Blaz Sparovec

Biography

Blaz Sparovec is one of the leading young clarinet artists, both as an orchestra principal and as a concert soloist. He is the 1st prize winner of the 2019 International Carl Nielsen Competition, where he was also awarded the Odense Symphony Orchestra prize and the Junior Jury prize. He occupies the principal clarinet chair at the Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne with the music director François-Xavier Roth and is teaching at the University of Arts in Berlin.

He has won four first prizes in national and no fewer than seven in international competitions, most notably the above mentioned 1st prize at the International Carl Nielsen Competition 2019, the 1st prize and the audience prize in the Aeolus Winds Competition 2014 and the 1st prize in the hülsta woodwinds competition in the same year. In 2012 he represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Young Musician Competition in Vienna, having previously won a special prize at the 2011 Concertino International Radio Competition in Prague.

As a soloist, he has appeared with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian National Philharmonic, the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra, the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Academic State Capella and others.

Sparovec has appeared as a guest principal with some of the leading german orchestras -Staaskapelle Dresden, WDR Symphony Orchestra, and is an active chamber musician, sharing the stage with musicians such as Anna Lucia Richter, Bernarda Fink, José Maria Blumenschein etc.

His debut-CD Enter clarinet was released in 2015 and was highly praised by the critics. Blaz initially studied the with Andrej Zupan at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music, before continuing to work with François Benda at the University of Arts in Berlin under the patronage of the Republic of Slovenia. His remarkable study achievements brought him several prizes, including the DAAD prize.

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