Ljubljana International Orchestra (LIO)
Our love, our inspiration, our orchestra. A unique blend of finest talents, cultural diversity and artistic vision
LIO is increasingly gaining recognition among young musicians and professionals, leading artists across the globe. It continues to perform successfully in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, United Kingdom and Spain. The Orchestra is part of the Branimir Slokar Academy, an organisation that supports the orchestra’s long term development, focusing to create an international orchestra of outstanding young musicians and providing them with the invaluable experience of playing in a symphonic orchestra and working with distinguished professors, conductors and soloists.
The orchestra maintains its own network of musicians that are selected in auditions and invited due to the characteristics of the programmes. Musicians from approximately 35 different countries, hence different cultures and social environments, strive to achieve the highest performance level. Another objective is to provide talented individuals with the most appropriate music education, aiming for the highest standards in music and promoting young generations of musicians. Furthermore, the orchestra enables international mobility of musicians in Europe and uses the power of music to encourage international dialogue.
The orchestra’s repertoire consists of symphonic works of the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods as well as 20th century music. Sincere enthusiasm, youthful energy and reckless courage are essential in reaching towards the great masterpieces of symphonic repertoire that are studied yearly during several working phases.
The conductors who have played the significant role in the development of the orchestra are Klaus Arp (Germany) and Živa Ploj Peršuh (Slovenia). Other important collaborations include soloists such as violist Wolfram Christ, trombonist Branimir Slokar, trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich, cellist Konstantin Pfiz, violinist Gregory Ahss, violist Gilad Karni. The concertmasters of the orchestra are Gregory Ahss (concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg and Lucerne Festival Orchestra), Janez Podlesek (concertmaster of Slovenian Philharmonic) and Yuri Kalnits (soloist). Permanent other musicians in the orchestra are also Konstantin Pfiz (cello), Knut-Erik Sundquist (double bass), Jože Kotar (clarinet), Igor Ahss (bassoon), Zora Slokar (french horn), Mihael Šuler (trombone) and Raymond Curfs (timpani).
The Ljubljana International Orchestra is cultural ambassador of the City of Ljubljana. It represents the beautiful Slovenian capital and aims to portray Ljubljana as a cosmopolitan city, a city of youth, creativity and opportunities.