Slovenian guitarist Karmen Stendler (Ljubljana, 1991) studied at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, obtaining a Bachelor degree with highest honours and a Master degree in classical guitar performance with Andrej Grafenauer. She then earned a second Master from the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany, where she is also currently completing a postgraduate solo artist diploma with renowned professor Thomas Müller-Pering (Konzertexamen). She is a multiple prizewinner at national and international competitions, including the Enrico Mercatali Guitar Competition in Gorizia (Italy), the José Tomás Competition in Petrer (Spain), the Andrés Segovia Competition in Pescara (Italy), the International Guitar Competition Krsko (Slovenia), and multiple national Slovenian competitions. In 2012, at the age of 20, she received a Preseren Award from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana for her exceptional artistic achievements in the previous year.
Karmen Stendler has appeared in a wide range of venues, from Ljubljana's Philharmonic Hall to the Artegna Castle in Italy, the Konzerthaus Klagenfurt in Austria and the Hall of the Arts Academy in Berlin. Other performances include appearances at international guitar and chamber music festivals, such as the Echos Festival in Italy and Slovenia, the José Tomás Guitar Festival in Spain, the Andrés Segovia Guitar Festival in Pescara, Italy,the Bamberg Guitar Days in Germany and the Postojna Guitar Festival in Slovenia, to name a few. Besides solo projects she is an active chamber musician, notably playing with the Weimar Guitar Quartet, but also in guitar duo, duo with violin, duo with accordion and trio with violin and accordion. She is also an advocate of Slovenian music, which she regularly includes in her programs. Karmen's debut CD First was released in January 2016 and the debut CD of the Weimar Guitar Quartet will come out in 2018.