Dr Primož Kuret (b. 1935), a leading figure in the field of musicology, was president and founder of the Slovenian Musicological Society and a professor and vice-dean at the Academy of Music. Since 2005 he has held the titles of emeritus professor at the University of Ljubljana and honorary member of the Slovenian Philharmonic. He is best known to the cultural public in Slovenia as the spiritual father of the musicological symposia that have brought numerous world-famous names to Slovenia. He himself has attended more than 300 symposia throughout Europe and raised awareness of the achievements of Slovene musicology and music among the international public. He also helped devise the Slovenian Music Days, an event that has been taking place for 35 years under the auspices of the Ljubljana Festival.
Dr Kuret is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and accolades, among them the Betetto Award, the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Republic of Slovenia. He is also the author of several monographs. On this occasion he will present his autobiography, entitled Iz parterja, nekaj spomina (“From the Stalls, A Memoir”), a sincere account of a life which, despite numerous obstacles, has been dedicated to the beauty of music. The presentation of the book will take place at 7.00 p.m. on 3 September in the atrium of the Slovenska Matica, where the president of that institution, Dr Aleš Gabrič, will converse with the author. The event forms part of the Matica Under the Stars cycle, which is financially supported by the City of Ljubljana.