RPS Emily Anderson Prize for Solo Violin | £2,500
Maja Horvat started playing the violin aged 7 at the Music School of Jesenice. Her first teacher was Bojan Ristić and she later studied with Prof. Blanka Piotrovska. During the seven years she spent there, she played in many concerts and cultural events and travelled around Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. In 2015, she graduated from the Conservatory for Music and Ballet, Ljubljana in the class of Volodja Balžalorsky.
Since October 2015, Maja has been studying at the Royal College of Music London as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar with Daniel Rowland and Leonid Kerbel. She has worked with many respected teachers such as Ivry Gitlis, Anton Martynov, Alina Ibragimova, Saewon Suh (Korea), Vasilij Meljnikov (Music Academy Ljubljana), Tatiana Balashova (Russia), Igor Ozim (Mozarteum Salzburg), and Wonji Kim Ozim (Mozarteum Salzburg).
As a soloist and chamber musician, Maja has won several prizes at national and international competitions. Her most important achievements include 1st prize with full points at the Temsig Slovenian National Competition for young musicians in 2018 and, more recently, 3rd prize with the special Szymanowski Award at the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Katowice, Poland. She is also co-founder of the Brompton Quartet which won the 2019 St Martin's Chamber Competition and the Park Lane Group award.
Maja has performed as a soloist with: the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, RCM Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana, the Young Soloists of Ljubljana, and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared at festivals in Slovenia and abroad including the Tartini Festival, Uppingham International Music Festival and Stift International Music Festival.
Maja is generously supported by Zavarovalnica Triglav, Rotary Club Bled, Rotary Club Brnik and several anonymous donors.
Maja is winner of the 2019 RPS Emily Anderson Prize which has been supporting outstanding young violinists since 1967. This prize was established under the will of Emily Anderson, editor and translator of the letters of Mozart and Beethoven.
Emily Hoile, harpist: studied at the Juilliard School in New York thanks to funding from the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship.
DID YOU KNOW?
The RPS Gold Medal for outstanding musicianship has been awarded only 100 times since 1871.