Three musicians receive this year's Prešeren Foundation Award 

Among the winners of the award are composers Nina Šenk and Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar as well as clarinet player and multiinstrumentalist Boštjan Gombač.


Three musicians receive this year's Prešeren Foundation Award

Nina Šenk received the Prešeren Foundation Award for her compositions written in the last two years and Boštjan Gombač for his exceptional contribution to transcending music genres for his concert cycle with the Big Band RTV Slovenia and performance within the scope of the Concert Atelier organised by the Society of Slovenian Composers. Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar won the award for his theatrical compositions in the last two years and his outstanding setting to music of Shakespeare's sonnets.

All three Slovene artists have established prominent musical careers. Nina Šenk has composed for many foreign orchestral ensembles, such as the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercorporain, and the Ensemble Aleph among others. Her contemporary works have been performed at festivals at home and abroad (Salzburg, Warsaw, Zagreb). 

Boštjan Gombač has the reputation of the most versatile among Slovenian musicians. He is known for his performances in many different music bands and ensembles, such as Terrafolk and Katalena. He has also distinguished himself as an active performer in different genres, ranging from folk, pop to contemporary classical music. 

Mitja Vrhovnik-Smrekar composes for the theatre and movies. With his prolific work, which includes musical works for 70 theatrical performances and 10 Slovene movies, among them Gremo mi po svoje, Distorzija, Kakor v nebesih, tako na zemlji, Na planincah, he left an indelible mark on the theatrical music scene. He is also engaged as a percussionist in the ensemble Bossa de Novo.