Anton Nanut, born September 13, 1932, is the best known Slovenian conductor of classical music. He was a professor of conducting at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and the artistic leader of the Slovene Octet in its most productive years.
Nanut has been collaborating with over 200 orchestras and had made over 200 records with different labels. Among the concerts that he values most is a concert with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Carnegie Hall, his concerts with Staatskapelle Dresden, with the Berlin RIAS and with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a conductor with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and with all Italian symphony orchestras.
Nanut has been bestowed numerous awards for his work, among them the Prešeren Foundation Award (for his interpretations of Beethoven), the Župančič Award, the Croatian Milka Trnina Award, the City of Split Award, a high state decoration of the Republic of Croatia, the Yugoslav award Lira, the Silver Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia. On 7 February 2011, he received the Prešeren Award, the highest cultural award in Slovenia, for his lifetime work. Especially prized are his interpretations of Mahler's symphonies.