Professor Lana Trotovšek

violin
Course: 29. 7. - 4. 8. 2024

The violinist Lana Trotovšek has won admiration for her expressive playing and unique musicality. The Washington Post has described her playing as ”radiant”, and praised her “clean, refined tone with musical sense of phrasing and impeccable intonation”. Meanwhile, The Strad noted her playing for giving audiences the “true feel of live intuitive performance”. Similarly, La Vanguardia praised her ”warm sound and formidable technique” and Broad Street Review her talent of bringing “freshness, depth and insight” to her interpretations.

Lana Trotovšek was a student of Ruggiero Ricci. Since her solo debut with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in 2012, she has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras. In 2014, she toured with the Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet, in 2016 she performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Raphael Payare in 2019, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Maxim Rysanov and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko in 2022. Her recent schedule took her to Bangkok to perform the Wieniewski Violin Concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra under Alphonso Scarano, as well as the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Teatro Massimo Bellini in Sicily. She has performed Deirdre Gribbin’s violin concerto Venus Blazing with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, as broadcast by BBC 3 radio, given the premiere of Hugo Wolf’s Violin Concerto in the Congress Centre Villach in Austria, performed as Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the RTS Symphony Orchestra in the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre as well as in Klagenfurt Konzerthaus with the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra, and given an evening recital in Wigmore Hall, which was described as “remarkable” by The Strad. Trotovšek has collaborated with Tan Dun and Orchestra of Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi Trieste, the Shanghai and Slovenian Philharmonics, as well as Uros Lajovic and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Orchestra under George Pehlivanian, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, where she was described as “an emerging voice to watch” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Trotovšek performed double violin concertos with Sergey Krylov and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra on a number of occasions, including at the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon in 2018. In Summer 2017 she was touring with John Malkovich and I Solisti Aquilani, performing Bach’s A minor Violin Concerto in festivals Emilia Romagna, Ljubljana, and Mittelfest.

In 2020, and for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, Trotovsek gave performances of the composer’s complete sonatas for violin and piano at the Ljubljana Festival with the pianist Maria Canyigueral. Lana and Maria have been collaborating since 2016, and performed in the UK, Spain, France, Belgium, Slovenia and Japan. In 2021 they released the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas under the ZKP RTV Slovenia label. Recently they have recorded the complete recital works for violin by Sergei Prokofiev, released by SOMM recordings in two volumes. The presentation of the CDs took place in Auditori Barcelona and Conway Hall, London.

Since 2006 Trotovsek has been a member of the Greenwich Trio, whose members originally included the cellist Stjepan Hauser. The trio were guided by the legendry Beaux Arts Trio cellist Bernard Greenhouse and pianist Menahem Pressler as well as Stephen Kovachevich. Now with the cellist Heather Tuach, Yoko Misumi and Lana Trotovšek are about to release three volumes of Brahms piano trios on Linn Records, part of the Outhere Music label. The release of the CDs took place in Kings Place, London.

Trotovšek has been a guest at many renowned international festivals, including Rheingau, Aix en Provence, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Festival Internacional de Santander, Dubrovnik, Bad Kissingen, St Magnus International, Aldeburgh and the Ljubljana Festival.

Her discography includes chamber music and concerto releases by Linn Records (Outhere Music), SOMM recordings, Toccata Classics, Meridian Records, Hedone Records, Signum Records, Champs Hill Records and RTV ZKP. In 2016 she was awarded the Global Music Awards gold medal for her CD Franck, Granados, Škerjanc, Finzi, recorded with the pianist Maria Canyigueral.

Lana Trotovšek is the recipient of a 2021 Prešeren Fund Award from the Republic of Slovenia, which she received for her achievements in the past three years. She lives in London and is a Professor at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She maintains close ties to her home country, where she performs regularly and is a visiting Professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. She plays a 1750 Pietro Antonio dalla Costa violin.