Born into a family where jazz records were played by his father, classical trumpet player, Igor grew to become a prolific jazz trumpeter and composer.
He completed a Masters degree at the University of Graz (Austria, in 2009). Travelling through Europe and America (particularly New York), he studied with celebrated trumpet players including Stjepko Gut, John Swana, Charles Toliver, Dave Rodgers and many others.
In the early stages of his carier he was involved in various projects as a trumpeter, keyboard player and as a producer. As a session musician he recorded over 30 albums in collaboration with different groups across a range of genres. He was a regular member of the European Movement Jazz Orchestra, releasing a record on the well known Clean Feed™ label in 2011.
He has performed at numerous festivals both at home and abroad. These include Cairo Jazz Festival (Egypt), Bundes Jazz Festival (Germany), Lent Festival (Slovenia), 50th Ljubljana Jazz Festival (Slovenia), Cerkno Jazz festival (Slovenia), Jazz Club Porgy and Bess (Austria), Brussels Goethe Institute (Belgium), Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Portugal), Teatro Gil Vincente (Portugal), Casa da Musica (Portugal), Centro Cultural de Belem (Portugal)(with Maria Joao), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), Konzerthaus (Germany) and Rome Goethe Institute (Italy), Jazz A Chelah Jazz Festival (Morocco).
In 2017 he performed at China – CEEC project founded by Chinese Jazz Association performing in Schangzhou, China. In 2018 he was one of the mentor at the first China – CEEC Summer jazz camp at Jilin University of Arts in China.
His debut album “Motion In Two Dimensions”, recorded with pianist Marko Črnčec, was released in 2010. The compilation of well-known jazz standards was described as a comprehensive approach, mastering the jazz tradition by international critics. His second album “Sonic Motion”, featuring his own original compositions, was released in 2012, with Vladimir Kostadinovič on drums, Marko Črnčec on piano/rhodes and Robert Jukič on bass. The album was very well received by the Slovenian public, and led Igor to explore a more atmospheric approach. Igor followed this aproach on his album “State of Ku” that was released in 2017 by Radio – Television Slovenia. In 2019 he released forth album called “Ephemeral Lake” featuring acclaimed Polish piano player Marcin Wasilewski (ECM Records).
Lately COMPOSING MUSIC for TELEVISION is one of Igor’s new ways of engagement. In last five years he made opening title music for two TV series (Mamin dan & Usodno vino) and music background for several seasons of TV series (Usodno vino & Reka ljubezni). These two are the most popular series in Slovenia ever. He also contributed his music for two documentary movies Time to improvise and Young Lions.