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
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
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
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
"diplome en virtuosite" with the grade "maximum" in June 1969.
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