A propos de la personne
Damijan Mocnik (born in Kranj/Slovenia) graduated from Ljubljana Academy of Music (composition Dane Škerl) and furthered his conducting skills abroad (also with Eric Ericsson). Since 1993, he is music professor, conductor and head of music at St. Stanislav’s Institution, Ljubljana. He conceived a “choral pyramid” that remains important in Slovenian choral life. In over 30 years, he won many awards with his choirs, especially St. Stanislav Youth Choir and Megaron Chamber choir. He is the founder and artistic leader of Slovenian Children’s choir. Mocnik participates in expert councils at choral events, lectures at symposiums, and is a juror at home and abroad. For his activity, he was awarded the student Prešeren prize, the Gallus plaque and the state award for extraordinary achievements in education. Mocnik’s compositional conception focuses on a cappella and vocal-instrumental choral music. A winner of numerous national and international composing competitions, he often toured abroad as composer-conductor and led ateliers (Europa Cantat 2006 in Mainz, Choralies in Vaison-la-Romaine 2016). Mocnik is among the most performed contemporary Slovenian composers abroad. His music is performed worldwide by professional and top amateur choirs, and has been recorded on numerous CDs, three authorial: the sacred album Verbum supernum prodiens (Carus, 2003), cantata Adventus Domini nostri Jesu Christi (Astrum Music, 2009) and Oratorium nativitatis (Slovenian Philharmonic, 2016).