2023 AFSF Opportunity Award recipient

Patricija Avšič, was born in 2008 in Ljubljana and studies violin with Professor Boris Kuschnir at the University of Music in Vienna.

Patricija began learning the violin at the age of five with her father. After the first year of playing showed an extraordinary talent, and already at the age of eight has made a solo debut with orchestra.

In September 2021, she performed at the Arsonore Festival in Graz, where her playing was received great enthusiasm. In December 2021, she won first prize and two special prizes at the Jeno Hubay Competition in Hungary.

In the spring of 2022, Patricija took part in the Yankelijevich Competition in Omsk and won first place in her category, as well as the GRAND PRIX of the competition among all categories. In early June, she won first prize and first place in the Leonid Kogan competition, and in the summer of 2022, Patricija took part in the Virtuosi 4+ Competition in Budapest and won the 1st prize and the absolute prize as the best Grand Prix competitor.

As the winner of the Virtuosi 4+ Competition, in March of 2023 she performed as a soloist with maestro Placido Domingo in Budapest.

As the winner of the Jeno Hubay Competition, Patricija appeared at the Budapest Music Festival and also performed with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra.

In July 2023, Patricija Avšič played with Placido Domingo and Baden-Baden Philharmonic at the Linz Festival. She has also played as a soloist with the South Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Česky Krumlov Festival where she was granted the Opportunity Award from the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund.

Patricija perfomes on violin made by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, on loan to her by University of Music in Vienna.