Janez Podlesek is a renowned Slovenian violinist and pedagogue. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he also completed his postgraduate studies - specialisation.For 15 years he was concertmaster of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra. He is an associate professor at the Ul Academy of Music.
Another very important part of his musical life is the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra, with which he has been participating in festivals and concerts at home and abroad for more than a decade (Sozvoočje svet, Festival Maribor, Festival Slowind, Festival Lent, Ohrid Year, Dubrovačke ljetne hry, etc.).As a member of the orchestra, he was awarded the Bettet Charter in 2006.
He has played with a number of renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians (Dmitry Sitkovecky, Sreten Krstić, Aleksander Rudin, Richard Galliano, Richard Tognetti, Satu Vanska, Arvid Engegard, Bernarda Bobro, Vlatko Stefanovski, Nika Gorič, Mirjam Kalin, Matej Šarc,...).
As a soloist, he mainly performs works by renowned Slovenian composers. Among the most acclaimed was the performance of Uroš Krek's Inventiones Ferales in the Slovenian Philharmonic subscription in 2009 and the premiere performance of Nina Šenk's Into the shades with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra at the closing concert of the World Music Days 2015 at Cankarjev dom.
He is particularly excited and inspired by his work as a teacher. He successfully teaches at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet and the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where he directs the Ljubljana Chamber String Orchestra and teaches violin and chamber music. In 2012 he was awarded the title of Assistant Professor of Violin and a year later he was awarded the University of Ljubljana's Festive Charter for outstanding teaching and research achievements.