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Biography

  • Born

    9 May 1931 (age 87)

  • Born In

    Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Igor Ozim (born 1931) began his violin studies with Leon Pfeifer in Ljubljana. Before entering the Academy of Music, he was also studying the piano and finished classical secondary school in Ljubljana. On a scholarship from the British Council, he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Max Rostal. In 1951 he won the Carl Flesch Violin Competition, and in 1953 the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. As an internationally acclaimed concert violinist, he collaborated with the world’s most esteemed orchestras. For many decades he was teaching at the Cologne University of Music – the post was offered to him by his former professor Max Rostal. Additionally, he has been teaching violin at the universities in Bern and Vienna. Currently, he is a professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum and holds master classes for violinists around the world, for many years also in the Slovenian town of Velenje. He has been a member of the jury in various prestigious international violin competitions. His editions of a number of classical and contemporary music works for violin, among them Mozart’s violin concertos, have been published by prominent publishers. Today, Igor Ozim is one of the most appreciated authorities on violin playing in the world. With his pedagogical and artistic work, he has significantly contributed to the modern approach to studying this royal instrument. His playing is characterized by crystal clear intonation, superb bowing technique, flawless tone production, and carefully considered interpretation, which reflects his profound knowledge and precise analysis of musical works. Igor Ozim has recorded a number of the most beautiful masterpieces of the violin repertoire, including several important Slovenian works. His recordings of the violin concertos by Lucijan Marija Škerjanc, Ivo Petrić, Janez Matičič, and Uroš Krek, as well as of many other pieces shine through his meticulous and masterful performance. His artistic approach could be described as a highly disciplined and artistically honest striving after the sublime Apollonian ideal, which inspires the greatest masterpieces of the Western culture.

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