Lev Pupis and Jovana Joka
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Lev Pupis graduated in 1998 from the University of Music in Vienna. From 2000 to 2003 he studied saxophone in Paris where he took his degree in J. Y. Fourmeau’s class (Premier Prix) and afterwards he continued his post-graduate studies with Vincent David. He became Magister Artium at the University of Music in Vienna (in Oto Vrhovnik’s class) in 2005 and at the Music Academy in Ljubljana (in Matjaž Drevenšek’s class) in 2007. As a solo artist he has performed with Symphony Orchestra of University of Music Vienna, Symphony orchestra of Ljubljana music academy, Slovenian philharmonic orchestra, etc. He is also involved in teaching at music Conservatory in Ljubljana and he holds masterclasses and summer schools. He is a member and co-founder of Ensemble 4SAXESS and saxophone orchestra SOS and the founder of the International Woodwind festival and competition EMONA in Ljubljana. In 2015 Lev has been elected as a board member of the International saxophone comitee. Jovana Joka started her musical journey at the music school Ivan Matetić Ronjgov in Pula with her teacher Arduino Malpera. She deepend her studies at the Academy of music Ljubljana in the class of prof. Matjaž Drevenšek and at the CNR Lyon in the class of Jean Denis Michat. She is the winner of first prizes at state competitions in Croatia and winner of the student Prešeren Prize of the Academy of Music for the performance of Glazunov's concert with RTV Slovenia Orchestra and conductor En Shao. She actively performs with many ensembles. She collaborated with the Ljubljana Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Slovenian Police and the Slovenian Armed Forces. She is a mentor to young saxophonists at various saxophone workshops. From 2011 she has been working as a professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana.