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Curriculum Vitae

Zdravko Pleše concluded his studies at the Ljubljana music academy under the mentorship of Prof. Rok Klopčič. He graduated from the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (University for Music and the Creative Arts) in 2003. In 2007, it was here that, under the instruction of Prof. Rainer Küchl and Prof. Jela Spitkova he completed his studies with an M.Sc.thesis and concerts. This lead to him gaining the title of Master of Arts in violin – Magister Artium.

With the assistance of excellent musicians and great teachers like Igor Ozim, Andras Kiss, Helfried Fister, Volodja Balžalorski, Aleksandar Arenkov, Asja Kouschner, and Alice Schoenfeld, he has perfected his musical skills. The Ljubljana Music Academy awarded him the Prešern Student Award for his exceptional interpretation of Paganini and Mozart Violin Concertos. He has taken part in several world famous international violin competitions (Chile, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Croatia).

For the 2001-2005 seasons he was a permanent member of the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia. As a soloist with the symphony and chamber orchestras, he has performed under the guidance of various conductors such as David de Villiers, Anton Nanut, Nada Matošević, Patrik Greblo and Matjaž Brežnik. As a music educator, he teaches the younger generation of musical arts. Zdravko Pleše is the organizer of  two festivals; Grobnik Festival of Chamber Music near Rijeka (Croatia) and the The Days of Tartini Festival Piran (Slovenia). He is the founder and head of chamber ensemble Ensemble Contemporanea 21, with whom he performs a repertoire of music from all musical eras and genres.

He participated in the documentary film Vražji Tartini (Tartini Devil), produced by RTV Slovenia. In the film, he revived the life and work of musical virtuoso, composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. He performs numerous concerts dedicated to him and often plays on his Amati violin from the 17th century. He is also active in compositional creativity and writes and arranges music for various ensembles. He released two collection of poems entitled Novi dan (A New Day) and Ljubav (Love).  

In partnership with pianist Denys Masliuk, Zdravko Pleše recorded the whole opus for violin and piano by Slovenian composer Alojz Srebotnjak. He dedicated his CD entitled 'Tartini Yesterday and Today' to the composer Giuseppe Tartini. The CD has Tartini's most famous sonatas, which Pleše recorded with pianist Snježana Pleše Žagar. For the first time ever Tartini's music in jazz-arrangements can be heard on a CD recorded and released in collaboration with Ante Jeličić Trio.

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