Boris Šinigoj who regularely performs as a soloist on various plucked instruments found the main inspiration for his musical work in patristic philosophy where he borrowed the metaphor of Orpheus Novus to name his musical and philosophical attitude. He focuses on the revival of the basic practical and spiritual components in the modern musical perfomances according to Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque traditions in a passionate dialogue with Oriental and Byzantine modal heritage as well as modern jazz tradition. Thus he founded the ensembles Nova Schola Labacensis, Vagantes and Jazz Oud Quartet to unite his philosophical approach and enthusiasm for live interactive musical performance with emphasis on stylistic improvisation.

Mr. Šinigoj started to perform on Renaissance lute and to research original sources of the period even before graduating in classical guitar and philosophy at the Ljubljana University. The luthier Ivo Magherini introduced him to the leading lutenists Paul O’Dette and Hopkinson Smith. He also perfected his skills playing with the ensembles Dufay Collective and Camerata Trajectina. He appeared in solo recitals and in chamber ensemble concerts around Europe, USA, Canada and Egipt. Recently he has recorded the finest examples of early music for Arabic lute, Renaissance lute, Baroque lute, archlute and chitarrone on a CD entitled »Lutes« as the first edition in the series of »Orpheus Novus« (listen to selected pieces from the CD at He used to perform regulary with the  Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia, Slovenicum ensemble and Consortium Musicum. As one of the pioneers of early music in Slovenia he founded Duo Jubilet in the 80s with the late lyrical tenor singer Marjan Trček. The Duo recorded an anthological CD »Armonici e sacri Accenti«. Mr. Šinigoj is a former teacher of lute at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. He is currently the artistic director of the ensembles of Nova Schola Labacensis family and a teacher of lute, guitar and chamber music at Music school Ljubljana Vič Rudnik. He regularely performs on European and Arabic lutes, guitars and other plucked instruments such as Afghan rubab, Indian sarod and Japanese biwa.

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