Žiga Kert studied musical pedagogy at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where he concluded his studies under the mentorship of prof. Marko Vatovec. He is currently enrolled in the programme of orchestra conducting at the Carinthian State Conservatorium in Klagenfurt, Austria, mentored by prof. Alexei Kornienko, and is trained in classical
singing; his current mentor being prof. Francka Šenk. Žiga began playing the piano at the age of six in the Piano Forte Music School. Growing up, he sang in countless children’s and youth choirs, and accompanied various performing ensembles. Soon after he enrolled into the Academy in 2011, Žiga founded the Crescendo Symphony Orchestra, which
performs two thematic concerts annually. In 2015, he also founded the Crescendo Mixed Choir, choosing it to perform at his MA concert at the academy in 2016; the choir focuses mostly on performing challenging choral compositions.
Žiga regularly attends conducting seminars (Georg Grün, Tomaž Faganel, Gary Graden, etc.), choral competitions (Slovakia – Bratislava, Prague, Latvia – Grand Prix Competition, Slovenia) and festivals/symposiums (France – Choralies, Spain – Word Symposium on Choral Music 2017), both at home and abroad. He is also a two-time participant of a conducting workshop with Brady Allred, PhD, in Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Žiga currently teaches music at The France Prešeren Gymnasium Kranj and the Predoslje Primary School in Kranj. He conducts two children’s and one youth choir at the Predoslje Primary School, the mixed youth choir at Škofja Loka Grammar School (Gimnazija Škofja Loka), the Crescendo Mixed Choir, the Crescendo Symphony Orchestra, and the Upanje church choir in Stražišče, Kranj. In May 2018, Žiga also started as the conductor of the Rož Women’s Choir in St. Jakob im Rosental (Šentjakob), Austria.