As an accomplished young conductor and vocal coach, Aljosa Skorja (usually known as Josh when in England), is rapidly establishing a reputation as an exciting choral and orchestra director.
Winer of the 2015 London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition, Josh studied musicology and choral conducting at the University in Ljubljana, graduating with a thesis on Gregorian chant. He continued his studies in orchestral conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he gained an entrance award for two years running.
Josh has recently been working with Paul Nadler, initially as a student at a masterclass in New York (working on operas by Mozart and Donizetti, and symphonic music by Debussy), and later as assistant conductor.
Having worked with orchestras like the Manchester Camerata, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the Slovene Philharmonic, Josh’s future engagements include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Pontefract Choral Society, a return to RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra for a series of family concerts, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with St. Matthew’s Orchestra in Leeds, and Carmina Burana with Halifax Chamber Choir.
Josh is the founder of The Péti Consort, a Leeds-based chamber choir of some of the North of England’s finest choral singers, and St. Matthew’s Orchestra, established to give recent music graduates the opportunity to undertake professional engagements, before entering the competitive music market.
Josh’s main music interests include opera and historically informed performance practice; outside music he is a keen coffee aficionado (battling a Starbucks addiction…) and occasionally enjoys a tipple of Islay’s finest whiskey.