Gallina, ladies’ vocal quartet (Ljubljana, Slovenia), was founded at the end of 2010. The group devotes special attention to Slovenian (folk) music, diverse choral music from the Renaissance to the contemporary period, music of the golden era of Slovenian popular song as well as foreign vocal jazz and pop compositions. The vocation Gallina follows and considers of great importance encouraging young composers to write new choral pieces, thus enriching the treasury of compositions for female voices.
Most recent achievements of Gallina are a Gold plaque and a special recognition award (best vocal group) at Naša pesem 2014 (Slovenia) and two second prizes at international choral competition Polifonico 2014 Arezzo (Italy). In 2014, their first record, Kurje gospe (Hen Ladies), was released. In 2015, Gallina won two first prizes and a Grand prix at international choral competition “Lipanjski zvuci” (Croatia).
In 2016, the group held a tour across Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Slovenia and its neighboring countries, they held a number of sacral concerts in the churches painted by Tone Kralj. In October 2016, the group released their second record, Prikupnih pet (Charming Five).
In 2017, Gallina performed in Utrecht, Netherlands and attended the competition InCanto Mediterraneo in Sicily (Italy) where they won first place in the sacred music category. Combining vocal music with architecture and light, the group carried out a project Gallina DeLux. In 2018, Gallina won two categories and the Grand Prix at an international competition CorAmare in Sestri-Levante (Italy).
In Gallina, four female voices meet: Maša Simčič (soprano), Živa Kolenc (soprano), Ana Plemenitaš (alto) and Višnja Fičor (alto) under the artistic leadership of Ana Erčulj.
Ana Erčulj graduated from Musicology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and choral conductingwith prof. SebastjanVrhovnikat Academy of music Ljubljana. She studied in University of Utrecht and in Kunstuniversitat Graz. Currently she is studying orchestral conducting on Academy of music Ljubljana with prof. Marko Letonja and prof. Simon Dvoršak. She closely collaborate with Slovenian composers and she is artistic leader of vocal group Gallina. She participated in masterclasses of conductors with Gary Graden, Johannes Prinz, Stojan Kuret,…