Joze Kotar (b. 1970) has been a member of the Trbovlje
Workers’ Band since 1980. He had been deputy conductor of the band for several years. Since 2007 he has been the artistic leader and the conductor of the band.
He is a solo clarinetist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and associate professor at the Academy of Music
in Ljubljana. He began playing the clarinet in his home-town, Trbovlje, under the teaching of Ervin Plevnik. He then continued his studies in Ljubljana under Prof.
Alojz Zupan, and in 1992 completed his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Music. In numerous competitions at home and abroad he has won nine first prizes, and has
also been granted the Academy and the University Prešeren Award.
As a soloist, chamber musician and member of various chamber ensembles, Kotar performs in Slovenia and abroad
(Europe, USA, South America, ...), leads seminars for the clarinet and chamber music (Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Israel, Brazil), and participates in
juries of international competitions.
He has recorded ten CDs: four as an independent soloist – with the Slovenian Philharmonic String Quartet (RTV Publishing,
Slovenia, Ljubljana, 1998), COLLAGE with harpist Nicoletta Sanzin Fabbri (RTV Publishing Slovenia, Ljubljana, 2002), SOLO with compositions exclusively for solo clarinet
(Sound-tech, 2005) and most recently with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenian Philharmonic, 2006); and six ensemble CDs – three with the Ariart Wind Quintet:
ARIART (RTV Publishing Slovenia, Ljubljana, 1997), COCKTAIL (Ariart, 2004) and EPISODI CONCERTANTE (Sound-tech, 2005), KLARINETOVANJE with the Slovenian clarinet quartet
(Ljubljana, 1999), FAMILY with the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet (Sound-tech, 2003) and MUSIC OF OUR TIME with the MD7 Ensemble for Contemporary Music (RTV publishing
Slovenia, Ljubljana, 2005). His performance of Rossini’s Theme, Introduction and Variations was released on a CD of the Slovenian Police Orchestra (Ljubljana, 1994)
as well as a live performance from The Netherlands on a CD of the Trbovlje Workers' Band.
Joze Kotar is a member, co-founder and artistic director of the Slovenian Clarinet Orchestra and the Slovenian Clarinet
Sextet and a member of the Ariart Wind Quintet and the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble. As a clarinetist, he collaborates with the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra,
the Slovenian Police Orchestra, The Academie Ars Musicae Orchestra, etc.