1. PROGRAMM CYCLE – F.CHOPIN BIRTH ANIVERSARY

                                                                                                    20 – 25. FEBRUARY

DMITRY SHISHKIN

Born in Ulan-Ude, Siberia, Russia. Studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Eliso Virsaladze (2010-2015) and currently completing his doctorate (PhD thesis) on a postgraduate studies. In 2004 he won the 5th International Nutcracker Television Competition for Young Musicians. He became famous in homeland when in 2010 he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Gnesin Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra at the special gala concert on the Red Square to celebrate Russia Day, the national holiday celebrated annually always on June 12th. In 2013 he took the 3rd prize in the 59th Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy) and the 3rd prize in the Friuli Venezia Giulia International Piano Competition (Italy). In 2014 he was the 2nd prize winner in the 4th BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In 2015 he won the 6th prize at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw what opened widely the doors to his world-wide career. Since that time Dmitry Shishkin performed frequently in all major Polish philharmonic orchestras including Warsaw Philharmonic, major venues and orchestras across Russia (Moscow State Symphony, Tchaikovsky Great Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic), Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Austria, China and Japan. In November 2016 he performed with a great success as a soloist in Hummel’s piano concerto with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. In 2014 he became a recording artist for the KNS Classical label and in 2016 an exclusive Yamaha artist. Besides piano, he also composes.

 

RITA KINKA

Until today Rita Kinka has given more than 800 recitals and performed with many renowned orchestras in almost all European countries, as well as in the USA, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, Canada and Australia. In addition to her career as a pianist she is also involved in pedagogical work. Rita Kinka is a full-time lecturer for piano as a major subject at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.

She has received a number of Yugoslav awards and prizes and rewards at international piano competitions in Senigallia (1979), Vercelli (Viotti, 1981), Belgrade (Jeunesses Musicales Competition, 1983), Zwickau (Schumann, 1985), Sydney (1985), Munich (ARD, 1987), Bordeaux (Golden medal, 1988), Washington (1990), Brussels (Queen Elisabeth, 1991) and Orleans (20th Century Piano Music, 1996).

Rita Kinka was the first winner of the European Parliament Prix Femmes d`Europe reward for the best European interpreter of classical music, which was awarded to her in Brussels in June 1991. She is also the laureate of February Prize of the City of Novi Sad for the year 2002.

Rita Kinka made recordings for radio and television centres in several countries (Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, England, Greece, Spain, Israel, Canada, USA, Australia and Taiwan).

Rita Kinka also works as a full-time professor of piano at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. She recorded three CDs released by Digital Media Production (Brussels) and PGP RTS, and one LP issue before that.

She studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Prof. E. Timakin and A. Valdma) and completed her master studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Prof. D. Trbojevic) and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (A. Valdma). Rita Kinka continued her master studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York (class of György Sándor) thanks to the scholarship of Gina Bachauer Foundation, which she won at the international Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1987 as the “most promising young artist”.

 

VIKTOR RADIĆ

Was born in Novi Sad in 1996. He started playing the piano at the age of six as a student of Professor Ivana Branovački. Since 2006. he continued his studies with Professor Srđan Dalagija. Viktor has won many International Prizes including: second prize, International Competition “Nikolai Rubinstein”, Paris, 2008; second prize, “Virtuosi per musica di piano forte”, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2011; Golden Medal and Special Prize for the first performance of a piece Fugue by I. Rijavec at the EPTA International Competition “Ivan Rijavec”, Idrija, Slovenia, 2012; first prize, “San Dona di Piave”, San Dona di Piave, Italy, 2015; first prize and special award for the performance of a piece by Chopin, International Competition “ChopinFest”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2016; Recently he won the first prize and special award “Stanislava Tešić” at the International Competition “Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial” in Novi Sad, Serbia.

