about

The female choir Carmen manet was established in 2011 with a wish for choral adventures and love for beautiful musical harmonies. We regularly perform and compete in local and international competitions, concerts and festivals, especially in countries known for their culinary excellence. The most important event thus far was winning the title of the Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017. What makes each of us proud to be a part of the CM story is our first studio album Apollo 18 and the concert in the largest concert hall in Slovenia, along with many projects that are products of our imagination and love for music. We love cooperating with wonderful Slovenian and international artists and performers, who dare to enrich the choral heritage together with us.

Primož Kerštanj

Primož Kerštanj has been our conductor and musical guru since the very beginning. Together we have won many awards in Slovenia and abroad (Rimini, Tuhelj, Montreaux, Maribor, Guangzhou, Riga, Göteborg) and experienced many adventures along the way. His international reputation and recognition are further supported by his jury membership in many international competitions (Linz, Callella, Tshwane, Poreč, Flanders). He is also an art director of the DOREMI music centre, where he mostly works with autistic children.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Our other accomplishments, besides making music, having countless adventures on stage and eating a lot of home-made sweets together, can be found here, mostly in the form of projects and awards.

CM ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGH THE YEARS

2019
  • Zložene želje | Conceptual Christmas concert | December 2019 | Bled, Slovenia
  • Gold medal (92,95%) | top-level performance | adult choirs | International Competition Grand Prix of Nations Gothenburg 2019
  • Gold medal (93,88%) | adult choirs | International competition 4. European Choir Games | August 2019 | Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Kräsne | Yearly concert | June 2019 | Radovljica, Slovenia
  • Magnificat | Classical concert – Magnificat | April 2019 | Bled, Slovenia
2018
  • Nuit des Choeurs | performing at an international festival | August 2018 | Villers Abbey, Belgium
  • Vidim te | Choral performance in two parts| June 2018 | Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Album: Apollo 18 | Album release | June 2018 | Kranj, Slovenia
2017
  • Concert with Carmen manet | Yearly concert | September 2017 | Kranj, Slovenia
  • First place & title of Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 | International competition for Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 | July 2017 | Riga, Latvia
  • Gold medal (98,67%) & champions of Grand Prix | International competition Zlatna lipa Tuhlja | June 2017 | Tuhelj, Croatia
2016
  • Da koder Carmen manet hodi | Fifth anniversary concert | December 2016 | Kranj, Slovenia
  • First place & award for performance Zvok je beseda, beseda je zvok | Sozvočenja, competition in choral theme performances | December 2016 | Radovljica & Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Gold medal (95%) & champions of Grand Prix | International competition Zlatna lipa Tuhlja | June 2016 | Tuhelj, Croatia
  • Gold award (90%) | National choral competition Naša pesem | April 2016 | Maribor, Slovenia
2015
  • Gold award with distinction (91,7%) | Regional competition for adult choirs | Regional competition for adult choirs | November 2015 | Škofja Loka, Slovenia
  • Silver award (78,77 %) | musica sacra | Rimini International Choral Competition 2015 | September 2015 | Rimini, Italy
2014
  • Ples glasov | Choral concert of pop music covers| November 2014 | Kranj, Slovenia
  • First prize, »excellent with distinction« & champions of Grand Prix | female choirs | Montreux Chora Festival| April 2014 | Montreux, Switzerland
2013
  • Gold award with distinction (91%) | adult choirs| Regional competition for adult choirs | November 2013 |Radovljica, Slovenia
  • Best choir of the competition | adult choirs | Regional competition for adult choirs | November 2013 |Radovljica, Slovenia
  • Best rendition of a modern song (Safari – Jan Magne Forde) | adult choir | Regional competition for adult choirs | November 2013 |Radovljica, Slovenia
  • Pesem severnega vetra | Choral concert with a Northern European theme | September 2013 | Kranj, Slovenia
  • Album: Pesem severnega vetra | Album release | September 2013 | Kranj, Slovenia
2012
  • Platinum award | female choirs | I. International competition Xinghai | November 2012 | Guangzhou, China
  • Platinum award | jazz, pop, gospel | I. International competition Xinghai | November 2012 | Guangzhou, China
  • Gold award & champions of the category | jazz, pop, gospel | International competition Guangzhou Open Competition | November 2012 | Guangzhou, China
  • Gold award | classical | International competition Lipanjski zvuci | June 2012 | Petrinja, Croatia
  • Silver award (81,7%) | National competition Naša pesem | April 2012 | Maribor, Slovenia
2011
  • Gold award (83,7 %) | adult choirs | Regional competition for adult choirs | November 2011 | Škofja Loka, Slovenia
  • Gold award & category champions | musica sacra | International competition In canto sul Garda | October 2011 | Riva del Garda, Italy
  • Gold award | folk song | International competition In canto sul Garda | October 2011 | Riva del Garda, Italy

CM HIGHLIGHTS