Violin professor Volodja Balzalorsky –Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana
Violin Professor Volodja Balzalorsky teaches violin and chamber music at the Music Academy of the University of Ljubljana since 1996. Violin teaching represents an important complement to his artistic activities. Since 1996,
Volodja Balzalorsky regularly gives Master Classes in Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Croatia, USA, and in Slovenia.
He has also taught music for 37 years at the Conservatory in Ljubljana.
His pupils have won many first prizes and awards, both nationally and internationally.
He is also the President of ESTA Slovenia – European String Teachers Association.
Violin Teaching History
Professor of violin 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.
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 Professor of Violin 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 teacher is “to take care” of his students and guide them step by step, always having clear short- and long-term goals for them. As a violin teacher, 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 violin teaching elements, Volodja Balzalorsky takes care as a violin teacher 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
VIOLIN TEACHING MAIN ORIENTATION:
Third-level violin teaching to Bachelor and Master students as well as young professional violinists and young violin-viola teachers:
– Working on interpretation of standard violin concert repertoire (concerts with orchestra, virtuoso peaces, sonatas, interpretation and playing of contemporary compositions as well as trio-quartet chamber music literature)
– Preparation for auditions (orchestra audition, entry auditions for Bachelor level study and Master level study
– Preparation for national/international competitions
– Special working on orchestra material for auditions
– Consultations for young violin-viola teachers
Music Hochschule Köln 1975-1980 (his professor of violin was legendary Igor Ozim), and chamber music with members of Amadeus quartet –Graduation in March 1980), Moscow Conservatory “Tchaikovsky”- Postgraduate study with famous violin teacher Galina Barinova (1980-81), Vienna Music University – regular student of worldwide renowned violinist and violin professor Josef Suk (1981-1985), and regular student of famous violinist-chamber musician and violin teacher Klaus Maetzl (1985-86). Zagreb Music Academy (1983-1986 with renowned Croatian violinist and violin teacher Josip Klima). Master Degree with special award in 1986
PROFESSOR OF VIOLIN: EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS
Violin teaching Experience:
– Since 1983 to 2020: violin teacher at the Conservatory of Ljubljana (part time contract working with pupils of age 14-19).
– Since 1996 to present: Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Music Academy of Ljubljana University, in 2009 received title “Full Professor”.
Regular 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 is internationally acclaimed violinist. He is Two Time Winner and Four-Time Nominee of Independent Music Awards
Volodja Balzalorsky is recipient of several further international music awards such as The Hollywood Music in Media Award, The Inland Empire Music Award, The Ontario Independent Music Award, The Canary Island Music Award, Julij Betetto Music Award.
Numerous highly praised concerts, broadcasts, CD and TV recordings in various countries have established his reputation as an artist with a sensitive, intelligent, and intuitive gift of interpretation, a polished technique, and a rich, full tone.
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).
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, Slovakia, Turkey, Portugal, Norway, Denmark and USA.
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. 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.
He is a member of renowned Amael Piano Trio (www.amaeltrio.com). In 2015 he started to play in Duo with renowned pianist Aleksandar Serdar (www.aleksandarserdar.com).
One of his specialties is the development of a repertoire for violin solo and percussion. Volodja Balzalorsky 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.
Balzalorsky’s special interests include the promotion of contemporary music. Several known composers have written music especially for him.
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.
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.