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Sebastian Bertoncelj

The Slovenian cellist Sebastian Bertoncelj was born in 1992 and is a regular guest on stage both in his native Slovenia and abroad. He first studied at the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory and since October 2012 he has been studying under Professor Miloš Mlejnik at the Music Academy of Ljubljana. He also received an Erasmus scholarship to study with Professor Conradin Brotbek at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. Sebastian Bertoncelj also receives a scholarship from the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein, and participates in the intensive music weeks held there.

Working with musicians such as Robert Nagy, Christian Poltéra, Heinrich Schiff, Alban Gerhardt, David Grigorian, Reinhardt Latzko, Thomas Grossenbacher, Gal Faganel, Daniel Müller-Schott and Klaus Mätzel has also given him important musical stimuli.

Sebastian Bertoncelj has won several national and international competitions, for example in Gorizia, Triest, Sterzing and Feldkirchen. At the Slovenian “TEMSIG” competition, he won 1st prize in the category solo violincello a total of three times (2009, 2012 and 2015). In 2011 he received the “Lucijan-Marija-Škerjanc Prize” for his exceptional musical achievements as a student of the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory. In 2013 he was awarded the “Prešeren Prize” at the Music Academy of Ljubljana for the outstanding performances he gave during his studies. At the international “Svirél” competition in April 2015, he was the outright winner of the solo strings category.

Sebastian Bertoncelj has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, for example with the chamber orchestra of the Music Academy of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Simon Dvoršak, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Music Academy of Ljubljana’s Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of En Shao. He has also given several recitals as part of the “Jeunesses Musicales” in Ljubljana and at the Festival Lent in Maribor, as well as in Austria, Italy and Germany. As a participant of the International Music Forum Trenta, he performed both as a soloist and as a member of a chamber music ensemble in the Brahms hall of the Musikverein Vienna in 2010 and 2011.

Sebastian Bertoncelj is also an enthusiastic chamber musician, and has performed together with renowned musicians such as Miloš Mlejnik, Erwin Kropfitsch, Klaus Mätzel, Wonji Kim-Ozim, Wolfgang David, Boštjan Lipovšek and Lorenzo Cossi. As a founding member of the Aeternum piano trio, he has given several successful performances in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Bosnia and Switzerland. In March 2014, the trio was awarded 1st prize with full marks (100 points) at the Slovenian “TEMSIG” competition.

In October 2014, the young cellist recorded Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Loris Voltolini. The recording was released on CD in May 2015.

March 2016

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Born1992
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