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Background Information

Employment History


Associate Professor Chamber Music and Dimensions of Performance

University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music


Pera Piano Festival

Jury Member

Festival Competition



Academy of Music

Intermediate Music School

master classes

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Marina Horak--Professor of piano, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Marina Horak Discovering the Hidden Potential with Prof. Marina Horak, 1st part (Eng.) Discovering the Hidden Potential with Prof. Marina Horak, 2nd part (Eng.) [cached]

Marina Horak
Marina Horak Marina Horak In 2008 Marina Horak was awarded the coveted Betetto-Prize, given each year to selected performers for outstanding artistic achievement by the Association of Music Artists of Slovenia. Slovenian pianist of Polish-Macedonian descent spent most of her life in Munich, Paris, Holland and London. In 2001 she returned to Slovenia where she is now Professor of Chamber Music at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and sustains a busy performing schedule at home and abroad. In the summer 2008 alone she was a guest as performer, pedagogue and/or jury member at Pera Piano Festival (Istanbul, Turkey), Banja Luka Biennale (Bosnia), Summer in the Old Town (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Northern Lights Music Festival (Minnesota, USA), Terra Magica Music Festival (Porec, Croatia) and Hopes, Talents, Masters (Dobrich -Albena, Bulgaria). She concluded the season 2007/08 in Ljubljana with a recital of forgotten Slovenian composers. In the same vein she started the season 2008/09 in Ljubljana with a contemporary program of Slovenian works, to be continued with recitals in Munich, Novi Sad, Beograd and Copenhagen (duo violin/piano with Volodja Balzalorsky). Marina took her concert degree at the age of 19 in the class of her mother Prof. Hilda Horak at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Marina Horak is devoted to pedagogy and has been teaching in Holland, Germany and England (Middlesex University). She gave master classes in almost all European countries, Australia and New Zealand as well as USA, held many summer courses in Germany, Switzerland and Croatia and guided permanent groups in Zagreb, Croatia and Liege, Belgium. She gave lectures at academic institutions (New York University, Belgrade Faculty of Musical Art ...) and at international conferences (EPTA Bern, ISSTIP London, EPTA Novi Sad). copyright by Marina Horak production 2011 Vikida [cached]

Marina Horak
Marina Horak Marina Horak 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 Domazetovi was killed by the Gestapo. Composer and pianist Marijan Lipovšek 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 Šivic. 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 Prešeren Student Prize in February 1965. Soon afterwards, she was soloist in the Piano Concerto by L.M.Škerjanc 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. copyright by Marina Horak production 2011 Vikida [cached]

