Žiga Brank, violin

Žiga Brank is a violinist and violin professor at the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory. Since 2015, he is also teaching at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He previously held the position of concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Maribor and was member of the Slovenian Philharmonic and the Zagreb Soloists.

In recent years, Mr. Brank has been actively involved in music recording, as evidenced by the extensive collection of exquisite recordings that he has made for the RTV Slovenia archives. His compact disc featuring six sonatas for solo violin by E. Ysaÿe was released in 2013 by the label ZKP RTV Slovenia, and was received with excellent reviews both in Slovenia and abroad. He also recorded F. Busoni’s rarely performed Violin Concerto with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. His first compact disc with pianist Dunja Robotti, featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ernst, was released by ZKP RTV Slovenia in 2010, and in 2015 he recorded Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 for the same record label.

Mr. Brank has performed numerous recitals, many of his performances have been recorded and some have been broadcast live on radio. Numerous critics regard his playing as technically brilliant, also emphasising his refined feeling for interpretation and his convincing conveyance of the music to listeners. He has performed with RTV Slovenian Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice, Raanana Simfonietta, Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Brank’s playing has inspired a number of composers, who have dedicated works to him.

Brank began his music studies in Ljubljana under the tutorship of Prof. M. Kosi. He continued his studies with Prof. C. Hutcap at the Rostock College of Music and Theatre, and then with prof. J. Rissin at the Karlsruhe College of Music. He subsequently furthered his studies at masterclasses with teachers such as Z. Bron, I. Ozim, M. Yashvili, and G. Zhislin.