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Biography

The vocal ensemble AVE was established in 1984 at the parish of Ljubljana Vič, Slovenia. The love of singing, the youthful zeal and freshness of interpretation have brought the ensemble, under the artistic guidance of Mr Andraž Hauptman, to the very peak of Slovene and European vocal music. In time, the ensemble has attracted many new singers and eventually changed its name to Chamber Choir AVE.

The choir has taken part in numerous national and international competitions and festivals with great success.

Its impressive concert activity encompasses countless performances in Slovenia as well as several concert tours in other countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Denmark, Egipt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Macedonia, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Vatican, SCG, Finland). Chamber Choir AVE also takes part in seminars for choral music: in 1995 it was chosen to be the demostration choir at the European Symposium for Choral Music held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) under the direction of the acknowledged senior choirmaster Eric Ericson from Sweden. In 1997 the choir performed at the American Symposium for Choral Music (ACDA) in San Diego, and in the following year it organized a seminar for choral conductors in Ljubljana with Gary Graden from Sweden. In 2004 it took part as demonstration choir at the seminar for choral music in Koper (Slovenia).

The choir has taken part in numerous national and international competitions and festivals with great success. Its impressive concert activity encompasses countless performances in Slovenia as well as several concert tours in other countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Denmark, Egipt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Macedonia, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Vatican, SCG, Finland). Chamber Choir AVE also takes part in seminars for choral music: in 1995 it was chosen to be the demostration choir at the European Symposium for Choral Music held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) under the direction of the acknowledged senior choirmaster Eric Ericson from Sweden. In 1997 the choir performed at the American Symposium for Choral Music (ACDA) in San Diego, and in the following year it organized a seminar for choral conductors in Ljubljana with Gary Graden from Sweden. In 2004 it took part as demonstration choir at the seminar for choral music in Koper (Slovenia).
In 1993 and 2000 Chamber Choir AVE was awarded the City of Ljubljana Plaque, in 1994 the City of Ljubljana Župančič Prize, and in 1994 the Prešeren Fund Prize. It has won numerous high prizes and awards at choral festivals and competitions both in Slovenia and abroad. Most recently, AVE has proven its high level of vocal performance in April 2007 at a prestigious Slovene national choir competition »Naša Pesem (Our Song)«. The choir AVE was competing in the categories of mixed voices and male voices and won both the first (as mixed choir) and the second prize (as male choir). Furthermore, AVE won the following special prizes awarded by the jury: for the best performance of a 19th-century composition, for the best performance of a composition written in the period from the 20th century till the present and for the best performance of the compulsory piece both in the category of mixed as well as in the category of male voices.

In the concert season of 2002/03 the artistic guidance was taken over by Ms Branka Potočnik Krajnik, yet in the following season, celebrating its 20th jubilee, the choir was once again joined by its founder, the conductor Mr Andraž Hauptman. Under his guidance the choir has given several concerts in Slovenia and in Italy, as well as two festive concerts in the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana in celebration of the 20th anniversary.

Chamber Choir AVE enters its third decade with a programme of Slovene Easter music, recorded and available on CD (Kristus je vstal). In June 2006 the choir took part at the international choral festival at Embrun (France) and in Niš (Serbia) choir festival.

For more information, visit the official Chamber Choir Ave website at www.kz-ave.si

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