International Concert Violinist Volodja Balzalorsky

Concert Violinist & Violin Professor Volodja Balzalorsky

Concert violinist & violin professor Volodja Balzalorsky from Ljubljana, Slovenia, performs internationally as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for which he received several music awards.

His teaching represents an important complement to his artistic career. His pupils have won many national and international first prizes and awards. He regularly gives Master Classes in conjunction with his performances internationally. 

Volodja Balzalorsky is Full Professor of Violin at the Music Academy at University of Ljubljana

 

very subtle playing, intelligent and sensitive interpretations…

Jacques Lonchampt – Le Monde

 

AWARDS:

The Vox Pop Independent Music Award 2014
The Independent Music Awards IMAs 2014 Four-Time Nominee
The Hollywood Music in Media Award 
The Inland Empire Music Award 2008 – Best International Artist
The Ontario Independent Music Award – Best International Artist
The Canary Islands Music Award -Category: Interpretation-Instrumental
The Los Angeles Music Award Nominee – Best Classical Artist 2007
Other Highlights: … Betetto Music Award 2006 – the highest Music Award in Slovenia….
Just Plain Folks Music Award 2006 Nomination for CD Live in Belgrade – chamber music category

After his successful performance in the international cycle Violin Virtuosos in Belgrade, the esteemed critic in former Yugoslavia, Slobodan Turlakov, defined his artistic personality with the following words:

Volodja Balzalorsky is passionately devoted to violin, inspired by the flame which distinguishes the most refined and authentic violinists capable of building the dramaturgy of musical works in the most natural and persuasive manner. His interpretation calls for an exalted and compassionate listener, which is the d i s t i n c t i o n of rare and predestined musicians…

(Vecernje Novosti, Belgrade)

 

Artist History:

The brilliant violinist Volodja Balzalorsky focused the audience’s attention on his stunning interpretation of Brahms, Bloch and Lipovsek.
“OKO” – Zagreb

Volodja Balzalorsky has been a guest artist at international festivals and concert series in various countries such as Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Iran, China and USA.

As a soloist, has been performed with a variety of orchestras, including the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Slovenian Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian-Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Gaudeamus Orchestra of Zagreb, the Dubrovnik Chamber Orchestra, the Freiburger Baroksolisten etc.

An extremely fine artist…a gifted musician…

“Bassa Romagna” – Salvatore Grillo

Chember Music:

Volodja Balzalorsky and Aleksandar Serdar at Ljubljana Festival

Volodja Balzalorsky is particularly active in the field of chamber music. He works with many international groups and ensembles, and for several years has successfully performed in DUO with pianists Christoph Theiler and Hinko Haas.

“Outstanding violinist Volodja Balzalorsky scores a splendid success”… a brilliant, powerful and inspired interpreter…Vecerne Novosti, Belgrade

Critics comment on the degree to which he is able to develop and maintain unity with his musical partners in this milieu, presenting …an exceptional harmony of ease and authenticity of performance.

Amael Piano Trio

He is a member of Amael Piano Trio, Trio Ritratto dell’ amore and a member and artistic director of Ensemble Ouverture.

He also performed in duo with renowned American-Russian pianist Vladislav Kovalsky. They performed very successfully together at Carnegie Hall in New York in September 2005.

One of his specialties is the development of a repertoire for violin solo and percussion. His recent collaboration with renowned American percussionist Amy Lynn Barber, with whom he performed in the Percussion Plus Project at the Interlochen Arts Centre, Indianapolis, Greencastle, DePauw University, in the United States, and repeated in Prague and in Venice, Italy, with much acclaim.

Recordings:

Volodja Balzalorsky has made extensive live and archival radio and TV recordings throughout Europe and the United States. Recently four CDs were released as part of his LIVE Collection, with 5 more planned for release on the CANTABEL label, supported by the Slovenian Ministry for Culture and the City of Ljubljana, with added releases by EROICA, a well known US Label that features great classical artists worldwide.

Live Collection:

The live collection of Volodja Balzalorsky, is a unique presentation featuring the violinist with his chamber music partners, from 1985 to the present.

The performances are taken from live national broadcasts, international festivals and concert series, around the world.

Contemporary Music:

Balzalorsky’s special interests include the promotion of contemporary music. Several known composers have written music especially for him.

 

 

Violin Teaching History:

Volodja Balzalorsky began to teach violin in 1978 when he was still a student – 3rd year at “Musik Hochschule” in Cologne (violin with Prof. Igor Ozim, and chamber music with members of Amadeus Quartet).

