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KARMEN ŠTENDLER

began playing the guitar at the age of 8 at Franc Šturm Music School in Ljubljana under prof. Nataša Črnugelj. She continued her musical education at the Conservatory of Music Ljubljana with prof. Igor Saje, where she completed her studies with distinction in 2009. Afterwards she entered the class of prof. Andrej Grafenauer at the Academy of Music Ljubljana, where she obtained her degree with highest marks in 2014. In 2012/13 she had also done an exchange programme in Stuttgart (Germany) where she studied under Ivo and Sofia Kaltchev. Since October 2014 she is studying at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar in the class of the renowned professor and guitarist Thomas Müller-Pering.

Besides studying Karmen regularly takes place at classical guitar seminars and festivals in Slovenia as well as all over Europe with distinguished professors like Zoran Dukić, Marcin Dylla, Aniello Desiderio, Pavel Steidl, Hubert Käppel, Thomas Müller-Pering, Ivo Kaltchev, Carles Trepat, Christian Gruber, Alexander Swete, Lorenzo Micheli, Sante Tursi etc.

She also frequently takes part in different competitions and is a multiple prizewinner at national as well as international competitions, which include Guitar festival Jose Tomas (Petrer, Spain), Adriatic guitar festival (Pescara, Italy), Mörski guitar festival in Murska Sobota (Slovenia), Kitarika festival in Koper (Slovenia), International competition Enrico Mercatali in Gorizia (Italy), National competition TEMSIG (Slovenia) and Dnevi kitare Krško (Slovenia).

In 2009 she recorded two pieces for Slovenian Radio and Television and in april 2011 she performed Roland Dyens’s Concerto en si as a soloist with the Guitar orchestra of the Academy of music in Ljubljana, Krško and Žalec, for which she received a Prešeren Award, which is given for outstanding artistic achievements from the Academy of music in Ljubljana.

Besides solo projects she is active in different chamber music formations. She is also very interested in collaborating with young Slovenian composers and with pleasure shares Slovenian music with a broad audience.