Publish Date: 13.10.2010

Category: News from the University

Rimini, Italy – The 2010 Rimini Choral Competition ended at 11 PM on Sunday, 10 October. The Competition contributed three more gold prizes to the impressive collection of awards earned by the singers of the Tone Tomšič Academic Choir (‘APZ’) of the University of Ljubljana. On Friday, they won the gold prize and first place in the folklore music category, and on Sunday, they won in the mixed choir category, thus qualifying for the City of Rimini Grand Prix. This event was no fluke, for they did away with their competitors and also won the City of Rimini Grand Prix.

Under the baton of conductor Sebastjan Vrhovnik, the Choir performed the following compositions in the folklore music category: A. Misson: Speivaj nama Katica, P. Merku: Jnjen čeua jti gna' and T. Vulc: Če bi jaz bila fčelica. In the mixed choir category, they sang: J. Gallus: Vox clamantis in deserto, F. Poulenc: Salve Regina, A. Šnitke: Otče naš and N. Forte: Izštevanka. Winning this category qualified them for the City of Rimini Grand Prix, in which they faced the best choirs from the other two categories (equal voice choirs and children’s choirs). The draw was not in their favour for they were the first choir to perform in this category, but their outstanding rendition of the programme testified to the choir’s excellence nonetheless. They won the City of Rimini Grand Prix with the following selection: A. Bruckner: Os justi, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Im Advent, Weihnachten and T. Vulc: Vodometi.

The international jury did not try to hide its enthusiasm for APZ Tone Tomšič’s competition performances. They were very impressed by the pleasant mix and balance of voices and the Choir’s good response to the conductor’s ideas. They also commended the Choir for its flawless intonation and charismatic and energetic stage presence.

  Says conductor Sebastjan Vrhovnik: “This success is a visible result of the hard work and intertwinement of the young women and men who sing in the Choir. But these successes will not wind us down, for we have a few competitions ahead of us in the current season and, even more crucially, other important musical projects. Since we had only a month at our disposal to prepare for the competition, we presented our well-established programme. Some really good choirs applied among the competition, so we really gave it our best. That makes winning all the sweeter.”

The singers of APZ Tone Tomšič of the University of Ljubljana and their conductor Sebastjan Vrhovnik will round off the current year by giving concerts around Slovenia and its immediate vicinity (Žalec and Trieste), and in late November, at the invitation of the Slovakia’s Collegium Technicum Choir, they will travel to Košice to perform Schumert’s Mass in A Flat Minor in the Slovakian Philharmonic Hall. Next year, in addition to regular performances around Slovenia, they will embark on a big tour of the Philippines, where they will also visit their friends of the University Santo Tomas Choir.

The Tone Tomšič Academic Choir of the University of Ljubljana supports cultural activity for all young women and men studying at the capital’s Alma Mater. The invitation to take part in one of the auditions scheduled until the end of October is still on. The current situation shows a greater demand for male voices, but all singers may apply and there is no need for prior musical knowledge. Successful candidates will become members of one of the world’s best choirs, which is something that is also associated with many pleasant experiences, both at home and abroad.

The website of the competition in Rimini: http://www.riminichoral.it/