Boštjan Lipovšek, Slovenia

Hornist Boštjan Lipovšek received his first music lessons from his father and brother, both horn players. He continued his training at the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana and then at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. While a student in Ljubljana he won a Student Prešeren Prize for his performance of Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. He continues to perform regularly as a soloist with the latter orchestra and has also appeared with the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie (De la Monnaie Symphony Orchestra) in Brussels, the Berliner Symphoniker (Berlin Symphony Orchestra), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic. In recent years he has been a regular guest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In 2001 he won the Città di Porcia International Competition. He has taught at the Ljubljana Academy of Music since 1999 and at the Zagreb Academy of Music since 2005. In 2008 he won a Prešeren Fund Prize for artistic achievements in music. He has released five albums to date, including recordings of the horn concertos of Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Reinhold Glière, Jiří Pauer and others with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, of which he has been a member for more than ten years. Of particular note are his premiere performances and first recordings of works by Lojze Lebič, Ivo Petrić, Tomaž Habe and Uroš Krek.