Janja Brlec

Among the strings

Janja

Her world is among the strings. When she first heard the zither sound on Popoldne ob citrah (The Zither Afternoon) on Kopitnik she dearly wanted to get know it better. Her wish grew and came true when she started learning to play it. Her professor Peter Napret knew how to direct her musical development and knowledge. This was the first step to her professionel carrer to one of the most successful zitherplayers. Later with 11 years beginn to learn piano too. She's been also studying singing for some years now. She enjoys playing different kinds of music (baroque music, the zither romantic music, film music, jazz,…). She always saves a special place for Slowenian traditional music.

Education

  • 1996-2007 studied zither at prof. Peter Napret

  • 2003-2007 attended Music grammar School in Celje, art course, her main subject piano: mag. Larisa Čanji, Benjamin Govže, spec.

  • 2011 took her degree cum laude at Munich High School for Music und Theatre, pedagogies, her main subject: zither, docent Georg Glasl, her additional subject piano: Olaf Dressler

  • Zither seminars and master classes taught by: Harald Oberlechner, Georg Glasl, Martin Malluan, Michal Müller, Wilfried Scharf, Freddy Golden, Wolfgang Schipflinger, Tommy Temerson, Carina Joly, …

  • in 2017, she finished her master's degree in Zither with honours in the classroom of professor Harald Oberlechner at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

Awards

  • Most successful Slovenian zither player by award count

  • Slovenian state competitions: 5 gold and 2 silver awards (out of which she was state champion three times)

  • 2001 Festival »Prešmentane citre« in Velenje where she became »Prešmentana citrarka«

  • 1st international competition »Nachwuchsförderpreis« in Munich (till the age of 18 years) – 1st place

  • 1st international competition of young musicians ITHAKA in Ljubljana, category of the instruments with string – 1st place

  • 3rd international competition »Ernst Volkmann-Preis (18-32 years of age) in Munich (2008) – 2nd place (1st was not awarded)

  • 4th international competition »Ernst Volkmann-Preis in Munich (2010) – 1st place

Work

  • She participates in many different projects and festivals: Pathos Transport Theatre in Munich (2008): accompanying music for the play »What the building saw«, Munich biennia for contemporary music theatre (2010), 2011 Koncert Triangulum. Europaclassic GmbH in cooperation with »Deutsches Museum« and Munich High School for Music and Theatre (Festival »Wilfried Hiller wird 70), she regularly takes part at the International festival for Zither in Munich,…

  • She premiered several compositions by: Bernd Redmann, Dorothea Hofmann, Fredrik Schwenk, Luiz Gustavo Brinholi Peigo, Jelena Dabić, Christian Dieck, Alexander Strauch, Thobias Peschanel, Bojan Glavina

  • Guest musician on 2008's CD "Moj Šentjaž" by Franc Žerdoner and ansamble

  • In December 2011 her first CD »Among Strings« was issued

  • Male choir Sedraž choir leader in seasons 2011/12 and 2012/13

  • long-time member of vocal group Cvet

  • Zither and piano teacher at School of music Laško-Radeče and Hrastnik

  • teaches at workshops, master classes; a member of competition commissions, writes arrangements, appears with different musicians, especially with Peter Napret

  • since 2014 an editor of newspaper Slovenski citrar (Slovenian Zither player) together with Peter Napret; a member of Slovenian Zither quartet (together with Anita Veršec, Peter Napret and Tomaž Plahutnik)

  • In 2015, she premiered the composition „Vertical für Streichquartett und variable Performer“ by a composer Larisa Vrhunc together with Kairos Quarttet from Berlin at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

  • Since 2016, she is a protege of the Gallus institution

  • in November 2016, she performed in the Semi-final of the Show „Slovenia has talent“

  • In June 2017, she published a 1st grade textbook for Zither “Citrarska mavrica“ (Zither’s rainbow)

Music

The characteristics of Janjaˈs playing the zither (not a simple instrument in any way) are her technical perfection, her sense of aesthetics and her accomodation to different styles.

