On the Occasion of the Independence and Unity Day of the Republic of Slovenia which is celebrated on the 26th of December,

there was a concert of the "Ingenium Ensemble" on 2 December at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Sofia.  H. E. Ms. Nataša Bergelj, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia offered her guests a very special singing experience with Ema Pavlič (soprano), Petra Frece Šilak (mezzo-soprano), Blaž Strmole (tenor), Domen Anžlovar (tenor), Matjaž Strmole (baritone) and Ambrož Rener (bass).

The ensemble performed madrigals and motets from renaissance period, arrangements of Slovenian folksongs and new contemporary pieces composed by the young Slovenian authors. Some of them carried the joyful spirit of the Nativity. The performances were flawless and mesmerizing. In general, the main purpose of the ensemble is presenting rarely performed or even unknown masterpieces, promoting the young composers and growing in quality of the sound and performance itself.

INGENIUM ENSEMBLE was founded in 2009 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 2014 already receives numerous prizes: from the International A Cappella Competition in Leipzig (Germany), from the international competition Polifonico in Arezzo (Italy), from the prestigious international choral competition in Tolosa (Spain). In 2014 they released their first musical album "Ingenium".

In January 2015 Ingenium Ensemble received the Golden Emblem for outstanding achievements in vocal music by JSKD (Public Fund of Slovenia for Cultural Activities).

Photo: Diplomatic Spectrum