Each year, the Ljubljana International Orchestra brings together young musicians from all over the world. Within the framework of an Orchestra Academy the participants work under the guidance of experts – tutors and conductors. The participants from various cultures and social environments strive to achieve the best possible musical results. With a strong will, enthusiasm and discipline they aim for the best possible professional performance level. The musical moments shared by the young people of different backgrounds, characters, life-stories and experience – the moments that motivate and inspire – are of great importance. Sincere enthusiasm, youthful energy and reckless courage are essential in reaching towards the great masterpieces of symphonic repertoire that is studied yearly during several working phases.

The Orchestra has been part of the educational and cultural project »Connecting through Music« that provides young musicians with experience that are crucial for their personal and musical development and future career as professional musicians. The project has received EU funding and was a representative and ambassador of the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012.

After two successfully implemented Orchestra Academies in the previous years, in 2012 musicians have applied from 41 countries (America, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brasilia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, the UK, Turkey). Auditions have been held in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Vienna (Austria), Munich, Freiburg, Mannheim and Berlin (Germany), Barcelona and Madrid (Spain), Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and London (the UK).

The orchestra has been performing within Festival Ljubljana, Festival Emilia Romagna (Forli), Festival Interludio (Pesaro) and Festival Belef (Belgrade) in Croatia (Varaždin), in Austria (Vienna), in the time of the Olympic Games in the UK (London) and in Spain (Salceda de Caselas). The orchestra has played with one of the most outstanding soloist, violist Wolfram Christ and with the soloist Branimir Slokar (trombone) under the baton of conductors Klaus Arp and Živa Ploj Peršuh.

The Orchestra is since 2011(now Ljubljana International Orchestra) part of the Branimir Slokar Academy and Festival Ljubljana, which supports its long term development, working with renowned professors (Gregory Ahss, Janez Podlesek, Branimir Slokar, Reinhold Friedrich and others) throughout the whole year, with the aim and focus to create an international orchestra of outstanding young musicians and providing them with the invaluable experience of playing in symphonic orchestra and working with distinguished professors, conductors and soloists. Another objective is providing talented individuals with the most appropriate music education, aiming for the highest standards in music and carrying out the project by focusing on promoting young generations of musicians. Furthermore the focus is on encouraging and enabling international mobility of musicians in Europe and using the power of music to encourage international dialogue.