Marina Horak
Marina Horak Marina Horak The Finale fulfilled the expectations ...with Marina Horak who completely disarmed the audience by her powerful and passionate rendering of Chopin's Polonaise Op. 26, then Mazurka Op. 50, Barcarolle Op. 60 and Nocturne Op. 48. Katja Konvalinka, soprano / Marina Horak, piano - In a musically purified interplay of voice and piano even the tiniest nuances of the lieder came to expression and in this the subtleties of human relationships were revealed: feelings of love, from yearning to pain, from passion to farewell. In its care for the Slovenian heritage the Glasbena Matica Society acquired in Marina Horak a performer who tackles segments of musical matter with a certain special urgency, originating probably in her early proximity to the aristocracy of spirit, in her natural connections to art ... the main part of the program opened up as a space of symbiotics and its vibrations between the performer and the pieces... Šturm's pre-war radicalism had, under the fingers of Marina Horak, nearly the effect of a cold shower; well, such shower refreshes. Also the other (different) texts sounded fresh ... Škerl's Two Studies she shaped decisively, diacritically, the second one with its rapid pulsation with a sensual, somehow relentless gradation. Explanatory, integratory, impulsive. Jure Dobovišek, Journal of Glasbena matica, 2008 The Northern flair as a surprise - The Summer in Old Town ... An evening of Grieg, presented by a group of enthusiasts, by the way well-known musicians, with the initiator Marina Horak at the head. Marina Horak, a musician with the eros of experience, brings into the interpretations (to her co-musicians) the drive and the awareness of interaction, of dramatic interlacing between equivalent musical Jure Dobovišek za Delo, Ljubljana, September 2007 A unique and unrepeatable encounter with the music of Frederic Chopin... that was indelibly imprinted on our memory by Marina Horak as an example of a specifically intelligent reflection on music. Refined talent, musicianship and convincing wisdom, by which excels, among other things, the phenomenon Marina Horak... She presented Chopin cleaned of the frequently artificial and uninventive recycling, performing monotony of imposed pretentious interpretations, immodest and unaware exhibionistic models. Guided by a skeptically and studiously elaborated personal idea (both of emotive acceptance and of the reserved distance necessary for analytical processes), yet with a high degree of concentration and convincing stability she without a doubt created a truly powerful musical event. Marina Horak who teaches in Ljubljana, played a wonderful evening with an exciting and dramatic, skillfully constructed program of Chopin. The ensemble »Contempora« (Pija Brodnik, soprano, Alfonz Kodri bass, Marina Horak & Zeqirja Ballata, piano) ...was compact in their performing and articulated excellently the semantics of interpretation and the renderings of contemporary music. The presentation of this ensemble ... created the characteristic atmosphere of good music making... Albana Beqiri za dnevnik »Zëri«, Prishtina, Kosova, November 2006 Vasilij Meljnikov, violin / Marina Horak, piano -The collaboration of the two masters of their instruments was ideal beyond any doubt...Marina Horak in her performing style amalgamates French flexibility and objectivity of presenting a work with a visionary originality...the impression of lucidity of creative moments in the performance of Marina Horak, this European style pianist, a type rarely encountered in our parts of the world. Marina Horak, a pianist of precise articulation and controlled touch, gave an exceptionally transparent image, constructing fine filigree architecture of sound in each single movement and in the work as a whole. The outstanding pianism of Marina Horak came to full effect in the Sonata K 570 (Mozart)...elegance and stylistic congeniality. Well thought-through and masterly rendering ... warm and sincere interpretation of both artists. Ljerka Žic for Novi List; Rijeka, Croatia, March 2006 An excellent and sunny artist, internationally renowned Slovenian pianist Marina Horak ... enchanted the audience with a masterly concert and an interesting dialogue. M Rustja za Primorski dnevnik, Trieste, May 2005 Marina Horak is an internationally established pianist ... a few days ago she charmed with her virtuosity the Slovenians in Trieste at the Society of Slovenian Intellectuals. »Trieste letter«, Veer, Maribor, May 2005 TECHNIQUE, TEMPERAMENT AND POLISHED TONE -In Mozart Sonata K 330 in C major, Ms. Horak displayed a well-founded and polished tone and an adequate stylistic approach together with a brilliant technique, whereas in the second movement she highlighted the expressiveness of the cantilena in the right hand... excellent technique, talent and a lively temperament. Her rendering of Franck's work had the voluminous sound of an organ and the spiritual quality, at the same time being fully amalgamated in the impressive opulently sounding harmonies and choral build-ups. Zeqirja Ballata for Veer, Maribor, May 2005 excellent piano recital. The pianist Marina Horak impressed us already with the first piece, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach. [cached]

Marina Horak
Marina Horak Marina Horak Two legends of the 20th century international music scene, Yehudi Menuhin and Nadia Boulanger, provided Marina with the ticket into a bright future. The latter stated that Marina "professes her art with striking conviction", whereas the great violinist believed her to be "a person of warmth and charm, who would be an asset to the musical life of any community". The life path of Marina Horak was marked by diversity throughout: harpsichord and contemporary music, chamber music and piano duo, solo performances and accompanying singers, teaching and writing articles, lecturing and organizing concerts, poetry and translating. In the Eighties she researched and wrote an extensive report on the situation of young musicians in Europe for the Commission of the European Community, and she even took up the challenge of appearing on the stage of the Celje City Theatre, playing keyboard one in the musical Chicago. In November 2000 she was elected Donator of the Year for her charity work with refugees by the "Naša žena" magazine's initiative People with open hands. In December 2008 she was awarded the Betetto-Prize for outstanding artistic achievements by the Slovenian Society of Music Artists. Peter Feuchtwanger, the mentor of world renown, wrote in May 2000 after Marina\'s concert in London: "Slovenia can be proud of such a sublime artist", and this is how composer Pavle Merku experienced her concert in Trieste in May 2005: "The emotion that Marina transmits in her interpretations is an active force, which has nothing in common with the passive force of lyrical sentimentality. copyright by Marina Horak production 2011 Vikida

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