Programme: W. A. Mozart, H. Hödl, F. Cibulka, C. Debussy
The chamber ensemble ChAt consists of four musicians who have studied and are still studying at Austrian and Swiss music academies, hence the name, (Ch-Switzerland), (At-Austria).
The ensemble consists of Melanija Pintar (flutist in the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra), Matija Božnik (clarinet professor at the Music School Laško-Radeče), Domen Marn (solo clarinettist in the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra) and Tomaž Adamič (clarinet professor at the Music School Celje). The ChAt Quartet combines the sound of flute, clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet. Four very different instruments allow for different colour and style combinations. Their repertoire includes classical works from all periods, as well as popular, jazz and ethno music.
They started their activities in 2018 and since then have regularly performed in Slovenia and Austria, including at the Christmas Vojnik Festival 2018 and the Lent Maribor Festival 2020 and 2021.
Flutist Melanija Pintar began her musical career at the Music School Žalec with teacher Diana Štih, continued her studies at the Celje Secondary Music School with professor Milena Lipovšek, and then continued her education at a private university in Vienna in the class of Karl-Heniz Schütz, where she completed the first stage of her studies (2014) with honours. She completed her Master's degree, also with honours (2016), at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz under Professor Erwin Klambauer. She also completed a degree in Education at the same university (2017). During her studies, she won several prizes at Slovenian and international competitions, for which she was awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia for part of her studies. After successful auditions, she was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Academy (2014), the European Youth Orchestra (2015) and other youth orchestras. She has been active as a subsitute in the Wiener Symphoniker, the RTV Slovenia Orchestra and others.
Domen Marn is a solo clarinettist with the Maribor Symphony Orchestra and a clarinet professor at the Sevnica Music School. He regularly works with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Musikkollegium Winterthur, St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Novum Zurich, Ensemble Paul Klee Bern and the Bavarian Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied at the Zurich School of Music with Prof. Fabio Di Casola and studied with many renowned clarinettists. He is a multiple prizewinner of national and international competitions.
Tomaž Adamič started playing the clarinet at the Celje Music School, where he successfully completed the lower and secondary levels of the music school, and then continued his education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where he graduated with honours in concert and pedagogy. At the same university, he further devoted himself to the study of chamber music and the playing of early music on original instruments. He has also studied with many renowned clarinettists (Mate Bekavac, Sabine Mayer, Markus Schön, Wenzel Fuchs, Andreas Schablas, Ernst Schlader, Yuan Yuan), participated in various competitions, and performed as a soloist, member of chamber ensembles (ChAt Quartet, Duo El Clasico, Harmonie Palais Meran), and orchestras (RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Maribor National Theatre Orchestra, Camerata Sinfonica Austria) in Slovenia and abroad. Since 2013 she has been teaching at the Lower and Secondary Music School Celje.
Matija Božnik started clarinet lessons with Prof. Bojan Logar at the age of nine and graduated from the Celje Junior Music School in 2008. He continued his studies at the Music Grammar School in Celje, also with Prof. Bojan Logar. After graduating from high school, he studied at the Regional Music Conservatory in Klagenfurt with Prof. Hubert Salmhofer. There he completed his first degree in concert studies and teaching, both with distinction. As a soloist, he appeared with the Conservatoire's Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. He continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where he successfully completed his Master's degree under Prof. Wolfgang Klinser. He was a substitute in the Klagenfurt Opera Orchestra (Stadttheater Klagenfurt) and for 10 years was a member of the Sextakord. He is a teacher at the Music School Laško - Radeče.