10th International Festival "Meeting of Student Choirs"
April 17, 2018
Prof. Milan Kolena studied piano, singing and choir conducting at the Zilina Conservatory. After graduating with a degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Performing Arts (VSMU) in Bratislava under the tutelage of Prof. Peter Hradil, he continued his studies in sacred music at VSMU. He also pursued academic degree in Gregorian Chant with Prof. J.Kohlhaufl at the University for Music and Darstellende Kunst in Vienna where he is the author of the first Slovak professional publication on Gregorian chant: ”Súčasné smery v interpretácii gregorianskeho choralu” (Current Directions in Interpretation of Gregorian Chant). He currently serves as conductor of Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis. Milan Kolena teaches choir conducting and Gregorian chant at VŠMU. Since 1998 Mr. Kolena has been the Art Director of the International Sacred Music Choir Festival Námestovské hudobné slavnosti, Musica Sacra in Bratislava, Slovakia Cantat. He is active as a Jury member at national and international choral competitions in Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Slovakia. During 2004-2006 together with Schola Gregoriana Bratisalvensis he recorded 3 CDs of Bratislava antiphons for Slovak National Library. Since 2013 he is the president of the Slovak Choral Association.
Dr. Nikolina Kroteva is a professor at the Music Department in SWU “N. Rilski”. Her academic interests in the field of keyboard accompaniment are included in her PhD thesis: ”The Role of the Piano Player While Working with Choral Formations”. Since 1996 she has taught Playing with Sheet Music and Music Therapy. Dr. Kroteva is a piano accompanist and a choral master of “Prof. Hr. Arishtirov” Academic Choir at SWU “N. Rilski” – Blagoevgrad, the Mixed Choir of the American University in Bulgaria and the Children’s Choir at “Nikola Vaptsarov - 1866” Community Centre, Blagoevgrad. As a piano player of these choral formations Dr. Kroteva has won various prestigious international competitions and festivals among which was the Grand Prix award at the “We for Peace” International Competition, Russia in 2015. She is a founder of the international competition for children piano players “Our Children Play Bach”, Blagoevgrad.