Annotation 2019 06 05 105821

The British School in Ljubljana had the privilege to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music with a delightful recital of classical Russian romances on Tuesday June 4th, performed by special guests Sergey Lunev, Marina Igritskaya and Saška Kolarič.

Performances included songs from famous composers Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergey Rachmaninov, as well Sergey Lunev himself.

Sergey Lunev was born into a family of classical musicians and spent most of his childhood in a classical music environment. His works include two symphonies, several compositions for choir, piano quintet, pieces for viola and piano, music for the contemporary ballet “Male vs Female”, compositions for voice and piano, as well as pieces for piano solo. In 2017, Sergey completed his Master’s degree specialising in Composing for Film and TV at Kingston University London in the UK. Today Sergey continues his career as a pianist, composer and conducter.

Marina Igritskaya is a graduate of the Nizhny Novgorod State Music Academy in Russia. In 2005, she was the absolute winner of the international competition of Slavic cultures in Moscow and took the first prize at the vocal competition in Kineshma, Russia. Alongside her active solo career, Marina also teaches singing. Having moved to Slovenia in 2014, today she teaches singing at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Ljubljana. She regularly acts as a jury member of the “Voice of Autumn” vocal competition in the ancient city of Kineshma, Russia, and is also the director of the International Singing Festival in Škofja Loka here in Slovenia.

Saška Kolarič started her musical education by studying the accordion at the Ormož Music School in Slovenia. She continued her studies in Maribor at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet, from which she graduated specialising in playing the accordion. For thirteen years she worked as a full-time professor of singing at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana. Today she shares her knowledge with young singers at the music school of Škofja Loka and performs in her home country as well as abroad in Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Algeria, Chile and Russia.

Principal Paul Walton said "We hope this is the first of many similar musical events held at school, as we are always keen to invite our community to share in our love of music here at BISL. "