Head of the Department

Biljana Radovanović Brkanović, MMus

Full professor of Conducting

Biography

Ms Biljana Radovanović Brkanović is a Professor at Department for Conducting at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Serbia. Her artistic and teaching career lasts uninterrupted for over 25 years. Especially impressive is the breadth of her involvement into the subject matter and musical heritage in general. She is not tied to any orchestra type exclusively, working with choirs (Collegium Musicum, Obilić), ensembles (The Ensemble for New Music, etc.) and orchestras alike (Belgrade Philharmonics, RTS Symphonic Orchestra, Camerata Serbica). The very insight into the list of her projects clearly shows the scope and style diversity of her conducting repertoire.

The ensembles she had conducted participated in the most prestigious festivals and events in Serbia, such as BEMUS, The International Review of Composers, International Youth Music Competition, BELEF, Cello Fest, Harp Fest, and other.

Professor Radovanović Brkanović continually performs contemporary Serbian music, raising a public attention for it, and establishing herself as a verified and highly-professional interpreter of the works of Serbian composers. She participated in numerous concerts at the International Review of Composers, and made a number of recordings of the works of Serbian authors.

She has founded new ensembles (ARTE, the New Music Ensemble) gathering excellent musicians, and most importantly, achieving the exceptional music results highly-appreciated by both experts and general public.

Some of her more important visits, tours and festivals include those in Greece, Poland, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Belorussia, Russia, USA, Canada, China, Mongolia, Netherlands, Montenegro, Croatia, Republic of Srpska, etc.ка.

Professor Radovanović Brkanović has recorded with Belgrade Film Orchestra music for several films for Universal and Worner Brothers (USA).

Head of the Department Council

Vesna Šouc Tričković, MMus

Full professor of Conducting

Biography

Vesna Šouc is a professor at Faculty of Music – University of Arts in Belgrade, for subject conducting. She is a music director at Terazije Theatre and also engaged in the Belgrade National Theatre and Madlenianum Opera.

As a well known and eminent conductor, who is equally successful in symphonic, theatre and choir conducting, she performs the works of world, classic repertoire, as well as the works of modern authors, including a huge number of premieres. In here very rich career she has given more than five hundred concerts and nine hundred theatrical performances (opera, ballet, musical). Mrs Šouc conducted in all Theaters, Symphony orchestras and many Chamber orchestras in Serbia and she was guest conductor of:Budapest MATAV Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Riga Philharmonic Orchestra (Latvia), Narni Festival Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Bursa Symphony Orchestra, Adana Cukurova Symphony Orkestra (Turkey). Even though, she was principal conductor in Madlenianum Theatre, conductor of Symphony Orchestra Faculty of music (Belgrade), Serbian National Theatre (Novi Sad) and a chief of Belgrade National Theatre Opera choir.

She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues (Salle Gaveau-Paris, Aleksandrinsky Theatre-St. Petersburg), took part in domestic and foreign international festivals and collaborated with many world famous soloists and ballet dancers. From the beginning of her carrier Vesna Šouc attracted critics and public and afterwards she has been very active in various professional music happenings. She realized the large number of recordings for domestic and foreign programs, and recorded a 6 CD's (3 in Serbia and 3 abroad).

As a University professor she was guest at Bilgi Universitesi (Istanbul) and University of Art (Republic of Srpska).

Mrs Šouc was head of Belgrade Opera choir and three very successful choirs have been lead by her: Lola, B. Radičević and Bel Canto (she has established the last two ones).

As an accompanist opera singers she recorded a large number of concerts and recordings. Her concerts and theatrical performances invariably receive glowing reviews not only from the critics but also the public. The quality of her artistic and teaching activity is also proved by many very important awards in her country.

Mrs Šouc was warmly welcomed in: Deutschland, Italy, Canada, Russia, Latvia, Hungary, Denmark. Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey and Macedonia.

Bojan Suđić

Full professor of Conducting

Biography

Dragoljub Perić, MMus

Full professor of Music scores playing

Phone: +381 61 66 33 067
E-mail: peric.dragop@gmail.com
Biography

Dragoljub Perić, MMus, professor of score playing, Department of Conducting, was born in 1952 in Smederevo, where he finished both an primary school and elementary music school.

