Uroš Lajovic

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Uroš Lajovic has served as guest conductor, permanent conductor, professor, artistic director and artistic advisor at numerous prominent orchestras worldwide. Full bio

O. UNI. Prof. Em., Mag. art Uroš Lajovic was born on 4th of July 1944 in Ljubljana. He studied composition and conducting at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, graduating in 1967 and in 1969, respectively. For his outstanding achievements in both fields, he was awarded the 1968 and 1969 Student Prešeren Prize. He continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof Hans Swarowsky, where he graduated with honors in 1971 and was awarded the Graduating Prize ("Abgangspreis"). In 1968 and 1969, he took part in the Salzburg Summer Academy, studying conducting with Prof Bruno Maderna.

From 1972 to 1991, he was employed in the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, first as Assistant Conductor and since 1978 as Permanent Conductor. In parallel, he led the RTV Slovenia Chamber Orchestra from 1974 to 1976, was Chief Conductor of the Croatian RTV Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1981 and in 1988 founded the Slovenicum Chamber Orchestra, with which he organized an independent concert series in Ljubljana for the next twelve years and gave concerts around Slovenia. From 2001 to 2005, he was Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, he became the Artistic Advisor and Permanent Guest Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic. Since autumn 2015 till spring 2017 he was chief conductor of Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and since 2015 permanent guest conductor of Sofia Philharmonic and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China).

Uroš Lajovic was appointed Professor of Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, in 1989, and, in 1991, he was promoted to Full Professor of Conducting. In his conducting class, there have been around 300 students from 58 countries. Since 2011, to 2014, he has been Full Professor of Conducting at the Zagreb Music Academy. He retired from the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in 2012. As a visiting professor, he has held conducting master classes in Stockholm (2001), Vilnius (2001), Constanta (2006), Shanghai (2012) Hong Kong (concerts and master classes in the years from 2009–2012) and Dubrovnik (2016). 

In addition to his work, he has conducted orchestras across Europe, the US, Colombia (Bogota), South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Japan. During his 40-year career he has given over 1.400 concerts, conducted more than 90 different symphony orchestras and ensembles and accompanied over 900 soloists. 

His repertoire consists of symphonic and opera works. He helped stage 14 operas. In addition to the standard repertoire, he has conducted over 1.500 symphonic works and premiered 80 pieces of music of Slovenian and international composers. 

His work in the field of musicology includes the transcription and publication of Missa Viennensis by Slovenian baroque composer Janez Krstnik Dolar, the editorship of Figaro by Janez Krstnik Novak (stage music for Matiček’s Wedding by Anton Tomaž Linhart), and the revision and publication of Marij Kogoj’s opera Black Masks. 

In November 2013 Uroš Lajovic was awarded The Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.


Classical High School (Gymnasium) Ljubljana

Diploma Music Academy Ljubljana – composition (Prof. Bravničar)

Diploma Music Academy Ljubljana – conducting (Prof. Švara)

Summer Academy Salzburg (Bruno Maderna)

Diploma University of Music Vienna – conducting (Prof. Swarowsky)




1969, 1970


Conductor Positions

Assistant Conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenia

Chief Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra RTV Ljubljana, Slovenia

Permanent Conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenia

Chief Conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra RTV Zagreb, Croatia

Permanent Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatia

Founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra SLOVENICUM, Slovenia

Permanent Guest Conductor, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenia

Artistic advisor of the Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenia

Artistic leader of the »Classic in Hermagoras« Festival in Klagenfurt, Austria

Chief Conductor, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Serbia

Principal Guest Conductor, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Denmark

Artistic advisor and permanent Guest Conductor, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatia

Artistic director of the concert Abonma »Mahler in Ljubljana«, Slovenia

Chief Conductor of Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenia

Permanent Guest conductor of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria

Permanent Guest conductor of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, China

