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Špela Pirnat loves to perform in different settings, either as a soloist, an orchestra member or as a part of a chamber ensemble, both at her home country, Slovenia, and internationally (Austria, Italy, Hungary, United Kingdom, China, Croatia, Netherlands, Switzerland, France…).

“An exceptionally competent and talented viola player with a promising future!” (As described by renowned violist Rivka Golani.)

As a soloist, Špela has already performed several pieces with different orchestras on international stages, such as Italy, France, Slovenia, etc. Slovenian composer Črt Sojar Voglar wrote a piece called “Viola on Duracell” and dedicated it to Špela; she played the first performance of this piece at the music festival “Festival des Anches d’Azur” in Saint-Tropez (France). She has also performed twice at the festival “Shanghai International Arts Festival” in China.

Špela doesn’t hide her big love for playing chamber music. She has, by now, performed in different ensembles with many renowned musicians, amongst them solo violist Nikita Gerkusov of the Viennese Tonkünstler Orchestra, cellist Enrico Bronzi, violinists such as Stefan Milenkovich, Wonji Kim Ozim, Yury Revich… She is a founding member of a piano duo with well renowned Slovenian pianist Tadej Horvat with whom she has been performing for many years and recorded for the archive of Radio Slovenia – programme ARS, a classical music station of the Slovenian national radio. 

Violist Špela Pirnat also performed at a very well received concert series called “Monika Leskovar and friends” at “Osor Musical Evenings” on the Cres Island in Croatia, where she received many compliments. Recently she has also made an appearance amongst internationally well-renowned musicians at the “Euro Chamber Music Festival” in Gdansk (Poland). In 2020 she was invited to become one of the “ACR” (Art Circle Residence) artists and therefore performed on three concerts in Sweden. In 2021 she was touring Europe as a part of “NBTrio” with fellow musicians from Portugal and Germany/Switzerland. In 2022 she performed on concerts in Italy and Slovenia called “From EPK Novi Sad to GO!2025” with fellow musicians Stefan Milenković, Valentina Danelon, Enrico Bronzi and Marko Hatlak. In the beginning of the current year, she has been invited to collaborate as a guest assistant principal viola in the Rijeka symphony orchestra.

Špela is also active as a pedagogue and is an active member of the “European String Teachers Association”. Her students are achieving great results and receive special commendations, either in competitions, concerts, or auditions. 

Wishing to combine psychology and music, she studied neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and is certified internationally as a “NLP master coach”. She is also currently a psychology student and student of transactional analysis. Špela is the founder of “ArSensei tree of knowledge” and a mentor and artistic director of a series of music masterclasses “ArSensei”, which have been present since 2015. 

Špela is a part of Thomastik-Infeld family and is currently playing their DominantPRO and Rondo strings.

Viola is an extension of my musical soul. I can express myself in a way that I can not do with words.

ŠPELA PIRNAT