Tomaž Grže – The Glasna review


  • Johan Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) : Suite in E-major BWV 1006a

    • Prelude

    • Loure

    • Gavotte en Rondeau

    • Menuet I,II

    • Bourree

    • Gigue

  • Enjott Schneider (1950) : Bruegheliana; Preludio e Saltarello

  • Luiz Gustavo Brinholi Peigo (1981) : Triade (Nevyan Lenkov - udo, Gustavo Brinholi - contrabass, Leonhard Kuhn - electronics)

  • Harald Oberlechner (1963) : Jazz-Exercise št.6

  • Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750) : Suite in G-major

    • Prelude

    • Courante

  • Wilfried Hiller (1941): Buch der Sterne - ARIES Das Goldene Vlies, ERIDANUS - Fluß der Tränen, LEO MINOR - Schlaflied für einen kleinen Löwen

  • Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750) : Sonata 5 in G

    • Prelude

    • Allemande

    • Courante

    • Bourree

    • Sarabande

    • Menuet

    • Gigue

  • Luiz Gustavo Brinholi Peigo (1981): Wamukiwamu (Matthieu Bordenave - saxophone, Gustavo Brinholi - contrabass, Nevyan Lenkov - percussion kahon)

  • Jelena Dabić (1982) : One way go; that could be, but ... - Go ahead! - close enough

  • Slovenian folk song: Zrejlo je žito

Renaissance

  • Francois Couperin: Les Sylvains
  • John Dowland: Solus Cum Sola, Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
  • Francesco de Milano: Ricercare & Fantasias

Baroque

  • - Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750), arr. H. Oberlechner: Suite for Violomcello no. 6, BWV 1012 (Prelude – Sarabande - Gavotte I, II – Gigue)
    • arr. G. Glasl: Suite in E, BWV 1006a
    • arr. H. Oberlechner: Suite BWV 1007
    • arr. G. Glasl: Suite für Violoncello Nr. 2 BWV 1008
  • Silvius Leopold Weiss(1685-1750), arr. J. Brlec: Sonata in G
    • arr. R. Meyer-Thibaut: Suite in G
    • arr. J. Brlec: Sonata 45 in A
    • arr. G. Wittkowsky: Fantasie IX, Capriccio
  • Gaspar Sanz, arr. H.Oberlechner: Canarios

Romanticism

  • Johannes Ludwig: Zigeunertraum
  • J. Baptist Bauer, arr. Leopold Hurt: Abschied
  • Simon Schneider, op. 113: Rapsodia Argentina
  • Paul Höfle, arr. R. Grünwald: Plappermäulchen
  • Ferdinand Kollmaneck: Souvenir
  • Josef Haustein, op. 149: Sympathiezauber
  • Simon Schneider: Improvisation
  • Josef Haustein, op. 49: Sonatine Nr. 2
  • Vittorio Monti, arr. J.Brlec: Czardas
  • Franz Schubert, arr. Albert Huth: Ständchen
  • Isaac Albeniz, arr. J. Schubert : Prélude – Asturias
  • R. Grunwald: Gnomentanz
  • Richard Grünwald (1877 -1963): Ungarische Fantasie No.1, op.14
  • Fernando Sor (1778- 1839), arr. Stefan Brandstätter, Luzia Fink: Etüde op.29. Nr.1

