LadieSaxophone Quartet is a unique group of female saxophonists, whose concept is to perform music written by young contemporary composers from their native countries. Their story began in September 2013, followed by various musical projects in which they participated with a desire to present a repertoire for classical saxophone on the highest level and make it approachable for a wider audience. The quartet consists of experienced musicians who connected through love for classical saxophone and chamber music: Petra Horvat (soprano saxophone, CRO), Weronika Partyka (alto saxophone, PL), Betka Bizjak Kotnik (tenor saxophone, SI) and Jovana Joka (baritone saxophone, CRO). During their collaboration they have achieved several memorable performances in Croatia, Poland, France and Slovenia. The members are graduates, successful pedagogues and winners of numerous competitions. Their mentors were: prof. Matjaž Drevenšek, prof. Jean-Denis Michat, prof. Lars Mlekusch and prof. Oto Vrhovnik.
Petra Horvat (1983) was attending elementary and high school in Varaždin (Croatia) with prof. Davorin Premc. She continued her studies at Universität für darstellende Kunst in Graz with prof. Peter Straub, at Universität fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with prof. Oto Vrhovnik and Konservatorium Wien – Privatuniversität with prof. Lars Mlekusch.
She was perfecting her musical knowledge with professors such as: D. Sremec, G. Merčep, M.Drevenšek, E.Rousseau, C.Delangle, M.Donninelli, J.M.Londeix, E.Devalon and J.Y.Formeau.
She collaborated with Wiener Jounesse Orchester, Slovenian Army Orchestra and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. She participated on festivals: Progetto Martha Argerich, Festival Lockenhaus, Podium Festival. As a soloist she performed with the brass quintet Simply Brass uin the Vatroslav Lisinski Hall in Zagreb (Croatia).
Petra is active in the Sequoia Saxophone Orchestra and Trio Lyrique, she is the artistic director of the festival Sax&more in Varaždin and the International course for saxophone (VIMM) in Varaždin.
She is a professor of saxophone at the Music high school in Varaždin and Music school Vič-Rudnik in Ljubljana.
Weronika Partyka, marrying eclectic instrumentation and the quivering “white voice” technique with modern electro-acoustic manipulation, Weronika Partyka invokes a place of longing. Her music gestures to the ancestral rites of an Eastern European folk tradition that is spectral and unearthly, reinterpreting rural Polish music across space and time.
With a sense of deep connection to her Polish roots, Weronika updates the traditional song structures of her country with dashes of musique concrète. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznan.
Weronika Partyka was born in Szczecinek in Poland. She has performed with the LadieSaxophone Quartet, Monolit Trio, Vidlunnia, Barbari and SOS Saxophone Orchestra. She maintains an ongoing collaboration UCHOKO with graphic-design artist Martyna Rzepecka. She has performed at numerous experimental music venues, new media festivals, art exhibitions, and fashion shows in Europe, USA and China. She has collaborated with the Poznań Philharmonic and Dolnośląska (lower Silesian) Philharmonic. As a soloist she has performed concert of Henri Tomasi for alto saxophone with the Slovenian Symphonic Orchestra RTV.
She was selected as the representative musician from Poland to attend OneBeat, a program funded by an ECA grant to Bang on a Can, a music organization based in Brooklyn, New York.
Except saxophone Weronika is playing ethnic instruments such as duduk, fujara and ocarina.
Betka Bizjak Kotnik (1976) graduated at Academy of Music in Ljubljana (Matjaž Drevenšek) and at Conservatoir National de Region in Lyon France (Jean-Denis Michat). In 2005 she finished saxophone post-graduate study in Ljubljana. She was awarded by Prešeren Student award of Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
As a soloist she performed with the Symphonic Orchestra RTV, Slovenian Army orchestra and Symphonic Orcestra Academy of Music.
In duo with Milanka Črešnik (piano) she has been running together since 2000. They gave recitals in different concert cycles: at World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Atelje of the Society of Slovene composers and in Munich, Germany.
They co-operated with compact disque Saxophonia and were appeared at State Ceremony of Prešeren's award wich was given to the composer J. Matičič in 2007. They got the First award at Competition for chamber music Primož Ramovš in Ljubljana 2007.
Since 2006 they have recorded several pieces for the archive Radio Slovenia and their first compact disque Repliques came out in 2008.
She is a professor of saxophone at Music Conservatory Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jovana Joka (1985) started her first saxophone lessons in Pula (Croatia) with prof. Arduino Malpera, continued at Academy of Music in Ljubljana with prof. Matjaž Drevenšek and at Conservatoire National de Region de Lyon with prof. Jean-Denis Michat. She was awarded by Prešern Student award of Academy of Music in Ljubljana for the performance of Glazunov concerto with Symphonic Orchestra RTV Slovenia and conductor En Shao.
During her time as a student she supplemented her musical knowledge at various seminars and masterclasses with professors such as: D. Sremec, G. Merčep, C. Delangle, V. David, K. Tse, E. Rousseau, A. Bornkamp and others.
From 2009-2011 she collaborated with the Slovenian Police Orchestra.
She is active in the duo with Danijela Horvat (piano), JazzIstra Orchestra, Sequoia saxophone Orchestra and LadieSaxophone Quartet.
Since 2011 she is a professor of saxophone at Music Conservatory Ljubljana in Slovenia.
LadieSaxophone Quartet is a unique group of female saxophonists, whose concept is to perform music written by young contemporary composers from their native countries. Their story began in September 2013, followed by various musical projects in which they participated with a desire to present a repertoire for classical saxophone on the highest level and make it approachable for a wider audience. The quartet consists of experienced musicians who connected through love for classical saxophone and chamber music: Petra Horvat (soprano saxophone, CRO), Weronika Partyka (alto saxophone, PL), Betka Bizjak Kotnik (tenor saxophone, SI) and Jovana J...