He won first prizes at the Republic Competition of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia in 2007. and 2009. and second prize in 2011. Also, he won the first prize and Laureate Award at the International Competition of Young Pianists “Mihajlo Vukdragović” in 2009. He was given the “Golden Bell” award by the city of Novi Sad. He gave many piano recitals in Serbia and Slovenia. Performing chamber music, in 2015. he won first prize at the International Festival “Stringfest” in Sremska Mitrovica with a piano trio.

He performed as a soloist with The Chamber Orchestra “Isidor Bajić” in Synagogue in Novi Sad 2009, and given a Piano Recital as a part of 3rd World Piano Conference 2011, and played on the Gala opening in 2012. on the same festival performing Bach Concerto for two Pianos in c-minor. Viktor attended master classes with Dr. Arbo Valdma and Svetlana Bogino. Currently he is in the fourth year of studying piano at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, with Professor Lidija Stanković.

 

VEDRAN JANJANIN

Vedran Janjanin (1994) was born in Zagreb, Croatia. After completing high school at the Elly Bašić Music School in the class of Sretna Mestrovic and Andreja Juric,  he  studied piano at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan along with the Privatuniversität Konservatorium in Vienna in 2013. After a success of winning awards at international and national competitions, his study was also complemented by going on Erasmus + exchange programme at the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

In 2016 he performed as a soloist on tour with Euphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Mladen Tarbuk in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Graz and Budapest.
That same year, he performed at a charity concert in the Concert Hall Blagoje Bersa at the Music Academy in Zagreb, in a duo with a prominent renowned young pianist Andrey Gugnin, performing the works for two pianos. He collaborated with a number of distinguished pianists and pedagogues, such as Kalman Drafi, Dina Yoffe, Emanuel Krasovsky,  Eugen Indjic.

 

MUSIC STUDIO LITTLE PIANO

Piano pedagogue, Kristina Davidovic Simic,  founded in year  2012, Music studio Little Piano, at Childrens Cultural Center Majdan.
She graduated from the instrumental piano pedagogy in Vienna, in the class of prof. Natasa Veljkovic, and also specialized early music education. in the class of prof.Manfred Wagner-Arzt .
Music Studio Little Piano  works by the method of Little piano school, originating in Italy, in which the children of age of 18 months, already concetrate themselves through music and dance to the perception, memory, taste, emotion, motor skills, socialization. Children learn by using colors, along with instruments, playing, drawing, counting, singing and playing the piano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR MUSICAL ARTS EVA

Vesna Radić and Ana Rančić, pianists, pedagogues, colleagues and friends, have come together joined by a desire to share their knowledge, their love towards music and vast pedagogical experience with as many children and grown-ups as they can. Lead by the idea to provide the best quality in musical education, they founded the International Centre for Musical Arts «Eva».

Lessons in the International Centre for Musical Arts «Eva» are based on  the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) method. Participants have the opportunity to master all the elements of music through unique individual lessons and regular public performances irrespective of age and level of knowledge. Eva offers the opportunity to learn to play the piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute and singing and the number of instruments available will increase in accordance with demand.

 

 

ECHOES 2017

16 -17. JUNE

 

