The cellist Primož Zalaznik, born in 1984 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, graduated in 2006 in the class of Prof Miloš Mlejnik, by whom he also completed his Master’s degree.

He took classes also at the Cologne University of Music by Claus Kanngiesser, at the Folkwang University of the Arts by Prof Young Chang Cho and Prof Robert Nagy, the solo-cellist of the Vienna Philharmonics, who invited him to play with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Gustav Dudamel. 

He received numerous awards at Slovenian and foreign competitions for young musicians. Among other awards he took the second place and won the second prize at the Liezen International Cello Competition in 2004, in 2006 he won the golden plaquette and the first prize at the TEMSIG state competition and first prize at the 4th Treviso International Competition this year.


As a member of the chamber quartet he received a golden plaquette and the first prize at the TEMSIG state competition and the Prešeren Award, the highest decoration in the field of artistic creation in Slovenia in 2005.

As a soloist or chamber musician he regularly performs all over Slovenia and abroad (Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany). He performed at all the major festivals in Slovenia. As a soloist he played with the orchestra of the Slovenian National Theatre Ljubljana (Tchaikovsky) and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Haydn, Shostakovich). 

He also participated in master classes by several renowned musicians: Reinhard Latzko, Matt Heimovitz, Gustav Rivinius, Wen-Sinn Yang, Vogler string quartet, Apollon Musagete string quartet and many more.

Since 2008 he works as the assistant solo cellist of the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra.