Katja Porovne Silič
unfortunately won't participate this year.
KATJA POROVNE SILIČ studied the guitar at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with Prof Andrej Grafenauer, graduating in June 1994. She continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in the class of Prof Brigitte Zaczek, where she graduated with honours in June 2000 and received the so-called ‘Würdigungspreis’ from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as the best graduate of the guitar. She gives concerts at home and abroad, among others in various concert cycles and guitar festivals, both as a soloist or a chamber musician. In the years 1992, 1993 and 1994 she took the highest places in competitions for young Slovenian musicians.She has successfully attended international guitar competitions and, in 1999, received the following prizes: Third Prize in Rust, Austria (‘Nikita Koshkin’), the fourth place in Mottola, Italy (‘Citta di Mottola’), honourable mention in Granada, Spain (‘Paco Santiago Marín’), the first place and Second Prize in Vienna, Austria (‘Forum Gitarre 99’).
In the guitar duo with Andrej Grafenauer, they have published two CDs: first, in 2000 with works by F. Sor and J. K. Mertz; second, in October 2001 with works by Strajnar, Stanič, Šavli, Pierre-Petit and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In September 2009, the duo appeared on the album by composer Aleš Strajnar, recording his Sonata for Two Guitars No 1.She teaches guitar and chamber music at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.