BELGRADE CHOPIN FEST 2019
DEANA PATAKOVIC was born in Belgrade where she began her studies with Professor Mirjana Suica Babic achieving a Master’s in Art – Pianist in 1991 as the best musician of her generation (with a top score 10 of 10 in all the subjects).
She continued her studies in London with Professor John Bingham ( Trinity College ), Kendall Taylor (Royal College of Music ) and in Paris with Françoise Buffet ( Ecole normale de musique ).
At the same time she started her international career as a concert pianist – more than 700 concerts in former Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Russia, Kuwait, Eritrea and Jordan. She performed as a soloist with all Serbian Symphony Orchestras, Jordan Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonia ( Murtenclassics festival in 2007, music conductor Thomas Rösner ).
In October 2012 she was an invited music artist at the Victoria Hall for the Award Ceremony Martin Ennals.
Deana was teaching as a Piano Professor at the highest level of musical training at the Music Faculty, University of Arts of Belgrade ( 1992-2008 ), and afterwards in Geneva at the Institute Jaques Dalcroze.
She recorded three CDs with music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Liszt,
Scriabine, Albeniz, Ravel, Fridrich Nietzsche and Serbian composers ( available also in the iTunes ).
NEBOJŠA MAKSIMOVIĆ was born in Belgrade in 1979. He started to play piano at the age of 2, and when he was 4 he entered at the school of music in the class led by Prof. Gordana Jovanović. He graduated at the high school of music in 1994 in the class led by Prof. Olga Jovanović. In the same year he enrolled at the Faculty Of Music in Belgrade in the class led by Prof. Mirjana Šuica-Babić and he finished bachelor (1999), master (2004) and PhD (2009) studies in the class led by Prof. Nevena Popović with highest marks. In 2006, he also finished master studies at the Accademy “Santa Ceccilia” in Rome in the class led by Prof. Sergio Perticaroli with highest marks. He was instructed at masterclasses by Lazar Berman, Giovanni Umberto Battel, Sergio Perticaroli and Nina Makarova. He won 1st prize at the Yugoslav Competitions twice (1987 and 1993), prizes for the best pianist both in high school of music (1994) and at Faculty Of Music (2000), 1st prize at EPTA Competition in Belgrade 2001. and the prize for best recital of the season in SANU (Belgrade) 2002.. He was awarded the 3rd prize twice at the Piano Competition in Rome (1995 and 1998), and a special I prize with the maximum of points at the International Competition “Petar Konjović” in Belgrade (1997), as well as the 3rd prize at the Piano Competition in Athens in 1999. At the age of 4 he started playing in public, including TV and Radio programmes. He played several hundreds of recitals and concerto performances in all major concert halls in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Italy and Greece. His live preformance from a recital at Kolarac Great Hall in Belgrade became The Hit of the year by wotes from listeners of Radio Belgrade in 2012 and The Hit of the week in 2014 with an all time record of listeners votes in that classical music radio show. From 2002-2006, he was engaged as the demonstrator at Faculty Of Music in Belgrade, he was a piano teacher in music school „Mokranjac“ in Belgrade from 2006-2008, from 2008-2009 he was an associate professor at FILUM in Kragujevac, from 2009-2012 he was a piano teacher, from 2012-2019 an assistant professor and from 2019 he is an associate professor of Piano at Faculty Of Music in Belgrade.
He also plays keyboards in many rock & pop bands, write music & lyrics, arrange & produce songs…
As a member of Fat Black Sexy Mama (Swiss-Serbian band), he recorded one album in 2008 and performed many gigs including headline appearance at Belgrade Beer Fest 2009
As a member of hard & heavy rock band Kraljevski Apartman, he recorded one album in 2012 and performed as an opening act for Whitesnake in 2013.
In 2015 PGP RTS released debut album for his hard & heavy rock band WITCH 1 followed by 2 live singles and 1 studio single for PGP RTS in 2016 and numerous gigs across ex Yu in 2015-16 season. In 2016 PGP-RTS released his first full CD classical album.
LUKAS KRUPINSKI, polish pianist Krupinski is the winner of the 7th International Piano Competition in San Marino and all of the contest prizes – the Audience Award, the Music Critics Award and the Orchestra Award in 2016.
A finalist of the International Competition of Ferruccio Busoni in Bolzano in 2017 and the winner of International Piano Competitions in Aachen (2016) and Hannover (2015). As a semi-finalist, Lucas found himself amongst the best 20 pianists of the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition, Warsaw in 2015.
In 2017 his debut album Espressione was released, including compositions by Haydn, Chopin and Scriabin, inspired by his musical travels to Italy. The CD has been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2018 alongside Krystian Zimerman and Evgeny Kissin and received excellent press reviews in Pizzicato Magazine, MDR Kultur, Radio Luxembourg, Radio France and Gramophone.
In 2018 Lucas held his debut recital at Carnegie Hall / Isaac Stern Auditorium and has since received invitations to play with Chicago Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic in autumn this year. In the same year, he had a tournee with Santander Orchestra and legendary Lawrence Foster. During the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Lucas performed during a special recital in PyeongChang. In the last season he has performed in Teatro La Fenice in Venice, La Verdi in Milano, NDR Radio Philharmonie in Hannover with recitals in Paris, London, Tokyo and Sydney, to name a few.
