Head of the Department

Mladen Đorđević MMUs

Full professor of Trumpet

Biography

Mladen Đorđević was born in 1969 in Belgrade. At the age of six, he started to study trumpet. He has graduated and got his MA degree from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade. In 1995, he became a professor at the abovementioned faculty, where he still gives lectures as full professor.

He was a laureate of several regional competitions. In 1991, in Zagreb, he won the third prize at the competition of Music Artists of Yugoslavia, which, at that time, was the most important music competition of ex-Yugoslavia.
In 1988, he became professionally engaged as the second trumpet player in Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra and by the end of the following year, he became the third trumpet player of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 1991 to 2011, he had been the first trumpet soloist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, gradually developing into one of the leading trumpet soloists, both in Serbia and in the Balkans. He performed with various conductors and soloists (part of the solo post horn in Mahler’s Third Symphony with Zubin Mehta, Ravel’s Piano concerto with Martha Argerich, J. S. Bach’s Second Brandenburg concerto with Sreten Krstić, other performances with Valeriy Afanasiev, Pol Mayer, Leopold Hager, En Shao, K.A.Rikenbaher among others), as well as with all the relevant orchestras in Serbia and Balkans.

The repertoire of Mladen Đorđević encompasses classical trumpet repertoire, from the Baroque to the XX century and Jazz. In his career, he has been particularly interested in works of Serbian composers and in the promotion of new pieces of music, some of which have been dedicated to him - S. Božić: Lazarevo bdenije, koncert za trubu (Lazar’s Vigil, Concert piece for trumpet) J. Bošnjak: Otkrovenje Sv. Jovana za solo trubu i veliki Hor (The Revelation of Saint John for Solo Trumpet and Choir), D.Despić: koncert za trubu i orkestar (Concert Pieces for Trumpet and Orchestra), A.Grgin: Laura-Jazz svita.

Head of the Department Council

Miomir Simonović MMus

Full professor of Flute

Biography

Miomir Simonović has acquired his Bachelor’s and MA degrees at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Prof. Tahir Kulenović. During his studies, he won numerous awards at national and international competitions and was awarded the third prize at the 23rd Yugoslav competition for young artists in Zagreb in 1989. He has attended masterclasses of eminent flutists such as Prof. Allain Marion and Prof. Raymond Guiot, and in year period 1987-1989, as a scholarship holder for the Scientific and artistic youth of Serbia, he attended conservatory "Hector Berlioz" in Paris under the mentorship of Prof. Raymond Guiot.

He has held over fifty recitals in Belgrade and many other cities in Serbia, but also in FYR Macedonia, France and Spain. He has performed as a soloist with Niš Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra RTS, the Serbian Army Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra "Amorosso".

He has been acting as a pedagogue since 1987, first in the Music School "Jovan Bandur" in Pančevo, then in schools "Josip Slavenski" in Belgrade and "Živorad Grbić" in Valjevo. During postgraduate studies was a teaching assistant in Prof. Tahir Kulenović's class. He has been employed at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1997 as an assistant and now as a full professor of flute.
In his class has graduated 35 students so far, some of whom continued their education abroad, while others are teachers throughout Serbia and members of various orchestras (Belgrade Opera Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra RTS Orchestra chamber opera "Madlenianum"). Students from the class of Miomir Simonović so far have won over 60 awards at national and international competitions.

Miomir Simonović is a permanent member of the flute choir "Belgrade siringa", with whom he had several concert appearances and issued a CD with music by Bach, Haydn and Mozart.

Aleksandar Benčić MMus

Full professor of Trombone

Biography

ALEKSANDAR BENČIĆ was born at Ruma in 1969. He graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 1993 and defended a Master thesis in 1995 in the class of full professor Vinko Valečić. He is the winner of the prize of “Bruno Brun” foundation for the most successful postgraduate exam in the Department for brass instruments of the Faculty of Music for academic year 1994/95.

Aleksandar Benčić has worked as the assistant professor of trombone at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1995, while he is appointed associate professor since 2006. He is the winner of the Acknowledgement of the Faculty of Music for achieved teaching and artistic results.
Aleksandar Benčić has been active as the soloist trombone player. He has played as a trombone soloist accompanied by Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television of Serbia, the St. George String Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Radio and Television of Montenegro, and other.

