My visit to Slovenia has been a dream come true. Getting to reconnect with my
Slovenian heritage while building my career in music in the incredible city of
Ljubljana is already making this one of the greatest summers of my life. When
coming to live in most cities for the first time, it’s easy to feel intimidated or
unwelcome. Not Ljubljana. Despite somewhat of a language barrier, the culture
has been extremely inviting, and I feel at home on the cobblestone streets of.
The last time I was in Slovenia was during summer 2001, and it’s been incredible
meeting family here that I haven’t seen in 17 years and learning about the
culture and the language through their eyes. It has also been amazing seeing
the beauty of this country on the weekends and I recently enjoyed visiting Lake
Bled and the coastal town of Piran.
When I arrived in Ljubljana, I was warmly welcomed by my mentor Franc Kosem who is principal trumpet of the
Ljubljana Philharmonic and a professor at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He immediately got me involved in
the music scene here, introducing me to Slovenian music students at the academy and allowing me into
rehearsals with the philharmonic where he is preparing me to perform as a substitute trumpet. I’ve also been
rehearsing with Cantabile Orchestra in Logatec, Slovenia. I’m beyond excited by the performing and mentorship
opportunities here, and I feel so grateful to be involved in the Slovenian community through music!