“Blaz was the deserving winner of the 2019 Carl Nielsen competition. He showed immense qualities from the start and is able to communicate with the audience his joy of music making. His technical skill and warm sound will make him stand out as a true individual. I wish him well for a very bright future”.

Michael Collins

“When Blaz Sparovec set the first tone on his clarinet to play Mozart’s famous A major concert, it was clear to many that this would be the winner. The 20-year-old Slovenian turned the final round of the International Wind Competition into a Young Masters Concert. He elicited as much enamel, warmth, depth and otherworldly sound of wonder from his instrument as is rarely heard even from star clarinettists.”

Der Westen, 2014