In the field of chamber music he performed with the Belgrade trombone quartet from 1996 to 1998, and from 2012 with tuba quartet “XL”. He has also been successful in trio with his colleagues M. Đorđević on trumpet and M. Radić on French horn, interpreting very serious and demanding works for the ensemble. He has often been active in various chamber orchestras (in the composers’ stands), interpreting works of modern music. He is professionally playing in a several orchestras.
Since 2004, he has actively participated in the formation of the trombone class in Montenegro (Tivat and Kotor) and has still been giving Master courses in full and spring semesters.

Mirko Isaeski MMus

Full professor of Bassoon

Biography

Mirko Isaeski (1952) srednju muzičku školu završio je u Skoplju, a redovne i magistarske studije na FMU u Beogradu, u klasi profesora Ivana Tursića sa najvišim ocenama.
Godine 1976. postaje prvi fagotista Beogradske opere, a od 1978-1994. je solo fagotista Simfonijskog orkestra RTS-a. Nastupao je kao solista i kamerni muzičar, ostvario zapažene koncerte u zemlji i inostranstvu. Sarađivao je sa mnogim orkestrima u Beogradu, Novom Sadu, Podgorici, Dubrovniku i Skoplju. Snimio je kompakt-disk sa delima Mocarta i Vivaldija, a takođe je objavio i zbirku kompozicija za fagot koja služi kao nastavno sredstvo u muzičkim školama.

Od 1989. godine, uporedo sa koncertnom aktivnošću, bavi se i pedagogijom u MŠ „Mokranjac“, MŠ „Josip Slavenski“, MŠ „Davorin Jenko“ u Beogradu i MŠ „Jovan Bandur“ u Pančevu, a po prvi put otvara klasu fagota u Nišu.
Godine 1994. Mirko Isaeski je izabran za docenta na FMU u Beogradu za fagot, a 2006. postaje redovni profesor. Od 2004. godine radi i na Akademiji umetnosti u Novom Sadu, dok je na FMU u Skoplju profesor zadužen za postdiplomske studije.
Njegovi studenti i učenici nastupaju na raznim takmičenjima, u zemlji i inostranstvu, osvojivši, do sada, preko 80 prvih i specijalnih nagrada.

Za svoj bogat i uspešan pedagoški rad dobio je veoma značajna priznanja kao što su: Zahvalnica FMU u Beogradu za izuzetne zasluge i doprinos fakultetu, Diploma Udruženja muzičkih i baletskih pedagoga Srbije za višegodišnje pedagoške rezultate, Zahvalnica MŠ „Mokranjac“ u Beogradu za vrhunske rezultate u pedagoškom radu, Srebrna medalja Univerziteta umetnosti u Beogradu kao priznanje za izuzetno uspešan rad na FMU.
U njegovoj klasi do sada je diplomiralo, magistriralo i doktoriralo 34 studenta, koji danas zauzimaju najznačajnija mesta u orkestrima i školama u Srbiji i inostranstvu.
Mirko Isaeski je stalno prisutan kao član žirija na mnogim domaćim i međunarodnim takmičenjima.

Ljubiša Jovanović MMus

Full professor of Flute

Phone: +381 65 22 41 594
E-mail: ljubisa.flauta@gmail.com
Biography

Ljubiša Jovanović has acquired his Bachelor’s and MA degrees in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Prof. Miodrag Azanjac and had the advance training with the Prof. Christian Lardé in Paris where he received the Diplome Superieur de Concertiste, in 1983, at L'Ecole Normale Superieur de Musique de Paris. After that, he has established a long-term cooperation with Aurele Nicolet. Ljubisa Jovanovic has performed more than 1500 concerts in 37 countries all over the world as well as more than 200 master classes.

Ljubiša Jovanović has won the First Prize for interpretation at the “International Composer's Revue" (1992&1998), the “Golden Link" award (“Zlatni Beočug”) for the artistic achievements in 1992, Annual Award of the of Serbian Music Artists Association" (1992), and the Award of the Belgrade Cultural Fund for the best concerts in Belgrade in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1992. He has also received the "Gold Medal" awarded in honor of the 75th anniversary of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (1998) and Silver medal of the University of Art for his merits in improvement of teaching process (2000), as well as the "April Reward of the City of Belgrade" in 2008 and 2013. He has been awarded the highest educational recognition, “St. Sava National Award” for his special contribution to the development of educational process in Republic of Serbia in 2009.

