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Borut Smrekar graduated from the Ljubljana Faculty of Law in 1983. The same year, he graduated from the Ljubljana Academy of Music in the piano class of Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak, and in 1988 he completed the conducting class of Anton Nanut. After obtaining a master’s degree from the Ljubljana Academy of Music (1993), he was awarded a PhD from the same institution in 1997 with a dissertation entitled The Problem of Retouching the Orchestral Sound in Beethoven’s Symphonies. In parallel, he undertook additional studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (1988–1990), with Sir Colin Davis in Munich (1994) and in the United States (2005). After two years of legal internship, Smrekar served as the conductor of the chorus of the Slovene National Theatre Opera in Ljubljana in the 1990–1991 season, and from 1991 to 1998 was a teaching assistant for conducting at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In the 1996–1997 season, he led the Slovenian Chamber Music Theatre. From 1998 to 2005, he was the director of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, where, in cooperation with the artistic director of the institution, he attracted international attention and recognition. As a conductor, he has collaborated with the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Vojvodina Philharmonic, Camerata Labacensis, both Slovenian opera theatres, the choir and ensembles of Croatian Radio and Television, and many others. He has served as a member of many international music juries, most frequently at the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna. He has translated several opera librettos (Menotti, Weil, Ulmann, Poulenc, Walton) and edited the score of Kozina’s opera Ekvinokcij. In addition to his concert activities, Borut Smrekar devotes himself to research of musicology and other topics. He also writes textbooks and music reviews, and is active as a publicist and mentor.