Slovenian classical guitarist Karmen Stendler has appeared in a wide range of venues, from Ljubljana’s Philharmonic Hall to Artegna Castle in Italy, Konzerthaus Klagenfurt in Austria and the Hall of the Arts Academy in Berlin. Other performances include appearances at international guitar and chamber music festivals such as Echos Festival in Italy and Slovenia, José Tomás Guitar Festival in Spain, Andrés Segovia Guitar Festival in Pescara, Italy, Bamberg Guitar Days in Germany and Postojna Guitar Festival in Slovenia, just to name a few.
Karmen is currently completing a postgraduate solo artist diploma (Konzertexamen) at the University of Music »Franz Liszt« in Weimar under renowned German professor Thomas Müller-Pering. She holds two master’s degrees in classical guitar performance, one from the above mentioned University and the second one from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where she studied with the dean of the Academy, professor Andrej Grafenauer. She also completed her bachelor’s degree in Ljubljana with the highest mark.
She spent exchange years in 2012/13 studying in Stuttgart in the class of the Bulgarian Kaltchev Guitar Duo and then in 2016/17 at the Superior Conservatory of Aragón in Spain, where she studied with Pedro Mateo González and Àlex Garrobé.
She is a multiple prizewinner at national as well as international competitions, which include Enrico Mercatali Guitar Competition in Gorizia, Italy, José Tomás Competition in Petrer, Spain, Andrés Segovia Competition in Pescara, Italy, International Guitar Competition Krsko, Slovenia, and multiple national Slovenian competitions. In 2012, at the age of 20, she received a Preseren Award from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana for her exceptional artistic achievements in the previous year.
Throughout her studies she has been generously supported by several institutions, which awarded her scholarships, such as Germany’s DAAD, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung from Hamburg, the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the City of Ljubljana.
Since 2009 she has also regularly been recording for the Slovenian Radio and Television and the same institution broadcast many of her concerts in Slovenia including the Roland Dyens’s »Concerto en si« that she played as a soloist in 2011. Since 2013 she has also regularly been recording at the Baros Records Studio in Slovenia.
Karmen’s debut CD »First« was released in January 2016 and in 2018 the debut CD of the Weimar Guitar Quartet is coming out.
Besides solo projects she is an active chamber musician, notably playing with the Weimar Guitar Quartet, but also in guitar duo, duo with violin, duo with accordion and trio with violin and accordion. She is also an advocate of Slovenian music, which she regularly includes in her programs.
Over the last 10 years, she has had the privilege to work in masterclasses with distinguished professors such as Eliot Fisk, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Paolo Pegoraro, Ricardo Gallén, Carlo Marchione, Aniello Desiderio, Hubert Käppel, Joaquín Clerch, Lorenzo Micheli, Judicäel Perroy, Margarita Escarpa, Alexander Swete, Christian Gruber, Peter Maklar, Sante Tursi, Thomas Offermann, Jens Wagner, Petr Saidl, etc.
In her free time she likes to read, eat and has a black belt in karate. She also loves to learn foreign languages, and currently she is fluent in Slovenian, English, German, Serbian and Spanish, but is also learning Italian and French.
Karmen Stendler plays a guitar made by Daryl Perry (Canada) and uses Guitarlift.