Academy of Music


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Akademija za glasbo
Stari trg 34, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 242 7300, 386 (0) 1 500 0622
Fax386 (0) 1 242 7320
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Andrej Grafenauer, Dean
Phone386 (0) 1 242 7302
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Mojca Žugelj Marič, Secretary
Phone386 (0) 1 242 7306
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The Academy of Music is a member of the University of Ljubljana (UL) and the only higher educational institution for music in Slovenia. Besides running a broad set of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, it also takes care for additional musical activities. It organises concert series, features the Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and some other ensembles, and is involved in cooperation with other faculties of the UL in research activities of humanities and social sciences.


The Academy is situated in the impressive 17th century Stična Manor in the old centre of Ljubljana. Some of the courses are also run at the Glasbena matica premises, where the Academy used to be stationed until the year 1985. For some years now, the three Slovene artistic academies are working towards a new architectural project for a new common educational centre for arts.

Departments and programmes

The Departments of Composition and Music Theory, Conducting, Singing, Keyboard Instruments, String Instruments, Wind Instruments, Brass Instruments, Percussion Instruments, and the Department of Music Education and Sacred Music comprise the main units of the Academy.

Jazz music is currently only available as an elective course in the bachelor’s degree program of Musical Art, but it is planned to be established as an independent, interdepartmental division of jazz studies sometime in the near future. The same stands for Early Music.


The first state music school in the Slovenian region was set up in Ljubljana back in 1807. Later this was followed by the Music School at the Philharmonic Society (1821–1919), the first music school with a modern curriculum. Yet, it was only in 1872, when the cultural society Glasbena matica Ljubljana was founded, that an initiative to create an institution for higher music education started surfacing. These endeavours came to fruition in 1919 with the establishment of the Yugoslavian Conservatorium of the Glasbena Matica.

In 1939 this became the Music Academy, which was running all throughout the WWII years and was renamed in 1945 as the Academy of Music. In the years to come, the academy gained many new departments, among them the department for composition and conducting and the department of the history of folklore. The secondary programme split from the Academy in 1953 to become an independent institution, now the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory. The Academy officially became a part of the University of Ljubljana in 1975.

International cooperation

The University of Ljubljana facilitates student exchange according to the programmes of CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme), Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, and bilateral agreements. Each year the Department of Composition and Music Theory organises the International Solfège Competition. The Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra regularly participates at Young Euro Classics, the international festival of the best European youth orchestras, organised in Germany.

Numerous Academy of Music graduates also play as members and soloists at the most renowned orchestras in the world.

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