Blaz Sparovec (24, Slovenia)

Blaz Sparovec hails from Slovenia and studied in Ljubljana with Andrej Zupan before completing his studies with François Benda at the University of Arts in Berlin. Prizes for performance include the DAAD Prize, First Prize in the Hülsta Woodwinds Competition, First Prize and Audience Prize at the Aeolus Wind Competition and the Special Prize at the Concertino Prag Competition. Blaz represented Solvenia at the Eurovision Young Musician in 2012. Since 2015 he has occupied the principal clarinet chair at the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra and is associate professor at the University of Arts in Berlin. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Slovenian National Philharmonic, Slovenian National Radio Orchestra and Göttinger Symphonieorchester. He has played as a guest with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the WDR Symphonieorchester.