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Ziga Brank

Ziga Brank is a violinist, performer and violin professor at the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory, a position held since September 2010. He was concertmaster of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Maribor – Opera and Ballet Orchestra and member of both the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zagreb Soloists. Brank has recorded several solo violin pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe for the Slovene Radio and Television Archives, he recorded F. Busoni Violin concerto with RTV Symphonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras on various occasions; May 2009 was marked by Brank's superb performance with the Slovene Radio and Television Symphonic Orchestra during their 2008/2009 season. He has given solo recitals throughout Europe, including performances in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Belgium and Ireland. Many of his recitals have been recorded for television and radio or broadcast live.

His first CD with pianist Dunja Robotti was released in August 2010. It includes sonatas by W.A.Mozart, L. van Beethoven and a dazzling virtuoso piece "The Last Rose Of Summer" by H.W.Ernst.

In 2012 he has recorded the entire Eugene Ysaye Violin Solo Sonatas, which will be released in 2013.

Brank began his musical studies in Ljubljana under the tutelage of M. Kosi. He studied under C. Hutcap at the Rostock College of Music and Theatre and J. Rissin at the Karlsruhe College of Music, where he received his Bachelor Degree. He attended several seminars and masterclasses with world-famous teachers and performers, such as I. Ozim, Z. Bron, E. Chugayeva, M. Yashvili, G. Zhislin and Ch. Taub.

During that time, he won many prestigious awards. In 1995, the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Secondary School awarded him the first Škerjanc Award for his outstanding contribution to the school's artistic reputation. He won second prize in the 1996 "Jugend Musiziert" German Federal Competition, and first prize in the 2003 "TEMSIG" Slovene National Competition. For a year, he played a 1680 F. Ruggieri violin, which was on loan from the Baden-Württemberg State Collection after he had been chosen as the most deserving candidate for the coveted prize.