Šenk, Nina International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Slovenian composer born in 1982. She graduated in composition from the Ljubljana Academy of Music under Pavel Mihelčič, then continued her postgraduate studies in composition in Dresden with Lothar Voigtländer and obtained her master’s degree in the class of Matthias Pintscher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich (2008). 

She is a recipient of many awards, including the European award for the best composition at the Young Euro Classic festival for her Violin Concerto in 2004, Academy of Music Prešeren Award and 1st Prize at the Weimar Spring Festival of Contemporary Music for Movimento fluido in 2008. In the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, Nina Šenk was composer-in-residence of the Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra in Germany. In 2010, the Dean of the University of Ljubljana awarded her a special recognition for artistic work in the area of musical composition and performance as well as architecture. In 2017, she was awarded the Prešeren Fund Prize. Her works have been performed at leading international festivals including the BBC Proms, New York Philharmonic Biennial, Salzburger Festspiele, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Kasseler Musiktage, Musica Viva Munich, Frankfurter Positionen, Weimarer Fr hjahrstage, Heidelberger Frühling, Takefu Festival, Ljubljana Summer Festival, Slowind Festival, Slovenian Music Days, World Music Days, World Saxophone Congress, and in many other concerts around the world by various orchestras and ensembles including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatstheater Cottbus Orchestra, Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Mosaik, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble United Berlin, Slowind Wind Quintet, Ensemble Aleph, Altera Veritas, MD7, DC8, Ensemble Concorde, and Kammersymphonie Berlin. 

Selected works: Violin Concerto no. 1 (2004), Five Pieces for string quartet (2004), Evening Serenade for violin and string quartet (2004), Concerto for flute and orchestra (2005), Trois couleurs for seven performers (2005), Fragile for violin and piano (2005), Violin Sonata (2005), Phases of Water for saxophone quartet (2006), Impetus for alto saxophone and piano (2006), Four Pieces for violin, cello and accordion (2006), Navitas II for trumpet, horn and trombone (2006), agitato for ensemble (2007), Concerto grosso for string orchestra without conductor (2007), Contrast for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (2007), Movimento fluido for alto flute, cello and piano (2007), Quasso for violin and piano (2007), Impetus II for oboe and piano (2008), String Quartet no. 2 (2009), Movimento fluido III for English horn, clarinet and piano (2010), Echo II for orchestra (2010), Schnitt for alto saxophone and ensemble (2010), A moment before for orchestra (2010), Dialogues and Circles for trumpet and string orchestra (2010), ...glitzert, immert, vergeht... after Hermann Hesse for soprano and ensemble (2010), The Journey for accordion and string orchestra (2011), ...entourer...for guitar and string quartet (2011), Pushing Forward for clarinet (2011), Into the Shades for violin and orchestra (2012), Black White for horn and two percussionists (2012), My Letters for mezzo-soprano and piano (2012), ART for soprano and horn (2012), Twenty in Five for ensemble and loudspeaker (2012), Reflections for trumpet and piano (2013), Chant for string orchestra (2013), The Chase for orchestra (2013), Navitas for brass quintet (2013), In the Absence to words by Erwin Wurm for soprano and ensemble (2013), One’s Song for horn (2013), One’s Song II for horn, accordion and cello (2012–14), Elementsfor large orchestra (2013–14), Dreamcatcher for ensemble (2014), SCRATCHfor alto saxophone and cajon (2014), IRIS for viola and ensemble (2014), Capriccio for cello and string orchestra (2015), ART II to words by Clara Schumann for soprano and trombone (2016), Silhouettes and Shadows for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (2016), Quadrum for four percussion and orchestra (2016), Flux for horn, trumpet, accordion and string orchestra (2016), On the Lake for flute and ad libitum accompanying instruments (2018), Baca for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet (2018), Impulses for orchestra (2018), Gouache for ensemble (2018), Baca II for ensemble (2019), Concerto for orchestra (2019), T.E.R.R.A for flute, harp and cello (2019), Quasso II for violin and harp (2019), Marpurgi I, opera to a libretto by Igor Pison after a novel by Zlata Vokač (2020), da kehrte die Ruhe ein for brass trio (2020; also version for three violas), beyond for bass clarinet (2020), Shadows and Stillness for ensemble (2020), Stump the Guesser for ensemble (2021).