He has a keen ear for beauty of tone, a fine flexible beat that controls pulse without loss of rhythm, and aobve all a genuine feeling for the music that makes for lovable performances, full of the good things without sentimentality.

A great evening with Leskovic (The Age, Melbourne 1974)

Das Leskovic ein ausgezeichneter Dirigent ist, zeigte sich schon zuvor ...
Ein Dirigent von Format: Bogo Leskovic (H.L., Münchener Merkur, München 1972)

... he let the orchestra breathe and, ... he gave the players of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra enough time to articulate them clearly and with amplitude.
Dvorak well played (M.C., The Times, London 1967)


BOGO LESKOVIC (1909 - 1995) was born in Vienna, but of Slovene parentage. He studied music in Ljubljana and in Vienna. He finished his course in musical training at the Vienna Academy of Music as cellist (he was awarded the Kreisler Prize) and composer. He made his music-dèbut as cello virtuoso, but soon exchanged the bow for the bâton, and now his musical activity is centred principally on conducting (he studied under Joseph Krips) and composing.

(From the conductor’s prospectus)

leskovic-photo Bogo Leskovic is in the first place a conductor personality of international reputation. As a follower of Josef Krips he was among the busiest conductors of the younger generation in post.war Vienna. In 1950 he was invited to Ljubljana where he took over conducting the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ljubljana Opera 8from 1968 to 1973 he was also director and head of repertoire in the Opera). In this capacity he strongly influenced the development of the musical life in Slovenia of that period.

Bogo Leskovic introduced to our public a great part of the international and domestic concert repertoire and conducted first performances of many new Slovenian compositions.

Bogo Leskovic performed abroad also with the Slovenian Philharmonic, but most of all he has been a highly esteemed guest of many European orchestras; in 1974 he spent three months touring Australia, being the first Yugoslav conductor visiting that country

With the Ljubljana Opera he successfully toured France, the Netherlands, Italy, Czechoslovakia and Germany. The Grand prix won in 1956 by the album containing the recording of Prokofief’s "The Love of Three Oranges" remains the highest award assigned to Slovenian or Yugoslav musical reproduction so far.

(Danilo Pokorn - Translation: D.Velkaverh)

image On the tour in Venice 1958


Prokofiev: The Love of Three Oranges
The Slovenian National Opera Ljubljana, Philips AA00331-2

Die Slowenische Nationaloper hat ... eine Einladung nach London erhalten, wo sie neue Werke ihres Repertoires als Gast von Sadler’s Wells darbieten wird. Nach dem vorjährigen Erfolg beim Holland-Festival und an der Großen Oper von Paris ist dies eine neue bemerkenswerte Anerkennung ...
... Die Firma Philips hat sich die aufstrebende westländische Popularität der Laibacher Oper auch für ihr Schallplattengeschäft nicht entgehen lassen ...
Laibacher Oper auf großer Fahrt, Tp (April 1957)

... The merit, first of all, belongs to conductor Leskovic, who, with a technically skilled and rich-sounding orchestra at his command, succeeds in underlining with refinement, poetic elegance, and incisiveness the diverse aspects of the score ...

High Fidelity Magazine (June 1969)