He finished Secondary Music School “Stankovic“, Department for piano and theory, the best in generation, and the same year won the October prize of the city of Belgrade for the composition Passacaglia and Double fugue.

He graduated and finished Masters Studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, at the Piano Department, in Olga Popov’s class and at the Department of Composition in the class of Vasilije Mokranjac..

During his studies he won the October prize of the City of Belgrade for his String Quartet. He performed as a composer and pianist in Belgrade, Skopje, Manchester and Preston.

In his career he held numerous solo concerts and public appearances in Serbia and abroad. Also, he worked as a chamber musician with Serbian and foreign musicians (Ljubiša Jovanović, Aneta Ilić, Hrid Matić, Milica Maravić).

He composed a great number of compositions for piano (four sonatas, variations and a prelude). He also wrote for chamber ensembles, choir and orchestra. His work has been performed at many festivals (Belgrade, Opatija, Smederevo, Manchester, Preston, Krakow).

He was the author of the show for RTB where he performed his own and other authors’ compositions. He made a recording of his String Quartet for PGP. He worked as music editor at Radio Smederevo, as a piano teacher in the music school “Petar Konjović” in Belgrade. He has been working at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1982.

Dragoljub Perić is the author of a textbook Choral Score Playing.

„ ... Let’s face the fact, that we have in front of us a work worth our attention ... I cannot recall I heard such music idiom in such good performance“.

“The Second Coming”, composer Zoran Erić.

Darinka Matić-Marović

Professor emeritus

Biography

Darinka Matić Marović was born on February 6th, 1937, in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. Both her parents being from the Boka Kotorska Bay (Montenegro), she spent her childhood there. She graduated conducting in the class of Professor Mihajlo Vukdragović. She was a teacher in secondary music school "Stanković", and has been engaged at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1971, acting as a professor of conducting at the Department of Conducting and a conductor of the Faculty’s mixed choir. She was dean of the Faculty of Music in three terms, and then rector of the University of Arts in five.

She worked as a professor at the Academy of Music, first in Podgorica, and then in Cetinje (Montenegro), as well as a professor of conducting and the orchestra conductor at the Academy of Arts of the University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), nurturing a great number of generations of young conductors.

Renowned conductor Darinka Matić Marović is currently leading choirs Collegium Musicum and Obilić, while holding the title professor emeritus of the Department of Conducting at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Sonja Radojković, Mmus

Collaborative pianist

Biography

Sonja Radojković is a concert pianist and professor at the Department of Conducting at Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She also acts as a guest professor at the Bachelor and Master level of studies at other Universities and Music Academies: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada), Dunedin and Wellington Conservatory of Music (New Zealand), and Conservatoire de Musique, Caen (France) and University of North Dakota (USA).

Furthermore, she has a very intensive and ongoing concert career around the world, playing in many important concert halls, such as at the opening of Oslo Opera house, acting both at piano recitals and as a soloist with orchestras.

Her discography comprises of seven CDs, one of which was made for Serbian most important recording studio PGP RTS, some for the Greek Union of Composers, others in New Zealand.
She is enthusiastic player and recorder of works of contemporary composers from ex-Yugoslavia, Scandinavia, Greece, Italy and Spain.
She is a founder and artistic director of her own music festival at island Hvar (Croatia).

ž Sonja Radojković also has a good collaboration with many colleagues around the world, playing concerts with Alejandro Drago, professor at North Dakota University, Judy Keler Sieber from Manitoba University in Canada, Swedish pianist Carl Ponten, Alfredo Oyaguesa from Spain and many others.