Some of the most prominent flute players of our times have performed with Ljubiša Jovanović – Aurele Nicolet, Irena Grafenauer, Emmanuel Pahud, Michel Debost, and Christian Lardé, among others.
His recordings are included on more than 50 CD releases. During 30 years of his artistic career, he has had more than 80 premiere performances of solo and chamber compositions of Serbian authors.
Ljubiša Jovanović has worked as a Solo flutist at the Belgrade Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Serbian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
His personal web-page: www.ljubisaorfej.com.

Dragan Lazić MMus

Full professor of Oboe

Biography

Dragan Lazić finished his graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of music in Belgrade under the mentorship of professor Ljubiša Petruševski.
He won numerous awards and recognitions: award from Bruno Brun foundation for the student of the generation, the laureate of the International competition of the Musical Youth in Belgrade, First prize at the competition of Yugoslav artists in Zagreb, October award of the City of Belgrade…

He has had distinguished solo performances in the country and abroad (Hungary, Italy, England, Switzerland). He has performed with all the major orchestras in the country: Belgrade Philharmonic, RTS, BSO “Dušan Skovran”, “St. George” string orchestra, “Pro musica”, and many others.

One of his career highlights is the performance of Bach’s Concerto for oboe and violin with Nigel Kennedy in 2001. During the National concert season he performed many recitals all around Serbia.
He was Principal oboist in Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra for 22 years.
Currently he is the Solo oboist of the Orchestra “Camerata Serbica” and a Full time professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Milan Radić MMus

Full professor of French horn

Biography

Milan Radić graduated and obtained his master's degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. S. Rabuzin. He attended master classes with prof. Herman Bauman in Grožnjan (Croatia), prof. F. Torjani in Novi Sad (Serbia), and spent a year working with prof. Fred Rizner in Toronto (Canada). He studied with prof. Friedrich Gabler at the Vienna High School of Music and Performing Arts. Coming from a musical family, he spent his childhood surrounded by music to which he dedicated his professional life. He is an exquisite hornist, brilliant technique-wise, whose playing is characterized with very creative approach and an ability to be carried away by music itself. Throughout longstanding collaboration with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, particularly stand out his contribution as a first solo hornist in symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Strauss and Mahler. There Radić had also shown qualities of a fine musician who achieves high artistic results by his professionalism and ability to cooperate with other players. Later on, he continued his work as a soloist hornist of Radio Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, along with intensive activity as a chamber musician, in numerous recordings and chamber music concerts. In this respect a concert regarding the celebration of 67 years of Radio Belgrade Symphony Orchestra particularly stands out, as in it Radić reached the peak of his playing in performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for four winds and orchestra.

Milan Radić regularly takes part in the Review of Composers, performing in various chamber ensambles.
He is a member of Camerata Serbica Chamber Orchestra as a first hornist. With that ensemble he brought about a number of significant performances under the baton of great conductors and performers, such as L. Pavarotti, V. Ashkenazy, L. Nasturica, R. Honeck, E. Pahud, J. Marin, and many others. One of the highlights of his performances with Camerata Serbica was an outstanding concert in Berlin Philharmonic concert venue which was also made into a live CD album.
Since 2001 Radić has formed a brass trio with his colleagues from Faculty of music A. Benčić (trombone) and M. Đorđević (trumpet), frequently performing demanding repertoire for this kind of ensemble. As a soloist, with an orchestral accompaniment (of Belgrade Philharmonic, Radio Belgrade Symphonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Military Club, as well as in recitals, he showed an artful taste for fine phrasing embellished with a nice, full and noble sound.

Miloš Vasiljević MMus

Associate professor of Oboe (for subjects Orchestral parts and Methodology of wind instruments teaching)

Phone: +381 60 36 10 967
Biography

Miloš Vasiljević was born in 1955 in Sombor. He graduated oboe from the Faculty of Music in 1978, and obtained his master's degree in oboe in 1981, in the class of Mannes in Belgrade. At the contest of young music artists in Zagreb in 1975 and 1980 he won the third prize. From 1977 he became a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and was its solo oboist until 2011.
As a soloist he has performed in Serbia in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Subotica, Sombor, Zrenjanin, Leskovac, Kragujevac, Zaječar and Kraljevo, and abroad in Budapest, Kecskemét and Baja (Hungary), Graz (Austria), Rovinj and Zagreb (Croatia), Manchester and Morecambe (Great Britain). With the Belgrade Philharmonic he performed in 22 countries in Europe and China as well. He has performed at the Prague Spring, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Athens Festival, Bruckner Festival in Linz, the Ljubljana Summer Festival, BEMUS, NOMUS, NIMUS, and Sombor Music Evenings Festival.
Miloš Vasiljević is regular member Association of Music Artists of Serbia since 1975.
Since 2008 he has been teaching Methodology of teaching woodwind instruments and the Music sections for woodwind instruments at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, as an associate professor.
He was first oboist of the Serbian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Military artistic ensemble ''Stanislav Binički'', Chamber orchestras '' Dušan Skovran'' and ''Saint George'', Philharmonic Orchestra of Vojvodina, the Subotica Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Podgorica and is also a permanent associate of National Theatre in Belgrade Orchestra. With the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra he premiered in Belgrade Concertos for oboe by W. A. Mozart, J. Haydn and R. Strauss. He participated in the work of the International Review of Composers and Music Festival in Serbia. Vasiljević also premiered Sonata for oboe and piano by Ivana Kovač, recorded by Composers’ Association of Vojvodina. With Belgrade Philharmonic he performed the Concerto for oboe and orchestra by Vlastimir Trajković.
Miloš Vasiljević recorded for Radio Television of Serbia, Radio Television of Novi Sad (Serbia), Radio Television of Zagreb (Croatia), Podgorica Radio Television (Montenegro), and Radio Graz (Austria).

Ognjen Popović DMA

Assistant professor of Clarinet

Biography

Ognjen Popović (1977) is a prominent clarinet player from Pančevo (Serbia). In 2001 he finished his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich as a student of professor Ulf Rodenhäuser. As a soloist he performed with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Radio Orchestra Valencia, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, St. George Strings, and others. He recorded CDs with the famous German ensemble Villa Musica and the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet. During the years he has cooperated with many orchestras, among others the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, the Symphonieorchester Passau, the Philharmonie der Nationen, the Maribor Festival Orchestra, and many more. He has been awarded with several prizes at competitions, including Jeunesse Musicales in Belgrade in 1997 and the Felix Mendelssohn competition in Berlin in 1998. In 2002 Ognjen Popovic was appointed solo clarinetist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the leader of the Balkan Chamber Academy ensemble and artistic director of the chamber music festival "Classic fest" in Pančevo. Since 2012 he teaches at the Belgrade Music Academy as a clarinet docent. In the same year he received his PhD in music art. He also gives master classes in Serbia, Germany, Spain, and Montenegro.

Miloš Đorđević

Assistant professor of French horn (Methodology of teaching and Brass instruments orchestral parts)

Biography

Miloš Đorđević was born in 1973. He completed elementary and secondary music schools in the class of professor Dragan Đurić in Belgrade. In 1991 he represented Yugoslavia in Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra of Mediterranean countries in the south of France and went on a tour to Italy (where he played to the Pope), Turkey and Israel (where he met Zubin Mehta). From 1992 to 1998 he was hired by the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra as 3rd and later as 1st horn player on regular basis, studying at the same time at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of professor Stjepan Rabuzin. During that period he represented Serbia several times in the Jeunesses Musicales Mondiale Orchestra where he took part as the orchestra member at the concerts conducted and played by the most eminent musicians of today (Sir Neville Mariner, Kurt Mazur, Daniel Harding, Yuri Temirkanov, Lalo Schiffrin, Maksim Vengerov, Jeffrey Tate, James Morrison, Yuri Bashmet, Kent Nagano, and many others) at the Verbier Summer Festival of music and in concert halls of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. The orchestra also went on tour to Israel and Poland.

Having graduated in Belgrade he went to Paris for further studies at the "Maurice Ravel Conservatoire" in the class of professor Francois Cagnon (solo horn player of the Paris Opera).
He has engaged in pedagogical work since 2002 as professor of horn, chamber music and sight reading at the music school "Stanković" in Belgrade. His students have won over 30 prizes at national and international competitions so far. Based on the results obtained he was awarded for exceptional work and contribution to the overall success of the school. He was a member of the jury for brass players at the Republic competition in Belgrade in 2007. Since 2002 he has been a part-time member of the Belgrade National Theatre orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Camerata Serbica, and Madlenianum Theatre Orchestra.
Currently Miloš Đorđević holds a position of assistant professor of French horn (at courses Methodology of brass playing and Orchestral parts).