Twice Lucas has been a laureate of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prize for remarkable artistic accomplishments (2013, 2014), The Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship (2015) and The Krystian Zimerman Foundation Scholarship (2015). In 2016 he was honoured with a Commemorative Medal of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in recognition of his artistic achievements. In 2017/2018 he received a prestigious DAAD scholarship for the postgraduate studies in Germany.
From September 2018 Lucas is studying an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London in the class of Professor Dmitri Alexeev, as a Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar. He is also supported by the Hattori Foundation and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Lucas previously studied at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he graduated with a “Magna cum Laude” distinction under the supervision of Professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj and Dr Konrad Skolarski. In the years 2016-2018 he has been a student of Professor Arie Vardi at Hannover University of Musik, Drama and Media.
Lucas Krupinski is represented by Ludwig van Beethoven Association and Madam Elzbieta Penderecki.
EVA GEVORGYAN is currently a student at the prestigious Central Music School for Gifted Children at the Moscow Conservatory where she studies piano under Professor Natalia Trull and composition under Professor Tatiana Chudova. Eva performed in Dobbiaco at Alto Adige Festival concert Wunderkinder in front of the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella. Eva receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein. During the live TV broadcast, Eva asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about possible reforms for the Specialist Music education in Russia. Eva is a prize winner of more than 40 international competitions.
AWARDS AND COMPETITIONS (highlights):
2014 1st Prize The Chopin Piano Competition for Young Musicians, Szafarnia, Poland
2016 Premio Assoluto International Piano Competition of Giuliano Petar, Gorizia, Italy
2016 1st place Moscow Young Composers, Russia
2016 1st Prize Special Award Alion Baltic Piano Competition, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 1st Prize The Robert Schumann Piano Competition, Düsseldorf, Germany
2017 1st Prize T. Amirejibi International Piano Competition, Borjomi, Georgia
2018 1st Prize Debut International Piano Competition, New York, USA.
2018 Laureate, 5 Special Awards II Grand Piano International Competition For Young Pianists, Moscow
2018 1st Prize and Special Award for the best interpretation of Bach, Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists, USA
2019 Discovery Award by ICMA (International Classical Music Award)
PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE 2019 (highlights):
March: Performance in Yerevan, Armenia, with the National Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
February: Eilat Chamber Music Festival, solo recital, Israel
February: VP Bank Classic Festival in Bad Ragaz, solo recital, Switzerland
March: Cleveland Concert Series, solo and duo recitals, USA
March: Performance with Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenia
April: Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, solo recital, UK
May: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23, A Major, K488 with orchestra, Teatro del Giglio, Lucca, Italy May: Saint-Saens’s Piano Concerto No 2, Op.22, G Minor, with Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Lucerne, Switzerland
August: Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, solo recital
October: performance with the Canton Symphony Orchestra – Cleveland Conductors Prize, USA
Music Fest Perugia, solo recital and performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2, F minor, Op.21 with The Virtuosi Brunenses Orchestra, Gaddiel Dombrowner, Italy
EPTA Malta, solo recital at Piano Prodigies concert, Malta
Ferrara International Piano Festival, Italy, solo recital
Stars Of Baikal Festival, Irkutsk, Russia
Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, solo recital, Klin, b.p.of Tchaikovsky, Russia
Junior Eppan Piano Academy, solo recital & Junior Award, Italy
Bach’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with Malta Philhamonic Chamber Orchestra, conductor Mathieu Poluliot, Malta
Ferrara Piano Festival, won The Recital Award, Italy
Scgleswig-Holstein Music Festival, solo recital, Germany
Alion Baltic Festival, headline recital, Riga, Latvia
The World Wunderkind Concert, Alto Adige Festival, Dobbiaco, Italy
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12, A Major, K414 with NRW Chamber Orchestra in Aachen, Germany
Grieg’s Piano Concerto A Minor Op.16 with Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau in Antonio Belloni Theatre, Italy and with Sumy Philharmonic Orchestra in Sumy, Ukraine
Also recitals: Russia, Ukraine and Armenia
First solo piano recital, Yerevan, Armenia
Alion Baltic International Music Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
ClaviCologne International Piano Festival & Competition, Wuppertal and Cologne, Germany
The 1st International Piano Festival in Pescara, Italy
2011 & 2013:
The 1st and the 3rd New Names International Festival For Young Musicians, Armenia
Bach Festival, Moscow, Russia
Chamber Hall of Moscow Philharmonic Society Rachmaninoff Concert Hall at the Moscow State Conservatory
ANA KOVAČEVIĆ was born in 1988 in Belgrade, where she graduated with the highest grade, completed her Ph.D. and Ph.D. at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Jokut Mihailović. She is the winner of the Slobodanka Milošević-Savić Fund for the best student of the piano section. She graduated from “Vladimir Djordjevic” as a student in the class of prof. Jelena Filotić, and piano and theoretical section in “Josip Slavenski”, in the class of prof. Olge Bauer, with the Best Graduate Examination Award.
