‘… Kuhar’s composition can be easily compared to the works of great masters…’ (Iserlohner Kreisanzeiger)
Nejc Kuhar, guitarist and composer and winner of the IGS composition competition 2008, was born in 1987 in Slovenia. He started to study guitar under the guidance of prof. Anton Črnugelj in Slovenia.
Kuhar continued his guitar studies in Vienna under the guitarist and teacher Alvar Pierri, while at the same time studied composition under the composer dr. Reiner Bischof.
His musical feeling and ideas are not only part of his guitar interpretations, but also of his composition; he mostly writes for guitar, chamber and solo instruments as well as contemporary classical music. The guitar piece ‘Six miniatures, for each season onE’, won two international composition competitions and got him right to have it published by Berben publisher, which opened his way in the international guitar world. He also won some other international prizes on composition competitions for other instruments too (Gustav Mahler composition competition…), which demonstrate his works being a mature, quality and fresh addition to the world repertoire. Since 2009 his guitar music is published by Canadian Les Productions d’OZ.
The numerous highest international prizes have come his way as a solo guitarist, composer as well as in Prokofiev guitar duo, alongside positive critical acclaim and the respect of the public both at home and abroad, rare for such a young artist.
Kuhar is regularly giving solo and chamber concerts, playing everything from Baroque, through the Romantic and 20th century repertoire and beyond. What makes his concerts special is the inclusion of his own pieces.
His vision is to make the guitar closer to classical music and classical music closer to the guitar. He would like to give back to the world of composing its intimacy, emotion, beauty and the very core that he thinks is being lost at the moment.