Opera singer + coach
PhD, Conductor/Pianist, Assistant to the Artistic Director
Slovenian National Opera Maribor, Slovenian National Theater Maribor
I began my career as a pianist and have recently made a switch to conducting. After finishing primary school in Slovenia at the age of 15 I started studying piano performance at the University of Music in Graz, Austria. I finished both my Masters in piano performance and Ph.D. in Musicology in Austria, and in the meantime was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at Indiana University in Bloomington. Upon graduating from Indiana University (Jazz Studies program) I was offered a faculty position at the Indiana University Opera Theater, which I held until my return to Slovenia in 2009. Since then I have been working initially as a vocal and diction coach at the Slovenian National Opera in Maribor, and in 2011 have been working as Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor, and most recently Assistant to the Artistic Director. In addition to my work in the opera field, I am active as a pianist/chamber musician, and have played concerts and recitals throughout Europe, USA, Canada, and Asia. In 2009 articles I wrote about various composers and performers of the 20th century were featured in the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Musicians (published by Salem Press). In Fall 2011 I made my debut as a composer, having written music for the theater play "The Woman I read to".
A funny story about me:
Once I almost cried when someone told me I just ate a rabbit.