Slovenian-born (Madrid based) classical guitarist Sanja Plohl has captured audiences with soulful interpretations and “an excellent technique, temperament, refinement and exceptional music maturity” (newspaper Večer, 2009). Praised by the critics for her outstanding musical expression, Sanja’s list of more than 30 international awards includes prizes at:

  • XI Ivor Mairants Award, London (UK)
  • VII International Competition of Córdoba Guitar festival (Spain)
  • II International Guitar Competition Sevilla (Spain)
  • III International Guitar Competition Iserlohn (Germany)
  • IV Guitar Art Festival, Belgrade (Serbia)
  • VI II International Guitar Competition Miguel Llobet, Barcelona (Spain)
  • VI European guitar competition Enrico Mercatali, Gorizia (Italia)
  • International Competition of Zwolle Guitar festival (The Netherlands)
  • VII International Guitar Competition Gevelsberg (Germany)
  • IIIInternational Guitar Competition Guitarmania, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Ivan Padovec (Croatia)
  • X International Guitar Competition Luys Milán (Spain)
  • 29º National Competition of Young Slovene Musicians (Slovenia)
Ms. Plohl has performed as a soloist at numerous venues and music festivals including London Classical Guitar Festival, Córdoba Guitar Festival, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall (Ljubljana), Croatian Music Institute (Zagreb), National Theatre (Maribor), Festival Ljubljana, Spanish Guitar Society (Madrid), Cervantes Institute (Athens), Seville Guitar Festival, Zwolle Guitar Festival, Festival Guitarmania (Lisbon), Andrés Segovia Festival (Madrid), Festival Lent (Maribor), Mompou hall (Barcelona), Festival Imago Sloveniae, European Day of Jewish Culture (Maribor), "Música con encanto" cycle (Marbella), Festival "A orillas del Guadalquivir" (Sanlúcar de Barrameda), Dorset Guitar Society, Bonner Meisterkonzerte, Pescara Summer Festival, Girona Guitar Festival, Albacete guitar festival and  “ Andrés Segovia” Festival (Linares).

Her extensive repertoire covers music from the Renaissance to the present day with a special interest on Spanish and Latin American repertoire. As a composer she has recently published two works with Bermann Editions (Dennmark) and has composed an obligatory piece for  the 49th National Competition of Young Slovene Musicians (category Guitar duo). Her works have been performed in Austria, Spain, Germany, France, Croatia and Slovenia. She also collaborates with other composers and has premiered more than twenty of their new works.
Sanja has shared her knowledge and experience in masterclasse and lectures at:
  • Music Conservatory Maribor (Slovenia)
  • International University Menéndez Pelayo (Spain)
  • Technical University Istanbul
  • Saint Louis University Madrid (Spain)
  • International Guitar Festival Postojna (Slovenia)
  • International Guitar Festival Semana Tárrega (Villarreal, Spain)
  • St. Stanislav's Institution (Slovenia)
  • International summer course "Guitar Power" (Slovenia)
  • Universidad Popular de Alcobendas (Spain)
  • State Music school Ljubljana-Moste (Slovenia)
  • State Music school Gornja Radgona (Slovenia)
  • Música en el Claustro Festival (Tui, Spain)
Sanja finished her primary music education (6 courses in piano and guitar) at the state music school in Gornja Radgona- Slovenia, and continued her guitar studies at Music Conservatory Maribor (Sašo Lamut) and Music Academy in Ljubljana (Tomaž Rajteric). She earned her bachelor’s degree at The Rostock University of Music and Theatre (Thomas Offermann), master’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Zoran Dukic) and completed a postgraduate programme at University Mozarteum in Salzburg (Eliot Fisk, Ricardo Gallen). In addition, she also studied with Àlex Garrobé and Fernando Rodriguéz in Barcelona, with Oscar Ghiglia in Siena and took masterclasses with other prominent guitarists (R. Dyens, A. Pierri, C. Marchione, J. Clerch, M. Socias, D. Starobin, H. Kappel, I. Romer etc). Her studies were supported by the scholarships of the Slovenian Ministry for Culture, Zois fund, Dutch Government (Huygens Scholarship Programme), Soroptimist International, Yehudi Menuhin's Foundation “Live music now”, “Accademia Chigiana, “Música en Compostela” and "Alhambra Reserva 1925".