PUSTINEK RAKAR Katarina
Katarina Pustinek Rakar (1979) continued her music education at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana after completing piano primary studies at the (Primary) Music School. At the Conservatory she took three main subjects: theory studies, oboe and solo singing. Later, she received a master’s degree in Composition and Music Theory studies at the Academy for Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
She actively cooperated with the best Slovene choirs and she was a member of the Slovenian Chamber Choir (now the Slovene Philharmonic Choir). She studied at seminars at home and abroad in solo, choral singing, choir, solfeggio and composition courses.
Her compositional work includes mainly vocal music (vocal music, children’s songs, youth, women’s, men’s and mixed choirs), as she has the most experiences at that fields and she is regularly commissioned to write for those ensembles. Most of her compositions are published in various publications or published in the editions of the Society of Slovene Composers and in Astrum Music Publications.
In 2017 she wrote a piece Adrca, with which a women choir Carmen Manet won the 1st competition for Eurovision Choir of the Year in Riga, Latvia. In September 2018 her piece Das Rufen der Seelen was selected and performed by BBC Singers in London in BASCA’s call for scores and there was also a world premiere of a piece I believe, spring is coming dedicated to victims (mainly women) of the concentration camp Ravensbrück in the same month in Fürstenberg (Havel), Germany. Besides that her compositions were performed in Slovenia, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, USA and in other countries. With her family she lives in Šmarca near Kamnik, Slovenia and she works at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, where she teaches solfeggio and theoretical studies.