Since then, chamber music and teaching have become his greatest passion.
Volodja holds long term teaching position as “Full Professor” of violin and chamber music at the Music Academy of the University of Ljubljana.

During academic year 2020-21, there were students from Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary in his class, having weekly violin lessons with him as well as with his excellent assistants Lana Trotovsek and Matej Haas.

Since 1983 he has been teaching uninterrupted also at the “Ljubljana Conservatory” working only with some pupils of the age 14-19 (Second level teaching) – part-time contract.

Volodja’s current and former students/pupils won several national and international prizes and awards: -among them multiple international award winning violinist Lana Trotovsek www.lanaviolin.com who is already Violin Professor at The Trinity Laban Conservatory in London and at the same time his assistant in Ljubljana, and Maja Horvat www.majahorvat.com -prize winner of Szymanowski Violin Competition in Poland and Recipient of 2019/2020 Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson violinist award.

Many of his former students won also “job position” in several orchestras in Italy, Austria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, such as Matej Haas, concert master of Philharmonie Salzburg, some others are members of internationally active chamber groups (Gregor Hrabar-The Berlin-Tokyo Quartet www.quartetberlintokyo.com), some others are already professional successful teachers.

Some of Volodja Balzalorsky’s former students are also very successful in the international field of cross-over and world-music (Vuk Krakovic who was  8 years leader of famous “cirque du soleil” ochestra, Jelena Ždrale www.discogs.com/artist/588532-Jelena-Ždrale, Klara Gomboc www.laviolinista.es) to name a few..

As a violin professor, Volodja also regularly gives violin and chamber music masterclasses worldwide: Trinity Laban Conservatory in London, Music University in Vienna, Interlocken Art Academy in Michigan, Music Academy in Zagreb, ESTA (European string teachers association) conference 2020 in Porto to name a few.

Volodja Balzalorsky’s first responsibility as a violin professor is “to take care” of his  students and guide them step by step, always having clear short- and long-term goals for them. He has an individual approach towards each of his students, depending on their abilities and goals. He always tries to help his students by showing them how to achieve maximum results through appropriate way of practicing and time-management. he teaches his students to be independent, organized and responsible.

The most important teaching elements, Volodja Balzalorsky  takes care on all levels of teaching process:

– To keep in mind that everybody is different and  to treat everyone as an individual!

– To teach singing on violin, even if playing exercises and scales.

– To support individual creativity on all levels

– To teach how to practice and how to organize practicing time – time management

– Taking care to listen to yourself “objective” and how important it is for all aspects of playing: technique (sound control, intonation, rhythm etc) and musical phrasing with final goal – “interpretation”.

– To choose the right selection of violin pieces (concerts, sonatas, short pieces etc.) and right exercises according to student/pupil’s level

– Building a solid violin basic technique and to take care for it on all levels – work on intonation problems and tonal restrictions, bowing solutions etc.

– Regular intensive work on scales, “etudes” and other exercises for left and right hand

– To take care of synchronization  and “timing” of left-right hand.

– Dealing with nervousness and finding solutions how to prevent being “too nervous” on the stage.

 

Education:

Volodja Balzalorsky studied music with Igor Ozim, at the Musik Hoschschule in Cologne, Germany, at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, in Moscow, with Galina Barinova, and with the famous Czech violinist, Josef Suk at the University of Vienna, Austria; completing his studies with Josef Klima, at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he received his post graduate degree.Additionaly he studied chamber music with Amadeus quartet and with Franco Gulli, Grigorij Zhislin and Andre Del Courte (Master Classes).

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Artist Biography by Patsy Morita on All Music GUIDE

Volodja Balzalorsky, a concert violinist who has been noted for having intuitive interpretations and a rich tone, performs and teaches master classes throughout Europe and North America. 

Balzalorsky studied at Cologne’s Höchschule für Musik, Moscow’s Conservatorium P.I. Tchaikovsky, and finally, Zagreb’s Music Academy. He has built long-term partnerships with several musicians, including pianists Christoph Theiler and Hinko Haas, percussionist Amy Lynne Barber, and his fellow members of the Amael Trio, pianist Tatjana Ognjanovic and cellist Damir Hamidullin. Since the late 1980s, Balzalorsky has made live recordings of sonatas, as well as making several radio and television appearances, particularly in his native Slovenia and surrounding countries. In addition to his travels to perform and teach, Balzalorsky holds a faculty position at the Music Academy at Ljubljana University.