Biography

Neža Torkar - Classical Accordionist

Classical Accordionist Neža Torkar was born 1990 in Slovenia. Among her many accomplishments one may find 1st prize at the “Arrasate Hiria” Competition in Spain 2017 and 3rd prize at the competition in Klingenthal, Germany 2016, at the two of the world’s most prestigious international Accordion competitions.

After finishing music high school in Ljubljana, Slovenia she left for Weimar, Germany where she graduated and later finished her master's degree with Professor Ivan Koval at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.
In addition, she took master classes with internationally recognized professors. She regularly performs as a soloist or in different chamber music ensembles and works for various projects such as Musicals, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia, RTV Slovenia, Festival Ljubljana, Weimarische Frühjarstage, Festival Echos, Rotary club, International accordion festival in Serbia, Ukrainian days for Bayan etc. 

Since 2003 Neza Torkar has been a winner and prize winner of several competitions (solo accordion, chamber music, accordion orchestras) in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Germany and Belgium. She was winner of the Slovenian national accordion competition in the years 2008 and 2011 and winner of international accordion competition in Beltinci 2011. She was awarded with 3rd prize at the International accordion competition in Belgium 2012 and with 1st prize as a soloist at the International competition in Pula, Croatia, in years 2013 and 2016.
In November 2016 she received the Special Prize of the Cultural Festival for Soloists at the International Brothers Graun Competition for baroque music in Bad Liebenwerda in Germany and got an offer for a tour in Germany in 2017.
In April 2018 she won competition in Pula, Croatia with the highest scores from all chamber music categories in duo with cellist Romana Simbera, later in May 2018 they won the 2nd place at the 55th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal and in September 2018 they won the prestigious competition in Castelfidardo, Italy.

As an accordionist in the ensemble for contemporary music Via nova Thüringen she is working with many new Composers and playing among other things more than 50 premieres of chamber music and solo works and regularly plays in Germany, guesting in Italy, England, Poland and South Korea.

Neza was awarded with scholarships from Slovenian Ministry of Culture and with Charlotte-Krupp Scholarship from Franz Liszt Foundation Germany for the best Concert Exams Students. In April 2017 she passed an audition in Hamburg and received an excellence CONCERTO Scholarship by Alfred Toepfer Foundation.

2017 Mayor of the town Jesenice where Neza was born awarded her with the Special Prize for all achievements she made during her studies in Germany..

premieres

  • Alexander Schwarz: Hinter der Schwärze 
  • Rudolf Hild: Rufe verhalten
  • Christian Diemer: Etüde mit Pendel 
  • Jörn Arnecke: Zwiefacher Tanz (Duo Akkordeon-Violoncello) 
  • Nejc Kuhar: Quasar (Duo Akkordeon-Gitarre)
  • Giordano Bruno do Nascimento: Triple Collision (Trio)
  • Giordano Bruno do Nascimento: Gudrun und die dunkle Fee
  • Taymur Streng: Piece pour accordeon und electronique

Projects

Ensemble via nova

Duo Accelo random:

Violoncello + Akkordeon (Romana Simbera, Neza Torkar)

Akkordeon Duo:

Neza Torkar, Felix Sowinski

Competitions

1st place Arrasate Hiria, Spain 2017 + prize for the best testpiece
1st place, national competition Slovenia 2008
1st place, national competition Slovenia 2011 + prize for the best testpiece
1st place, international competition Beltinci, Slovenia 2011
1st place, international competition Pula, Croatia 2018 + special prize of the city Pula
1st place, international competition Castelfidardo 2018 + 2 special prizes
1st prize, international competition Pula, Croatia 2013
1st prize, international competition Pula, Croatia 2016
2nd place, international competition Klingenthal, Germany 2018
3rd place, international competition Gent, Belgium 2012
3rd place, international competition Klingenthal, Germany 2017
4th place, international competition Klingenthal, Germany 2012
Special Prize at the »Gebrüder Graun« competition in Germany, 2016