BELGRADE CHOPIN FEST 9
BILJANA URBAN received her Master in Art (Piano Performance) summa cum laude from the Academy of Music in Zagreb. She also studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris – Alfred Cortot . Her musicianship has been strongly influenced by Rudolf Kehrer, Tatjana Nikolaeva, and Eugene Indjic.
Urban has an international career, appearing in the most renowned international concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Vredenburg in Utrecht. In Paris she performed in the concert series of the Fondation Lili et Nadia Boulanger, Cité des Arts, Musée d’Orsay, and the Fondation Custodia. In April 2012 she was invited to give the 40th anniversary recital in the Philip Lorentz Memorial Concert Series in California that is the prestigious American keyboard serie that presents only the greatest masters such as Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Leon Fleisher etc.
As a chamber musician she has performed with soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Monnaie Orchestra Brussels, and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her recordings and recitals have been broadcast all over the globe – by Radio BBC 3, Radio France Musique, ORF Radio in Austria, Radio 4 in the Netherlands, Radio Klara in Belgium, SWR Germany, by radio and television in Croatia and Slovenia, and by Valley Public Radio of America in the United States.
Her versatile talents have made her a great recording artist, festival director, competition juror and university lecturer.
Urban is a committed teacher having her own piano school in Amsterdam and giving masterclasses and lectures worldwide. Her students have taken part in, and won, international competitions. In Paris, she has taught at the École Supérieure César Franck and the Conservatoire de Neuilly. In 2012, she was Artist in Residence at California State University in Fresno.
Currently she is collaborating with the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna/exil.arte Zentrum.
As recording artist of the Naxos label Biljana Urban released a highly acclaimed CD album with the piano works of her grandfather Jan-Jovan Urban. The recording is available on CHANDOS RECORDS as well.
Her three recently released piano albums of the survey of Czech composer Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek’s complete piano works on the Grand Piano label have earned the highest critical acclaim. The first album in the series was classed among the top 10 albums of 2014 by Culture Catch.
Biljana Urban lives in Amsterdam and has Dutch nationality.
ARIAN PETROVSKI was born on June 26, 2002 in Belgrade. Only four years later, he began to study the piano at the Music School ,,Kosta Manojlovic” in Zemun.
Throughout his education, he has performed in numerous international and national competitions, where he has won high awards.
In 2012 he won the first prize at the international competition “Josip Slavenski” in Novi Sad
In 2013 he won the II place in the international competition “Claudio Monteverdi” in Venice
In 2016, he won first prizes in international competitions with the camera duo, and won the first prize in a National competition with the same.
As a soloist in 2019 he has won high awards at numerous international competitions in Serbia:
– National Competition of music and ballet schools of Serbia, Belgrade, I award
– 23rd International pianist competition, Sabac, II prize
-,,Dusan Protic ”Memorial at Music School ,,Vatroslav Lisinski”, Belgrade, 1st Prize
– International Piano Competition “Josip Slavenski”, Belgrade, 1st Prize,
He also played at the concerts of the Piano Section of the best students in Belgrade. In the same year he had a masterclass with a distinguished professor at the Royal College of Music in London, Ian Jones, as well as with Professors Lidija Bizjak (Paris), Natasa Mitrovic (FMU Belgrade), Nenad Kacar (Zagreb) .
Currently he is in the final year of high school at the Music School “Kosta Manojlovic” in the class of prof. Dina Hadziomerovic.
BOGDAN DUGALIĆ was born on 11.10.2003. in Belgrade.
He is a student of the third year of the “Mokranjac” Secondary Music School – piano, in the class of Professor Marko Đorđevic. He started his music education at the elementary Music School “Stanislav Binicki”, in the class of Professor Bojana Jovanović.
He has participated in numerous festivals and competitions at which he has won several awards, most notable: – I prize at the 2017 International Forum Pianistico Citta di Chioggia Italy. -Special prize for the participant of the final round of the 12th Chopin Young Pianist Competition, Narva, Estonia 2018. – I Prize and laureate of the 22nd International Pianist Competition in Šabac 2018. – I Prize and laureate of the 15th International Young Pianist Competition in Niš 2018. – I Prize at the 2019 International Davorin Jenko Competition. – I Prize and laureate of the 2019 Republic Competition of the ZMBŠS. – I Prize and laureate of the 7th International San Donà di Piave Competition in 2019. He has received numerous awards from the “Mokranjac” Music School, including the award for the best performance of Chopin’s work on the piano section, for the best interpretation of high school music students on the piano section, and for the extremely successful competition and concert activity in 2018. and 2019. Since 2012, he has collaborated with one of the world’s most famous pianists and educators, Konstantin Bogino, as well as his former student Borislav Nestorov. He has been participating in the “Musica in laguna” festival in Chioggia, Italy since 2016, where he has had the opportunity to collaborate with big names such as: Viktor Bogino, Vladimir Ogarkov, Junio Kimanen. At the same festival in 2016, he played Beethoven’s third concerto in C minor, 2017. Mozart’s twelfth concerto K414 in A major, 2018. Chopin’s first concerto in E minor, and in 2019 Tchaikovsky’s first concerto in B-flat minor. He has also, with the orchestra “Royal String St George”, led by Concertmaster of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Sreten Krstić, performed Beethoven’s Third Concerto in May 2017, March 2018. Mozart’s Twelfth Concerto K414 in D major and “Classical Concerto” by Vera Milanković in C major , In 2019, him and his sister Jana performed Bach’s concert for two pianos in C minor. In 2018 he performed the “Classic Concert” by Vera Milanković in C major on White Palace. With the Mokranjac Secondary Music School Orchestra, he performed Mozart’s twelfth concert K414 in A major on Kolarac’s Endowment 2018. and Bach’s concerto for two pianos in C minor with his sister Jana, in 2019 at Kolarac’s endowment, as well as in Munich. He also performed the first movement of Beethoven’s fifth sonata for piano and violin “Spring” in F major with violinist Aleksa Jovanović at Kolarac’s Endowment in 2019 as part of the “Mokranjac” School Day. He is one of the winners of the competition for music production of RTS “Young and Successful”, which enables the performance of a concert with the RTS orchestra. In the summer of 2018, he was awarded a one-time scholarship by the Bartolomeo Cristofori Association established to support music studies at the Conservatories of Venetian Music. Also in the summer of 2019, he was awarded a full scholarship for a pre-academic course at the Perosi Academy in Italy, Biella, where he has the opportunity to work with big names such as: Konstantin Bogino, Dmitri Alexeev, Fabiano Casanova, Lovro Pogorelić, Matts Widlund and Federico Colli. He has performed at many concerts of the music school community, the “Chosen for chosen” festival, the Art Link concerts, the White Palace, the Franz Liszt Festival in Zrenjanin, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the SANU Gallery and holds a solo concert each year in the Music School Hall ” Mokranjac “.