She studied with prof. Alekander Bauer, Michael Ude and Arba Valdme. Since 2012 he has been working in the death of “Davorin Jenko” as a piano professor and accompanist.
She has received numerous awards: laureate of the IV International Music Competition Slobomir (2015), the laureate is in the oldest category at the IKS International Competition “Davorin Jenko” (2012); II prize at the IV International Competition “Dimitar Nenov” (2011), 1st prize at the international music competition Slobomir – discipline piano duo. As a high school student she won: 1st prize at the III Dr Vojislav Vuckovic Memorial, the 1st prize at the “Piano Story” promenade and the prize at the Republican competition of music and ballet schools, Laureat at the International Artists’ Studio Young Studio Art Studio Sabac (2003).
She performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the salons in Belgrade (the Great Hall and the Musical Gallery Kolarac Foundation, the Army House of Serbia, the Assembly of the City of Belgrade, the Gallery SANU, KC Belgrade, the Russian House, Kucher, KC Čukarica). On the World Music Day in 2016 she premiered a concertino for the piano and chamber orchestra op. 205 Dejan Despić with the artistic ensemble “Stanislav Binički”. She performed at the Arsola Theater in Italy (2016) at the OFF Festival as Maria Maria Canals in Barcelona (2012, Spain), then in the Razgrad Philharmonic (2011, Bulgaria). She also participated in radio and TV programs: Dragstor Serious Music, Radio Radio Belgrade, Music Radio Dnevnik Radio Novi Sad, Weekly Evening and All Colors of Life on RTS.
She held solo concerts at the Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2016), the Belgrade City Assembly in the October editions of Chopin Fest and KCB (2015), SKC (2014), Guarnerius within the FMU and Guarnerius Cicle (2013), as well as several concerts in Djordjevic Monday (Mrs. Djordjevic). She is also active on stage and in multimedia projects in the field of contemporary art music – projects Man with umbrella and Imaginary landscapes of John Cage in KCB, as well as SrDa Center in SKC.
MELINA ŠIŠIĆ was born in 2003. (Tuzla, BiH).
She began playing piano at the age of 7. Primary school and primary music education Melina finished as the best student of her generation (2016/2017; 2017/2018.). She has participated in many international music competitions. Beside her solo recitals she is a participant in many music festivals and concerts of successful young pianists. As a member of “Viva la Musica” she is one of the promoters of classical music in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.
Melina is also a piano accompanist and plays with her sister Lamija Šišić (violin) on concerts and competitions.
Melina has also participated in master classes with Aleksandra Radosavljević, Dragan Opančić, Vladimir Milošević, Konstantin Krasnitski, Marina Horak, Neven Šobajić.
She is currently a student of the Secondary Music School “Čestmir Mirko Dušek” in Tuzla (class of Nedžmija Omerćehajić).
She also studies with well-established pianist Prof Dr Neven Šobajić.
SAŠA BOŽIĆ was born in 1998. Bijeljina. He started playing the piano at the age of 15 at the Secondary Music School “Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac” in Bijeljina, at the department – music theory. His first piano professor was prof. Aleksandra Radosavljevic. After graduating from the secondary music school where he was declared a pupil of the generation, he enrolled at the Academy of Arts of the University of Banja Luka, as the best candidate on the entrance exam for piano department. He is currently student of the second year in the class of prof. Dejan Jankovic.
As a promising young artist and a successful student, he has a scholarship of the city of Bijeljina. Although he is playing piano relatively short period of time, he has won several awards on the international and domestic competitions in the discipline piano solo, among which are the first prize and winner of the oldest category at the State Competition, and the first prize at International piano competitions in Sremska Mitrovica and Arandjelovac. He won awards in the disciplines of harmony and musical forms at the State competition and the international competition “Kornelije Stankovic” in Belgrade. Among numerous public performances, the most important are those at the international festival “Days of Vlado S. Milosevic”, “Night of the museums” and the “World Music Day”.
He has been attending master classes with: Djordje Staneti, Aleksandra Romanić, Neven Šobajić and Aleksandar Serdar.
