Nina Šenk, Slovenia

After graduating in composition and music theory at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, Nina Šenk went on to pursue postgraduate studies in composition at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden before completing her master’s degree at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich in 2008. She won a Prešeren Fund Prize in 2017. An assistant professor of composition since 2019, she became the youngest (associate) member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) the same year. In 2024 she won the Erste Bank Kompositionspreis, one of the most prestigious composition prizes in contemporary music. In the words of the jury, Nina Šenk is characterised by “a high degree of virtuosity in her approach to form and musical architecture.” Her compositions have been performed at major festivals in Slovenia and abroad and at concerts around the world by orchestras including the Concertgebouworkest (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), (Berliner Symphoniker) Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, and ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Mosaik, Riot Ensemble, the Concorde Contemporary Music Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta and Slowind.