rich and interesting …
… The sound of the ensemble is full and interesting; their performance of the rare original or adapted pieces is downright excellent …


(Milena Nograšek, SLOVENEC)


… even though they have only been playing together for several months, they are an excellent group, capable of a fine rapport with one another …
… by all means, the Slovenian Clarinet Quartet is a technically and musically excellent and equal group of young musicians …


(Milena Nograšek, SLOVENEC)

… this is a very serous ensemble, one of the rarest in the world that only performs original works written for its own combination of instruments …
… some time ago, the young men even recorded a CD; it is a world rarity …


(Miha Zadnikar, MLADINA)

… with their chamber ensemble, the young creative interpreters are bringing entirely new and fresh twentieth-century pieces into Slovenian music …


(M.Š., REPUBLIKA)

… without a doubt, a clarinet quartet is a fairly unusual musical ensemble, especially with their ambition of transcending the boundaries of jazz …
… they have recorded an excellent album, which will be welcomed both by lovers of traditional jazz and well-known melodies …
… with their album, they paid tribute to some of the greatest composers of our time and combined them on the same album without reservations …


(Zdenko Matoz, VIKEND MAGAZIN)


… Tivoli Castle was thus the scene of an event which, among other things, revealed that there were a lot of excellent clarinettists in our midst …
… we heard great music in masterly performance …
… the more contemporary sounds offered a more combative tone and deftly placed contrasts, with us being able to appreciate the full abilities of the performers. Without a doubt, the performers proved that their performance was an attractive sound show …


(Peter Kušar, DNEVNIK)