Destination Edinburgh #15: Meet Nikola Pajanović from Slovenia
Nikola Pajanović Press Photo
Photo by: RTVSLO
Posted 6 August 2018 at 15:00
Nikola Pajanović will represent Slovenia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 playing the violin.
The 18-year-old Nikola Pajanović was born in 2000 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and he started playing the violin in at the age of 6. Nikola is currently a third-year student at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and a fourth-year high-school program student at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana.
Very early on, Nikola showed his love for playing the violin. At the age of eight, he attended the international competition Euritmia Povoletto in Italy and won the Gold Recognition and came second place. Since then, he has participated in numerous competitions and won many prestigious awards.
In 2010 Nikola started working with Professor Gorjan Kosuta, regular professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and long-time professor at Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. Nikola regularly attends international summer music schools to further develop his skills.
Nikola was featured in tv show Pearls of Music of the Future that aired on Slovenian National Television in May 2012. Although he is very young, Nikola has performed on many stages showing his extraordinary talent and joy for music. He performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra RTV Slovenia, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theatre Maribor and Symphonic Chamber Orchestra Pardubice, Czech Republic.
In 2014 Nikola performed a duet with Sara Cano who plays the cello, at the Ars Nova International Music Competition, held at the Press Club in Brussels. Nikola and Sara also performed at the 23rd Franjo Krežma Memorial in Osijek, Croatia in November 2014. Along with his brother Stefan on piano, Nikola performed in numerous recitals in Slovenia, Italy, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2015 he received the Skerjanc Award for his outstanding achievements in the promotion of Conservatory of Music and Ballet from Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the spring of 2016 Nikola was a finalist in the competition for Slovenian representative at Eurovision Young Musicians and performed with the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia.
He has worked with renowned violin authorities such as Vesna Stanković, Igor Ozim, Zakhar Bron, Ana Chumachenko, Stefan Milenković, Ning Feng, Viktor Tretyakov, Roman Simovic, Gordan Nikolic, Vadim Gluzman, Itzhak Rashkovsky. As of September 2014, Nikola has been a recipient of the scholarship for gifted students of the city of Ljubljana.