Aljosa Skorja, music director of the Otley Chamber Orchestra and Halifax Chamber Choir, is a Slovenian conductor and musicologist. He is the winner of the London Classical Soloists’ 2015 Conducting Competition, earning him the opportunity to conduct one of London’s best chamber orchestras in the 2015/16 season.
Aljosa (or, Josh as he is usually known in England) studied musicology and later choral conducting at the University of Ljubljana, before continuing his education as a postgraduate conducting student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Clark Rundell. Other notable tutors include Sir Mark Elder, Juanjo Mena, Mark Shanahan and Jac van Steen.
During his time at RNCM Aljosa actively pursued his passion in opera, conducting many opera scenes and excerpts. He was also chosen by his tutor to conduct and direct RNCM’s production of Kiss me, Kate.
Apart from opera, Aljosa’s interests include historically informed performance. Originally an organist, growing up on a steady diet of Bach, Buxtehude and the French masters, he studied with Dalibor Miklavcic and took masterclasses with greats like Peter Playavsky, Françoise Espinasse, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Konstantin Reymaier.
Aljosa’s recent appearances include the Slovene National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Leeds Baroque Musicians and Stockport Symphony Orchestra. His future engagements include several concerts with the Halifax Chamber Choir and Otley Chamber Orchestra, a series of concerts with the Slovene Philharmonic and returning to London to work with the London Classical Soloists.
When not thinking about music, Aljosa enjoys trips to Starbucks (far too often if we’re honest …) and occasionally indulging in Scotland’s tipple, preferably from Islay, where he likes to spend his holidays as often as he can.