About Me

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I am a musician and software developer from Melbourne, Australia. My parents both emigrated from Slovenia; my father is from Nova Štifta pri Gornjem Gradu, my mother is from Kozje.

I have been playing popular folk music (Slo: narodnozabavna glasba, Ger: volksmusik) from the alpine regions of Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland on piano accordion and diatonic button accordion since I was 10. I also dabble in other styles, but Slovenian folk music is my main passion.

I learnt the piano accordion for nearly 10 years from Don Quattrocchi, who ran the largest music school in country Victoria in the 1970s, and composed music for accordion exams which was accepted by the Australian Guild of Music and Speech.

I have performed at several markets, festivals and ethnic communities across Melbourne promoting Slovenian and Austrian folk music on accordion, in various groups as well as solo.

For several years I ran a podcast and internet radio stream promoting various styles of alpine folk and polka music from around the world. Developing a small but committed listener base, the final podcast in 2009 reached its peak of hundreds of listeners online as well as shortwave over the world, thanks to an anonymous shortwave broadcaster from Europe.

Since 2007 I've been uploading my own videos to YouTube. I currently have over 400 videos on YouTube, which have collectively received almost 2.5 million views. In 2008 I was featured on YouTube Australia's homepage for a week.

I am available for functions where folk music from Slovenia, Austria, Germany or Switzerland is desired, typically as a duo.

With Denis Novato in Melbourne, 2019
Zupan Harmonikas in Slovenia, 2019
With Valentin Zupan at Zupan Harmonikas in Slovenia, 2019
Swiss National Day Picnic, Austrian Club Melbourne, 2015
With Beat Stuber, Swiss Festival Melbourne, 2012
With Slovenian Australian accordionists, Slovenian Festival Melbourne, 2008
With Daniel Smon, Slovenian Festival Melbourne, 2008
With Joze Mahkovic and Janez Kure, Slovenian Club Geelong, 2007
Austrian Club Melbourne, 2006