"Trio Tempestoso is awarded the Boris Pergamenschikow Prize 2019 for their interpretation of a high instrumental quality. In their electrifying performance the musical traditions are being presented in the light of the present, already foretelling the future."
The Jury of Boris Pergamenschikow Prize 2019
Trio Tempestoso: The Story
The Graz based Trio Tempestoso, formed in 2017, quickly gained its reputation as the winners of the Boris Pergamenschikow Award 2019 in Berlin. The jury of one of the largest and most prestigious competitions for contemporary music, held every three years under the honorary patronage of Mrs. Tatjana Pergamenschikow and Sir András Schiff, pointed out the "high-level instrumental interpretation" and wrote that the musicians "with their exciting performance combine the musical tradition with the spirit of the present and indicate the direction of the future".
The members of the trio are young Slovenian musicians: accordionist Sanja Mlinarič, clarinetist Andraž Golob and cellist Urban Megušar. Their repertoire consists of original compositions, written for this unique combination of instruments and defined by a seemingly orchestral sound of the ensemble. The young musicians have been performing in concert halls throughout Europe, most recently their performances have been broadcastet by Austrian Radio Ö1 and Radio Slovenia.
The trio was formed at the University for Music and performing Arts in Graz, Austria - the musicians had the privilege to work with Janne Rättyä, Gerald Pachinger, Julian Arp, and Martin Rainer.
Sanja combines her love for an authentic expression with the numerous sound possibilities of chamber music playing. It is this fascination that gave her the idea of founding a trio, which is now known as Trio Tempestoso.
As a soloist and chamber musician Sanja is a prize winner of various classical music competitions in Slovenia, Italy and Germany.
In 2019 she won the Boris Pergamenschikow Preis with Trio Tempestoso – they are the first such chamber music group (also the first group with accordion) to win the competition.
Sanja is furthermore an absolute winner and a recipient of Special Performance Prize Anguissola Scotti at the Val Tidone Competition in Italy 2019.
She has been performing for the Slovenian Jeunesses Musicales, working closely with Imago Sloveniae and recording for Austrian Radio Ö1 and Radio Slovenia.
Sanja studied at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Janne Rättyä.
Additionaly she attended masterclasses with Inaki Alberdi, Vincent Lhermet, Veli Kujala, Matti Rantanen, Mie Miki, Luka Juhart and others.
Storytelling trough symphonic poems and operas is what made Andraž fall in love with orchestral music, which he so much adores. But the stories are not only limited to program music that has texts or specific titles which refer to the composition… the meaning can be found in every piece of music, be it orchestral or chamber music. The meaning in music is what Andraž strives to share with the listeners, especially when it comes to modern repertoire.
Since September 2019 Andraž holds an academy position with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has been performing with Orchestras such as: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra; working with conductors such as John Williams, Daniel Harding, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov among others.
In 2018 he performed as a soloist with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, playing Mozarts Clarinet Concerto.
He is a winner of many competitions: Boris Pergamenschikow, Val Tidone, TEMSIG, Luigi Zanuccolli,...
Andraž studied at University for Music and Performing Arts Graz firstly with Bertram Egger and is now a student of Gerald Pachinger.
He has been gathering additional knowledge on masterclasses with artists as: Mathias Schorn, Andreas Schablas, Johann Hindler, Mate Bekavac, Kilian Herold, Harri Mäkki,...
Urban is a cellist, improvisor and chamber musician. Although he is coming from classical background, he is nowadays mostly active in contemporary music, free improvisation, jazz and folk music. With his venturesome character and restless curiosity, Urban is striving to bring out the endless possibilities that his instrument has to offer.
As the member of Trio Tempestoso, he is the winner of Boris Pergamenschikow Preis for Contemporary Chamber Music. In 2018 he released an album with a group Subconscious.Rituals and with his folk Trio Lumi they are going to release an album in December 2020.
He performed in various countries and on festivals such as Jazz Ljubljana Festival, Jazz Cerkno, Jazzinty, Hear Me Festival, Bled Festival and Imago Sloveniae.
Since 2017 Urban is collaborating with the Czech Theatre group Divadlo Continuo, where he is the co-creator and performer of music for the play called Poledne.
He has been a part of different programs of .abeceda Institute (a newly founded Slovenian Institute for Art research, critical thoughts and Philosophy) such as Young Researchers I., Studio 8, .abeceda and .abeceda Ensemble for new music.
Urban attended masterclasses in fields of classical music and improvisation with renowned musicians such as Giovanni Gnocchi, Jan Erik-Gustaffson, Martin Ostertag, Maja Bogdanović , Christian Howes, Klemens Bittmann, Axel Dörner and Joelle Leandre.
Urban started playing cello at the age of 7 in Škofja Loka and later studied cello with Karmen Pečar Koritnik at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana. Currently he is studying at the University for Music and performing Arts in Graz in the class of Julian Arp.