Maša Prebanda

Clarinet

Maša Prebanda was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

She received her first violin lessons at the age of four. It was not until fourteen that she switched to the clarinet and after only one year of clarinet playing, she was accepted into the class of Prof. Sodja (Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra) at the Ljubljana Conservatory of Music and Ballet.

She was a prize winner at the national competition “Temsig”, received a scholarship for gifted students from the city of Ljubljana and the “Rotary Club” Foundation in Ljubljana.

Besides her education at the Conservatory in Ljubljana, she also participated in master classes with Mate Bekavac.

Maša studied clarinet performance with an emphasis on new music and chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Ernst Ottensamer and with Prof. Johann Hindler (both members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). Then she completed a master’s year with Prof. Gerald Pachinger (Vienna Symphony Orchestra).

Special achievements include being a scholarship recipient from the Ministry of Culture of Ljubljana for the entirety of her studies.

Already as a student she gained numerous experiences as an orchestral musician serving a substitute with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper, in the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, in the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the Vienna Virtuosi, with members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the direction of world-famous conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach and Uroš Lajovic.

She has been playing with the Schloss Schönbrunn Orchestra for the past seven years. She tours regularly with them, among others, in South Africa, China, Dubai and throughout Scandinavia.