Nejc Kamplet, Slovenia

Nejc Kamplet, born in 1996, comes from a musical family and has been studying piano since the age of five.

He currently studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, with Prof. Zuzana Niederdorfer, and earlier he studied with Prof. Saša Gerželj Donaldson at the Maribor Conservatory of Music. Recent piano competition awards include: First Prize and scholarship in the “Hildegard Maschmann Stiftung” Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria; Third Prize solo and Second Prize in the ensemble round in the 9th New York International Piano Competition, USA; First Prize in the “Martha Debelli Scholarship” Piano Competition in Graz, Austria; First Prize in the 4th Euregio International Piano Competition in Geilenkirchen, Germany; Second Prize in the 15th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Ettlingen, Germany; First and EMCY Prize in the 6th International “Young Academy Award” in Rome, Italy; two First and Special Prizes in the 2nd and 3rd International Piano Competitions “Forum per tasti” in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia; First and Special Prize in the “Jurica Murai” International Piano Competition in Varaždin, Croatia; and four gold plaquettes in the “Temsig” Slovenian National Piano Competition.

Since a very young age, Nejc has regularly performed at music festivals such as Festival Ljubljana, Festival Lent, Festival Maribor, Carpe Artem, Night of Slovenian Composers, Arsonore, Les Nuits Pianistiques in Slovenia, and abroad. He has performed as a soloist with the following orchestras: SNG Maribor Symphony, Festine Symphony, Ljubljana Chamber Philharmonic, Banska-Bystrica State Opera, Slovak Sinfonietta, and the Wuhan Philharmonic.

He has collaborated with conductors Jin Hyoun Baek, Pawel Przytocki, Jiri Rozen, Taejung Lee, Benjamin Pionnier, Živa Ploj Peršuh, and Slavko Magdič. Nejc has performed numerous concerts throughout Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, China, Croatia, Slovakia, Estonia, and Lithuania and attended masterclasses with many world-renowned pianists such as Jacques Rouvier, Arie Vardi, Daejin Kim, Mikhail Voskresensky, Aleksandar Madžar, Ian Hobson, Grigory Gruzman, Aquilles D. Vigne, Arbo Valdma, and Sofya Gulyak. He also made live recordings for Slovenian National Television, which were broadcast multiple times. Nejc was also a scholarship recipient from the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and City of Graz, Austria, for his outstanding cultural achievements. 

Competitor: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.