- Claude Faucomprez – France
- Ivan Borčić – Croatia
- Jože Kotar – Slovenia
- Nikola Srdić – Serbia
- Vasil Gelev – Serbia
- Zsolt Szatmari – Hungary
Claude Faucomprez was a graduate of the Conservatoire Regional de Lille and the Conservatoire National superieur de Paris where he was rewarded in 1970. with the 1st prize for clarinet and in 1071. he won the 1st prize for chamber music.
- 3rd prize at the international contest in Munich in 1978
- 1st prize at the international chamber music competition, Paris 1983
- 1st prize at the international music contest of 20th century, Paris 1984
- Republican guard orchestra 1972 / 73.
- “Pasdeloup” orchestra 1974 / 75.
- Radio France ” Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique-solo clarinet 1976.
- ” MITO ” Orchestra ( Japan ), conductor S. Ozava since 2002.
- ” National de Lille” orchestra since 1978
- Professor at the Conservatoire d’ Arras 1973 / 75.
- Professor at the Conservatoire Tourcoing 1975 / 1992.
- Professor at the Conservatoire Lille 1988 / 2006.
- Professor at the Conservatoire Roubaix since 1992.
Congresses and the Masterclass:
- International clarinet congress, Cincinnati (USA) 1992.
- International clarinet festival Stockholm 2002.
- International clarinet festival Tokyo 2005
- The Masterclass in Japan, Russia, The USA, The South and The Central America, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Greece, etc.
He performed at the Festivals:
- Sintra festival ( Portugal ) 1985.
- Prokofiev festival, Paris ( Rostropovich ), 1986.
- International festival Cervantino, Mexico, 1987.
- Pablo Casals festival, Prades, 1999.
- International festival d’Hamamatsu, Japan, 1994.
Except solo career, he performs chamber music, as well Duo Raes-Faucomprez since 1978., ” Nielsen” brass quintet since 1987.
He recorded for many famous discography houses.
Ivan Borčić was born on July 3, 1949 in Split. In his native town, he completed both Classical High School and High School of Music. He graduated from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade in 1973, and completed Master’s studies at the same institution in 1976, accomplishing both in the studio of professor Bruno Brun.
During and after his studies he took part in national and international competitions:
- Jeunesse Musicale International Competition, Belgrade, 1971
- Geneva International Music Competition, Geneva, 1972, and 1976
- Competition of Young Music Artists of Yugoslavia, Zagreb, 1977
- International Music Competition, Munich, 1977
- International Music Competition, Rome, 1978
Borčić was the First Prize winner of the Competition of Young Music Artists of Yugoslavia, Zagreb, 1977, theThird Prize winner of the International Music Competition, Rome, 1978, and a finalist of the Jeunesse Musicale International Competition, Belgrade, 1971.
Since the completion of his studies, he has developed a rich concert career, collaborating with the esteemed Croatian pianist Olga Račić, as well as numerous well-known conductors (Bareza, Papandopulo, Giadrov). He has also frequently performed with several chamber ensembles based in Split (Wind Trio, Wind Quintet, Chamber Orchestra).
Since 1973 he has been engaged as a Solo Clarinetist in the Split Opera Orchestra, and since 2000 he has held a position as a clarinet and chamber music teacher at the Music Academy in Split.
Joze Kotar is principal clarinet with the Slovene Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and associate professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He began playing the clarinet in his home-town, Trbovlje, under the teaching of Ervin Plevnik. He then continued his studies in Ljubljana under Prof. Alojz Zupan, and in 1992 completed his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Music. In numerous competitions at home and abroad he has won nine first prizes, and has also been granted the Academy and the University Prešeren Award. In his guest appearances abroad he represented (former) Yugoslavia in 1988 at the competition “Europäischer Preis” in Zürich, and was also principal clarinet with the Mediterranean Orchestra and the Alpe-Adria Orchestra.
As a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles he has performed in Slovenia, (former) Yugoslavia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and USA. In the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra he has performed under many well-known conductors, including Carlos Kleiber. Last year his first CD with The Slovene Philharmonic String Quartet was published by ZKP RTV Slovenia. He is also a member of the ARIART Woodwind Quintet – which in 1998 issued its first CD for the recording service of RTV Slovenia – a member of the Slovene clarinet quartet and founder of Slovenian Clarinet Choir. In addition, he performs as a clarinetist with the orchestras Slovenicum, Consortium musicum, the Slovene Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Slovene Police, and the Workers wind Band of Trbovlje, and also records for radio and television.
Nikola Srdić was graduate of the Music Academy in Belgrade, 1975. in the professor Bruno Brun class. He gained the Master of art title M.A. degree, in the same class, in 1977. As a French government scholarship holder, he recived advanced training at the eminent professor Ulysse Dellecluse.
- He won many first prizes at the former Yugoslavia competitions.
- International contest finalist in Munich, 1973.
- Special award from Bavarian Radio and Television in 1973.
As a solo and a chamber musician he played in all important musical centres in former Yugoslavia, as well as in France, Belgium, Great Britain, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany.
As a solo player he played with:
- Belgrade, Zagreb, Macedonian, Sarajevo, Vojvodina, Temisoara and the Upper Czech Republic Philharmonic Orchestras.
- The chamber Orchestra of Novi sad, ” Dušan Skovran” Chamber Orchestra ( over 50 concerts), Mostar Chamber Orchestra, St. George stringed instrument players orchestra
- Stringed instrument quartets: Klima Quartet, Kodaly Quartet, Moyses Quartet, Belgrade stringed instruments quartet, Serbian stringed Instruments quartet, Tartini Quartet, etc.
He performed at the Festivals:
- Ohrid Summer
- Bratislava Summer
- Summer plays in Dubrovnik
- Grich Evenings
- Music festivals in Talin ( Estonia )
- Janachek’s May ( Ostrava)
- Kosice Festival
He is a full professor at the Art Academy in Novi Sad and the Art Academy in Banja Luka.
Vasil Gelev was born in 1948. in Dimitrovgrad.
He completed music high school ” Stankovic” in Belgrade, as well as the Music Academy and M.A. degree in the class of the professor Bruno Brun.
From 1970 till 2000. he was the first clarinet-soloist in Belgrade Philharmonic. During these years he was holding solo concerts, chamber music concerts and played as a soloist with all symphony orchestras of former Yugoslavia.
After he had completed his performing career in Belgrade Philharmonic, he got the job as an associate professor of the Art Academy in Novi Sad lectirin Es clarinet and Bass clarinet, as well as Orchestral Studies.
He has been successfully running the following ensembles: Clarinet choir, saxophone quartet.
Clarinettist, Zsolt SZATMÁRI was born in Miskolc (Hungary) on 24 June 1968 in a family of musicians. He began his first grade music education in Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary) learning violin and clarinet and continued his studies in Miskolc at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music. He got his university education in Budapest at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music as a student of Béla Kovács and received a diploma-with-distinction in 1991. In 1986 at the János Richter National Woodwind Competition he received both the First Prize and the Special Prize of the Arts Fund, and thus got admitted to the Music Academy without needing to take an entrance exam. In 1988 at the Hungarian Radio National Woodwind Competition he got the special prize of the Copyright Office. In 1990 he won the International Clarinet Competition in Quebec (Canada). In 1991 as a college student he received the Yamaha scholarship.
In 1991 he started his professional music carrier as 1st clarinet on scholarship in the orchestra of the Hungarian National Opera House. From 1992 to 2000 he was clarinet leader of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. From 1993 he has been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. From 1 September 2000 he is clarinet leader of the Hungarian National Philharmonic. In 2002 the orchestra honoured him the ‘Artist of the Year’ award. Since 2003 he has been playing solo clarinet of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a member of the Budapest Wind Ensemble he has been touring in most European countries and in the USA. He has regularly been invited to the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra. He has given solo concerts in several European countries and at the Budapest Spring Festival. He is artistic leader of the New Harmony Wind Ensemble. He regularly appears in the radio broadcasts of the Hungarian Radio. As concert soloist he has appeared with the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Salieri Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Miskolc, the Symphonic Orchestra of Szeged, the Pannon Philharmonic, the Danubia Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. He gave master courses in Dublin and Urbana (USA).