Born in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Urška Horvat is a versatile award-winning solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Her passion for music and more specifically chamber music has brought her to visit many countries around the world and perform in many distinguished venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Cadogan Hall, King’s Place, St. John’s Smith Square, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Flagey in Brussels, The Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, among others.
Urška has been invited as a soloist and a chamber musician to participate in various festivals, such as prestigious Trondheim Chamber Music Festival (Norway), Davos Festival (Switzerland), Les Sons Intensifs (Lessines, Belgium), Seeklang Hergiswil (Switzerland), “I Giardini della Filarmonica” in Rome, Virenze Concerts Series (Netherlands), Festival Lent (Maribor, Slovenia), Autumn International Fest Hyderabad in India. Urška is playing in a cello duo, Duo Furioso, with another Slovenian cellist, Helena Švigelj, and is also a member of Avant Trio; their recent CD has been released by Sheva records receiving a rave review in the BBC Music Magazine.
Urška won several national and international prizes in the UK, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia:
1st prize at the Music Club of London Competition 2017, Live Music Now 2017 supported by Yehudi Menuhin, Concordia Foundation 2017, 1st prize at the Soloists’ Competition 2016, 1st prize at the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competition 2016, 1st prize at the Vera Kantrovitch Bach Competition 2015, 1st prize at TEMSIG national competition (Slovenia), Wettbewerb fur Violoncello Liezen (Austria), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia). As a member of a piano trio Amarilis (2008-2015), she received many rave reviews for their artistic pursuits and awards, including Prešeren Award of the Faculty of Music Ljubljana in the year 2011/12.
As a soloist, Urška performed with several orchestras. One of the most noticeable performances took place in Cadogan Hall (London) where she debuted with Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, after winning Trinity Laban Soloists’ Competition 2016. One of her performances has recently been also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
She is proud to be a Concordia Foundation Artist and a part of Live Music Now supported by Yehudi Menuhin.
She finished Postgraduate Artist Diploma in 2016 with Distinction and Director’s Prize for Excellence in Strings at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen.
Urška is playing on the ex-Pergamenschikow Montagnana copy made by Robin Aitchison in 2019.