composer, drummer, and cellist Kristijan
Krajnčan (Kranj, Slovenia, 1986) was born in a family of musicians and begun
playing classical cello at five and jazz drums at the age of ten. After he finished Music High School on both instruments he moved
to The Netherlands, where he graduated jazz drums at the Prince Claus
Conservatory (Groningen, 2009) and obtained Masters in Composing for Film at
the Amsterdam Conservatory (2013). His ability to
play various music styles in groups that range from trio to big band gave him
the opportunity to work with several internationally acclaimed artists.
film-music composer he scored two features and nine short films.
As a drummer
and cellist he is featured on 25 records and has performed in more than 24
countries in Europe, USA, Asia, Middle-East and Africa. He has receivedseveral international awards in all fields of his work. Most notable include: Semi-finalist
of Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for Drums (Washington, 2012), Participant
in “Dave Douglas Workshop: Creative Composition and Improvisation” at Carnegie
Hall (New York, 2010), Finalist of the Dutch Jazz Competition (Netherlands,
2008), 1st Prize jury award “Jazzon” for best Slovenian jazz composition
(Slovenia, 2006), Best Director Award - Festival of Slovenian Independent Film
(Slovenia, 2006), 1st Prize of National Competition for classical
musicians of Slovenia (as a cellist, 1997 and 2003).
His debut album
as a leader “Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble: Siberian Bear” was released in June
2012 on Edict Records, featuring Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Greene. Besides being a
musician he is also active as a film director.
He has directed several short
films and music videos of classical, jazz, chanson and rock genres. His latest
short film was shown in the competition program of Festival of Slovenian Film (September,
he is working on an interdisciplinary project “Hidden Myth”, a collaboration of
several international artists, where he will attempt to connect music, dance,
poetry, visuals, film, and the world of mythology into united story.