Živa Ploj Peršuh strongly believes in the importance of passing the knowledge and the skills in the arts, especially in classical music of all periods and genres.
She is gathering world most versatile and recognised musicians around her in Ljubljana where she is the key personality, founder and artistic director of the activities of the Ljubljana International Orchestra, Academy BSA and the platform European Career Center for Artists Triple Bridge.
Partners and supporting partners for the programmes are Music Academies and Institutions from 20 European Countries.
To support the idea of connecting with the EU, to encourage spirit and diverse practice and to explore possibilities for the young musicians and music works, she has involved with different projects. These have been supported by EU Creative Europe: Connecting through Music with MIO2012 for Maribor European Capital of Europe in 2012, Music up close network with Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia di Roma and Side by side – R(oyal) C(oncertgebouw) O(rchestra) meets Europe.
She enjoys working on projects that provide with flexibility and focus on an interdisciplinary approach.
She has been the artistic director of the Academy BSA within which the master classes for the orchestral instruments, concertmasters and conductors are led by colleagues, excellent musicians with a productive career, and who are outstanding as pedagogues from prestigious European music educational institutions, soloists and orchestra musicians.
She has worked with such soloists as Branimir Slokar, Wolfram Christ, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Jens-Peter Maintz, Reinhold Friedrich, Gregory Ahss, Konstantin Pfiz, Yuri Kalnits, Gilad Karni, Raymond Curfs and others. This educational project has been supported by Municipality of the City of Ljubljana, Ljubljana Festival, EU Creative Europe and many others.
Platform European Career Center for Artists – Triple Bridge generates forms of passing knowledge for professional and career development of young artists. It opens up opportunities for competitive performance in the contemporary market. It gives competence and confidence for an independent career. TB allows you to believe that every talented artist earns a successful career. It supports the international mobility of artists and artworks and has an effect on new audiences’ development and cultural tourism.
One of the most important objectives is to support intercultural dialogue.
Conductor Živa Ploj Peršuh has played a significant role in the development of the orchestra that is increasingly gaining recognition among young musicians and leading professional artists across the globe.
In the Ljubljana International Orchestra, young musicians from approximately 35 different countries receive excellent music education and strive to achieve the highest performance level. The orchestra enables international mobility of musicians in Europe and uses the power of music to encourage international dialogue.
The Ljubljana International Orchestra has performed in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Spain. The Ljubljana International Orchestra is the cultural ambassador of the City of Ljubljana. It represents the beautiful Slovenian capital and aims to portray it as a cosmopolitan city, a city of youth, creativity and opportunities.
Živa Ploj Peršuh has established the Orchestra Festine before the end of ther studies. It has connected Slovenian music students with professional and experienced musicians from country’s most important symphonic orchestras. The orchestra has performed at the Concert Cycle in Ljubljana, Maribor and Lendava. Different programmes, from baroque to contemporary music were performed within the Cycle.
Festine Cycle and Orchestra under Živa’s artistic leadership have generated Festinice – Family Concerts Cycle where the best Slovenian musicians were presented »in action« to the youngest audience.
In the field of contemporary dance, she has worked with the EnKnapGroup and the renowned choreographer Iztok Kovač. The ’dance concert’ OTTETTO (8 Swings for His Highness) is built around Octet, a 16-minute musical delicacy by Igor Stravinsky from 1923, a purely structural composition void of any narrative meanings, which the composer himself called “dry, cold and transparent, like ’extra dry’ champagne”. OTTETTO by Iztok Kovač choreographically decomposes analyses and then reconstructs and visualises this exceptional musical work. Octet by Stravinsky, which was received with general dismay and considered a bad joke in his time, in OTTETTO (8 Swings for His Highness) is played live on stage by the Slovenian music ensemble conducted by Živa Ploj Peršuh. The work was premiered in October 2013.