Pavel Mihelčič was born November 8th, 1937 in Novo Mesto. He began school in his native town and continued his education in Ljubljana where he completed secondary school. After earning a theory-pedagogy degree at the Secondary Music School in Ljubljana, he went on to study composition with Matija Bravničar at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, graduating in 1963. He concluded his post-graduate studies four years later. Following his graduation, Mr Mihelčič was employed by the Ljubljana Institute for Music and Ballet Education, later becoming head of the Symphonic Music Programming Department of Radio Slovenia in 1982. In October 1995 he became assistant professor of composition and music theory at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, and since May 2000 he holds the position of associate professor and lecturer of composition with orchestration and analysis of musical forms. In 2001 Pavel Mihelčič was elected dean of the Academy.
His compositions have been presented in more than 20 countries all over the world: Austria (Vienna), Italy, Bulgaria (Sofia, Plovdiv, Ruse), Romania, the Czech Republic (Prague, Kladno), Slovakia (Bratislava), Poland (Warsaw), Russia, Ukraine (Kiev), Germany (Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig), France (Paris), Spain, Portugal (Barcelona), Belgium, Finland, Great Britain (London), Norway, Sweden, India, Venezuela (Caracas), the Unites States and Argentina.
His works have been performed by numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Berlin Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Zagreb Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica UNCuyo, the Wind Quintet of RIAS Berlin and the Wind Quintet of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater.
He has been honoured with many awards, including the Prešeren Foundation Award in 1979 and the Župančič Award in 1984 for the composition Pictures that Disappear.
Pavel Mihelčič has also been active as a music critic for more than thirty-five years, primarily for the Slovenian daily newspaper Delo, which has published more than 2500 of his reviews. He is the author of numerous essays and scholarly articles, among those are programme note for more than 100 piano and 50 violin concerts.
Mr Mihelčič is president of the Slovenian section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) which has its seat in Amsterdam. He was artistic director of the ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia in 2003. He has been the artistic director of the international Musica Danubiana Contemporary Music Festival since its founding in 1998, continuing in that position after the festival was renamed the UNICUM Festival of Contemporary Muisc in 2004. He is a member of the Society of Slovene Composers in addition to serving on its management board, and was a founding member of the Slovene Authors Association SAZAS, the Slovenian Music Information Centre SIGIC and the Slovenian Acoustical Society.