Slovenian tenor Matev Kajdi, started studying singing in Ljubljana with Barbara Nagode and Doroteja Cestnik Spasi. He continued his studies with Sasja Hunnego at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, where he graduated with distinction and completed the postgraduate program of The Dutch National Opera Academy. He participated in the singing master classes of Leonardo de Lisi, Marion van der Akker, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance, Ira Siff, Diane Forlano, Marc Tucker, Graciela Araya, Nathalie Stutzmann, Dennis O'Neill. He received one silver and three gold plaques in regional and state singing competitions in Slovenia.
As a soloist he performed at numerous festivals, concerts and has given several recitals across Europe. His recent engagements ilustrate his varied oratorio repertoire of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Händel, Janacek, Martinu.
The opera roles he has sung include: Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, The Sailor in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Don Curzio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr. Miracle in Bizet's Docteur Miracle, L'Amonier in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, Arnalta in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Albert Herring in Britten's Albert Herring, Tito in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, Conte in Martinu's Mirandolina and Idiot in Schnitke's Life with an Idiot.
Furthermore he regularly participats with several choirs of the highest quality such as The Slovenian National Radio Chamber Choir, Groot Omroepkoor and smaller chamber ensembles like Ribattuta and Ensemble La Silva.
Robert Manthey (piano accompaniment)
Robert Manthey is a pianist, composer, and conductor. He was born in the US and came to the Netherlands to study composition with Louis Andriessen in the Koninklijk Conservatorium. As a composer, his music has been performed in 7 countries and 5 US States. He has conducted productions with the Yale College Opera and the Gregg Smith Singers in the US and on new music concerts in the Netherlands. As a performer, he can be found performing solo piano music (in some cases his own), accompanying singers and instrumentalists on the piano, playing organ and continuo, playing the accordion and using his laptop to make electronic sounds.
- O solitude
- With sick and famished eyes
- If Music be the Food of Love
- If Music be the Food of Love (3rd Version)
- Canticle I. - My beloved is mine
- Little sir William (Folksongs Arrangements)
- Sally Gardens (Folksongs Arrangements)
- Plough Boy (Folksongs Arrangements)
- The Ash Grove (Folksongs Arrangements)