Edition: V

Jani Golob

Jani Golob

Country: Slovenia

The Artist's Music


Jani Golob (born 18 January 1948 in Ljubljana) is a Slovenian composer, violinist, arranger and professor. His music opus is often on the thin line of classic, pop and jazz. Golob has composed operas, ballets, orchestral works, chamber and vocal music, as well as numerous Slovenian filmscores, music for television and music for advertising purposes.

In the 1960’s he founded Slovene pop band Delial where he played bass guitar. He studied violin with graduate education in 1971 and with musical composition in 1977 at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. At first he was mainly arranger later start writing his own compositions. From 1998 to 2000 he has been professor of music composition and theory at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana (AGRFT). From then on he is professor of musical composition at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. Between 2002-2006 he was the president of Society of Slovene Composers.Compositions of Jani Golob are performed by all of the most important Slovene ensembles and orchestras and also different important European artists such as: Slovakian State Philharmony Košice, Berlin Symphony Orchestra with their conductors George Pehlivanian, En Shao, David de Villiers, Carl Davis etc.


His probably most important works are three operas that was written in: Krpan’s mare (1992), Medeja (1999) Love Capital (2010); and others as Four Slovene Folk Songs (1979 and 2005), Concerto for violin and orchestra (1998) and ballet The Baptism at the Savica (1989). But he is most recognized by his contribution in Slovenian popular music. His internationally best-known piece of work is the unofficially called “Planica Slow Motion Theme” (1997), instrumental piece of music played in slow motion replays annualy worldwide broadcasting of FIS Ski Jumping/Flying World Cup events from Planica, Slovenia. Especially because of this melody Golob became famous worldwide. Each year since 1997 this piece of music is played in Planica slow motion replays live to millions of people worldwide.Other hit songs are Prisluhni školjki/A Song In a Seashell (1985), Moja dežela/My Country (1986) and Pustite nam ta svet/Leave Us This World(1987), popular especially in Slovenia. In 1971 he also arranged music for song Sejem želja/Scarborough Fair with Slovenian lyrics of this original English folk ballad. He is the arranger of most common used orchestrated version of Slovenian national anthem “Zdravljica”, used in protocol, sports and other big events. In 1973 he acted in a film called Ljubezen na odour (Love on the Furrows). Golob is one of very few people who has ability of absolute pitch. That is why when he was younger they used him to write music in notes just by listening and memorizing it.

He was member of many international music juries at various European festivals: Selector for music for the European Month of Culture EMK (1997). Representative of RTV Slovenia at the EBU work group for music (Eurovision, 1992-1998). Representative of RTV Slovenia at the International Music Centre in Vienna (1992-1998). Member of the international jury at Festival Prix Italia in Turin (1994). Member of the international jury at Festival Golden Prague in Prague (1996). Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg (since 1992). His son Rok Golob is also a very important Slovene composer. Awards and Prizes. He received many prestigious Slovene and international awards in classic and in popular music. In 1977 he won Prešeren Award of University of Ljubljana for Concertino for big orchestra. In 1978 in Bratislava he won Third prize in the Grand Prix de Musique Folklorique de Radio Bratislava for Sv. Sintilawdič. In 1983 he won Župančič Prize for Four Slovene Folk Songs for stings. In 1987 in Cannes he won collective prize at the Prix National at the 34ème Festival du Film Publicitaire Cinema & Television Cannes for “The Guests are Coming“, part of the project “Slovenia, My Country” and won the first prize for it at the festival of tourism short films in Berlin. In 2000 he won Prešeren Fund Prize for Violin Concerto. In 2012 he won Kozina Award for lifetime achievements in music from the Society of Slovene Composers.

Notes on the Musma Composition

“Stream for Wood Wind Quintet”