Petra Strahovnik is one of those composers who come along only every so now and then: one who knows exactly what she wants and has the courage to redefine everything in her pursuit of a truly personal musical universe. Her music is uncompromising yet always seductive: a true composer to my heart.
I was immediately impressed by the originality of Petra’s ideas. She has a very uncommon and genuine way of blending high and low culture, composed elements and improvised elements in her music. The sound of her work is very authentic. Her compositions are very direct and speak to a large audience. It has intellectual qualities as emotional impact as well. Above all she is a real craftsman and knows already very well how to structure her music and realize the most complex scores in detail.
Petra Strahovnik is a composer with a sound sense of form and a clean feeling for the result of the instrumental writing. Her musical knowledge and experiences enable her to archieve foremost control of the overall musical structure.
Petra Strahovnik is a young, innovative composer, explicitly focused on »the here and now«, from where she gets most of her inspiration and extensively looks for the meaning of her artistic activity.
What I find more interesting about the way as Petra develops her own work is, into a certain extent, the way as she articulates the notion of gesture with timbre exploration, throught the recurrent usage of extended techniques, and prepared instruments, in a quite clear and sophisticated way, by making usage of a very personal style of musical notation. For sure a great and promising voice in the european composition scene.