1971 - 1978

1974 - 1976

1978 - 1991

1979 - 1981

1984 - 2002

1989 - 2001

1991 - 2005

1993 - 2003

2000 - 2002

2001 - 2006

2004 - 2005

2010 -             


2015 - 2017



Faculty Positions

Faculty for Musicology, Ljubljana - Docent

University of Music, Vienna – invited Professor 

University of Music, Vienna – Professor in ordinary

University of Music, Vienna – Professor Emeritus

Conducting Masterclass, Vilnius

Conducting Masterclass, Constanz

Academy of Music, Zagreb – invited Professor

Academy of Music, Zagreb – Professor in ordinary

Conducting Masterclass, Shanghai

Conducting Masterclass, Hong Kong

1984 - 1988

1989 - 1991

1991 - 2012




2009 - 2010

2010 - 2014




Students’ Prešeren Prize for Composition, Ljubljana

Students’ Prešeren Prize for Conducting, Ljubljana

»Abgangspreis«, University of Music, Vienna

2nd Prize »Guido Cantelli« La Scala, Milano

Prešeren Prize for conducting Mahler, Symphony No.1, Ljubljana

Medal »White Angel« from  Republic of Serbia for leading of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

Recognition award from the city of Ljubljana for Artistic Achievement, Slovenia 

Austrian Honour Knight Cross for Culture and Science









Appearances with orchestras

Symphonic Orchestras

Athens State Orchestra (Greece)

Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra (Serbia)

City Symphony Orchestra Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany)

FOK Orchestra Prag (Chech Republic)

FOSBO Symphony Orchestra Bogota (Columbia)

Gosudarstveni orkester Moskau (Russia)

Göttingen Symphony Orchestra (Germany)

Gota Symphony Orchestra (Germany)

Hofer Symphoniker (Germany)

Janačkova Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava (Chech R.)

Jena Symphony Orchestra (Germany)

Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra (Japan)

Kiew Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraina)

Macedonic Philharmonic Orchestra Skopje (R Macedonia)

Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenia)

Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle (Germany)

Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria)

München Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany)

Norrkőpings Symfonieorkester (Sweden)

Odense Symphony Orchestra (Denmark)

Orchestra Metropolitana Lisboa (Portugal)

Orchestra National de Belgique Bruxelles (Belgium)

Orchestra de Picardie, Amiens (France)

Orquesta sinfonica de Castilla y Leon Valladolid (Spain)

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway)

Osnabruck Symphony Orchestra (Germany)

Radio Orchestra Leipzig (Germany)

Residenz Orchestra Ankara (Turkey)

RSO Berlin (RIAS - Germany)

Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea)

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China)

Singapore Festival Orchestra (Singapore)

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria)

Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenia)

Süddeutscher Rundfunk Stuttgart (Germany)

Symphony Orchestra Bern (Switzerland)

Symphony Orchestra Gotha (Germany)

Symphony Orchestra Miskolc (Hungary)

Symphony Orchestra RTV Belgrade (Serbia)

Symphony Orchestra RTV Katowice (Poland)

Symphony Orchestra RTV Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Symphony Orchestra RTV Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Symphony Orchestra RTV Zagreb (Croatia)

Symphony Orchestra Sevilla (Spain)

Symphony Orchestra Voronež (Russia)

Taipei City Orchestra (Taiwan)

Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan)

Wiener Symphoniker (Austria)

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia)

Opera Orchestras

National Opera Orchestra Ljubljana

Maribor Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Orchestra Zagreb

Komedija Zagreb

Orchester des Theater Meiningen

Chamber Orchestras

Arpeggione Feldkirch

Bach Collegium München

Belgrade Chamber Orchestra

Camerata Carinthia Klagenfurt

Chamber Orchestra RTV Ljubljana

Chamber Orchestra Skopje

Chamber Orchestra Maribor

RIAS Sinfonietta

SLOVENICUM Chamber Orchestra

Varaždin Chamber Orchestra

Zagreb Soloists

Music Academy Orchestras

Symphony Orchestra of MA Ljubljana, Slovenia

Symphony Orchestra of MA Zagreb, Croatia

Symphony Orchestra of MA Detmold, Germany

Symphony Orchestra of MA Stockholm, Sweden

Symphony Orchestra of Hong Kong MA, China

Symphony Orchestra of Conservatory Castelfranco Veneto, Italy

Webern Sinfonietta, UNI Wien, Austria


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