About me

I was born in 1961 in Zreče where I spent my childhood years and then I got a job as an electrician in the company Comet in 1979. In 1984 I decided to make a solo career. I performed music in different groups, and different types of music throughout Europe. During this time of professional playing I moved from Zrece to Vitanje, specifically to Sp.Dolič where I have my workshop today – fiddle studio. After fourteen years of my professional musical career I returned home and got a job in a carpenter’s workshop, where I gained a lot of necessary knowledge about wood. The violin got an important role in my life when I started to work in Music School in Slovenske Konjice. In collaboration with a professor of violin and later the master, already renowned manufacturer of violin, I began making a violin myself. My first mentor was Mr Vladimir Proskurnjak from Varaždin. Under his mentorship I made the first two violins. Later my path took me to Zagreb to Mr Ivan Zajnko, where I gained a lot of new instructions and guidance. Coincidentally, Mr Ciril Škerjanc, who is unfortunately already deceased, told me about Mr Jože Kantušer, a renowned fiddle master from Mittenwald in Germany, where I got some further education. Shorter (5 – 7 days) visits of various fiddle workshops in Switzerland (Luzern, Brienz), Germany (Mittenwald, Markneukirchen, Erlangen) and in the last years in Italy (Cremona, Ferara), where I get further knowledge and gain additional information about producing the string instruments, play an important role in my life. In 2010 I participated in an international competition of fiddle makers in Mittenwald in Germany (VI Internationale Geigenbauwettbewerb). In 2011 I attended the Wieniawski International Competition in Poznan in Poland (XII International Henryk Wieniawski Geigenbau Wettbewerb) and in 2012 in Cremona in Italy (XIII Concorso Triennale Internazionale degli strumenti ad Arco Antonio Stradivari).