(Kranj / Slovenia, November 11, 1967)
lives in Cerklje, a small town in Upper Carniola, Slovenia. He
completed his musical study at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana in 1991
(studio of Professor Dane Škerl) where he won the Prešeren Award for
the outstanding student symphonic composition. He improved his knowledge
of conducting by studying abroad, including coaching with famed Swedish
conductor Eric Ericson.
Močnik is the choral conductor and music teacher at the Diocesan
Classical Gimnazija in Ljubljana. Recipient of many awards at national
and international choral competitions, his approach toward both
conducting and music education is marked by passion and innovation. His
two decades of conducting includes leadership of significant choral
ensembles such as the France Prešeren Academy Choir from Kranj,
Slovenia, and the Andrej Vavken Female Church Choir of Cerklje na
Gorenjskem, Slovenia. With these two choirs he has won several awards at
national and international choral competitions.
Močnik's compositional efforts are mainly devoted to the human voice.
His musical language, inspired by carefully selected texts, is based
on innovative rhythmic and melodic ideas. His melodies often reveal
roots in plainchant or Slovenian folk music. Such fluid melodic concepts
allow Močnik to create a variety of polyphonic, polytonal and
polychordal structures in his choral scores.
His choral compositions have had great success at numerous Slovenian
church music competitions. Two of his works received awards at the
competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Slovene choral
review Naši zbori (Our Choirs). At the "Kompositionswettbewerbes 1995 des Internationalen Chorleiter-verbandes" in Bochum (Germany), his Dyptichon in honorem tolerantibus
won top honors in a performance given by the London Sinfonietta Voices
with Terry Edwards conducting. In 1996, Močnik won a competition for a
hymn composed on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to Slovenia. In 1998,
the Jeunesse Musicale of Ljubljana organized a concert of his vocal
In 2000, Močnik had a number of new scores premiered. His Missa in organi benedictione
was performed for the first time at the official presentation of the
new organ in the Franciscan Church in Ljubljana. The three-cantata
score, Tempus fugit (for soloists, female and male choir and
instruments), was performed on the occasion of the consecration of St.
Joseph’s Church in Ljubljana. The combined high school choirs and the
Slovene Philharmonic also performed Vode novega neba (for soloists, choir and orchestra). Pesem moja je posoda tvojega imena (for
soloists, choir and chamber orchestra) was performed in Kranj on the
occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of famed Slovenian poet,
France Prešeren. Močnik’s cantata Circulus aeternus was
conducted by Malcolm Goldring at the Europa Cantat Singing-Week 2004 in
Ljubljana. His tenure as composer-in-residence in 2006 at the Bavarian
Musikakademie in Marktoberdorf resulted a new score: Im-Moralia
(SSAATTBB). And he was invited to be the leader of the "composer's
conducting" workshop at the Europa Cantat 2006 in Mainz, Germany.
His choral works have been preformed by choirs and vocal ensembles
throughout the world, including The World Youth Choir (Gary Graden), The
London Sinfonietta Voices (Terry Edwards), St. Jacob’s Chamber Choir
Stockholm (Gary Graden), Singer Pur (Regensburg), Opus 7 (Seattle, USA),
Chamber Choir Ave Ljubljana (Andraž Hauptman), APZ Tone Tomšič
Ljubljana (Stojan Kuret), Missouri State Concert Chorale (Guy B. Webb),
The Cardinal Singers of the University of Louisville (Kent Hatteberg),
and many other choirs from Europe, USA, Japan and Taiwan.
Močnik’s instrumental pieces are performed by leading national
chamber ensembles, including the Slovenian Philharmonic. His
instrumental pieces have been performed three times in the national
‘Slovene Music Days’ concerts. At home, Močnik’s scores are published
with Astrum Music Publications and in the Slovenian choral review Naši
zbori. Internationally, his scores are published by Augsburg-Fortress,
Minneapolis / U.S.A., Carus-Verlag in Stuttgart / Germany, and
Ferrimontana Publishing House in Frankfurt / Germany.
For the year 2022 he is the recipient of the Prešeren Fund Award.
[Compiled: April 2007, amend. XII.2021]
"I am even more strict with myself, but I dare to do more in music" (in Slovene only) / Damijan Močnik, skladatelj in dirigent, prejemnik nagrade Prešernovega sklada: Še bolj sem strog do sebe, si pa upam več ; interview / Ingrid Mager / Dnevnik / 17.01.2022 / https://www.dnevnik.si/1042981288?fbclid=IwAR3LmtI45E0h2YDnYCdGE1hphkKXiLHv_W0Nd_9VGqrTiS6wsEARX6YdAyM