Dušan Bavdek (1971, Slovenia) studied composition with Alojz Srebotnjak at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He completed post-graduate studies in composition at the same institution with Marijan Gabrijelčič and Danijel Dane Škerl and studied master classes with Janos Vajda and Helmut Lachenmann.
His compositions have been performed on subscription series of concerts of Slovenian orchestras and choirs and performed in Europe and throughout the world. Bavdek has received different national and international acknowledgements and many commissions from various Slovenian and international institutions. He collaborates with eminent Slovenian and international artists. He has given master classes and adjudicated at international festivals and competitions.
From 2002 he has lectured Harmony and Solfeggio at the Ljubljana Academy of Music receiving tenures as assistant professor of theoretical subjects in 2003 and of composition in 2009. In 2003 Bavdek was Secretary General of the ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia. Currently he is a board member of the European Composers’ Forum, head of the Department of Composition and Music Theory at Ljubljana Academy of Music and artistic leader of International Activities of Slovenian Composers’ Society.
Intermezzowas commissioned by Pavel Mihelčič for the MD7 Ensemble. The composition has an expressiveness that – through condensed articulation of all but minimalistically conceived motive patterns – brings a range of contrasts, although the individual lines stick to the explicitly limited ambitus. Developing metrical rhythm, minutely elaborated motive cells within a prevailingly polyphonic texture and the management of the unfolding “dramaof fragments”, are perhaps its most characteristic structural traits. Besides MD7 Ensemble, Intermezzo was performed also by Neues Ensemble (Austria), Ensemble Traiect (Romania) and Luxembourg Sinfonietta (Hong Kong).