Classical Accordionist Neža Torkar was born 1990 in Slovenia. Among her many accomplishments one may find 1st prize at the prestigious “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition in Spain 2017 and 3rd prize at the 54th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal 2016.
After finishing music high school in Ljubljana, Slovenia she left for Weimar, Germany where she graduated and later finished her master’s degree with Professor Ivan Koval at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.
In addition, she took master classes with internationally recognized professors. She regularly performs as a soloist or in different chamber music ensembles and works for various projects such as Musicals, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Jeunesses Musicales Slovenia, RTV Slovenia, Festival Ljubljana, Weimarische Frühjarstage, Festival Echos, Rotary club, International accordion festival in Serbia etc.
Since 2003 Neza Torkar has been a winner and prize winner of several competitions (solo accordion, chamber music, accordion orchestras) in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Germany and Belgium. She was winner of the Slovenian national accordion competition in the years 2008 and 2011 and winner of international accordion competition in Beltinci 2011. She was awarded with 3rd prize at the International accordion competition in Belgium 2012 and with 1st prize as a soloist at the International competition in Pula, Croatia, in years 2013 and 2016.
In November 2016 she received the Special Prize of the Cultural Festival for Soloists at the International Brothers Graun Competition for baroque music in Bad Liebenwerda in Germany and got an offer for a tour in Germany in 2017.
In April 2018 she won competition in Pula, Croatia with the highest scores from all chamber music categories in duo with cellist Romana Simbera, later in May 2018 they won the 2nd place at the 55th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal and in September 2018 they won the prestigious competition in Castelfidardo, Italy.
As an accordionist in the ensemble for contemporary music Via nova Thüringen she is working with many new Composers and playing among other things numerous premieres of chamber music and solo works and regularly plays in Germany, also guesting in Italy, England and South Korea.
Neza was awarded with scholarships from Slovenian Ministry of Culture and with Charlotte-Krupp Scholarship from Franz Liszt Foundation Germany for the best Concert Exams Students. In April 2017 she passed an audition in Hamburg and received an excellence CONCERTO Scholarship by Alfred Toepfer Foundation.
2017 Mayor of the town Jesenice where Neza was born awarded her with the Special Prize for all achievements she made during her studies in Germany.