Blow Your Mind
unfortunately won't participate this year.
After graduating from secondary school in Celje FRANC KOSEM has continued to study trumpet at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with Professor Anton Grčar. In 2005 he concluded the studies and three years later he completed his postgraduate specialist training with the same professor. He carried on with postgraduate at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, in the class of Professor Reinhold Friedrich, where he successfully completed the studies in 2010.
As a soloist, chamber or orchestral musician he has appeared in a number of top music festivals (Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Festival Mahler Days in Toblach, Maribor Festival, Slowind Festival ...) and concert halls throughout Europe, USA, Japan and Brazil. He has collaborated with renowned orchestras and ensembles from Europe, Israel, Japan and Switzerland, under the baton of many great conductors of various generations, and with some legendary conductors, such as Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
Since 2004, he is principal trumpeter of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Brass Ensemble and leader of SiBRASS organisation.
In year 2011 he was given professor position on Music Academy of Ljubljana University.
In 2011, the Slovenian Philharmonic label released a solo CD with Trumpet Concerts by Leopold Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, in 2016 ZKP RTV SLO label released his second solo CD REFLECTIONS, with various repertoire for trumpet and piano, where Kosem collaborated with prominent Slovenian pianists.
For his achievements he received the highest national award, the Prešeren Fund Award, in 2012.