Slovenian conductor Dominik Steklasa is known for his clear and expressive technique and fresh musical ideas.
He got his Master's degrees in Orchestral Conducting (Prof. Marko Letonja and Prof. Simon Dvoršak) and in Composition and Music Theory (Prof. Pavel Mihelčič) at Ljubljana Academy of Music. After finishing his studies at the academy, he took various masterclasses – but the most important step in his conducting growth was when he was accepted and invited to start studying conducting technique according to the method of Ilya Musin with Maestro Ennio Nicotra. His mentors were also Kevin Rhodes, George Pehlivanian, Uroš Lajovic, Jaroslav Kyzlink, Marko Hribernik, Lior Shambadal and Aleksandar Spasić.
Dominik last presented himself as a conductor to the Slovenian audience in December 2021 at the 28th managerial concert - a fundraising event for talented musicians under the auspices of the Klasika Foundation - together with his sister, soprano Jerica Steklasa and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.
He has conducted various orchestras, among them RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Symphony Orchestra Nevsky (Russia), Opera in Rome Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Orchestra Magna Grecia (Italy), Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (Croatia), Berlin Sinfonietta (Germany) to name a few.
In January 2020 he conducted the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra (USA) – he was selected among candidates from all over the world as one of the eight young conductors who actively worked with the orchestra in the masterclass organized by the prestigious Conductors Guild.
Steklasa regularly collaborates with Ljubljana SNG Opera and Ballet as an assistant conductor.
Steklasa conducted a very successful concert on the ISCM World Music Days 2015 in a contemporary programme that included his own composition 576 MP (thy). Later he conducted the recording session of this composition with members of RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra for the International Rostrum of Composers 2016 - his composition 576 MP (thy) represented Slovenia in the category of young composers.
Dominik Steklasa enjoys conducting both classical and contemporary repertoire.