Secretary of the Department

Aleksandar Brujić, DMA

Assistant professor of Conducting – Music scores playing

Biography

Dr Aleksandar Brujić (Belgrade, 1976) finished a secondary school in Belgrade, specializing in music, as well as graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (Conducting Department, 1995-2003). In 2000, he was awarded the prize “Predrag Milošević” for the best student of conducting. In the same year he was granted a scholarship from the Goethe Institute in Mannheim. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as a vocal coach and music assistant at Belgrade Opera. He participated in the preparation of more than thirty operas and collaborated with conductors, most notably with Stefan Schreiber, Francesco Rosa and Carlo Donadio. Since 2004 he has been working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (course: score playing). As a music assistant he participated in masterclasses organized by Olivera Miljaković, Kammersaengerin of the Vienna State Opera, held in Belgrade in 2005. In 2005 he took part in the Young Artists' festival (Jugendfestspiele) in Bayreuth (Germany). As a music assistant in Bayreuth he prepared the first performance of Wagner's opera "Das Liebesverbot" (“The Ban on Love”) with Professor Fausto Nardi and Professor Edwin Scholz. The same year he collaborated with conductors Karl Anton Rickenbacher (in the preparation of parts of Wagner's “Siegfried“) and with Zubin Mehta (in the preparation of Mahler's Third Symphony), acting as a music assistant and piano accompanist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, he has also worked as an accompanist for the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra while working with Noam Zur (preparation of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (“The Song of the Earth”). Since 2008 he has been conducting the “Belgrade Madrigalists“ choir. Besides numerous concerts in Serbia, they have taken part in festivals and concerts in Bulgaria (2008), Romania (2009), Czech Republic (2011), Italy (2012), Montenegro (2012) and Hungary (2014).

Dragana Branislava Radaković, MA

Associate professor of Conducting as a subsidiary subject

Biography

Dragana Radaković holds both BA and MA degrees from conducting and singing departments of Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she graduated under tutelages of Prof. Stanko Šepić and Radmila Bakočević respectively. She has been working at the Faculty of Music since 2000, in a position of assistant at the Conducting Department, and since 2009, holding a position of the Assistant professor and head of the Operatic studio

As a student she performed with Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra and Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Orchestra of the Belgrade Opera and Serbian Military Artistic ensemble. She was conductor and artistic director of The Academic Cultural-Artistic Society ‘’Lola’’, with whom she accomplished over 70 concerts, throughout Serbia and abroad. A variety program concerts were held in Kolarac University Hall, Sava Center, House of Trade Unions Concert Hall, Congress city Hall etc., as well as in a number of Europe countries: Great Britain, Spain, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia…

She was conductor of the Operatic studio ‘’Borislav Popović’’ in National theatre Belgrade for two seasons conducting Verdi’s Rigoletto and Serbian opera Na uranku by Stanislav Binički.
As a soprano she accomplished a great number of roles: Aida (Aida), Odabella, (Attila), Abigalille (La Forza del Destino), Leonora (Trovatore), Desdemona (Othello), Turandot, Tosca, Norma, Donna Anna, Musetta, Rosalinde, etc.

Recently she has had remarkable successes in Sydney Opera, where she sang 14 performances of Turandot, in Macau Music International Festival (China, Turandot), at the concert in Palau de les Arts, Valencia, as Tosca in State Budapest Opera, the State Opera houses in Romania (Timisoara, Bucarest, Cluj, Jasi), at the International Festival in Sibiu and Hunedoara, as well as at the International Festival in Slovenia in famous ‘’Cankarjev dom’’ hall, Ljubljana, and in Maribor Opera house. She had four premieres in Croatian National Opera in Osijek, and in Bulgaria at the festivals in Burgas, Varna and Stara Zagora. In Zurich, she participated in concert dedicated to Verdi’s 200 years birth anniversary. Her singing in Italy includes visits at the Macerata and Oderzo festivals

Dragana V. Jovanović, DMA

Assistant professor of Conducting as a subsidiary subject

E-mail: dvjovanovic@fmu.bg.ac.rs
Biography

Dragana V. Jovanović graduated and specialized on Faculty of Music in Belgrade on the Department of Conducting, and obtained her PhD degree in class of Professor Darinka Matić Marović. She is working as the assistant professor on subjects of Choir conducting and Choir singing. She lectured on many seminars and workshops, acted as a member of jury on festivals and competitions. She is a author of several papers on choral conducting and singing and a co-writer of the book Anthology of Serbian music for children and female choir. More recently, she is interested in interdisciplinary and multimedia projects. The most memorable of those are: African Sanctus (Belgrade, Serbia, 2016), WATER – SNAKE – SMEDEREVO CITY (Smederevo, 2015), Mokranjac 1914-2014 and Water (Belgrade, 2014).

