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The date 27 September 1951 represents an important milestone for Slovenian vocal music. At the initiative of Slovenian immigrants living in North America, eight male singers were chosen at a demanding audition in a small hall at the Slovenian Philharmonic building. Thus, the Slovene Octet was founded. From the very beginning, the Slovene Octet's main aim was to nurture and ennoble vocal music, from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. In addition, Slovenian folk music represented a very important part of their repertoire, and was brought to many different parts of the world. In its 60 years of existence, the Slovene Octet has performed on all important stages around the world, never neglecting their fellow countrymen. Many singers have been members of the group, but all of them sharing a strong bond with the Slovenian nation. With its enchanting singing and performances, the Slovene Octet has served as a shining example for many groups. During all these years, over 100 hundred octets have been founded in Slovenia. More than 40 singers have been a part of the Slovene Octet, some of them top-flight musicians, performing in the biggest concerts and opera houses across Europe. The Slovene Octet has received several awards: the Prešeren Award in 1957, the Prešeren Foundation Award in 1964, the National Certificate of Merit in 1966, an award from the Association of Slovene Composers in 1971, the Drabosnjakova Award in 1975, the Orlando Di Lasso Award in 1984 and the Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia in 1996. Another important milestone for the Slovene Octet was reached in 1996 when the entire group of singers was changed. The Slovene Octet was rejuvenated and began down a new path to musical perfection, remaining faithful to its tradition. The group's 50th anniversary concert included its best-known songs, which brought the Slovene Octet its worldwide fame. The group has published three CDs with the most beautiful Slovenian songs. In 2007, the book Slovenski oktet (Slovene Octet) by Boris Pangerc, which summarised the group's activities over the years, was published. The Slovene Octet performs at all major music festivals and encourages young groups across Slovenia to cherish Slovenian folk and artistic music. SLOVENE OCTET Vladimir Čadež and Rajko Meserko – First Tenor Marjan Trček and Janez Triler – Second Tenor Jože Vidic and Darko Vidic – Baritone Janko Volčanšek and Matej Voje – Bass

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VLADIMIR ČADEŽ RAJKO MESERKO MARJAN TRČEK JANEZ TRILER JOŽE VIDIC DARKO VIDIC JANKO VOLČANŠEK MATEJ VOJE

Artistic director: Jože Vidic

VLADIMIR
ČADEŽ
Mr Čadež took his first musical steps in his hometown of Gorica, where he began playing the piano. He later played the bassoon in Ljubljana, and went to Trieste to study singing at the Verdi Theatre Opera School. He furthered his studies in Torino under Professors Wally Salio and Alfredo Kraus. He is currently completing his studies of vocal pedagogy under Prof. Alenka Drnač at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, while teaching singing and the bassoon at

the music school in Nova Gorica. He has performed with various groups, such as the Big Ben Quartet and the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir, with whom he has performed both in Slovenia and abroad. He has worked with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recorded a CD. He also performs regularly as a soloist, accompanied by piano and by various orchestras. He has been a member of the Slovene Octet since 1996. Back to top

RAJKO
MESERKO
Tenor Rajko Meserko lives in Šmartno pri Litiji. He attended secondary school in Ljubljana. During his studies, he began attending primary school for music. He studied to be a soloist with Prof. Marija Sedej, and later continued under Prof. Karl Jerič. He began singing in his pres-school years in a children's choir in his hometown and in various youth choirs. He later sang in different, primarily male, vocal groups, such as the Šmartin Quartet. Following his studies and a successful audition, he continued his career with the opera choir of the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ljubljana, where he still works today. He has also performed in some smaller roles and worked with chamber ensembles in different operatic projects. He has been a member of the Slovene Octet since 2000.

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MARJAN
TRČEK
Tenor Marjan Trček studied singing at the Secondary School of Music in Ljubljana. He received awards during this period at competitions for young musicians at the republic and national levels in the chamber ensemble category. He completed his study of singing with distinction at the Academy of Music under Prof. Eva Novšak Houška. He continued his study of singing under Marjana Lipovšek and Alfred Burgstaller. He has established himself as a concert and opera singer in Slovenia and abroad. He has performed with renowned orchestras and conductors at foreign and Slovenian festivals (the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Pula Summer Festival, Festival Ljubljana, Musical September in Maribor, the Kogoj's Days Contemporary Music Festival, the Festival of Ancient Music in Radovljica, etc.). On the concert stage, he has performed scores of vocal-instrumental works from a classical concert repertoire, from the early Baroque to contemporary pieces. He works with the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatres in Ljubljana and Maribor, where he has performed in more than 20 opera and operetta roles (Count Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Nemorino in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Strauss' The Bat, etc.). He has performed frequently at Slovenian Music Days, where he has graced the public with numerous premiers. He has a special relationship with vocal chamber music, in particular researching and performing ancient music, accompanied by a lute or solo. He brings the art of singing to young vocalists at the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Ljubljana and as a docent for singing at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He performed with the Slovene Octet from 1992 to 1996. He is a recipient of the Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia, awarded by the President to honour the Octet's 45th anniversary for its service in the area of vocal music. He was named an honorary member of the Slovene Octet in 2001, and has been a regular member again since 2010.

