Špela Pirnat was described by renowned violist Rivka Golani as “an exceptionally competent and talented viola player with a promising future”.
She loves to perform and has performed in different settings, either as a soloist, an orchestra member or as a part of a chamber ensemble, both at home in Slovenia and internationally (Austria, Italy, Hungary, United Kingdom, China, Croatia, Netherlands, Switzerland, France…). She often collaborates with renowned musicians. She has already performed with solo violist Nikita Gerkusov of the Viennese Tonkünstler Orchestra, violist Aleksandar Milošev, cellist Monika Leskovar, violinist Yury Revich, etc. She is a co-founder of a piano duo with well renowned Slovenian pianist Tadej Horvat with whom she has been performing for many years, recording and also made some archive recordings for Radio Slovenia 3 – programme Ars, a classical music station of the Slovenian national radio.
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. She 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 (“It was a great pleasure to play with Špela. She is a fantastic musician and violist. I am looking forward to all upcoming projects with her.”).
Recently she has also made an appearance amongst internationally well-renowned musicians at the “Euro Chamber Music Festival” in Gdansk (Poland).
Viola is an extension of my musical soul. I can express myself in a way that I can not do with words.ŠPELA PIRNAT
European String Teachers Association
Špela is also active as a pedagogue and is a member of the “European String Teachers Association” (ESTA). Her students always achieve great results and receive special commendations, either in competitions, concerts or when tested before progressing to a higher level of musical education.
NLP and TA
Wishing to combine mental training with music and gain more knowledge, she decided to study neurolingvistic programming (NLP) and has already been certified internationally as a “NLP practitioner” (INLPTA, NLPEA, IANLP). In 2021 she will be certified internationally as a “NLP coach”. She is also currently a student of transactional analysis with Dr. Zoran Milivojević.
She is the founder of ArSensei tree of knowledge and a mentor and artistic director of a series of music masterclasses ArsSensei (previously known as “Ars longa, Vita brevis”) which have been present since 2015).