She worked as a professor and conductor of mixed choir, string and symphony orchestra of High music school Kosta Manojlovic in Belgrade, a pianist of Opera studio of National theatre in Belgrade, a collaborator of Belgrade philharmonic, as well as a pianist and conductor of mixed choir of Radio Television of Serbia. Also, she was hired as a conductor of Academic choir Obilic AKUD Branko Krsmanovic, conductor of Symphonic orchestra of Faculty of Music. She is currently most active in working with the mixed choir of Faculty of Music, and especially with Academic choir Collegium musicum. She participated in many projects, festivals and competition in Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey, Cyprus, Russia, Belorussia, China, South Korea, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, and Argentina. She has made own concert tours in Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Austria, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Taiwan.

She has won many prestigious awards such as Award from Predrag Milosević fond, Award from Kosta Manojlovic fond, Society of Music Artist of Serbia Award and Golden badge of Cultural Education Society of Serbia.

Mladen Stefanović

Adjunct collaborative pianist

Biography

Ivan Marković

Lecturer of Conducting

Biography

Ivan Marković was born in 1983 in Belgrade (Serbia). He had his first conducting experiences with the Braća Baruh choir and Borislav Pašćan Youth Philharmonic. During his undergraduate studies, he founded a chamber orchestra The Belgrade Chamber Orchestra Orpheus, where he acts as both the artistic manager and the conductor.

He has attended choir and orchestral conducting master classes held by the following professors: Anders Aby (Sweden), Mats Nilsson (Sweden), Vladimir Kiradjijev (Bulgaria/Austria), Andreas Hermann (Germany), Achim Holub (Austria), Hora Andrescu (Romania), Mark Stringer (USA/Austria).

Ivan Marković has collaborated with the Mixed choir and The Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation, Niš Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Belgrade Faculty of Music, Chamber Orchestra Czech Virtuosi, Secondhanders ensemble, Kammerphilharmonie Graz orchestra, Stanislav Binički Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Metamorfozis, St. George String Orchestra, String Orchestra of the Ćuprija School for Music Talents, and numerous ad hoc ensembles.

He has conducted at significant festivals, such as the International Review of Composers (Belgrade), KoMa Festival (Belgrade), International Harp Festival (Belgrade), International Harpsichord Festival (Belgrade) and Duna Festival (Budapest).
Ivan Marković is an active promoter of Serbian music written by both critically acclaimed composers and young authors alike. Furthermore, he has conducted the premiere performances of a number of works by Serbian composers.
In addition to Serbia, he has conducted in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Austria. He is currently a PhD student with Professor Maestro Bojan Suđić and is working as a teaching assistant at the Department for Conducting at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Bojan Kljajić

Lecturer of Conducting

Biography

Bojan Kljajić finished his bachelor and master studies in Conducting on Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade in class of full professor M.Mus. Biljana Radovanović. He received further training in master courses with famous conductors such as Ronald Zolman, Cristian Mandeal and others. He was a member of various singing companies in Belgrade, and worked in some of them as an assistant conductor (Baruch Brothers choir, academic choir Obilic and others). He participated in preparations for Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” along with other conducting students.

In cooperation with students of Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, he performed segments of famous musicals. This was part of the project called “All the world’s a stage”, with students of various sections of Faculty of Music Arts as performers. Numbers were performed in Youth Centre and Cultural Centre “Studentski Grad”.

He participated as an assistant director in string festival “STRINGFEST” in Sremska Mitrovica (2012. and 2013.) where he had the opportunity to work with the best string instrument players in Serbia and the surrounding region. He conducted a concert in 2013 with Faculty’s mixed choir called “Centenary of death of Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac”. In March 2015, he performed “Stabat Mater” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in Children’s Belgrade Cultural Centre. Performers were also other students from string instrument section, poly-instrumental section, solo singers as well as “Collegium musicum” academic choir. He cooperated with professor D.Mus. Dragana Jovanović on „African sanctus“ project of David Fanshawe in 2016. During KoMa festival in 2013, he premiered Branislav Jovanović’s composition „Wind octet“, and in 2016, he premiered two compositions by our young composers Mirjana Veljković and Aleksandar Savić. He performed compositions of young Serbian authors Matija Anđelković and Marko Atanacković, also in 2016. Students of string, wind, piano and percussion sections also participated.