Slokar Trombone Quartet
- Trombone Quartet
- 2013.12.1-14/2011.11.1-13 and more
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Branimir Slokar was born in Maribor in Slovenia where he got in touch with the trombone for the first time. He decided to dedicate his life to music when he won the first prize as a trombonist at the 7th Yugoslav music contest in Zagreb.
In 1969 he finished his sudies with excellent results at the Music Academy in Ljubjana and then he went to Paris to continue his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique. He had exceptional results as early as at the end of the first year of his sudies there. He won several prizes, among others he won the International ARD Music Competition in Munich.
As a soloist Branimir Slokar excelled with his musicality in well-known orchestras such as the Symponic Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio.
He is the professor of the Music academy in Freiburg am Breisgau and as well as in Bern. Besides his pedagogical work Branimir Sokar does exceptional work as a soloist, he performed in almost all of the countries in Europe, and also in the USA and in Asia. Due to his numerous CD-recordings, his radio and TV-programmes, he, the exceptional representative and supporter of trombone-playing won an acknowledgement all over the world and he got invitations to the juries of the international competitions in Munich and Geneva.
Armin Bachmann was born in Hildisrieden in Switzerland and started to play the trombone at the age of 14. In a short time the young virtuoso won prizes as a soloist and also as a member of a chamber orchestra. Armin Bachmann got acquainted with the famous soloist and educator Branimir Slokar in 1983. He finished his studies as a Tenortrombone teacher at Prof. Branimir Slokar and in the end in Trossingen at the diploma concert as a basstrombonist he proved to be very successful. At the same time he could celebrate his debut as a basstrombonist in the internationally popular Slokar Quartet. Armin Bachmann took part at different master courses, and he majored in the conductor subject tutored by Albert Benz. As a musician he plays in different symphonic and operahouse orchestras. (Sinfonieorchester Luzern, Opernhaus Zürich, Oper Frankfurt, and so on.) As a soloist and also as a member of a chamber orchestra he has got many contracts from Europe to the USA and Japan. Armin Bachmann’s musical activity includes several televison and radio performances, and many different recordings. His pedagogical work consists of leading master courses in his native country and also abroad. (Paris Tokyo, Helsinki, Manchestre etc.) Since 1990 he has taught at the trombone branch at the Music Academy in Bern. In 1994 Armin Bachmann was invited to the Franz Lizt Music Academy in Weimar as a professor.
Wassil Christov was born in Haskovo, Bulgaria where he started his musical career by playing the guitar at the age of 12.
An year later he started to play the trombone and at the age of 14 he began his musical education at the “Hristina Morfova” Music School in Stara Zagora, tutored by Prof. Kostadin Takov.
Later, in 1989 he completed successfully his studies in Stara Zagora and continued playing the trombone at the “Pancho Vladigerov” State Academy of Music in Sofia under Prof. Petar Popov.
After recieveing a scholarchip and becoming a member of the “Acadia” Youth Orchestra (La Neuvevielle, Switzerland) Wassil Christov had the opportunity to gain some orchestra experience playing there for an year.
His way led him later to Prof. Branimir Slokar and the Hochschule fűr Musik und Theater in Bern, Switzerland where he continued his trombone studies and finished them with a Concert Diploma in 1993 and a Soloist Diploma in 1997.
Wassil Christov won many local competitions in Bulgaria and also prizes at the International Trombone Competition in Berlin, the “Citta di Porcia” in Italy and at the Kerkrade in Holland.
Nowadays besides his pedagogical activities Wassil Christov gave many concerts and also among others as a soloist with Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bern Wind Symphony Orchestra and OPUS Orchestra. Since 1994 he is the principal trombone of the Bern Symphony Orchestra. He is also the trombone teacher at the Bern Conservatory and for already more than ten years member of the Slokar Quartet.
György Gyivicsan was born in Orosháza in Hungary and started his musical education by playing the euphonium. He started to study playing the trombone when he was 12, János Krcsméri was his tutor. In 1992 he was admitted to the conservatory to Professor István Simon who was his teacher at the college as well.
In 1999 he won the first prize at a country competition and two years later he got his degree and started his studies at the college at the Staatliche für Music Freiburg am Breisgau /a state college/ Branimir Slokar was his tutor.
From 2002 to 2004 he worked at the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin. He got his degree in Freiburg in 2003, and continued his studies tutored by professor Branimir Slokar in Bern in soloist education.
The year 2003 was a success for him, because he won the first prize at an international competition in Porcia.
In 2005 György Gyivicsan was invited to the Music Academy in Szeged in Hungary as a professor.