Matej Šarc, born in 1965 in Ljubljana, began his oboe studies with Božo Rogelj at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and then furthered his education with Heinz Holliger at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.

He was the first oboist of the Slovenian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed concerts throughout Europe, Australia, China, Mongolia, Japan, and both Americas. He has recorded numerous chamber and solo works for the oboe for several European radio stations. His recordings have been released by Slovenian and international record labels.

Since 1994, he has been a member of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slowind Wind Quintet, with which he has received the Prešeren Fund Award, among other accolades. He teaches oboe at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, and at master classes both domestically and internationally.

For twenty years, he dedicated himself to organizing and performing in the chamber music concert series Festival Slowind in Ljubljana, where he performed with members of the eponymous wind quintet and distinguished artists such as Alexander Lonquich, Christiane Iven, Heinz Holliger, Arvid Engegård, Robert Aitken, Ursula Oppens, Matthias Pintscher, Naoko Yoshino, and others.

Contemporary music holds a special place in his artistic activities. He has premiered numerous works by Slovenian and foreign composers and later turned his attention to Baroque music and its role in modern times.