The Slovenian accordionist Nejc Grm performs internationally with a diverse repertoire. A large part of his work is the exploration and enrichment of accordion repertoire in various musical styles. He is dedicated to new music, but his repertoire also includes music from the baroque and classical periods.
After completing his studies at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, he continued at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he finally graduated with the highest grade “summa cum laude”. Between 2014 and 2015, he was an Erasmus exchange student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He then moved to Central Europe, where he completed a Master’s degree in Specialised Music Performance in Contemporary Music at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, as well as Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy in Luzern and has graduated with the highest grade the Maisterklasse at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. He has studied with Ernö Sebastian, Luka Juhart, Veli Kujala, Mike Svoboda, Anne-Maria Hölscher and Teodoro Anzellotti.
During his studies, Grm was supported by Zois scholarship and a scholarship of the Ministry of culture Slovenia. He has received numerous awards and 1st prizes in national and international competitions, including Sydney, Pula, Beltinci and Svirel. For his significant artistic achievements at the Academy, he received award by the University of Ljubljana, the Prešeren Award (2014) which is given to an individual student each year. He has been awarded the Kiefer Hablitzel | Göhner Music Prize in 2021. Grm has won with the Concept Store Quartet the 1st prize as well as the audience prize at the prestigious Concours Nicati 2019 in Bern.
Already hence his studies, he has been devoted to collaborating with contemporary composers, commissioning their new works, entering into a creative dialogue with them, either solo or in various ensembles, over 50 debut performances of new pieces. He regularly collaborates with Uroš Rojko, Mike Svoboda, Stylianos Dimou, Marta Śniady, Matej Bonin, Andy Frank, Olli Virtaperko, and countless other composers. These sound encounters have been well documented since.
Being a devoted chamber musician, Grm is a member of several ensembles including Concept Store Quartet, Ensemble Neuverband, Duo Leskovar-Grm (cello-accordion), Duo Novum with saxophonist Jan Gričar. As a soloist, he performed with the Orchestra Deutsche Stadtsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Orchestra HfM Karlsruhe, String Orchestra and Woodwind Orchestra of the Academy of Music Ljubljana. His passion for contemporary music has led him to perform with numerous ensembles including Ensemble Recherché, Ensemble Proton Bern, Collective LoveMusic, Ensemble Phoenix, Le Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, Ensemble Neofonía and Sinfonietta Basel.
Since 2017 he is based in Basel.