DANICA DUJAKOVIĆwas born in 1994 in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2003 started to study piano at Kosta Manojlovic Music School in Belgrade. There she enrolled in the class of Vladana Janićijević and completed ten years long studies with best grades in the class of esteemed piano pedagogue Zlata Males. In this period she won a number of prizes on regional and international piano competitions ,such as fourth prize at Košice Piano Competition (2005), absolute first prize and special prize “Carlo e Rodolfo Furcht” for best performance of Mendelssohn’s work at Città di Gorizia International Piano Competition (Italy,2009), absolute first prize at International Piano Competition Slobomir in Bjeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), etc. Beggining from 2013, she continued her music education in Belgrade Faculty of Music, on department of Piano Performance in the class of professor and pianist Maja Rajković. She completed her bachelor studies with best grades in 2017 and with award “Slobodanka Milosevic-Savic“ for the most successful piano student of her generation. She continued her studies with the same professor and received Master’s degree with best grades in 2018 and “Dositeja” government scholarship which is awarded to most successful students in the country. She gave solo recitals and has participated in concerts in most significant halls in Belgrade such as Kolarac Concert Hall, Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Belgrade Students Cultural Center, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, etc. Danica participated in a number of international master classes, including those of Igor Laszko, Arbo Valdma, Aleksandar Serdar, Sofia Gulyak and Jacques Rouvier. She is an active chamber musician: she plays in a piano quintet, in two piano trios, and accompanies singers. She participated in chamber music masterclasses of violinist Bogdan Božović, professor Michael Uhde from Karlsruhe University of Music and Sergei Senkov from Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. Recently she participated in Djordje Nesic’s master course for singers and répétiteurs and was chosen as one of its best participants to perform in Kolarac Concert Hall. She currently works as an accompanist in Jovan Bandur music school in Pancevo, Serbia. She plans to continue her studies. The most recent award is First prize and laureate at Davorin Jenko international piano competition (2019) with Natalia Trull as president of the jury.
DRAGAN SOBAJIC PhD is a pianist by vocation. After his studies in Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Zagreb and Moscow, he performed in the cities of the SFR Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Titograd, Zagreb, Zadar, Budva, Skopje) and the USSR (Moscow, Rostov-on-Don). He recorded for Radio and TV Belgrade, and TV Titograd. He held a series of concerts-lectures on Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms which was the basis for some of his books.
He was a full time professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Presently, he is engaged as a lecturer on the doctoral and specialist studies. He was a visiting professor at the academies of music in Cetinje, East Sarajevo, Novi Sad, Niš and Kragujevac. He is professor emeritus at Slobomir P University in Bijeljina.
He was one of the co-founders of the Academy of Music in Titograd. At the Music Academy in Cetinje he initiated the master studies in methodology of piano teaching; at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo he founded the piano department and master studies in the methodology of piano teaching. At the Academy in Sarajevo he initiated doctoral and master studies in the methodology of piano teaching and history of pianism. At the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade he initiated the subject History and theory of pianism (bachelor level) and History of music performance (specialist and doctoral studies). He was a member of the jury at the Federal Competition in Zagreb in 1983 and at the International Competition-festival “Krasnodarskaya Kamerata” in Krasnodar 2011, 2013 and 2015.
He has published ten books and a number of papers investigating the relationship between performance practice and related theoretical disciplines – pedagogy, history of music and psychology. His books have won considerable popularity among his colleagues and students: The Foundations of Contemporary Pianism (1996), Dušan Trbojević: Portrait of the Artists (2003), Franc List: Composer and Performer (2nd ed. 2001), Listening to the Imaginary: Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms – Essays on Piano Music (1999), The Piano Music: On the Creativity, Performance Practice And Pedagogy Of Eminent Musicians (2018). His new book: Practicing the Piano According to the Method of Technical Variants is due this year.
MARIJA DJUKIC graduated and holds a Master degree (MSc) at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she studied with professor Srdjan Grbić. She took master courses in Tours, France with professor Alexey Nasedkin and in Sion, Switzerland, with professor Bernhardt Ebert. She spent two years specializing in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at the State Conservatory Rimsky-Korsakov, with professor Ekaterina Murina.
She is a full time professor at the Piano department at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
Marija performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in Belgrade, across Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Her repertoire mainly features classical and romantic pieces. She is particularly fond of works of Frederic Chopin. She performed one of the most significant and successful Chopin concerts at the Kolarac concert hall in 2010, celebrating 200th anniversary of composer’s birth. The concert was under the patronage of the embassy of the Republic of Poland.
She performed in various chamber ensembles, in duets with singers, flautists, violinists, and in trios Amorosso and Classica Aeterna. She played at the Composers Forum and the International Harp Festival. She also did recordings for Radio Beograd. As a soloist, she collaborated with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphonic Orchestra, Army Orchestra and Belgrade String Orchestra “Dušan Skovran”.
MAJA DJOGO was born 09.05.1984. g. In Belgrade. His first steps in music began in Ukraine in 1993 , in Dniprodzerzhinsk, as the youngest and most talented pupil in school for talents. After returning from abroad ends basic music school Vladimir Djordjevic in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Jelena Filotich as the best student. Secondary music education continues in a ’’Mokranjac’’, where he graduated in piano department in the class of prof. Bozena Griner and prof. Zeljka Vorkapich 2002, also in Belgrade. Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo enrolled in 2002 in the class of prof. Jokuthon Mihailovich and graduated in 2007 with an average score of 9.27. Master studies enrolled and ends in the class of prof. Aleksandra Radosavljevich. During her education in elementary and high school she was performing at piano competitions ( republic, international…) festivals, concerts, seminars, talent competitions, sections, courses and won awards, commendations, diplomas and significant recognitions. She attended master classes with renowned piano pedagogues: mr Aleksandra Romanic, Mr. Jokuthon Mihailovic (Serbia), Mr. Pavel Nersesjan (Russia), Mr. Aleksandar Sandorov (Serbia), Mr. Yuri Kot (Ukraine), Mr. Hinko Haas (Slovenia), Mr. Lili Petrovich (Serbia), Mr. Aleksandar Serdar (Serbia), Mihail Rezek (Czech Republic).On the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the University of East Sarajevo she was invited by the Rector of the University of East Sarajevo to receive the Plaque of the University and the cash prize for the highest score in her generation and for extraordinary success during her studies at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo.In addition to solo engagements, appearances are active in chamber ensembles and cooperates with many colleagues. Currently most attention is paid to activities in the field of chamber music in the work with colleague Maja Zuza (piano duo M & M). For the 10 years of pedagogical work has achieved remarkable results with their students winning over 80 awards. She was a member of the jury of many piano competitions, festivals in the country and the region. Maja got a diploma from the organizers and committee members of the International competition of young pianists in Niš 2012 for excellent educational results in E, K, L category, discipline piano, k1 duo. She is an active member of the Association of Musical / music and ballet pedagogues FBiH. She works as an assistant professor (Docent) at the piano department of the Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo.
