18-year old singer songwriter, Anja Kotar is originally from Slovenia until she moved to San Jose, CA in 2012. Trained in classical piano and dance since age 5, Anja always knew her home was on the stage. She performed as a soloist and with her piano trio (violin, cello, piano) as well as danced and won the World Show Dance Championship with her dance group in 2008. She acted in the most viewed Slovenian movie “Going Our Way” and its sequel and was featured on the Slovenian xFactor.
Upon moving to the US, Anja started writing her own music and became heavily involved with musical theatre and jazz at the VC Conservatory. She starred in many musical lead roles and received Outstanding Musicianship awards at numerous jazz festivals. She composed and directed her original short musical as well as vocal directed and directed spring musicals. She was awarded many times for her performances as a singer songwriter and musical theatre actress and has received the VC Conservatory Artist of the Year Award. Her performances include the Slovenian National Opera, Philharmonic, California Theatre, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and the Neil Simon Theatre in NYC.
Upon successfully completing her $20,000 Kickstarter campaign, Anja recorded her debut album at Universal Music Group in Los Angeles in June of 2015. She was also selected to attend and perform at the prestigious Broadway Artists Alliance Intensive and Industry Showcase in NYC.
She is currently attending Berklee College of Music and is focusing on promoting her album and taking her career to the next level. She is taking classical piano lessons from former Stanford University Professor, Dr. Nicholas Isaacs and voice lessons with former Princeton University Professor and recording artist, Ruth Gerson. She is set to perform at the Slovenian Song Festival (Slovenska popevka) 2016 and EMA 2016 where she will debut her new songs, “Cas je zdaj” (The Time Is Now) and “Too Cool’, respectively.