MILO© MLEJNIK is native of picturesque, acient town of ©kofja Loka, an area which contributed a large number of important Slovenian cultural personalities. He inherited the love for the violoncello from his father, who also provided the first instructions how to play the instrument.
Mlejnik graduated at the Ljubljana Music Academy in 1970 in the class of proffesor Oton Bajde, who remained his tutor also during his post graduate studies. Having completed this, Mlejnik continued advanced studies under Siegfried Palm at the Köln High School of Music, and master courses under Enrico Mainardi and Andre Navarra.
From 1977 to 1990 Mlejnik was solo cellist of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1979 he has worked as professor at the Ljubljana Music Academy, though his pedagogical work also includes summer schools for the violoncello.
He appears frequently on the concert stage as a soloist with various orchestras, but especially as member of the Arcadia-Trio and the string quartet Tartini. He toured all over Europe and appeared at many importand international music festivals. He also performed as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic orchestra in the famous Carnegie Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Schauspielhaus in Berlin.
Milo¹ Mlejnik is one of the leading Slovenian musicians, a violoncellist possessing clean-cut technique, a full and noble tone as well as elementary musicality.His repertoire is vast, and includes works from preclassicism up to the present. He gave numerous first performances of works by Slovenian composers dedicated to him.
Milo¹ Mlejnik won many importand awards, among others:
- the first prize at the competition «Alfred Vorster Preis»(Köln,1972),
- the second prize at the international competition F.Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Berlin,1972),
- the first prize at the competition of young Yugoslav artists (Zagreb,1973),
- the first prize at the 10th international competition of chamber music (Colmar,1977),
- the award of the Pre¹eren foundation (1984), and
- the award of Pre¹eren foundation as member of the string quartet Tartini (2001).