New musik

  • Žiga Stanič: Pravljice za citre solo (Fairytales for Zither)
  • Werner Pirchner: Kloanhäuslertanz Nr. 4, Nr. 12, Lustig geht die Welt zugrunde
  • Theodor Hlouschek: 6 Bagatellen ( Bagatelle Nr. 4)
  • Fredrik Schwenk: El Primer Tango
  • Fredrik Schwenk: Insaturabilien 2
  • Peter Suitner: Improvisation
  • Graham Lack: Fünf Elegien für Zither
  • Enjott Schneider: Bruegheliana
  • Tina Mauko: Lepa kot pesem – Lepa kot spomin – Pesmi lep spomin
  • Dieter Schnebel: Sammelsurium
  • Wilfired Hiller: 88 Sternbilden: Leo Minor, Eridanus, Aries, Centaurus
  • Rudolf Gregor Knabl: Inselmusik
  • Peter Michael Hamel (1947), arr.: Leopold Hurt: Innerstes du: I – Anverwandlungen, II – In Memoriam John Cage (aus dem Zyklus »Vom Klang des Lebens«, III – Innerstes du

Jazz and Pop Songs

  • Harald Oberlechner:
    • Jazz- Exercise 1- 6
    • Switchback
    • Little Tune For Mummy
    • Präludium
  • Eduard Giuliani: Happy hour
  • Paul Mccartney: Let it be, Yesterday
  • Elton John, prir. T. Plahutnik: Tears in heaven
  • Elvis Presley, prir. T. Plahutnik: Can't help falling in love
  • P.d. Sennevilleund, D. Toussaint: Ballade pour Adeline
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim, arr. H. Oberlechner: Solidao
  • Joao Pernambuco, arr. R. Meyer- Thibaut: Choro
  • And many other songs ...

Musicals

  • The Sound of music:
    • The Sound of music
    • My favourite things
  • Evita: Don't cry for me Argenitina
  • John Kander, bearb. J. Brlec: New york, New York
  • Andrew Lloyd Weber: Memory
  • And many other songs…

Extensive Repertoire of Evergreens, Songs from Dalmatian and traditional music from Slovenia.


Traditional Folksong from Austria:

  • Karl Rietzler: A scheane Weis
  • Gregor Leutschacher: Führungs - Jodler
  • Johannes Rohrer: Stoandlschmeißn und Fensterln gehn
    • Walzer
    • Moritz Marsch
  • Reinhard Ehrenstraßer
    • Walzer
    • Mutertagspolka
  • Rupertwinkler Musikanten: Brünoth – Boarischer
  • Harald Oberlechner: Nur koan Stress
  • And many other songs …

Chamber music

  • Bojan Glavina: Tri melanholije za violino, citre in violončelo,
  • Fernando Sor: Divertissement op. 38
  • Chr. G. Scheidler, bearb. Franz Wilhelm, R.Meyer Thibaut: Sonate
  • Luiz Gustavo Brinholi Peigo:
    • Wamukiwamu
    • Triade
  • Aleksander Strauch: Sinfonia Hin und Her
  • Tobias Peschanel: Passacaglie
  • Franz Schubert, prir. B. Redmann: Nemški plesi D 790/1, D 366/13
  • And many other songs …

Zither in Orchestra

  • Urban Koder: Cvetje v jeseni
  • Johann Strauss: G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald (Zgodbe iz dunajskega gozda)

Groups

Janja Brlec - solo

Janja Brlec (Zither) und Peter Napret (Violine)

Janja Brlec (Zither) und Aleksandar Kuzmanovski​ (Violoncello)

Slovenski citrarski kvartet

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Zither school for the 1st grade Citrarska mavrica is intended for younger learners of the zither with standard tuning. My aims with the zither school Citrarska mavrica were as follows: to introduce musical and technical elements as systematically as possible, in the simplest way possible, progression from the simplest to the more complex musical exercises, progressive introduction of new elements and adequate consolidation of previously introduced new notions and exercises, encouraging the learners' creativity and playing music. I wanted to make the zither lessons for children using my zither school as interesting, understandable and amusing as possible. I used a lot of illustrations, tunes which the children already know and can thus sing them, in which they can creatively express themselves and learn music through play. . . Quite a lot of stress is placed on the consolidation of the knowledge of notes. Various exercises, colouring pages and riddles were added for this purpose.

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Janja Brlec

T: 040-316-684

E: info@janjabrlec.si