MAJA ZUZA was born in 1984 in Sarajevo. She finished high school of music in East Sarajevo. Already in that period she actively concerted and won special and first prizes in competitions. Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo, Department of Piano, finished in 2008 in the class of Mr Zorica Dimitrijevic-Stošic, with an average score of 10.00. During her studies, she was a scholarship recipient of the Government of the Republic of Srpska. The winner is:
„Vojin Komadina“ Prizes of the Academy of Music of the UIS; University plaques; Silver Medal of Sv. Stefana, as the best student of the University (awarded by President of RS, Dr Milan Jelic)
Master’s degree at the piano department ends in 2012 at the same institution, in class Mr Irine Skerl. She attended master classes with Mr Yuri Kot, (Ukraine), Mr Hinko Haas, (Slovenia), Mr Jokut Mihailović, (Serbia), Mr Aleksandra Romanic, (Germany), Miroslava Lili Petrovic (Serbia), Mihail Rezek (Czech Republic) and Aleksandar Serdar (Serbia). Upon completion of her basic studies, she was employed at the Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo, first in the title of an artistic associate, and then a senior artistic associates. During that period she collaborated with a large number of colleagues and students, achieving an enviable number of over 200 concerts and performances in the country and the region.
– Member of the Association of Citizens for Fostering Academic Music „New Sound“
– One of the designers and initiators of the First International Piano Competition at the Music Academy of the UIS
– Vice President is a member of the Founder Board of the Association of Citizens for Nursing
classical music „Koral”
– Deputy Director of Art and PR Manager of the Festival „Koral“
– Member of the Serbian Educational Cultural Society „Prosvjeta”
Since 2015, she is a docent at the Piano Department of the Academy of Music University of East Sarajevo. From the academic year 2017/2018 he holds the position of the Head of the Piano Chair and the Co-ordinator for International Cooperation of the Music Academy of the University of East Sarajevo.
JULIJANA SULOVIC started playing the piano at the age of five at the Josip Slavenski Music School in Belgrade (Serbia), where she completed her primary and secondary musical education with Prof. Dragana Trajic. She graduated at the Belgrade Music Art University with Prof. Igor Lazko and Prof. Jasmina Gavrilovic. She obtained her specialization and post graduate degree P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with prof Mihail Voskresensky. Mrs J. Sulovic was the winner of several State Piano Competitions in ex Yugoslavia. Her concert career includes performances as a soloist and a chamber musician in prominent concert halls all over ex Yugoslavia, as well as performances in Russia, Estonia, Italy, Great Britain, Romania, Greece, etc. Prof Sulovic recorded for radio and TV Belgrade, TV Novi Sad (Serbia) and Radio Skopje (FYR Macedonia). She performs broad repertoire, from baroque to contemporary authors. She recorded CD performing compositions for cello and piano (Schumann, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Grieg) with Mileta Stankovic, DVDs titled “Favorite Violin Concertos for the Primary Music School” and “Sonatas for Violin and Piano” with the violinist Vladimir Markovic and a DVD performing baroque sonatas with several young violinists. Mrs J. Sulovic was also the complete author of several TV music broadcasts (for Mozart’s and Brahms anniversaries), Belgrade Music Festival and TV interviews with Yuri Bashmet, Misha Maisky and Gidon Kremer. Julijana Sulovic lectures at the East Sarajevo Music Academy and Mokranjac Music School in Belgrade.
TAMARA PECENICA was born in 1997. In Pale where she finished Music Primary school-piano department. She finished Music Primary school as student of generation. She continued her further education in East Sarajevo. As a studnet of primary and high school she attended a lot’s of competitions. In 2016. she continues her studies at Music Academy in East Sarajevo ( vocal-instrumental -piano department). Currently she is at fourth year of her studies in the class of full professor Zoran Jancic. During her studies she was very successfull. She is the winner of “Vojin Komadina” award for achieved success and best grades (10.00). Next to “Vojin Komadina” award, AMUS( association of music composers) assigned her with “Cvjetko Rihtman” for the best student of music academies in Bosnia and Hercegovina. She attended masterclasses under the lead of eminent professors: Oliver Kern, Elena Tarasova and Jokut Mihajlović. She played at a student concert as part of the ceremony of the 20 anniversary of the piano department on Music Academy in East Sarajevo. Aside from competing in the piano solo category, she also participated in many competitions and competed in the piano duet category. She won many awards: 1st and 3rd place award on a Federal competition in Sarajevo, numerous awards on a Republic competition in Banja Luka. She also competed in a festival of Slovenian music in piano duet category where she won the 1st place. She attended the First International competition of pianists in East Sarajevo and won 2nd and 3rd place in two categories She is currently a student of the final year in Music Academy in East Sarajevo.