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JANEZ
TRILER
Tenor Janez Triler lives in Železniki. He studied accordion while attending primary music school. He studied to be a soloist under Prof. Ileana Bratuž Kacjan, where he continues to enhance his knowledge of singing. He is a music teacher by profession at the primary school in Škofja Loka. Janez has been singing since he was a small child. He began by singing in the youth choir at the primary school in Železniki, and later with the Domel Mixed Choir in Železniki and in the Mlin Quartet. He has also performed on many occasions with national folk ensembles. He and his brother co-founded the ensemble Obzorje (Horizon), with whom he performed for 16 years throughout Europe. He continues to perform with individual vocal groups and also as a soloist. Janez Triler has written lyrics and music for national folk ensembles, which he has also recorded and issued on CDs. He is very attached to his accordion, which he occasionally plays in the spirit of folk music. He has been a member of the Slovene Octet since 1996. Back to top

JOŽE
VIDIC
Baritone Jože Vidic began his study of singing at the Secondary School of Music in Ljubljana under Prof. Jelka Strgar, and continued with his opera studies at the Ljubljana Opera under Prof. Karl Jerič. During his studies, he became a member of the first ensemble of the Slovenian Chamber Choir, the Ljubljana Opera Choir and the Ave Chamber Choir, with whom he has received numerous awards at international choir competitions. In 1994, he also received the Prešeren Foundation Award with the Ave Chamber Choir. He also established and led the Šmartin Quartet and the Cum Anima Choir in his hometown. He has been the artistic director of the Valvasor Octet since 1995. He was a Richard Wagner Scholarship Fund recipient in 2002 as a promising young singer. He became a permanent member of the soloist ensemble at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ljubljana, where he has successfully performed in several leading baritone roles in opera and operettas. He has more than 30 roles in his operatic repertoire, including several premiers of Slovenian operatic works. During the 2004/2005 season, he enthralled international critics with his role of Conrad in the world premier of Jacques Offenbach's Die Rheinnixen in Ljubljana. He was nominated in the category of "discovery of the year" by a group of European opera critics, opening a path to global opera stages (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Prague, Ostrava, Vienna, St. Poelten, Winterthur, Bolzano, Oderzo, Belgrade, etc.). He has also established himself as a concert singer in Slovenia and abroad. He performs with various orchestras under the direction of renowned Slovenian and foreign conductors in extensive vocal-instrumental works, from the Baroque to contemporary styles. He is a regular guest at festivals in Slovenia and abroad. He has been a member of the Slovene Octet since 1996. Back to top

DARKO
VIDIC
Baritone Darko Vidic gained his first musical experiences in his hometown, where he sang in various chamber ensembles. He began his study of singing at the Secondary School of Music in Ljubljana under Prof. Janko Volčanšek, and is currently continuing his studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana under the tutorship of Dr Matjaž Robavs. He has worked with numerous choirs, including the Ave Chamber Choir, the Tone Tomšič Academy Choir, the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir, the opera choir of the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ljubljana, VAL, Cum Anima, the Valvasor Octet, etc. In recent years, he has been selected for

Cum Anima, the Valvasor Octet, etc. In recent years, he has been selected for the World Youth Choir, performing on global tours in places such as South Africa, China and Belgium. He has also participated in numerous national solo competitions, where he has received first prize, as well as a special award for achieving 100 points. He performs as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ljubljana Opera Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Big Band and the Symphony Orchestra of the Novo Mesto School of Music. In 2010, he assumed artistic direction of one of the oldest singing clubs in Slovenia, the Lipa Choir from Litija. He has worked with the Slovene Octet in various projects and on tours since 2005, and became a regular member in 2010. Back to top

Mit dem Slowenischen Oktett tritt er seit 2005 auf und ist seit 2010 sein ordentliches Mitglied.

JANKO
VOLČANŠEK
Bass Janko Volčanšek graduated from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana in 2002 under the tutorship of Prof. Irene Baar, with whom he also completed his postgraduate specialist studies in 2005. He has furthered his knowledge under the mentorship of numerous distinguished pedagogues abroad. He teaches singing at the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Ljubljana. He performs on concert and opera stages in Slovenia (the Slovenian Philharmonic, Cankarjev Dom, the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor, etc.) and abroad (Croatia, Italy, Austria, Belgium, etc.), and at various festivals (in Radovljica, Varaždin, Ljubljana, etc.). He has performed more than 40 vocal-instrumental works with the most prominent Slovenian orchestras (the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ljubljana and the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor and the Slovenian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra) under the leadership of renowned Slovenian and foreign conductors. He is the recipient of national and international singing awards and a recipient of the Prešeren Award from the Academy of Music. He is a Richard Wagner Scholarship Fund recipient. He debuted in 2008 in Ipavec's Teharski Plemiči (at the Slovenian Folk Theatre in Celje), and later the same year on the stage of the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor as Jaka in Parma's Zlatorog. He has been a member of the Slovene Octet since 2002.

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MATEJ
VOJE
Bass Matej Voje completed his study of musical pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He is a music professor and ballet coach at the Secondary School of Pedagogy in Ljubljana. He has been the regular organist since 1979 and later the choirmaster of the children's church choir, the girls choir and the mixed choir in the Trnovo section of Ljubljana. He was a member of Consortium Musicum choir and the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir, where he solidified his status as a singer and later as a coach. He was also a member of the Ave Chamber Choir, the Domžale Chamber Choir and the Slovenian Chamber Choir. He worked as an organist with the Ljubljana Madrigals and the Lipa Zelenela Je Choir. He occasionally accompanied other primary and secondary school choirs. He has worked as a pianist with opera soloists, such as Zdravko Perger, Olga Gracelj and Jože Vidic, and performed with an instrumental trio. In 1991, he became a member of the Big Ben Quartet, with whom he has performed in Slovenia and abroad. He has been a member of the Slovene Octet since 1996.

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