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. It is annually visited by more than 350 musicians from over 40 different countries.
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.

Klaus Arp, conductor (Germany)
Živa Ploj Peršuh, conductor (Slovenia)
Gregory Ahss, violin (Israel)
Konstantin Pfiz, cello (Gremany)
Knut Erik Sundquist, double bass (Norway)
Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet (Germany)
Branimir Slokar, trombone (Switzerland)
Raymond Curfs, timpani (The Netherlands)

Tomo Peršuh, Director
Živa Ploj Peršuh, Conductor, Artistic Director
Petra Ferlič, Executive Producer
Nejc Avbelj, Violinist, Orchestra Manager
Andreja Zupanc, Violinist, Photographer