Mia Pečnik (20.9.2000, Zagreb) has received 45 first and special prizes on international and national solo and chamber music competitions in the United States, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia and Serbia. She was twice the winner of the „Oscar of knowledge” prize, awarded by the Ministry of science and education of the Republic of Croatia to Croatian’s best students. She is also the winner of the prize given by the city Sveta Nedelja for special musical contributions and the “Professor Baltazar“ prize given by City of Zagreb for the absolute prize on the Croatian National Piano Competition.
She commenced learning the piano as an eight-year old under the guidance of professor Ivanka Kordić at the Vatroslav Lisinski School of Music in Zagreb and now is a student under the guidance of professor Andreas Frolich at Hoch Schule fur Musik und Tanz in Koeln.
She has performed as a soloist, in a piano duo and as a soloist with an orchestra all over Croatia, Europe, USA and Asia: Belgium (Brussels, Wavre), Serbia, Slovakia, Germany (Hagen, Aachen, Bonn, Düren, Köln), Slovenia, Italy (Rome, Cortemilia, Alba, Gorizia, Trieste, Brescia), Hungary (Budapest, Vac), Austria (Salzburg), Spain (Madrid, Marbella) in the Great Britain (London debut in June 2015 as part of Notting Hill concert series), Poland (Krakow, Katowice) in the USA in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall (New York) and in Sheik Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center (Kuwait City) .
At 15, she had her debut with the Zagreb Philharmonic orchestra (Saint- Saëns) in the Lisinski Concert Hall under the baton of maestro Pavle Dešpalj. At 16, she again appeared with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Veton Marevci which was broadcasted live on HRT (Croatian Radio Television). During the same year she performed with the Croatian National Theatre Symphonic Orchestra in Osijek (conductor Filip Pavišić).
She also performed twice with the Zagreb soloists in their concert seasons.
In January 2019 she had the honor to perform twice with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in their guest tour to the Sheik Aber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center in Kuwait City (conductor Dawid Runtz). In October 2019 she played in Brescia (Italy) with the Bazzini Consort orchestra under the baton of maestro Aram Khacheh.
Mia has attended master classes conducted by renowned pianists Dang Thai Son (Vietnam), Jacques Rouvier, Eugen Indjic, (France), Yurij Kot, Milana Chernyavska, Anna Tyshayeva (Ukraine), Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Natalia Trull, Konstantin Bogino, Igor Lasko, Vladimir Viardo, Yuri Bogdanov, Lev Natochenny, Grigory Gruzman (Russia), Nataša Veljković (Serbia), Đorđe Stanetti, Ida Gamulin, Kemal Gekić, Danijel Detoni, Srđan Čaldarević, Ruben Dalibaltayan (Croatia), Andreas Weber (Austria), Heribert Koch, Andreas Frölich, (Germany), Fulvio Turissini (Italy) Michael Davidov and Leonel Morales (Spain).
As the winner of the Grand Prize award at the American Fine Arts Festival – International Concerto Competition in 2017, she has performed in Carnegie Hall and as the first prize winner of the “Debut International Piano Competition 2017” she had a recital in May 2017 also in Carnegie Hall (New York).
In September 2018 she had a recital on the 18th International “Young Artists in Kraków” Festival in Poland and in November 2018 she was invited to perform as a part of the 13th Gorczycki Festiwal in Operze Śląskiej. In October 2019. she was invited to hold a recital at the Filharmonia Śląska in Katowice (Poland).
She has recorded for the Croatian National Radio Television, Hungary TV and RTL.
Segej Čavić (2003) young pianist from Belgrade,Serbia. Sergej is a student II (second) grade of Music High School “Kosta Manojlovic” in Belgrade/Zemun, class prof. Radojka Ivanović. He has participated in numerous competitions and master classes in Serbia and abroad and won the following awards:
The International Piano Competition “Citta di Gorizia” 2012, in Gorizia, Italy – 1st prize;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia”, Belgrade 2013 – 1st prize in A category;
The International Piano Competition “Nikolai Rubinstein” April 2014-Paris, France – 1st prize;
The International Piano Competition “Alexander Scriabin” April 2014-Paris, France – 2nd Prize (the first was not awarded);
EMCY XII International Piano Competition “Petar Konjović”, Belgrade May 2014 – 1st prize;
EMCY International Piano Competition “Ohrid Pearls” in 2014, Ohrid, Macedonia 1st prize in the A category;
XII International Competition “Davorin Jenko 2015” Belgrade -Laureate in the “A” category;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia”, Belgrade 2015 – 1st prize in B category;
EMCY Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition Košice 2015 – 4th place in 2nd category;
“Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte 2015”- Usti nad Labem,Czech Republic-Finalist in A category;
International Piano Competition “White Lira2016”-Belgorod,Rusian federation – I prize in 2ndcategory;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia”, Belgrade 2017 – 1st prize in C category;
International Music Competition For Young Pianists “Merci,Maestro 2018”-Brussels,Belgium – Finalist in B category;
“Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial 2018”- Novi Sad,Serbia – Finalist in A category;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia”, Belgrade 2019 – 1st prize in C category;
He participated in master classes of renowned pianists and professors : Milana Chernyavska, Natalia Trull, Evgeny Starodubtsev, Ruben Dalibaltayan, Aleksey Sokolov.
