Željka Ulčnik Remic

The choir leader Željka Ulčnik Remic, who was born in Ljubljana, studied music and choir leading at the Pedagogical Academy in Ljubljana, where she graduated with honours under the mentorship of Professor Lojze Lebič. She continued her studies at the Department of Sacred Music of the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, from which she successfully graduated with the Diploma Concert in choral conducting and her own composition. Consequently, she was awarded her diploma summa cum laude.  She prepared her diploma concert with the expanded cast of the Female Chamber Choir Čarnice and the children's choir, with which she reproduced the Gregorian chant. Several years after she had finished her studies, she taught music at the Secondary School in Želimlje.   

From 1987, she was permanently engaged by the Ljubljana Opera Slovenian National Theatre as a Singer in the opera choir. She has coached and prepared the theatre's opera choir for such performances as Faust, La Traviata, La Bohème, Carmen and operetta The Csardas Princess, as well as Dvořák's Stabat Mater. She has also coached the children's choirs, appearing in such productions as Tosca, The Nutcracker and Carmen. Beside her regular activities at the Ljubljana Opera she has been successfully leading the Women's Choir Petrol from Ljubljana for the last fifteen years. During this period of time the choir won a number of important awards both in Slovenia and abroad. She has been also regularly attending the seminars of choral conducting, led by such renowned choir leaders and conductors as Bo Johansson, Karmina Šilec, Holger Speck, Peter Hanke, Gary Graden and others. In September 2009, Željka Ulčnik Remic assumed a post of the Choir Leader of the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana.