Janez Gregorič

Janez Gregorič was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1965. He studied guitar with Professor Martin Mysliveček at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1994. In 1995, he was awarded a grant by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture, which allowed him to study the ‘Carlevaro School’ with Patrick Zeoli in Berlin and the F.M. Alexander technique (Vienna).

Janez Gregorič with Abel Carlevaro

From 1998 to 2001 he studied under maestro Abel Carlevaro in Montevideo (Uruguay). In addition, Janez Gregorič has completed his education by taking master classes taught by other renowned guitarists such as Maria Livia Sao Marcos, John W. Duarte, Roland Zimmer, Gordon Crosskey, David Russel and Alfredo Escande, a.o.

Janez Gregorič with Gilbert Sabitzer

Janez Gregorič has performed in many European countries including Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, both as a solo musician and as a member of chamber orchestras. Through this, he has had the honour of working intensively with the mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink as well as with other musicians such as Gilbert Sabitzer, saxophone, Roland Schueler, cello, and Walter Auer, flute.

Janez Gregorič with Walter Auer

Since 1998 he has regularly given lectures at international seminars. As author of the guitar school "Alles CLARO" and a successful teacher, he continues the didactic path of his teacher Abel Carlevaro. He has made a number of CDs as guitarist and composer. His current double CD, "Cronomías de Montevideo", is the artistic outcome of his intensive examination of Abel Carlevaro’s creative work.

    guitar with sound hole

Gregorič has played a "Carlevaro guitar" made by the highly skilled German luthier Eberhard Kreul since 1999 and has also played a "Carlevaro guitar" since 2005. The latter instrument has a sound hole, which marks an advance in the original model. The wonderful sound of this unique guitar that can be heard for the first time on his CD "in.concert@20th" (2007).

Janez Gregorič with Bernarda Fink

In May 2008, his CD "Lautlandschaft" was released in cooperation with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink. Janez Gregorič composed the music for voice and guitar to poetry of his carinthian home.

Janez Gregorič founded the "Musikwerkstatt Sonus" and now teaches classes at this annual musical workshop that focuses on chamber music. He is also a very successful music teacher, which is reflected in the fact that many of his students have won various music competitions.

As a musical artist who is in close contact with other forms of art, Gregorič along with the author Fabjan Hafner and the artist Rudi Benétik created and organised the interdisciplinary event "Trivium/Tri poti/ Drei Wege" in 2000. This annual festival has produced two CDs entitled "Ameisen erzählen saitenweise", released in 2001, and "Trivium – die vier Elemente", with Gregorič participating on both as composer and guitarist.