Martina Batič appointed conductor of Radio France choir
Paris, 15 January - Slovenian conductor Martina Batič has been appointed musical director of the Choir of Radio France, the French national radio, as of 1 September.
Until the end of last year, Batič served as the artistic director of the Slovenian Philharmonic choir, a post she had since 2012, after she had already been its co-conductor since 2009.
Radio France also has two orchestras and a children's choir, while Batič will head a mixed choir of 95 singers, which makes it the biggest professional choir in Europe, the Alteia portal has reported.
In recent years, Batič has been involved in a number of projects abroad, including two with the Radio France choir.
Based on that successful cooperation, she was invited to apply for the public call, and was picked from among several candidates due to her work, references and her concert with the choir.
The appointment does not mean Batič is moving to Paris. "I want to remain based at home, and leave for Paris in those weeks when needed," she told the Slovenian division of Alteia.
After graduating from the Ljubljana Music Academy in 2004, Batič completed post-graduate studies in choral conducting with Michael Gläser at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
She took part in a number of master's classes in Slovenia and abroad, notably one given by the legendary Swedish conductor Eric Ericson. In 2009, she won the prize for young choral directors named after him.
This opened door for her in the international arena. Sine then she has been collaborating regularly with choirs such as the Swedish Radio choir, the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, the choirs of the Dutch and Danish national radios, the Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble and RIAS Kammerchor.
Between 2004 and 2009 Batič was the artistic director of the choir of the SNG Ljubljana Opera.