Urh Mrak

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Urh Mrak is a cellist with a broad interest and a fresh approach to classical and contemporary music.

He began his music education at the age of 6 and was accepted into the Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana at 14, where he studied cello for four years under Milan Hudnik. He then continued his education at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later in Vienna at the Musik und Darstellende Kunst Universität Wien and Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien under professors Bruno Weinmeister and Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg. He graduated with distinction in both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, studying with Bernard Naoki Hedenborg. He also pursued a Master's degree in Chamber Music with the Rubik Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich under the guidance of Quatuor Ébène.

Urh regularly participates in seminars with renowned professors and has been a substitute in the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra since November 2014. He frequently performs solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Europe. He made his debut as a soloist with the Alpe-Adria Youth Orchestra in April 2016 and with the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra in June 2016, where he performed Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto. In January 2020, he performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

 Urh has received multiple scholarships, including a part-scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music and Academic Excellence Scholarships from Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. He participated in the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Academy in Salzburg in the summer of 2019 and regularly collaborates with chamber music groups and the chamber orchestra of the Vienna Philharmonic Sommer Academy. From December 2021 to May 2022, he was a member of the Tonkünstler Orchester in Vienna. In June 2022, he won an audition to become a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, where he currently plays in the cello section.