MMus Performance LCMM, PGCert Piano Accompaniment LCM, ARCM, Academy of Music in Ljubljana, ISSTIP Music Medicine Therapist
Education Work Statements
When Damjana entered piano studies at the Academy in Ljubljana, her primary goal was to learn about the challenges of music making and performing and how they could be compared with the training for top results in sports. After completing masters degree in the UK, she has not only returned to continue working as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Ljubljana Secondary School for Music and Ballet (later Conservatory of Music and Ballet), Slovenia. She has also returned to her youth’s principle love for which she won several prizes – expressing with words. This has led her to the international acclaim: by writing articles, appearing on TV programmes, speaking in interviews, conducting lectures and workshops as well as organizing various events.
Damjana’s favourite topics are the tension and relaxation, body–instrument relationship, meditation, creative visualization, stage presence, flow and peak experience in music making. One of the founders of EPTA Slovenia, she has been for several years a devoted member of EPTA and ISSTIP, both initialized by her mentor and friend Carola Grindea
. Yearlong cooperation with the National Education Institute in Slovenia (head of the music medicine study group) has also led to many fruitful results.
Throughout her career, she has performed and worked as a performance coach with numerous musicians – from singers, pianists, clarinetists, flutists, saxophonists, guitar players, accordionists, string players, percussionists … to harpists. Grindea Technique, one of her primary teachings, has become an established ‘boost up’ performance routine for many people of various professions, not only musicians.
As an accompanist, Damjana was awarded the John Ireland Prize and a special award of the jury and the organizing committee for the exemplary cooperation and artistic support in discipline clarinet at the Slovenian National Competition TEMSIG. Speaking of competitions themselves, she is a devoted supporter of the idea, that better than recognize people as winners and losers it is to find a true potential in each person, to develop it and to contribute to the highest good of the world.