The main focus is on young musicians, educational activities, cultural education and concert production as a sustainable compelling platform for their artistic and personal development.



Excellence is our priority.
Connecting young energy with experience and knowledge is our drive.

The Branimir Slokar Academy is in the field of classical music one of the largest cultural and educational non-profit organisations in Europe. It is one of the three world’s most visited destinations of summer training for both participants and visiting professors and offers excellent conditions for the implementation of activities and accommodation.


Born out of dedication,
with a passion for musical excellence.

The Academy is named after a world class musician, trombone virtuoso, and excellent soloist and at the same time a devoted pedagogue, BRANIMIR SLOKAR. The name is homage to one of the finest musicians and his pedagogical work, which he has been committed to for four decades, as well as a commitment to the achievement of the highest goals in music and education.

The Branimir Slokar Academy is the result of the implementation of the project Connecting through music, developed by the Association Delavnica for the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012.

The project has been developed with various institutions from United Kingdom (MacLaurin Media Ltd and St John’s Smith Square), Czech Republic (Narodni Divadlo Brno), Serbia (Balkan Urban Movement), Macedonia (Interkultura), Austria (KSŠŠG) and Slovenia (Glasbena Matica Ljubljana and Ljubljana Festival) and with the support of musicians: Branimir Slokar, Klaus Arp, Reinhold Friedrich and Wolfram Christ; and many other incredible musicians, excellent soloist and distinguished pedagogues who joined the project in the last years.

In five years an internationally renowned career centre for education has been established. Up to date the Branimir Slokar Academy had 698 participants from 47 countries (Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Montenegro, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Croatia, Itay, Israel, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Canada, China, Latvia, Macedonia, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Ukraine, Great Britain, United States of America).

The Academy puts Slovenia on the map of the most distinguished European centres for music education, which offers young musicians excellent conditions for improvement, and broadening of horizons in art and music.


Artistic Board of the Academy

Živa Ploj Peršuh, conductor (Slovenia)
Gregory Ahss, violin (Israel)
Konstantin Pfiz, cello (Germany)
Knut Erik Sundquist, double bass (Norway)
Branimir Slokar, trombone (Switzerland)
Raymond Curfs, timpani (The Netherlands)
Klaus Arp, conductor (Germany), *2 April 1950; † 4 January 2016

BSA Team

Tomo Peršuh, Director
Živa Ploj Peršuh, Conductor, Artistic Director
Simona Korošec, Executive Producer
Milena Kalaacunn, Hubmedia d.o.o., PR and partners relationship