SZYMON NEHRIBG

Is one of the most gifted and promising pianists of the younger generation in Poland.
He is the only Pole to win First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, one of the most important piano competitions in the world.
In autumn 2017 he will begin his studies with Prof. Boris Berman at Yale School of Music. He studied at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the class of Prof. Stefan Wojtas, with whom he worked since 2013. Before that, he studied piano in the class of Olga Łazarska at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Primary Music School in Kraków and at the Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Kraków for 11 years.
In 2014 he won First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam International Competition in Bydgoszcz.
In 2015 he received a Krystian Zimerman scholarship and performed in the finals of the 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition to win an Honourable Mention, the Audience Prize as well as a number of extra prizes. In 2017 he won First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv as well as several extra prizes, including the Best Performance of a Chopin Piece Prize.
His debut CD with music by Polish composers received the Fryderyk Award 2016 from the Polish Phonographic Academy (in the category Album of the Year – Solo Recital), the Joker from Crescendo magazine, and the Supersonic Award from Pizzicato magazine. The year 2016 saw the release of the artist’s two albums: Chopin’s Piano Concertos with the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał and Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Concerto “Resurrection” under the composer’s baton. The artist’s latest recording includes Chopin’s works performed on a period instrument (Erard 1858).
Szymon Nehring has given concerts in Russia, China, Ukraine, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Israel, Argentine, Brazil, Chile, Canada, and the United States.
He has performed with orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Santander Orchestra, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the majority of Polish orchestras, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, collaborating with conductors including Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Grzegorz Nowak, Omer Meir Wellber, John Axelrod, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
The artist’s upcoming concert plans include a tour of Japan and China, recitals at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as performances at the Chopin and His Europe Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Vilnius Piano Festival, and the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.
Szymon Nehring is represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association.

 

 

BOJAN SUDJIC

Is a leading name in Serbian conducting, is chief conductor of the RTS Symphonic Orchestra and Choir and executive and artistic director of the Musical Production of the RTS. He is also employed as a full professor and head of the conducting department at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade; in 2015, maestro Suđić celebrates 30 years of his professional career in conducting. Since the very beginning, his work and repertoire have featured an extraordinary breadth and diversity of choral, symphonic, and stage music, remarkable achievements in all of these domains, and numerous awards – ranging from First Prize at the 1989 Yugoslav Young Artists’ Competition in Zagreb to significant professional awards on the domestic music scene: the prize of the International Composers’ Forum, the annual prize of the Association of Musical Artists, The City of Belgrade Prize, the Golden Armlet, the annual prize of the Musica classica journal, and others. He performs regularly in Serbia and abroad.
Since 1992, he has been a permanent conductor with the RTS Choir and Symphonic Orchestra, with whom he has performed a large number of works from the international heritage of choral, symphonic, and vocal-instrumental music. Most of these concerts have been recorded for radio and TV, constituting the basis of Suđić’s extensive discography.
Since 1989, he has engaged in intense collaboration with the Belgrade Philharmonic. In 1993, he turned to conducting in opera, becoming a leading conductor at the National Theatre Opera in Belgrade, and its chief conductor during the season of 1999‒2000. He was general music director of the Opera during the season of 2004‒2005.
In 1998, he was engaged as a visiting conductor at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, becoming a conductor in residence there in 2000. With their ensemble, he realised over 150 opera and ballet productions. He has also pursued a fruitful collaboration with the ensemble of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. As a visiting conductor, he has performed with over 40 orchestras in the region and abroad, such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic, and UNAM Philharmonic.

 

 

SARAH SKOPLJAK

Was born in 1997, in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sara’s musicality and talent early discovered her grandmother, piano professor Meliha Kulukčija. During the 2005/2006 school year, Sarah joined the elementary music school in Tuzla, piano section in class prof. Lidija Kuzmić.
The first public appearance Sarah allready had 24.02.2006. on the occasion of Independence Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarah enrolled in secondary music school in Tuzla, piano section in class of prof. Zrinka Andrejaš and also theoretical course. She graduated in the class of prof. Zlatan Mujkić. She has received two diplomas from Federal Ministry of Education for 2014. and 2015, for achieved outstanding results in competitions and recognition of education.
So far she held six concerts in Tuzla, 3 in Mostar, then a solo concert in Cavtat (Croatia), within the Epidaurus Festival, as well in Belgrade (Serbia) in the National Library of Serbia as the announcement of the fifth Belgrade Chopin Fest. She has performed in other cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad, ahd she had over 500 public performances. Remarkable performances by Sarah are with the Orchestra Amoroso Leskovac, at the music meetings dr. Mira Ivanović in Leskovac (Serbia). With Amoroso Sarah performed in Tuzla, but also in Belgrade at the  Kolarac Concert Hall . Also, Sarah has had a performance with orchestra of the Music School Pavle Markovac in Zagreb (Croatia) and the Symphony Orchestra of Mostar.
She attended seminars with proffesors: Đorđe Stanetti (CRO), Aleksandar Serdar (ENG), Michal Rezeka (CZ), Oliver Oliver (CRO), Vladimir Milošević (SRB) etc.
Currently, she is student at the Musical Academy in Sarajevo in class doc.mr. Dragan Opančić.

