BRANIMIR SLOKAR ACADEMY is inviting 110 musicians to participate in the educational programme of the LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY.



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The Orchestra Academy has so far had 590 participants from 38 countries (Armenia, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Croatia, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Canada, China, Macedonia, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, Great Britain, United States of America).


Young musicians from all over the world receive intensive education at the highest but also the most personal level. Within various phases in a symphonic orchestra, at individual, sectional or tutti rehearsals, but also at concerts, their work is led and accompanied by mentors. The invaluable experience of playing and cooperating with mentors throughout the rehearsals and at concerts develops the dynamic and supports the passion in music performance. The Orchestra Academy participants get the necessary technical and interpretive skills, the confidence in re-acting and collaboration within the orchestra, the knowledge of different styles and manners of playing, the knowledge of adjusting, etc. The Orchestra Academy is held throughout two years in ten working phases. The aim of several phases is a continuous work and performance of the orchestra, in which young musicians gain an enormous amount of knowledge about orchestra performance and connectivity within the orchestra.


The mentors of the Orchestra Academy are internationally distinguished musicians, working at leading positions in the best orchestras. At the same time they serve as leaders of the sections in Ljubljana International Orchestra. Instrumental mentors for all instruments or bigger sections are from: Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart Bologna, Camerata Salzburg, Luzern Festival Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Bavarian State Opera Munich, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Ensemble Modern, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, etc.


The Orchestra Academy enables young musicians to work intensively within an orchestra with international musicians, to develop their potential and gain invaluable experience for their future endeavours. The educational program of the academy has two aims: IMPROVEMENT AND EXCELLENCE. These set high standards for the orchestra performance of the most demanding programmes with different conductors and internationally distinguished soloists. The REPERTOIRE is diverse and purposed for different ensembles, from the biggest symphonic orchestra to a chamber group without the conductor.


Course | Through daily rehearsals (two 4-hour rehearsals sectional or tutti) and passive master classes participation, participants in the LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY will work on a wide range of symphonic repertoire. Each participant’s work will be supervised by internationally acclaimed musicians (conductors, soloists, and Academy’s faculty). Academy participants will perform the works which they have prepared in several concerts that are part of the program of the BRANIMIR SLOKAR ACADEMY in the summer and throughout the year. Along with its official orchestra academy programs, the BRANIMIR SLOKAR ACADEMY offers participants several other possibilities for experimentation, consolidation and future growth.

Course fee | The orchestra academy is free of charge in order to enable the participation of young talented musicians regardless their personal and social background. There is no fee for participation in the LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY. Travel (within Europe), accommodation, and meals, as well as scores and instrumental parts, are covered by the academy.

Profile of participants | We would like to cooperate with advanced music students and professional musicians from 18 years on, eager to study and perform in an international and intercultural environment, ready to take part in an intensive orchestra education where they get accustomed to different techniques and stages of the performance development. The course language is English.

Documents to be submitted | all documents can be submitted or filled out online
– Application form (online)
– Recording with the required repertoire (see audition repertoire!)
– Curriculum vitae in English (maximum two pages)
– Photo
– Passport/ID Scan

Audition | The course management will decide on active participation upon receipt of the application forms and recordings. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondence regarding the decisions will be conducted. Applicants must include a recording of themselves playing the required audition repertoire; the recording may be enclosed with the application or uploaded online. Please note that the recording must not be edited in any way.

Application fee | 50€

Application deadline | 25 April 2017

Auditions results to be announced | 15 May 2017

Travel | The BRANIMIR SLOKAR ACADEMY will cover the travel expenses of each active participant (within Europe).

Accommodation | Participants of the LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY will be accommodated in double rooms in the centrally located Hotel Park; the BRANIMIR SLOKAR ACADEMY will cover the costs of accommodation of each participant.

Meals | Meals are provided for each participant of the LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY in the Conservatory for music and ballet Ljubljana or Hotel Park. Meals are also provided for the participants who are residents of Ljubljana.

Scores | The LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY will provide all instrumental parts for the music repertoire.

Instruments | The LJUBLJANA INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA ACADEMY will provide big instruments such as timpani, percussion, piano, double basses only upon special agreement. The participants have to bring their own instruments and also auxiliary ones such as Piccolo, English horn etc.

SPECIAL MASTER CLASS FOR CONDUCTORS, CONCERTMASTERS, TIMPANISTS AND ORCHESTRA | After a careful consideration and with the desire to offer the musicians in the orchestra a more extensive insight into orchestra playing, we have decided to include them in a special education programme within the 3 special master classes. The Orchestra, 8 conductors, 8 concertmasters and 8 timpanists are all participating in 3 different unique master classes at a time gaining invaluable experience. In an artificially created real-life situation they learn to adapt quickly, follow the different conductors and arts of conducting, different concertmasters and timpanists and independent organisation within an orchestra. The participants passively participate in 3 master classes (also at the individual preparation if they wish), they are active in the process of communication between the leading positions, they get more familiar with the entire scores of the music and the analysis, they consolidate the programme already performed and work on the new one that they will perform after this master class. The musicians will gain feedback and comments from professors that lead the master classes from their perspectives.


17 July – 30 July 2017 (14 days)

Arrival Day: Sunday, 16 July 2017

Departure Day: Monday, 31 July 2017

This year the symphonic orchestra will be working on two different programmes. The programmes include some most significant compositions of the symphonic orchestra literature of the 19th and 20th century. Among symphonic music written by genius Beethoven, this season we will start focusing on some most precious operatic works.

The sectional rehearsals as the preparation for each programme separately are held two days before the tutti rehearsals, which are held for three days (for each programme respectively).

Each programme is presented at evening concerts within the Ljubljana Festival.

In the summer the members of the orchestra academy are able to visit and passively attend master classes for different instruments.
In this period the participants have the possibility to experience various world productions of ballet, opera, symphonic or chamber concerts with the Ljubljana Festival.

Programme A

J. Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in in B flat Major, Op. 60
R. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly, excerpts from I and III Act

Details TBA

Conductor: Živa Ploj Peršuh

Programme B

G. Rossini: Semiramide Overture
H. Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
G. Verdi: Vespri Siciliani Overture
R. Schuman: Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61


Conductor: Carlo Rizzari (Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia di Roma)


Participate and join us in the most beautiful city in the world!

For further information, please contact us.


Gosposvetska cesta 5 | SI-1000 Ljubljana | Slovenia