Una Miljus, from Belgrade, born on June 30, 2005, a student of “Kosta Manojlovic” high school in Zemun, in the class of Prof. Radojka Ivanovic. She played concerts in the most prestigious halls of Belgrade. She has participated in numerous concerts and seminars in Belgrade and Serbia. He has won numerous high prizes in competitions throughout Serbia and Europe :
The International Piano Competition “Citta di Gorizia” 2013, in Gorizia, Italy – 1st prize in A category;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia” 2013 in Belgrade,Serbia – 1st prize in A category;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia” 2015 in Belgrade,Serbia – 1st prize in B category;
EMCY “Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition” Kosice 2015 – Kosice,Slovak Republic – 2nd
place in A category;
“Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte 2015”- Usti nad Labem,Czech Republic- 1st prize in B category;
International Piano Competition “Šabac 2016” in Šabac,Serbia – Laureate in B category;
EMCY XII International Piano Competition “Petar Konjović”2016, Belgrade,Serbia – 1st prize in Acategory;
EMCY International Piano Competition “Young virtuoso” in 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria 2nd prize in the A category;
International Piano Competition “White Lira 2016”-Belgorod,Rusian federation – I prize in 2nd category;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia”, Belgrade 2017 – Laureate in C category;
Festival of Slovenian Music in Moscow 2017 – Moscow,Rusian federation – Grand prix of Festival;
International Music Competition “A Step Towards Mastery” 2017-St.Petersburg,Rusian federation – Special prize of Jury;
“Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial 2018”- Novi Sad,Serbia – 3rd place in A category;
International Competition “Davorin Jenko 2019” Belgrade,Serbia -1st prize in D category;
“National competition for young pianists of Serbia”, Belgrade 2019 – 1st prize in D category;
International Music Competition For Young Pianists “Merci,Maestro 2019”-Brussels,Belgium – Finalist in B category;
International Piano Competition “Matusja Blum Piano Memorial” 2019 – Sarajevo,Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1st prize in D category.
He participated in master classes of renowned pianists and professors : Natalia Trull, Evgeny Starodubtsev, Ruben Dalibaltayan, Aleksey Sokolov.
Irina Brodic, at the age of 5, she stepped into the world of music, singing in the music kindergarten and children’s choir “VIVA”. A year later, she began taking piano lessons in Professor Helena Davidovic’s class. She has been active in numerous pianist competitions. Twelve first prizes in Republic competitions, completed more than 40 in international competitions (in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sabac, Zrenjanin, Arandjelovac, Sremska Mitrovica, Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Negotin, Becej …), of which 32 are the winning categories and 10 as Competition Laureate. She won the absolute victory at the Premio Clivis Competition in Rome (IT) in 2014, and at the prestigious Jurica Murai Memorial Competition in Varazdin (HR), she also won the first prize. Irina is also a winner of the International Music Competition and a runner-up at the Chopin Fest. In 2017, she also won the category at the international competition in Skopje (Macedonia). At the International Competition in Chamber Composition, with Jana Ilic (flute-piano) in Berlin, she won 3rd place and then performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at a concert of award-winning participants. In 2018 at the Republican Competition, in the “piano duo” category, with Lara Arbajter, she won 100 points and the “category winner” award. In 2018, Irina won the first prize (100 points) at the republican competition in music theory in Belgrade, in the class of professor Irena Nikacevic. She achieved remarkable success in March at the Republican Piano Competition, winning the first prize and receiving the title of “Laureate of the category”. April 2019 will remain remembered for the International Competition “I. Egressy Bèni Nemzetközi Zeneiskolai Verseny “in Budapest, where with 100 points won, she was declared the winner of the category and the absolute winner of the competition, the so-called ‘Grand Prix’. She has participated in various concerts (in Pozarevac, at the opening of the Festival of Pianism in Sremska Mitrovica, in Belgrade at the Talent Concert at the Italian Cultural Center, at the FMU Talent Show organized by 8.Chopin Fest …). Irina has successfully attended the courses of eminent experts: Djordje Milojkovic (Sweden), Svetlana Boginov, Jokut Mihajlovic (Belgrade ), Yevgeny Starodupchev (Russia), Arsen Carkic (Banjaluka), Rita Kinke (Novi Sad), Jacques Riviera (France). At the age of eleven, she held her first solo concert in front of the packed hall of Music School “Mihailo Vukdragovic. In 2014 and 2015, she was a representative of the Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra within the project “Children to Children” and in 2016 a member of the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, where she performed with the Symphony Orchestra as a soloist – children’s soprano. She has performed a national anthem at humanitarian events in her city. In the show program “I Can Do Anything”, which aired on RTS, with the group “Snowflakes” she won the second place. In the show “Your Face Sounds Familiar”, she played the role of Matilda and appeared with the popular actor Djosha. Irina was a member of the Academy of Entertainment and Arts “O&M” in Novi Sad for three years. In 2017, she played the lead role in the Broadway musical “Annie Junior”, whose premieres were successfully staged at the Serbian National Theater. As the crown of many years of work, Irina was selected to represent Serbia at the Eurovision Children’s Song in Georgia 2017. The song “The whole world is ours” in Tbilisi, Irina performed with her friend Jana Paunovic.
