The Slovene composer Vito Žuraj was born in Maribor in 1979. He studied composition under Marko Mihevc in Ljubljana, Lothar Voigtländer at the College of Music in Dresden and Wolfgang Rihm at the College of Music in Karlsruhe. Following his studies in composition, he completed a master’s degree in Music Information Science under Dr. Thomas A. Troge.
He honed his skills as a composer in master courses taught by such renowned composers as Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Wolfgang Mitterer, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrel, Messias Maiguashca and Johannes Schöllhorn. Since 2006 he has received several scholarships including the Wolfgang Rihm Scholarship (sponsored by the Hoepfner Brewery), the Hanne Darboven Foundation scholarship and a postgraduate scholarship from the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Between 2007 and 2009 he won first prizes at the VERS.1.3, VERS.1.4 and VERS.1.5 competitions for electronic music, and third prize at the Düsseldorf Orgelbuch Competition. His musical education abroad was also supported by the Slovenian Federal Ministry of Culture.
His works have been performed at the ISCM World Music Days (2003 and 2004), International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (2004 and 2008), the Bartók Seminar in Szombathely (2005), the Estoril Music Festival (2005), the Tenso Days in Berlin (2006), the Davos Festival (2007), the Takefu International Music Festival (2007), the Heidelberger Frühling (2008), Festival Mouvement Saarbrücken (2009) and the Donaueschinger Music Days “Next Generation Project” (2008). Žuraj’s works have been performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) Karlsruhe. His works have also been performed the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, conducted by Johannes Kalitzke. Vito Žuraj teaches instrumentation and Gregorian chant at the College of Music in Karlsruhe.
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