Veljko Klenkovski DMA

Assistant professor of Clarinet (Methodology of teaching and Woodwind instruments orchestral parts)

Biography

Veljko Klenkovski was born in Pančevo (Serbia) in 1975. He completed Secondary Music School Kornelije Stanković in Belgrade and then pursued further music education at the Georges Bizet Conservatoire in Paris. He graduated with the highest honours at the Conservatoire National in Paris. Two years later, he completed the post-graduate course at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and, in 2008, he also earned a Master degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.
Klenkovski is the laureate of several national and international competitions. The most significant ones include the first prizes at the Concours International Leopold Bellan in Paris, International Competition in Picardy, National Competition in Ljubljana, the first special prize in the International Competition in Paris and the third prize in the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade.

As a soloist, he has appeared with the Royal Orchestra of Brussels, Philharmonie der Nationen from Germany, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Niš Symphonic Orchestra, Belgrade string ensemble Dušan Skovran, St. George Strings, etc. He has also performed with many chamber ensembles at home and abroad, including notably guest appearances in Spain, Russia, China, Germany, France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, the United States and India.
Until 2002, Veljko Klenkovski was the first clarinetist of the Philharmonie der Nationen, Germany, as well as the first clarinetist of the Madlenianum Chamber Opera and the RTS Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade. Since 2002, he has been the solo clarinetist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and also a permanent member of the Balkan Chamber Academy. Veljko is a founder and member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the Belgrade Wind Trio. He has appeared with the Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Cyprus National Orchestra. Over the years, he has cooperated with many eminent musicians.

Secretary of the Department

Melita Benčić

Collaborative pianist at the Wind instruments Department

Biography

Melita Benčić was born in 1969 in Novi Sad. She graduated from the Piano Department of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, in the class of full professor Arbo Valdma. She completed specialized studies for chamber music at the Faculty of Music in the class of full professor Olivera Đurđević.
From 1993 she worked in the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad as a collaborative pianist at the Wind instruments Department. Since 1997 she has worked as a collaborative pianist at the Faculty of Music at the Wind instruments Department, and since 2014 she is holding the position of Senior collaborative pianist, currently working with the trombone and horn players. She received an Acknowledgement of the FMA in 2012 for extraordinary achievements.

She has given numerous recitals and concerts with chamber ensembles. As a piano accompanist, she has performed at home and abroad (France, Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro, and other), mostly with brass players.
She was an official accompanist at the 27th International Competition of Musical Youth in Belgrade for the category of clarinet. As a piano collaborator she accompanied the students at the republic and state competitions, as well as in the international competition "Petar Konjović" and "Davorin Jenko".
Her biography was included in the Music Breviary of Novi Sad (A. Eberst, 1994) and Encyclopedia of Novi Sad (1996). At the II, XII and XIV International Workshop for Wind Instruments in Tivat (2004,2012, and 2014) she was the accompanist for wind instruments.

Meri Bojić-Radojčić MMus

Collaborative pianist at the Wind instruments Department

Biography

MERI BOJIĆ RADOJČIĆ completed her graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Serbia), where she is currently employed as a collaborative pianist at the Wind Department.

Her concert career and participation in international projects are marked by the performances with esteemed soloists such as Aurèle Nicolet (Switzerland – flute), Knut Sonstevold (Sweden – basoon), Mathias Allin (Germany – flute), Stanislav Apolin (Czech Republic – violoncello), Ljubiša Jovanović (Serbia – flute), Leonid Peisahov (Georgia -violin), Vincent Lucas (France – flute), Julie Koidin (USA – flute), Dejan Gavrić (Germany – flute), Matej Zupan (Slovenia – flute), Matjaž Debeljak (Slovenia – piccolo flute), Agustin Leon Ara (Spain – violin), Gergely Ittzés (Hungary – flute), Sarah Chang (USA – violin), Bülent Evcil (Turkey – flute), Michel Bellvance (Canada – flute),Sarah Louvion(Germany,France-flute),Maria Kerner(Hungary-flute),Darko Brlek(Slovenia-clarinet),Massimo Mercelli(Italy-flute)...

She has performed at the International Review of Composers in Belgrade, as well as at numerous festivals of international acclaim, including the Belgrade Cello Fest, Budva Grad Teatar, and the Belgrade Flute Fest. She has been engaged as the official collaborative pianist at Petar Konjović International Competition (highest competition categories) for a number of years, and acted in the same capacity at the 37th International Jeunesses Musicale Competition in Belgrade on two occasions: accompanying flutists in 2007, and clarinetists in 2011. In 2011, 2013 and 2015 she was engaged as the official accompanist at the Anton Eberst Competition (flute).