Lazar Mitrovic was born in Sabac in 1999.
He started his music education at the age of 7 at the Mihajlo Vukdragovic Music School in Sabac, in the class of Professor Milos Milutinovic. During primary and secondary education, he achieved remarkable results at national and international competitions, the most important of which were: Banja Luka Biennale, BiH – I Prize, Republic Competition, Serbia, 2011 and 2013 – I Prize, International competition for young pianists in Sabac 2011 , 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – First Prize …
In addition to participating in competitions, he attended courses of renowned pedagogical names such as: Svetlana Bogino, Vladimir Ograkov, Jokut Mihailovic, Djordje Miljkovic, Evgeny Starodupchev. He also performs regularly.
He is currently a third year student of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of professor and pianist Maja Rajkovic.
Momcilo Tomic (Belgrade 1998) graduated from Primary and Secondary Music School Mihailo Vukdragovic in Sabac, in the class of prof. Goara Lazic and Djordje Filipovic. He is currently in his fourth year of basic academic studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Vladimir Milosevic. He has won numerous awards, including the first awards at the State Competition of Students of Music Schools of Serbia (2013, 2015), the International Competition for Young Pianists in Sabac (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), Piano Competition for young talnts Belgrade Chopin Fest (2015), Laureate at the International competition Davorin Jenko, Serbia. He was also a laureate of the Competition of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia. He studied with S. Bogino, V. Ogarkov, Evgeny Starodubchev and Natalia Trul. He received the Dragica Nikolic Foundation Award (2014).
He is active in concerts in Belgrade (Kolarac, SKC, Belgrade Cultural Center, National Library of Serbia) and throughout Serbia. He participated in the International chamber music course Colluvio 2017, followed by a tour of cities in Austria, Germany, Croatia, BiH and Serbia. He was also atending the two-week Global Summer Institute of Music (GSIM) 2019 program. at VCU University in Richmond (Virginia, USA), where he competed as a winner at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Lazar Torbica was born in Šabac on 28.06.1999. At the age of five he started to learn piano at Music school Mihailo Vukdragovic in Šabac at professor Helena Davidovic’s class. During primary and secondary school, he participated in many international competitions. He has won over 50 first prizes and has been named laureate of the competition several times.
Among the awards are: first prizes from Republic competitions, three laureates from the Davorin Jenko International Competition in Belgrade; two laureates from the Banja Luka Biennale, Bosnia and Herzegovina; laureate from the International Competition in Šabac, Serbia; first prize at the Belgrade Chopin Fest Piano Competition; first prize with Mozart Competition in Rome; bronze medal at the World Tavern of Gagni Pianos in Paris…
He was also awarded the Dositej Award, and in 2017. as a graduate student and the Stevan Mokranjac Award for the most talented student, when he gave a solo concert at the Šabac Library
He attended seminars of eminent pianists and piano educators: Rita Kinka (Novi Sad), Arbo Valdma (Cologne), Jacques Ruviya (Paris), Jokut Mihailovic (Belgrade), Đordje Milojković (Geneva), Arsen Čarkić (Banja Luka, Republika Srpska) , Svetlana Bogino and Vladimir Ogarkov (Moscow), Aleksandra Romanić (Munich), Igor Lasko (Paris).
At the age of 18 he enrolled at the Academy of Music in Novi Sad, piano department, in the class of professor and pianist Rita Kinka. He is currently a third-year undergraduate student.
During his studies he also achieved significant success in competitions:
Danube Sonata Competition, Novi Sad, Serbia – First Prize
Polihimni Competition, Skopje, Macedonia – Laureate of the competition
Merci Maestro, Brussels, Belgium – finalist of the competition
International Competition in Paris – Bronze Medal.
Euterpe Young Pianists Competition, Bari, Italy – 1st place and category winner up to 23 years.
He has performed as a soloist in eminent concert halls: the Kolarac concert hall, the National Library in Belgrade, the SANU Gallery, the Banja Luka Palace Hall, in Synagogue with the Symphony Orchestra of the Novi Sad Academy, and in Paris, Rome, Bari, Brussels…