The trio "Aura" is composed of three prominent Macedonian music artists: the flutist Strašo Temkov, the pianist Ana Gaceva and bassonist Marjan Miloševski. Temkov, Gaceva and Miloševski work as professors at the Faculty of Music Art in Skopje. They have performed numerous recitals as soloists and chamber musicians in America, France, Germany, Austria, England, Bulgaria, Asia, Africa, Serbia, Slovenia for which they receive positive grades. Critics call them "masters of their instruments," and because of these remarkable concerts in their country and abroad, they are undoubtedly among the best and most active music performers in Macedonia.
Rich concert activity of the trio encompasses all music styles and eras. The trio promotes works of Macedonian composers, by playing premieres of these compositions, especially written for this kind of ensemble.
Their musicianship is marked by extraordinary sense of expressiveness, musical symbiotics and compactness of the sound and expression.
Strašo Temkov is one of the most successful musicians within his generation. The talent, the will for artistic accomplishment led him to various concert stages where he performed as a soloist with orchestras (Macedonian Philharmonic, French-American Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic, Macedonian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra "Amoroso"...)
Temkov is a member of Macedonian Woodwinds Quintet, renowned chamber ensemble, along with the Trio Aura. He has also performed at numerous music festivals: Ohrid Summer Festival, Autumnal Musical Festivities, Skopje Summer, Days of Macedonian Music (Macedonia), Apollonia Arts, Salon of the Arts (Bulgaria), NIMUS, LEDAMUS (Serbia), Espressivo, Barski Ljetopis, International Chamber Music Festival in Nikšić (Montenegro), also festivals in Croatia, Italy, France, UK and USA.
He belongs to a small group of few, rare Macedonian musicians, that performed in Carnegie Hall (New York), one of the finest concert halls in the world. Temkov's repertoaire spans from baroque to contemporary music and he aspires to promote new pieces for flute, both Macedonian and all over the world.
He made two CD releases with pianist Marija Vrškova, produced by MMM and Directorate of Culture and Art -Skopje Summer.
Strašo Tremkov is a jury member of most fameous competitions, both domestic and international.
His striking style of interpretation brings him to winning the most important prize: Golden Lyra, acquired for exceptional artistic achievements and given by Alliance of Macedonian Music Artists.
Ana Gaceva works as a piano professor at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. Gaceva counts among the most active soloists in Macedonia. She has collaborated with accomplished pianists and educators, such as Milena Mollova, Alexander Shtarkman, Zeni Zaharieva...
Gaceva is laureate of several state and international competition (Albert Roussel Competition, Earth and Music Competition and many others). She has performed in most reputable halls and institutions of
New York, Paris, Vienna, Saltzburg, Minsk, Kiev, Dresden, Sofia, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Plovdiv, Belgrade, Portorož
As a guest soloist, she plays frequently with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicales, Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Chamber Orchestra “St.Sofia” and Chamber Orchestra of Bitola. Her guest performances include renowned international festivals such as Ohrid Summer Festival, Museum de Buitenplaats, Minsk Spring, Les concerts de Midi & Demi, Hvar Summer Festival, Makarska Cultural Summer, Espressivo, Barski ljetopis, Days of Macedonian Music, Štip Summer of Culture, Summer Festival in Omiš and also festivals in Kiev, Zagreb etc.
Ana Gaceva is recipient of “Georgi Bozikov” award for best performance of a piece by a Macedonian composer, given by the Composers Association of Macedonia in 2013.
Upon request, Gaceva held numerous seminars and participated in competitions as a jury member in Macedonia and abroad.