During previous learning and education, Sarah received numerous awards at  federal, regional and international competitions, as solo and chamber music pianist: XI Federal Competition – Sarajevo (piano solo), I prize; XII Federal Competition – Ilidža (piano four hands), II prize; XIV Federal Competition – Tuzla (piano solo), II prize; II Slobomir International Music Competition – Bijeljina (piano solo), II prize; International Competition “Davorin Jenko” – Belgrade (solo piano), II prize; III Slobomir International Music Competition – Bijeljina (piano duo); I prize and gold medal; III Slobomir International Music Competition – Bijeljina (piano solo), I Prize; International Competition strings “Stringfest 2013” – Sremska Mitrovica (chamber music); II prize; Contest of chamber ensembles “Mita Topalović” – Pančevo; laureate I prize; Contest of chamber ensembles “Davorin Jenko” – Belgrade, I prize; 4th Festival of pianism – Sremska Mitrovica (piano solo), I prize; XVII Federal Competition – Sarajevo (piano solo), I prize; International Piano Competition “Banja Luka Biennale 2014” (solo piano), I prize; Belgrade Chopin Fest 2015 (piano solo),I prize; 19th International Piano Competition Šabac (solo piano), II prize; XVIII Federal Competition of students of music Sarajevo – (chamber music), spec.award; Festival of Slovenian music Belgrade (chamber music), II prize; IV Slobomir International Music Competition – Bijeljina (piano solo), I prize and gold medal; III International Piano Competition Smederevo (piano solo), I prize; International Piano Competition “Banjaluka Biennale 2016” (solo piano), II prize.

 

 

VUK BOŽILOVIĆ

Was born in December 1993 in Belgrade.
At three years old, he entered the music kindergarten in the Music School Davorin Jenko in Belgrade. He gained his elementary music education at the Music School Petar Konjovic, in the class of professor Milena Matijevic, and since 2008 he was the  student of secondary Music School Kosta Manojlovic in Zemun, in the class of professor Irena Oparov Dobrila.
He collaborated with renowned teachers and pianists such as Aleksandar Serdar, Aleksandar Madzar, Igor Lasko, Arbo Valdma, Baruch Meir, Ian Jones, Stephen Kovachevic etc. He was laureate of the Piano Competition ‘Josip Slavenski’ in Belgrade (2010) and the Mihailo Vukdragović in Sabac (2011), the same year he won the first prize in the Republic Competition in Belgrade.
In the year 2012.Vuk was the laureate of the Piano competition Davorin Jenko in Belgrade, and of the International Competition in Nis. He also was the finalist of the Competition Guarnerius and semifinalist at Piano Competition Isidor Bajic in Novi Sad.
At the Piano Rewue of young talents Sopenijada 2102 in Belgrade, where he performed only Chopin’s works, he won the second prize. In april 2014, he performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1, at the Kolarac Concert Hall, with the Symphony Orchestra of Faculty of Music in Belgrade, under the baton of Serbia’s most renowned conductor Bojan Sudjic.
Vuk has performed in many concert halls across Serbia, such as: Belgrade Cultural Center, Student Cultural Center, the Children’s Cultural Center, Guarnerius Hall, Madlenianum, Kolarac Music Gallery, a large Kolarac Concert Hall, Sava Center large Hall, and also in Banski dvor in Banja Luka (Republic of Srpska), etc.

He is a student at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of renowned professor  and pianist  Lidija Stankovic.