Jože Kotar (born 1970 in Trbovlje) became principal clarinetist of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra in 2007 after serving in that role at the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years. He is also a tenured professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.
As a soloist, chamber musician and member of various chamber ensembles, Kotar performs in Slovenia and abroad (Europe, USA, South America...), leads seminars for the clarinet and chamber music (Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Brazil), and participates in the jury of international competitions.
He has recorded many CDs: four as an independent soloist – with the Slovenian Philharmonic String Quartet (RTV Publishing, Slovenia, Ljubljana, 1998), COLLAGE with harpist Nicoletto Sanzin Fabbri (RTV Publishing Slovenia, Ljubljana, 2002), SOLO with compositions exclusively for solo clarinet (Sound-tech, 2005) and most recently with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenian Philharmonic, 2006); and other ensemble CDs – three with the Ariart Wind Quintet: ARIART (RTV Publishing Slovenia, Ljubljana 1997), COCKTAIL (Ariart, 2004) and EPISODI CONCERTANTE (Sound-tech, 2005), CLARINETTING with the Slovenian clarinet quartet (Samozaložba, Ljubljana, 1999), FAMILY with the Slovenian Clarinet Sextet (Sound-tech, 2003), three with the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble: MUSIC OF OUR TIME (RTV publishing Slovenia, Ljubljana, 2005), MODERN (Society of Slovene composers, 2009), COLOUR CIRCLE (RTV publishing Slovenia, Ljubljana, 2009) and one with THE SLOVENIAN PHILHARMONIC WOODWIND TRIO (Society of Slovene composers, 2007). His performance of Rossini’s Theme, Introduction and Variations was released on a CD of the Slovenian Police Orchestra (Ljubljana, 1994), as well as a live performance from The Netherlands on a CD of the Trbovlje Workers Band.
Kotar is a member, co-founder and artistic director of the Slovenian Clarinet Orchestra and a member of the Ariart Wind Quintet and the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble. As a clarinetist, he collaborates with the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra, the Academie Ars Musicae Orchestra, etc. Since 2007 he is a conductor and artistic director at the Trbovlje Workers Band.