Ljubljana Academy of Music

ProjectLjubljana Academy of MusicLocationLjubljana, SloveniaManufacturersRobeDistributorMK Light Sound, SloveniaInstallerRobeSubmitted byRobe

Ljubljana University’s Academy of Music faculty has consolidated itself in one ‘new’ central location in the city instead of occupying two different premises as the result of a complete renovation project at the Kazina Palace building.

Dating to 1837, historically it was a meeting place and social hub for Ljubljana’s high society, occupying a commanding position on the northeastern corner of Congress Square, right at the heart of the attractive Slovenian capital’s downtown.
The Academy’s main rehearsal and performance room – Betetova Hall – has been fitted with a new lighting rig including Robe T1 Profile and LEDBeam 350 moving lights, together with T11 Profiles and ParFect 150s.

All of these were delivered to the project by Ljubljana-based MK Light Sound.

The fixtures were chosen for their relative quietness as well as the quality of light, as it is an essential requirement for any classical music environment to minimise ambient noise.

The T1 and T11 Profiles were additionally picked for their white light properties, explained MK Light Sound’s Dean Karov, with the LEDBeam 350s for additional power and versatility for performance scenarios – the room allowing them to function very well as a beam or a wash light.

The room will occasionally be utilised for commercial events, fashion shows, etc. as well as a fantastic rehearsal space and a premium setting for concerts, recitals and public and private shows staged by the Academy itself.

Dean underlines that all these fixtures are compact and light, therefore practical to be rigged in the roof.

He says that the excellent CT whites, colour mixing, and refined dimming made T1 an obvious pick, with T11 a great match as a static equivalent, adding that the LEDBeam 350 is the perfect light for the space when a bit of extra mood or ‘jazzing up’ is needed.

Dean believes this is a fantastic installation for him and his team to be involved and a great reference site of which they are very proud. MK Light Sound’s brief also included designing lighting networking and control for which they used ArtNet / Luminex with grandMA3 On PC XT.

They also installed some lighting in the bar area, including the ParFect 150s. This is often used for unplugged music shows and other presentations as well as a social space for concerts staged by the Academy.