The cellist Maruša Bogataj (1990) is a third-semester postgraduate student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in the class of Prof Wen-Sinn Yang. She started her lessons by Prof Zdenka Kristl-Marinič, at the academy she continued by Prof Ciril Škerjanec and during the last two years of her studies she has been a student of Prof Miloš Mlejnik.

She has won several first prizes at international contests for young cellists in her category: in Italy (Tortona, Gorica), Croatia (Poreč) and Austria (Liezen), but has also received several awards at national contests for young Slovenian musicians – in 2003 and 2006 a first prize and a golden plaquette. 

She works together with various orchestras and chamber ensembles; in 2007 she toured around Europe with the international orchestra Animato. Four years in a row she has performed, as part of the summer master class of the Vienna Philharmonics, in the Musikverein as a soloist and member of the chamber ensemble. For three years she has been the first cellist of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Academy of Music.

In 2009 she passed the audition for the Jeunesse Musicale World Orchestra and joined them in Mai for the Spain tour, where she led the cello-section. In November of the same year she passed the audition for the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra, where she has been a regular member now for the second year in a row.

She widened her knowledge at numerous master classes with various world-acclaimed professors, like Wolfgang Herzer, Anner Bylsma, Rudolf Leopold, Natalija Gutman, Susane Basler and Ciril Škerjanec. As a soloist she has performed with a number of orchestras, among them were the chamber orchestra Carnium, SGBŠ Ljubljana, Slovenian Philharmonics, SNG Opera Ljubljana and Symphonic Orchestra RTV Slovenia.

She received the Škerjanec award, the academic Prešeren award for Solo and the Prešeren award with her chamber quartet.


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