Oskar Laznik, saxophone

Oskar LaznikOskar Laznik (* 1987) began his musical education in 1996 at the Hrastnik Music school with Prof. Vanjo Tomc. Between 2002 and 2006 he attended the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, where he successfully graduated from the class of Prof. Dejan Prešiček. He continued his studies with Prof. Matjaž Drevenšek at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he graduated with honors in 2010. In 2012 Oskar completed his Masters degree with Prof. Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule of Music and Dance in Cologne (Germany).

Oskar is the winner of numerous competitions: National competition for young musicians of the Republic of Slovenia (2004), International contest for young saxophonists in Nova Gorica, Slovenia (2003, 2007), European Competition for Young Saxophonists in Gap, France (2003, 2005), and was the finalist of the ”Hülsta Woodwinds 2011” competition in Münster, Germany. He was awarded the ”Škerjanec Award”, a highly acclaimed prize from the Secondary School of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, as well as the ”Prešeren award” from the Academy of Music, Ljubljana in 2008 for the performance of the Lars-Erik Larsson Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana.

His repertoire includes original works for saxophone, as well as transcriptions of works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at many venues in Slovenia and abroad, including Serbia, Germany, France, Latvia, Ukraine and USA. He is a member of the OL-SK duo and the saxophone quartet ”Ensemble 4 Saxess”.

Since September 2012 Oskar Laznik is Saxophone and Chamber music professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Ljubljana, Slovenia.