Slovenia: Carmen Manet

Carmen Manet will represent Slovenia at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017.

Carmen Manet is a female chamber choir founded in 2011 and is made up of the best singers of past and present generations of the Gimnazija Kranj Girls Choir. Carmen manet has been conducted by Primož Kerštanj since the beginning. Members of Carmen Manet have achieved outstanding results at several choral competitions. Selected alumni of Gimnazija Kranj, many of whom trained as solo singers in music schools,  assembled for the 200th anniversary celebration of their alma mater. Their first performance was so successful that these young women decided to continue singing together afterwards and Carmen Manet was born. The name, which means “the song remains” in Latin, signifies the singers staying together even after their high school years.

Despite its young age, the choir has already achieved excellent results at several international competitions including the In Canto sul Garda (Italy 2011), the 50th Montreaux International Choral Competition (Switzerland 2014) as well as the Xinghai Prize International Choral Competition in China in 2012.

In September 2013 the choir released their first CD.  The Song of the Northern Wind is a collection of compositions for female choirs, written by composers originating from Northern Europe—the region above the 50 degree latitudinal line—specifically from Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. The songs are based on literary works and folk traditions.  At the end of 2014 another theme concert followed, Voice Dance, featuring works of popular genres. The choir also regularly attends national competitions, the last one in April 2016, brought them a Golden plaque of town of Maribor.

(Photo: Aljaž Repnik)

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About Primož Kerštanj

Primož Kerštanj was born in Jesenice, Slovenia, where he started his musical education at the Jesenice Elementary Music School. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Ljubljana and then studied at University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Music. He regularly takes part in EUROPA CANTAT young conductors’ workshops (lead by Heltay, Erdei, Dan Olaf Stenlund). Primož also attended European and world choral symposiums in Ljubljana, Australia and the USA. His current professional position is teaching piano and solfeggio at Willems Music Center DoReMi Bled, where he also conducts a successful children’s choir.

Primož has conducted several choirs in his career; the Milko Škoberne female choir Jesenice, Vox Carniolus and from 2000 to 2010, Akademski pevski zbor France Prešeren Kranj. Under his direction the latter achieved several awards at international competitions. His most successful choir is Dekliški pevski zbor Gimnazije Kranj, which he has directed from 2006 to 2014. The choir was awarded two silver and twelve golden diplomas at Slovenian and international competitions. Primož is also a composer and musical arranger and took part as a juror at the Linz International Choral Competition in July 2015 and a competition in Calella in 2016.

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