MARUŠA BREZAVŠČEK

"Maruša Brezavšček is an exceptional virtuoso [...] Her phrasing was speech-like, in a murmuring dialogue with the ensemble. Her performance revealed a rhetorical confidence, with charisma and wit in solo passages."

Lovrenc Rogelj, Radio Ars RTV Slovenia, 2021

"Multi-award winning young Slovenian musician Maruša Brezavšček has obviously mastered the recorder. Her technical skill was convincing, as was the distinct musical phrasing and dynamic nuance in her performance of all three virtuosic movements of Vivaldi's Concerto for Recorder in D Major, RV 428. Accompanied by the baroque orchestra Musica Cubicularis, the young artist presented an extremely impressive interpretation."

Zdenka Veber, Klasika.hr, 2021

Maruša Brezavšček (1995) is a Slovenian recorder player specialising in early and contemporary music who has recently also been active as a performer of the baroque bassoon and dulcian. She is based in Basel, Switzerland.

She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious accolades, including first prizes at the TARF 3 (Tel Aviv Recorder Competition) in 2020 in both the “Soloist” (18–26-year-olds) and “Best Interpretation of an Israeli Piece” categories, and first prize at the ERPS (European Recorder Players Society) Competition in Graz (2016), where she was selected to perform the official premiere of the compulsory piece. Additionally, she received first prizes in 2007 and 2010 as a soloist, and second prize in 2009 as part of a recorder trio, in the Slovenian TEMSIG competition, and was a finalist in the EMONA International Competition for Wind Instruments in 2012. In September 2021, she received the Ivan Werner award for artistic achievement for her performance as a soloist with ensemble Musica Cubicularis at the Varaždinske Barokne Većeri festival. She has been awarded grants from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Fundacija Viktoria, the Municipality of Ljubljana and the Lyra Foundation in Switzerland.

Maruša has obtained diplomas with distinction from Schola Cantorum Basiliensis/ Musikakademie Basel, where she studied with Han Tol (Master’s degree in music pedagogy), and Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, where she studied with Dorothee Oberlinger and Matthijs Lunenburg. Additionally, she studied with Pedro Memelsdorff at Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya, and deepened her knowledge of contemporary repertoire through studies with Antonio Politano at Conservatorio di Musica Luca Marenzio Brescia e sezione di Darfo. Alongside studies of recorder, she also undertook study of historical bassoon with Donna Agrell (baroque bassoon) and Carles Cristóbal (dulcian) at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, graduating cum lauda. She is currently undertaking a specialised Master's degree in recorder and historical bassoon at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the direction of Andreas Böhlen and Carles Cristóbal. She has participated in numerous masterclasses with musicians including Kees Boeke, Walter van Hauwe, Han Tol, Michael Form, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Evelyn Tubb, Anthony Rooley, Carsten Eckert, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Matthias Weilenmann, Katharina Lugmayr, Peter Holtslag and Sabrina Frey, among others, as well as with the recorder Consort Ensemble Seldom Sene.

Maruša has appeared as a soloist with orchestras/ensembles including Capricornus Consort Basel, Musica Cubicularis, the Chamber Ensemble of the Slovenska Filharmonija, Barockorchester der Universität Mozarteum and Memento Vivere. She has presented recitals in Cankarjev Dom Silver Abonement and the Prepleti concert series (both in Ljubljana), at Varaždinske barokne većeri, Sozvočje svetov (Ljubljana), Barockfest (Salzburg), the Tel Aviv Recorder Festival, the Tartini (Koper) and Imago Sloveniae (Ljubljana) Festivals, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik and Barock-Festspiele (Bad Arolsen). She has premiered works for recorder at the Scelsi Festival (Basel), Koncertni Atelje (Ljubljana), at the 30th anniversary of the Slovenian association for new music Muzina with ensemble Duo Decima, and in duo with Antonio Politano at concerts honouring the 90th birthday of Slovene composer Jakob Jež. Maruša is a founding member of ensembles Duo Decima, Ensemble Bastion and Spiritus Movens, and is a member of ensemble Memento Vivere. At present, she is collaborating with ensemble Bryggian, which is receiving artistic guidance from Prof. Sergio Azzolini at the Musik-Akademie Basel.

She has appeared on recordings produced by Slovenian National RTV, on several CDs and has premiered new works by distinguished Slovene composers.