Clarinetist Dušan Sodja and pianist Tatjana Kaučič founded Duo Claripiano in 1994. Since then these two musicians have had a passion for common music making and chamber music. They have been accompanied on their path by excellent mentors for chamber music: professor Božidar Tumpej, composer Ivo Petrić and pianist Anthony Spiri, with whom they furthered their studies in the postgraduate chamber music class at the Cologne University of Music.
Both musicians graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music (with pianist Tatjana Ognjanović and clarinettist Alojz Zupan) and gained their master’s degrees at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with recognised teachers pianist Brigitte Engelhard and clarinettist Alois Brandhofer. On the concert stage their two instruments become one, as they charm listeners with their complete dedication to music, their sincerity and their musicality, reaching to the depths of the soul.
Their concert career has led them from Stockholm, Edinburgh, Berlin and Prague to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade and Erevan. Amongst their most important guest appearances are those at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, the Ljubljana Festival, the Academy of Chamber Music in Montepulciano, the International Music Festival in Erevan, etc. In 2011 they have presented themselves to the Leipzig audience with memorial concerts at the Mendelssohn House and the Grieg House, as well as performing a recital at the festival Carinthischer Sommer (Austria). Since 2011 they give recitals at the international meeting “ClarinetFest” organised by International Clarinet Association: Los Angeles (2011), Assisi (2013) and Madrid (2015).
In 2000, their first joint compact disc entitled Legende (Legends), containing compositions for clarinet and piano by 20th century composers, received excellent review in the BBC Music Magazine. The two musicians always add compositions by contemporary Slovene composers to their concert repertoire of classical works. Thus, in 2004, their compact disc entitled Srečanja (Encounters) was released, with works by Slovene composers dedicated to the duo (Uroš Krek, Primož Ramovš, Ivo Petrić, Nenad Firšt and Jaka Pucihar). They recorded Sonatas by Brahms, Schumann (Violin Sonata op. 105) and Saint-Saëns for their third compact disc “Romantic Claripiano” issued in January 2012 for which they received excellent reviews in The Clarinet Magazine (USA). For their 20th anniversary of music making they recorded CD “20 Claripiano” with mixture of slovenian and european composers of 20th Century (ZKP RTV Slovenija-2014). Recently, their concert programmes have been enriched by arrangements of lieder by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and de Falla. They are both emplyed in Slovenian Philharmony. Since 2014 Dušan Sodja is performing on the clarinets of “Schwenk&Seggelke” from Bamberg.