ČOPI Ambrož (b. 1973)
Ambrož Čopi (1973) studied composition with Dane Škerl and Uroš Roko at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He was awarded The Young Musician Award (1995), and the Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana (1997), for the outstanding achievements during his study.
He first gained knowledge of vocal music and conducting as an assistant of the conductor Stojan Kuret. He led several Slovenian choirs: Chamber Choir Nova Gorica, Mixed Choir Obala, University of Primorska Academic Choir, KGBL Chamber Choir, etc. With them, he achieved fifteen golden plaquettes at various national competitions, and twenty six first places, as well as several golden plaquettes at competitions, held abroad. He performed as a finalist at the European Grand Prix in Choral Singing in Tours (France, 2009) with theUniversity of Primorska Academic Choir.
In 2014 he was awarded the Gallus Medal, the highest award in the field of musical activity at a national level in Slovenia. In 2016 he received Škerjanc recognition given by the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana for outstanding artistic achievements and a prestigious national award Preseren Fund Prize. His compositions are presented in four CDs containing only Čopi's compositions, i.e. Lirični akvareli (Academic choir Tone Tomšič, Stojan Kuret), So ptičice še snivale (ČarniCe, Stojan Kuret), Praeparate corda vestra (Ave Chamber Choir, Ambrož Čopi), Sanjam (Slovenian Chamber Choir, Martina Batič). His compositions are published by Astrum and Sulasol.
Ambrož Čopi is a teacher at the Art High School in Koper, Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana and, Associate professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. He is regularly invited to act as amember of the jury at various choral events and competitions, and is often involved in choral music seminars at home and abroad as a lecturer.