Great musical experience with renowned mentors in a pleasant coastal town

Prof. Tomaž Lorenz had held musical courses for young musicians called Music July in years 1995-2005 in Koper, , . This experience has led many to choose music as their profession. Young people need different experiences in order to develop their personality. We all need to share experiences, we need advice, studying, joy and fun, as well as being in contact with our peers in order to develop our full potential. All this is possible through music. For this reason, we have accepted this new challenge of the Koper Summer Symphony, which proposes to combine the training and concert opportunities for young and professional musicians. The seaside city also offers the opportunity for a relaxing summer atmosphere.

Koper, July 3rd – 8th, 2023

The agenda:
The master classes and the orchestral workshop will take place from July 3rd to July 8th, 2023. The master classes are intended for students in the last grades of music school, especially for high school and university students.
The greeting of the participants is on July 3rd, 2023 from 8 to 9 a.m.
The orchestra rehearsals will take place every day. The participants will receive the schedules of individual lessons on the day of arrival.
On the last day, July 8th, 2023, the final concert is planned in the Koper Cathedral.

- Wonji Kim-Ozim (Salzburg)
- Janez Podlesek (Ljubljana)

Viola: Krešimir Petar Pustički (Zagreb)

Cello, chamber music: Gal Faganel (Ljubljana)

Orchestra: Žiga Cerar (Koper)

Registration fee and program:
You can choose between two program options as well as only a passive participation:

A. includes:
3 individual lessons (3x45 minutes), every day orchestra rehearsals and a passive participation at other lectures.
Registration fee: 75 € at the registration + 290 € later (total: 365 €).

B. includes:
Orchestra rehearsals and the possibility of a passive participation at other lectures.
Registration fee: 75 € at registration fee + 120 € later (total: 195 €).

C. includes:
Passive participation in all courses and workshops.
Registration fee: 50 €

The fee of 75€ is paid upon registration or up until June 10, 2023. The remaining amount is paid up by June 30, 2023. In case of cancellation, the registration fee will be refunded in the amount of 50€. There is no application deadline for passive participants; they can apply on the first day of the master classes.

  Payment details:
Društvo prijateljev glasbe,
Gallusova 2, 6000 Koper
IBAN: SI56 1010 0003 5482 013
Reference: 99

arrange it yourself we suggest:

Hostel Bella Vista - T.: 00386 (0) 30 350 381 


How to come in Koper:
Please contact the organizator



Applications until June 10, 2023 or until the vacancies are filled.

Wonji Kim Ozim, native of Seoul, Korea, started to play the violin of the age of five, she studied with Chong-Suk Li and later in Switzerland with Max Rostal and Igor Ozim. 1994 she received her soloist-diploma at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern" with distinction. She also took part in master courses with Donald Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and Yfrah Neaman. Since winning several national and international prizes, she has appeared as a soloist with many important orchestras. Since 1996 she has taught as an assistant of Igor Ozim at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Vienna and at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Bern. She is teaching violin at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

Janez Podlesek completed his violin studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana with prof. Primož Novšak and then studied with Leonid Sorokov, Helfried Fister, Ilan Gronich and Tomaž Lorenz. He is the winner of numerous awards at music competitions and he regularly collaborates with renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians. He was the concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and KGO for 15 years. In 2012, he received the title of assistant professor in the field of violin and a year later, he received the Solemn Charter of the University of Ljubljana for outstanding pedagogical and research achievements. He is involved in the ambitious Emars project, which includes regular summer schools and violin master classes. He is a professor at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and since 2018 and he has also been regularly employed as an assistant professor at the Ul Academy of Music.

Krešimir Petar Pustički was born in Zagreb in 1975. As an exceptionally talented child, from early on he discovered he had a perfect pitch. During his schooling he won the highest prizes at musical competitions (first prize in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo and Belgrade, as well as the Darko Lukić competition). He studied with prof. Ante Živković and as a 20-year-old graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb. In 2009 he obtained his Master of Arts degree. As a successful chamber musician he often plays with his siblings in a string trio PST. From 1998 until 2008 he was a member and a principal viola player in renowned Croatian chamber orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists, where critics often singled him out. In 2011 he started playing as a part-time principal violist in Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra. Now he works as a professor on the Academy of Music in Zagreb. He is distinguished soloist which Croatian critics find as one of the best Croatian string players. Pustički also proved himself to be a very successful recording producer, when he won Porin in 2007, 2022, Croatian music award, for the best classical album. Since then he became one of the most sought recording producers for classical music in Croatia.


Gal Faganel is a versatile award-winning cello performer, an acclaimed teacher, and a recording artist. He has performed extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician  hroughout the United States and in Europe as well as in Asia. He is a winner of numerous national and international competitions including the International Cello Competition “Antonio Janigro” in Croatia, the American String Teacher’s Association Competition, and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition in the United States. He has recorded for many labels and radio stations internationally. With a doctorate from the University of Southern California under the mentorship of Eleonore Schoenfeld, he was previously the principal cellist of the Phoenix Symphony. Since 2010, he taught at the University of Northern Colorado where he has greatly enjoyed mentoring cellists, coaching chamber music, and collaborating with colleagues in the Colorado Piano Trio. He also taught at the University of Southern California, Scottsdale Community College and at the University of North Texas. Most recently he began teaching at the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music. In addition to being a devoted cello pedagogue, Faganel loves coaching chamber music, frequently trains musicians in preparation for orchestral auditions, mentors developing musicians, and leads career development courses and workshops.

Žiga Cerar obtained a master's degree in violin at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in the class of prof. Paul Roczek, later studied with prof. Christiane Hutcap, at the Musikhochschule in Rostock and was then admitted to the class of prof. Sylvia Gazeau at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris. From 2002 to 2004, he was a member of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and in 2004 he became a member of the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber String Orchestra of the Slovenian Philharmonic. He teaches violin and conducts the orchestras of the Koper Music School and Koper Artistic Gymnasium. For years, he has been organizing an summer orchestral campus Mali Filharmonik. Within the Association Friends of Music, he has founded a string ensemble with which he enriches the musical and cultural offer of the city of Koper.

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven