About us

The Contrast Brass Quintet is comprised of the graduates of the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana: Gregor Turk (principal trumpet player of the Slovenian National Opera orchestra), Blaž Avbar (a teacher at Waldorf Music School), Jože Rošer (principal horn player of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra), Žan Tkalec (trombone player of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra) and Uroš Vegelj (a teacher at Idrija Music School). The members first gathered in 2012 and have since regularly held concerts in Slovenia (the Lent Festival, Festival Ljubljana, Imago Sloveniae, Musical Youth of Slovenia). Their repertoire includes renaissance, baroque and romantic music … all the way to ragtime and contemporary music. The Contrast Brass Quintet won the golden plaque and the first prize at the 2013 Slovenian Music Competition for Youth (TEMSIG) and became the absolute winner in the category of chamber groups at the 2014 Svirél. Their biggest success was winning the first prize at the 2014 International Jan Koetsier Competition for Brass Chamber Music in Munich; as an award, they also received a recording for broadcast for the Bavarian Radio.