Vita Peterlin was born in 1993 in Ljubljana. She began to play cello at Domžale Music School where her teacher was Professor Almira Hamidullina and later at Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory with Professors Milan Vrsajkov and Karmen Pečar Koritnik. She further studied at Graz University of Music and Performing Arts with Professor Julian Arp. In 2015 she studied with Professor Christian Poltera for half a year in Luzern, Switzerland and graduated with honours in June 2017 in Graz. She is currently finishing her master’s degree under the mentorship of Professor Enrico Bronzi at Salzburg University.


Cellist Vita Peterlin & Cello
Vita Peterlin & Cello


While schooling, she often attended national and international competitions and received many awards. In 2006, 2012, 2015 and 2017 she performed at TEMSIG – Slovenian music competition for youth and became the awardee of golden plaquettes, won twice the first and twice the second prize.

In school year 2010/2011 she won a second prize at the international music competitions Petar Konjović in Belgrade, Serbia and Euritmia in Povolleto, Italy as well as a third prize at the music competition Premio citta’di Padova in Padova, Italy in the higher category.

In school year 2011/2012 she was the absolute winner of the international competition Ars Nova in Trieste, Italy where she performed with Trieste Academy Orchestra. As a representative of KGB – Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory she performed Haydn Concerto in C major for cello and orchestra with Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra.

In 2014 she further attended three competitions: at the Antonio Salieri Competition she was the absolute winner and was awarded Giuseppe Magnani scholarship, at SVIREL Competition she was the winner of the golden plaquette and the special award, after that she won a first prize in Treviso, Italy. She won the first prize again a year later at Val Tidone international music competition. She also performed at the premiere of Rococo Variations for cello and wind orchestra at Maribor Union Hall.

Vita in Carnige Hall, New York
Cello concert in Carnige Hall, New York with Lianhua Chi in October 2016

She was awarded the absolute award at the Antonio Salieri Competition in 2016 and after that won the first prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso in Salzburg, Austria. Her performance at the ceremony for prize winners in Wiener Saal won her the invitation to perform at a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, USA which she carried out with the American pianist Lianhua Chi in October 2016.

She was invited to France in May 2017, where she performed as a soloist with Les Violons de France in Paris at the Church of St. Magdalene.

Chamber music

Vita is also very active as a chamber musician. In 2013 she performed together with the string quintet the Brahms Quintet in G major at the Zusammenspiel concert in György-Ligeti-Saal in Graz, Austria which was recorded by the ORF Radio Ö1 radio. She performed at this event again two years later the very well-known Beethoven septet with a music cast of seven. Together with the cast they had the opportunity to collaborate with the world-renowned conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She has been performing regularly with the accordionist Žan Trobas at music festivals since 2015 in her home country as well as abroad. In 2016 Vita and the piano trio – with the pianist Philipp Scheucher and violinist Wiktor Modrzejewski – won the first prize the Martha Debelli Chamber Music Competition in Graz, Austria. In all these years she had the opportunity to perform at various chamber festivals with renowned musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Alissa Margulis, Razvan Popovici, Frédéric Moreau and many others.

As a soloist she regularly attends seminars of renowned artists like Marc Coppey, Valter Dešpalj, David Grigorian, Laszlo Fenyo, Christian Poltera, Franz Bartolomey, Wen-Sinn Yang, Antonio Meneses, Enrico Bronzi and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.