Meet our Jury… Uroš Lajovic

Meet our Jury… Uroš Lajovic
Jury Member Uroš Lajovic (c) Pogledi

Renowned conductor Uroš Lajovic is the final member of our 5 person Jury whose job it is to determine the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2014.

Uroš Lajovic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia and began his career studying composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Uroš continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Prof Hans Swarowsky where he graduated with honours in 1971. Uroš has studied conducting with Prof Bruno Maderna at the Salzburg Sumer Academy in 1969 and 1970. From 1971 to 1991 Uroš was first assistant conductor for the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1978 has been a permanent conductor with the orchestra. Alongside this role Uroš led the RTV Slovenia Orchestra from 1974 to 1976 and was Chief Conductor of the Croatian RTV Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1981. He founded the Slovenicum Chamber Orchestra in 1988 with whom he organised an independent concert series in Ljubljana. In 1983 Uroš started the Slovenian Philharmonic’s popular New Year’s Concert. He also helped establish the Maribor Philharmonic in 1993 and held the position of Artistic Advisor with the Philharmonic until 2004.

Uroš has conducted with a wide variety of orchestras as well as taking on academic roles tutoring in conducting at various institutions. From 2001 to 2005 he was Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 he was Permanent guest conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic where he also undertook the position of Artistic Advisor during these years. He was appointed Professor of Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna followed by an appointment to the faculty of the Zagreb Music Academy where he also held position of Professor of Conducting. He has also been visiting professor holding conducting master classes in Stockholm, Vilnius, Constanta, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Over his entire career Uroš has given over 1,200 concerts, conducted more than 70 ensembles and accompanied over 850 soloists. In terms of the repertoire he conducts, Uroš has worked with symphonic, operatic and more contemporary works. He has conducted over 1,300 symphonic works and premiered over 80 works by Slovenian as well as international composers. He has also been awarded various honours for his work including the prestigious Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science in 2013.

In his academic pursuits Uroš has transcribed, published and edited collections of work by Slovenian Baroque composer Janez Krstnik Dolar and done revisions and publications of work by Marij Kogoj.

As a conductor Uroš has intimate knowledge of the music he works with understanding all the minute details on a score and how to bring works alive in his hands. It is with this immense knowledge and understanding of how music works Uroš will be able to judge our Young Musicians as they take to the stage in Köln.

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