Tomaž SveteTomaž Svete


Tomaž Svete, composer. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He studied at the Viennese Academy of Music composition with Friedrich Cerha and conducting with Otmar Suitner; additionally, electro-acoustical music with Dieter Kaufmann. He appeared very early as a composer of operas; meanwhile, four operas were already performed, among them the television opera “König Malhus” (1983). Contract compositions and premieres in Prague, Czech Republic, Paris, Vienna, Austria, Amsterdam, and at the "Biennale" in Zagreb, Croatia witness the approval with which the composer already has met on international level.

In 1989, he obtained a lectureship for composition at the Karl-Prayner conservatory in Vienna, Austria; 1995 appointment for lecturer for composition at the Universität Maribor, Slovenia; since 2006, full college professor for composition and vice head of his department.

In autumn of 1999, he was appointed visiting professor at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, USA. One year later, he was awarded the "Johann-Joseph-Fux-Prize" for opera compositions for his opera “Kriton”, whose performances in Graz celebrated an outstanding success with the audience and the press. Tomaž Svete belongs to the committee of the International Ekmelic Music Society as an artistic consultant.

Pictures of the award ceremony for “Ada”, “Antigona”, and the Concert for 2 violins,


  • Vinyl record: Tri pesmi na besedila Gustava Januša (three songs after texts by Gustav Janu), 1986
  • CD: Kriton, in the series "Klangdebüts", Vol. 21, KUG, Graz, Austria, 2001
  • CD: De profundis, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2001
  • CD: Skladatelj, 2004
  • CD: Pierrot Et Pierrette, opera, Subkulturni Azil ‎– FREE CD 051, Classica Slovenica ‎– CSCD 001, Slovenia, 2013
  • CD: Tina Žerdin: HARFONIJA / HARPONY, DSS 201499, Slovenian composer association, 2015 (Deux aquarelles écméliques)
  • CD: Vom Leben das Beste (Mystics for 2 harps)