Rada Pećanac

Collaborative pianist at the Wind instruments Department

Phone: +381 64 15 69 844
E-mail: radapecanac@gmail.com
Biography

Rada Pećanac was born 30.12.1961 in Belgrade. She finished Music high school “Josip Slavenski” under the mentorship of Milanka Mišević, graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in class of Mirjana Šuica-Babić and finished postgraduate studies with Arbo Valdma.

She won numerous recognitions and awards as a soloist and chamber musician, improved her skills attending courses in Grožnjan (Croatia) with Arbo Valdma. She won Italian government scholarship and studied in Rome with Franco Medori.

For 15 years she worked in music high schools accompanying strings. In years 1990, 1991, and 1995 she was an official accompanist at International Junesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade for violin and violoncello. Later she became an accompanist at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, accompanying winds. In Bulgaria she accompanied all winds at the World Youth Orchestra audition.

She had performances with trio “Loret”, Pančevo String Quartet, numerous concerts with students and professional players in country and abroad (Czech Republic, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany). In 2008, she took part in the “National season” project with oboist Dragan Lazić and bassoon player Nenad Janković, performing at concerts all around Serbia.

She was an official accompanist at the Petja Bagovska (Bulgaria, double bass), Blagorodna Taneva (Bulgaria, violin), Giovanni Antonioni (Italy, violin), Walter David (France, oboe) and Eric Obie (France, trumpet) master classes.
In 2002 she was awarded for special achievements Acknowledgement by the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Antonela Grgin

Senior collaborative pianist at the Wind instruments Department

Biography

Antonela Grgin (1968) graduated at the Piano Department and finished her specialist studies in Chamber music at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
She upgraded her pianistic skills with her most important professors Ljiljana Ponomarev, Jasmina Gavrilović, Dejan Sinadinović and Olivera Đurđević. As an accompanist and chamber musician she performed at concerts, festivals, forums, competitions in prestigious concert halls in country and also in FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Hungary.

She participated in music festivals such as BELEF, NIMUS, NOMUS, “Ohridski Biseri” and also played concerts as a part of the National Concert Season project and the concerts seawon of Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She has realized numerous concerts with eminent clarinetists such as Ante Grgin, Nikola Srdić, Dragan Petrović, Milan Milošević, Vladimir Urošević, Ognjen Popović, Veljko Klenkovski, Stojan Krkuleski, and Matthias Muller. She made lasting recordings for RTS music production.

She had been engaged as the official piano accompanist of clarinetists at the 42th International Jeunesses Musicale Competition in Belgrade in 2012.
She has been working at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1999 and since 2010 she has been the Senior Collaborative Pianist at the Wind Instruments Department.
She received much recognition for her artistic accomplishments.

Dragana Raić MMus

Adjunct collaborative pianist at the Wind Instruments Department

E-mail: raganica74@gmail.com
Biography

Dragana Raić was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated in 1997 from the Faculty of Music, University of Belgrade, in the class of Professor Srđan Grbić, and has also completed her post-graduate studies in the class of Professor Marija Đukić. She won several prizes at national and international competitions, as well as the first Prize at the International Competition in Stresa, Italy (in 1990). She took part in the Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, where she performed at concerts with the horn trio and sextet.

She is a founding member of the piano trio Aurora from Belgrade. They have performed in many cities in Serbia (Belgrade, Kragujevac, Pirot, Novi Sad, Kikinda, Vrsac, Valjevo, Ćuprija), as well as abroad (Italy, Norway, Romania, Denmark, Croatia, Austria, Germany, and other ). They went on a concert tour through Western Germany, after having won the first prize as the best Trio ensemble performing at Weikersheim Masterclass (Germany). The members of the Trio Aurora are prize-winners of many first prizes obtained at national competions, and international competitions such as “Petar Konjović“ in Belgrade, ”Concorso Internazionale Citta di Stresa“, Italia and “Premio Trofeo Kaway“, Tortona (Italy). In cooperation with the Croatian Broadcasting Corporation, Trio Aurora made a CD recording in 2008, performing the music pieces of Antun Dobronić.

At masterclass in Weikersheim they worked with prof. Henry Meyer, prof. Matthias Kirschnereit, pianist Alfredo Perl. They also warked with Artemis quartet, Volger quartet, Vertavo quartet and Abegg trio.
With violinist Katarina Tesenji she played concerts in Belgrade and Novi Sad in organization of UMUS.
Dragana Raić is currently employed as an art associate - piano accompanist at the Faculty of Music University of Belgrade. She has held many solo concerts and performed in radio and television programs in Serbia, Germany, Croatia and Denmark.