Dorotea Senica, born in September 1997 in Frankfurt/Main Germany, started playing flute when she was 8 years old at the Conservatory for Music and Ballet of Maribor with professor Valerija Kamplet. At the age of 15, she passed the entrance examination at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and began with her Bachelor studies in the class Univ. Prof. Michael Martin Kofler. She became Bachelor of Arts in 2018 and continued with Masters, which she completed with excellence in June this year.
In September 2020 she studied for half a year at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Univ. Prof. Philippe Bernold as a part of the Erasmus+ Programme.
She has been attending music competitions since she was 10 years old. At the national and international competitions, she often won all possible points. At the 45 national competition Temsig she competed in the highest category (3b) and won among 6 years older competitors the first Prize as well as additional prizes, which were: a special prize for the best performance of the compulsory composition, a special prize for the best performance of a Slovenian piece, a special prize for the 100 points won, a concert with the Slovenian Philharmonic in the 2016/17 season, 30 minutes prize recording for the 3rd radio program - ARS RTV Slovenia and a prize-giving performance of the Ljubljana Festival in the Young Virtuosi cycle in the 2017/18 season.
Dorotea won first prizes as well at previous national Temsig Competitions in 2010 (category flute), 2012 (category flute trio) and 2013 (category flute).
Other first prizes she won at the International Music Competitions were at: the Ars nova International Music Competition Trieste (2007 - absolute winner of the whole competition, 2011- chamber music), the International Competition of Young Musicians “Petar Konjovic” Belgrade (2010), two Laureates at the International Woodwind Competition in Požarevac, Serbia (2007, 2010), the International Competition Citta di Padova (2011) and at the International Varaždin Woodwind & Brass Competition (2015).
In 2019 she won the first prize at the Dutch International Flute Competition in category Master.
Dorotea was in the final round of the Slovenian Eurovision Young Musicians in 2016, finalist and winner of the Darmstadt Special Award for the best execution of Berio Sequenza at the "Severino Gazzelloni" International Competition in Pescara (2018) and the semi-finalist at the Guangzhou International Flute Competition in China (2018).
In 2017 and 2021 she has qualified for the Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan.
As a soloist with an orchestra, she performed with the RTV Symphony Orchestra, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, String orchestra of the Conservatory for Musicand Ballet Maribor and the Hungarian Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra.
For outstanding achievements, at the end of the music school, she received the highest recognition of the Conservatory for Music and Ballet Maribor - diploma »Dr. Roman Klasinc" (2010).
RTV Slovenia presented her in the show "Young Virtuosos" on the national television TV 2 (2015), and she also performed as a soloist with an orchestra at the 25th “Dobrodelni Miklavžev koncert” (a charity concert of RTV Slovenia).
In march 2018 and February 2020 she collected her orchestral experiences as a substitute of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dorotea has been repeatedly upgrading her knowledge at summer schools with professors Matej Zupan, Milena Lipovšek and Liza Hawlina Prešiček, Karolina Šantl Zupan, Michael Martin Kofler, Martin Belič, Erwin Klambauer, Philippe Bernold, Carlo Jans, Jean-Claude Gérard, Gareth McLearnon, Olga Ivusheikova and at seminars with James Galway, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Andrea Lieberknecht, Julien Beaudiment, Juliette Hurel, Paolo Taballione, Bulent Evcil, Janos Balint, Giorgio Blasco, Aleš Kacjan, Mateja Bajt, Adriana Ferreira, Sébastian Jacot and Loïc Schneider.
She had been continuously receiving the "Zois Scholarship" from the end of elementary school until 2018, and from 2014 she is being supported by the Gallus Institution.
For the year 2016/17, she was selected as "Mladi up" of Zavarovalnica Triglav on the basis of achievements selected by the commission.
Dorotea receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates regularly in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy.
For her master studies Dorotea has been awarded by the scholarship of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.