Gregor Traven

The violin player Gregor Traven was born in Ljubljana. After graduating from the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Secondary School in the class of Professor C. Veronek, he enrolled at the Provincial Conservatory in Klagenfurt, where he studied with Professor B. Finlaysen and graduated with honours in 1996.  He continued his studies with Professor Harald Herzl at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, from which he graduated with distinction, in 2000. In August 2000, he was granted a scholarship for one semester of study with Professor Terje Moe Hansen at the High School of Music in Oslo. He continued and finished his studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where he received his master's degree with honours, in May 2004.

Gregor Traven has won several awards at the International Alps Adriatic Competition in Gorizia, Italy, where he was placed third (1984, 1985) and second (1987) as well the first award at the former Yugoslav Chamber Music Competition (1990). 

He has collaborated with different orchestras, as for example with the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra (Kaerntner Sinfonie Orchester), Orchestra of the Vienna Concert Society (Wiener Concert-Verein Orchester), Spirit of Europe, Bonn Classical Philharmonic (Klassische Philharmonie Bonn) and Cologne Chamber Orchestra (Kölner Kammerorchester), with which he has also appeared as a Soloist at the Music Festivals in Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau (Germany), in 1998.  In the summer of 1995 and 1996 he had performed with the Young Philharmonic Cologne (Junge Philharmonie Köln) on their tour in France. In the summer of 2001, he had a solo recital with the Orchestra in Taipei (Taiwan). 

When he was studying in Salzburg, he was also a member of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz (Austria), from September 2002 to July 2004. 

Gregor Traven has been engaged as a Leader of the Orchestra of the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana since September 2004, as well as a Leader of the Soloists Chamber Orchestra of the Society of Slovene Composers since 2008.