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Ms. Marina Horak

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Associate Professor Chamber Music...

Local Address:  Slovenia
University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music

Employment History

  • Concert Pianist and Pedagogue
    free-lance music
  • Professor
    Academy of Music
  • Slovenian Pianist of Polish-Macedonian Descent
    Northern Lights Music Festival


  • Intermediate Music School
  • diploma
26 Total References
Web References
Northern Lights Music Festival - 2008 Faculty, 12 Oct 2008 [cached]
Marina Horak, a Slovenian pianist of Polish-Macedonian descent, grew up in a musical environment.Her mother Hilda Horak was an eminent concert artist and professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where Marina graduated with honors at the age of 19.
Ms. Horak's discography includes Robert Schumann (Papillons, Nachtstücke, Kreisleriana), Pavane-Records, Brussels; Slovenian Piano Sonatas (Škerjanc, Lipovšek, Šivic, Mati,i,), Gallus Carniolus, Ljubljana; The Unknown Chopin (Sonata Op.
Ms. Horak speaks nine languages fluently: Slovene, English, German, French, Croatian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian and Spanish.She has lived in Germany, France, the Netherlands and England.In 2001 she made Slovenia her home again, where she is a professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
Throughout her career she has been a sought-after piano teacher.A vast number of children, music students and professional musicians have been nourished by her knowledge.She held master classes and workshops in Belgium, Switzerland, England, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Croatia and the USA.
Her specific approach, which strives towards the blossoming of natural creativity within the pupils, is aimed at creating sensible connections between our own need for personal expression and a live correlation to the inherent musical structures.
Marina Horak, Slovenian ..., 13 Jan 2008 [cached]
Marina Horak, Slovenian pianist of Polish-Macedonian descent, grew up in a musical environment.Her mother Hilda Horak was an eminent concert artist and professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where Marina graduated with honors at the age of 19.
Template, 12 June 2005 [cached]
... internationally renowned pianist Marina Horak.Her interpretations of works by Schubert, Mozart and Chopin were enthusiastically received by a capacity audience, which included a number of fellow pianists.The artist presented herself as an insightful performer, an artist with both a sensitive and a dramatic pianistic temperament, with exceptional technical expertise, inspired musicianship and excellent memory.Thus our pianist drew yet again attention to the fact that she is a valuable member of the Slovene pianistic scene.
The pianist Marina Horak enraptured us right from the start with her Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The energetic vigour of Marina Horak could be heard in Franck's cyclical work Prelude, choral and fugue.This extremely demanding piano piece was performed with an exceptional drive and was at the same time imbued with a sensitive breath of romantic poetry.Unrelenting applause of the enthusiastic audience ...
Mihael Pa¹, Glasbeni Utrip (Musical Pulse), programme ARS, Radio Slovenia, March 16th 2005
Pedagogues and pupils greatly enjoyed the concert of the renowned Slovene pianist and professor Marina Horak in the concert hall of the Èrnomelj Music School.Everything starts with the upbringing ... each pupil is a 'work of art', unique in temperament, character traits, habits, aspirations ...It is of importance that pupils feel joy when being in touch with music and this is what they could experience in abundance at Marina Horak's concert.Music by J:S.Bach, W.A.Mozart and C. Debussy was interpreted with great sensitivity and awareness - as was stated by Yehudi Menuhin in London about the playing of our renowned artist.
Extraordinary technical skill and exceptional interpretative charge carried Franck's Prelude, choral and fugue, in which the pianistic artistry of Marina Horak reached affirmation of an artistic personality who penetrates deeply into each interpretation.
Ljerka ®ic, Novi List, Rijeka, Croatia, recital on April 22nd 2005
An excellent artist, full of sunshine, the internationally renowned Slovene pianist Marina Horak charmed the audience at the Monday Meeting of the association of Slovene Intellectuals with a masterly concert and an interesting interview.
M. Rustja, Primorski dnevnik, Trieste, Italy, recital on May 2nd 2005
Last Tuesday Ljubljana-based pianist Marina Horak gave a recital in Maribor, to commemorate the 90th birthday anniversary of Hilda Horak, Professor Emeritus of Ljubljana University, concert pianist and teacher at the Ljubljana Academy of Music.
At last night's concert in Ulcinj performed the renowned Slovene pianist Marina Horak, professor at the Academy of Music in Ljbuljana.She interpreted wroks by Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy enrapturing audience who filled the concert hall of the School of Music.
Copyright by Marina Horak, all rights reserved!
Pianist Hilda Horak, of Polish descent, ..., 23 July 2007 [cached]
Pianist Hilda Horak, of Polish descent, gave birth to her daughter Marina on November 1st 1944 in Ljubljana, a fortnight after her husband and Marina's father, Macedonian underground freedom fighter Konstantin Domazetoviæ was killed by the Gestapo.
Composer and pianist Marijan Lipov,ek expressed the following thoughts in December 1964, after Marina's graduation: "Ever since her childhood, I considered Marina Horak as extremely gifted.Had her parents wanted to, they could have easily shown her off as a child prodigy, so very early did she develop her exceptional abilities.However, a sober, deliberate and expert education enabled her to develop in a natural, healthy way, without harmful digressions and directed her towards a methodical and gradual growth of her knowledge, helping her to enlarge both the indispensable general in the strictly professional horizons".
And so Marina started to learn piano at the Central Music School in Ljubljana only at the age of seven.Yet at the age of nine she made her debut with orchestra in the Great Philharmonic Hall, premiering a work written specially for her by Pavel ,ivic.
Two years later, she started attending the Classical Grammar School parallel to her music education.In 1963 she did her A levels (high school graduation) with excellent results.
In 1957 she enrolled at the Intermediate Music School and received her diploma with highest grade on May 5th 1961, giving a recital at the Great Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana.
The same year she was admitted to the Academy of Music, in the class of Prof. Hilda Horak.Although the study course is of a four-year duration, she graduated with honours after three years, on October 26th 1964, again by giving a public recital at the Great Philharmonic Hall and was awarded the Pre,eren Student Prize in February 1965.Soon afterwards, she was soloist in the Piano Concerto by L.M.,kerjanc at the Gala Concert of the Academy of Music at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the liberation.
In the same year, she was also given the German State Scholarship DAAD and went to study at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where she passed the Künstlerisches Staatsexamen (Artistic State Exam) with the highest grade in 1968.
While still in Munich, she decided to study harpsichord alongside piano (Prof. Hedwig Bilgram) and then continued in Paris at the Schola Cantorum with Huguette Dreyfus.She took her "diplome en virtuosite" with the grade "maximum" in June 1969.
Marina is a cultured person with a wide horizon, which reflects, among other things, in the fact that she speaks fluently nine languages: Slovene, English, German, French, Croatian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian and Spanish.This enables her to move in international artistic circles with complete ease.
She lived in Germany, France, the Netherlands and England.In August 2001 she returned to Slovenia.Marina is professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
For the professional support and advise ..., 18 Dec 2007 [cached]
For the professional support and advise we cooperate together with Mrs. Darinka Bole, who is a professor of Music and the Faculty of Education in University of Ljubljana, and with Mrs. Marina Horak, a recognised pianist and professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
Strokovni sodelavki in svetovalki s katerimi sodelujemo sta med drugim tudi Darinka Bole , profesorica glasbe na Pedagoški fakulteti v Ljubljani ter uveljavljena pianistka in profesorica na Ljubljanski Akademiji za glasbo, Marina Horak.
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