Franc Kosem, Slovenia

Franc Kosem has been the principal trumpeter of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004, and is an associate professor of trumpet and chamber music at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He has been the director of the SiBRASS Society for Brass Chamber Music since its foundation in 2013. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana in the class of Professor Emeritus Anton Grčar, and undertook further studies at the University of Music in Karlsruhe with Professor Reinhold Friedrich. He has performed as a soloist with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists, the Zadar Chamber Orchestra, and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he recorded his first solo CD. He also recorded the CD Reflections with works for trumpet and piano. He has collaborated with the Klangforum Wien Ensemble, the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, the Orchestra Leonore from Pistoia, the Mantua Chamber Music Orchestra, Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of some of the world’s greatest conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Pintscher, Maxim Vengerov, Marko Letonja and Uroš Lajovic. Kosem is the recipient of the 2012 Prešeren Fund Award.