Julieta Kubik de Habjanič (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana
Born on 26 July 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
First solo performances at the age of five in a musical stage piece “Música para todo niño” (Music for every child), accompanied by a chamber choir and chamber orchestra, performed around Argentina (Buenos Aires, Paraná, San Luis and Mendoza).
Successfully auditioned for Teatro Colón Children’s Choir at the age of seven, and performed with the choir in symphonic and choral concerts, operas and other regular programme of Teatro Colón (the main opera house in Argentina) between 1975 and 1981.
In the same period, she performed at chamber concerts with her father, composer and conductor Rodolfo Kubik, and her sister, violinist Pamela Kubik.
While attending secondary school and the Buenos Aires National Conservatory of Music between 1982 and 1988, she started a career as a music teacher, choir director and organiser of cultural events:
– assistant choir director of Agrupación coral Buenos Aires;
– established and conducted the “Solá” children’s choir of School No. 3 D.E.2;
– music teacher at the pre-school institute Children’s Corner;
– conductor of the youth choir of the Esteban Echeverria secondary school in Buenos Aires;
– in 1985, hired as a music teacher and choir director at five active-aging centres (C.I.P.A. – Capacitación Integral para el Adulto Mayor / Integral Training Scheme for the Elderly of the Buenos Aires Culture Secretariat);
– in 1985, successfully auditioned for Coro Nacional de Jóvenes (National Youth Choir, established the same year under the auspices of the president of Argentina as part of the Culture Secretariat at the Ministry of Education and Justice), led by Néstor Zadoff, where she was selected for soloist parts and made assistant choir director;
– in 1987, invited to join the Centre for the Promotion of Music of the Buenos Aires Culture Secretariat (Centro de Divulgación Musical de la Secretaría de Cultura de la Cdad. de Buenos Aires) as head of the youth choir department of the General Choir Coordination (Coordinación General de Coros – CGC-CDM);
– taught music theory and choir singing (Audio y Percepción – Adiestramiento para Coreutas) at the same institution;
– appointed head of the department for adult choirs and ethnic community choirs a year later. In this capacity, she organised and led:
– a series of concerts Encuentros corales for choirs of all age groups from Argentina and abroad,
– the first Congress on Choral Singing (Primeras Jornadas sobre el Canto Coral y Comunitario),
– the first Latin American Congress on Choir Conducting: Folklore and Folk Songs (Primer Seminario Latinoamericano de Dirección Coral: El Folklore y la Canción Popular).
In 1989, she first received a scholarship of the Italian region of Friuli–Venezia Giulia, and later a scholarship of the Slovenian Culture and Sports Association “TRIGLAV”. This brought her to Europe, where she
Successfully auditioned for the “Tone Tomšič” Academic Choir of the University of Ljubljana, where she further developed as a chorister, assistant choir director and archive manager under conductors Jože Fürst and Stojan Kuret;
Took a Slovenian language course at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana.
Graduated from singing and music education at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana in the class of Prof. Alenka Dernač Bunta.
Teacher at music schools in Tolmin – Bovec branch (1995–2001), Ljubljana Moste-Polje (1997–1999), Domžale (1996–2010), Ribnica (2010–2012) and Brežice (2013–2015), the Singing School of Carmina Slovenica (2010–2011), the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana and the Singing School of music society Glasbena Matica Ljubljana since 2010.
As a music teacher, she organises professional lectures and seminars for students and teachers of singing, which have led to the establishment of a representative organisation of singing teachers.
A founding member of the Slovenian Voice Teachers Association (DSPP), member of its first Board, and its president from 2003 to 2008.
She has organised or co-organised, prepared and led professional lectures, seminars and masterclasses with Richard Miller, Marvin Keenze, Maarten Koningsberger, Alessandro Švab, Marcos Bajuk, Bojan Pogrmilović, Marcos Fink, Andraž Hauptman, Igor Švara, Vladimir Mlinarić, Breda Zakotnik, Irena Hočevar Boltežar, Garfield Davies, Ana Jarc, Damjana Zupan, Ines Paravan, Barbara Zrnec, Lado Bizovičar and Snežana Brzaković.
From 2002 to 2006, she led the study group for singing teachers at the Slovenian National Education Institute. In this position, she found synergies with the DSPP and organised public events where fellow teachers could present themselves.
As a teacher, she takes pride in her care for the vocal health and development of her students, her dedication to educating a wholesome person, short musical stage performances for small children, organisation of professional gatherings, and promotion of Slovenian and Argentinian music in the Slovenian general public.
In the recent years (2010–2016), her students have won 1st place at the 1st Slovenian Music Olympics and 2nd place at the International Music Olympics in Tallinn (as the only contestant from Slovenia), 1st and 2nd place among solo singers and 2nd place in the chamber groups category at the International Singing Competition “Lazar Jovanović” (Belgrade, Serbia), two golds at the 16th Regional TEMSIG competition for young musicians in Ljubljana (including 1st place in one category) and one 2nd place at the 42nd national TEMSIG competition.
Member of the jury at the 5th Slovenian Music Olympics in February 2016.
From June 2013 to August 2014, co-mentor and participant in the project “Globalna lutka” (Global Puppet) of the Institute for Global Learning and Project Development, supported by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the European Social Fund.
Teacher of vocal technique at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana since October 2013. Appointed to the title of senior expert by the Academy’s Senate in April 2014.