Jerica Bukovec graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music. During her studies in Ljubljana, she spent a year in Malmö, Sweden, in the choral conducting class of Dan-Olof Stenlund. She continued her studies at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, where she completed her master’s degree under the mentorship of Anders Eby, with whom she continued to study for an additional year. During her studies in Sweden, Jerica Bukovec performed with a group of sixteen professional musicians, as well as recording and giving concerts with the Swedish Radio Choir, the Berlin Radio Choir and the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. During her last two years in Sweden, she was the conductor of three Stockholm-based choirs: the KFUM Chamber Choir, the Stockholm Chamber Choir and the Stockholm Academic Male Choir. After returning to Slovenia, she served as the artistic director of the Ave Chamber Choir for four years. She has also collaborated with the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir and the Slovenian Children’s Choir.
Among Jerica Bukovec’s most notable achievements are gaining third place in the Europa Cantat Competition for Young Choral Conductors (Ljubljana, 2009) and being selected as one of three finalists in the Eric Ericson Competition (Stockholm, 2010). She also gained the best conductor award at the Rimini Choir Competition in 2016.
Jerica Bukovec has been rewarded for her talent with various scholarships, including four scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, as well as scholarships from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the Ljubljana Music Society. She has also held Eric Ericson and Dan-Olof Stenlund scholarships.
Since 2015, Jerica Bukovec has been the conductor of the APZ Tone Tomšič Choir of the University of Ljubljana, with which she has collaborated successfully both in Slovenia and abroad. In 2017, she collaborated with the ensemble for contemporary music MD7 and performed with the Slovenian Chamber Theatre in Pavel Mihelčič’s chamber opera Božji delec for three singers and four percussionists. Since November 2018, she has served as a permanent guest conductor of Slovenian Philharmonic Choir.
After completing the Ljubljana Music and Ballet High School (music theory, 1997; singing, 2003), Sebastjan Vrhovnik enrolled at the Ljubljana Academy of Music in 2004, majoring in music education. He graduated with distinction under the mentorship of Assoc. Prof. Marko Vatovec and went on to complete his master’s degree with distinction at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, in the class of Johannes Prinz. Since 2014, he has been an assistant professor of choral conducting at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, while also leading various choral workshops in Slovenia and abroad, and serving as a member of professional juries for Slovenian and international choral showcases and competitions. He is currently the conductor of the Ljubljana Academy of Music Chamber Choir and the Ljubljana Music Society Mixed Choir.
As a guest conductor, he has collaborated with the RTV Slovenia Chamber Choir, the Maribor Opera Choir, the ČarniCe Female Vocal Group, the Slovenian Children’s Choir, the DEKOR Chamber Choir and the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir. In addition, he has led the Cantemus Mixed Choir of Kamnik, the Ecce Vocal Group, the Emil Adamič Slovenian Teachers’ Choir, the Ljubljana Music Society Mixed Choir, the APZ Tone Tomšič Choir of the University of Ljubljana, and the Obala Koper Mixed Choir. With the latter, he has recorded several CDs and received numerous first places and special awards at a range of national and international competitions. His concert activity with choirs is characterised by an excellent knowledge of the voice and a distinct musicality, while his interpretations are distinguished by the unique mellowness and blending of the choral sound. The repertoire that Sebastjan Vrhovnik embraces brings a freshness and new professional challenges to the Slovenian music scene.