Head of the Department

Miroslav Karlović

Full professor of Percussion


Miroslav Karlović took his bachelor’s degree in 1978 in classical and jazz percussion and master’s degree in jazz drums at Hochschule fur Musik in Graz (Austria) in 1980.
He performed with many Serbian and foreign groups and orchestras, playing jazz, classical and contemporary music (ensembles of Tone Jansa, Ivan Svager, Aleksandar Dujin, Milos Petrovic, Vlada Maricic, Mladen Djordjevic and Jazzical; jazz orchestras of Belgrade, Ljubljana, Novi Sad and Budapest; Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Ortchestra Ostrawa – Chek republic, String orchestra Dusan Skovran, String Quartet Brodsky and Isidora Zebeljan Orchestra).

His discography includes: Pattern – T. Jansa, Wake Up and Jazzy – group Jazzy, California –A. Dujin, Pagan Triology – V. Maricic, Jazzical – group Jazzical, Opera Zora D – I. Zebeljan, I. Zebeljan Orchestral Works, I. Zebeljan Balcan Bolero, I. Zebeljan Chamber Music.
From 1984 to 1994 he worked as a professor of percussion department in music school Kornelije Stankovic in Belgrade, and since then as a professor of classical percussion at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade.
From 1995 to 2001 he worked as professor at jazz department in music school Kornelije Stankovic and from 2012 at jazz department of Faculty of Music.
He held master classes in Ečka (Serbia) 1995, Stockholm (Sweden) 2004 – Royal Academy of Music, Šabac (Serbia) 2009 and since 2011 teacher at Summer Music Academy Novi Sad – Dortmund (Novi Sad, Serbia).

Head of the Department Council

Luka Ignjatović

Assistant professor of Jazz Saxophone

Phone: +381 64 13 15 512
E-mail: lukicone@yahoo.com

Luka Ignjatović was born on May 2nd 1986. After finishing elementary music school he continued his music education at jazz department of music high school “Stanković” in Belgrade. During his high school years he was often employed as 2nd alto at Big Bend orchestra of Belgrade Radio. With that band Luka played many concerts and also participated in few recordings. After finishing high school, Luka had entered the jazz department of Conservatorium Van Amsterdam where, after six years of studies, he obtained Master of Music diploma. During his studies in Amsterdam, Luka Ignjatović performed and recorded with different bands. With some of them, such as European Saxophone Ensemble, Luka performed and made recordings in almost every city of Europe. After returning to Serbia, Luka forms Qzama Quartet with his friends in which he plays saxophone, composes and arranges original music. Before long, Qzama Quartet establishes itself as the most original jazz band from Serbia and in 2016 they release their first album which received great reviews from critics from Serbia and abroad. At the moment Luka is saxophone player, composer and arranger for Schime trio, currently preparing the release of their debut album in fall of 2016.

Secretary of the Department

Sava Miletić

Assistant professor of Jazz Piano


Vesna Petković

Assistant professor of Jazz Singing

WEB: www.vesnapetkovic.com

VESNA PETKOVIĆ, born in Niš (Serbia) in 1974, is a singer, specializing in jazz, contemporary jazz and ethno music. After finishing a classical music education in her home town she studied jazz singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and attained her Master Degree in 2003, obtaining first-class honours and the federal “Appreciation Award in recognition of outstanding cultural contribution” handed over by the Austrian minister for Culture.
Vesna Petković is well established as a versatile singer with astounding skills and impeccable taste, always energetic and innovative. In her own compositions and arrangements Vesna is connecting her traditional music with contemporary jazz, which can be heard on her debut album “A New One”(ZamaRecordings). As in-demand singer she performed with many top musician including Evald Oberleitner, Dean Bowman, Stjepko Gut, Alex Deutsch, Milan Nikolić, Vanja Kevrešan, and others. She is thrilling international audiences as a front singer in “Vesna Petković Band”,“Sandy Lopičić Orkestar”, Reihard Zigerhofer Group, Who Man Dog, Trio "Petkovic/Bakanic/Meinhart".
Since 2009 Vesna Petković is a conductor and the head of multicultural women's choir "Sosamma" as well as the founder and organizer of music festival "Pangea-musik.lebt" in Graz. She's been working in several theater productions: Schauspielhaus Graz („Black Rider“), Ensemble Theater Wien („Romeo und Julia in Sarajevo“), TIP Graz („Die weibervolksversammlung von Aristophanes“), Schaubühne Graz (der fall Jovanka), Next Liberty Graz ("Das Kind der Seehundfrau"), etc. Since 2013 she is a teacher of jazz singing at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Vanja Kevrešan

Assistant professor of Jazz Guitar

Phone: +381 63 76 88 184
E-mail: vanjajazz@yahoo.de

Vanja Kevrešan (a.k.a Disco Dude) was born in Esslingen (Germany), from the family originating from Zrenjanin (Serbia). He is currently living in Berlin (Germany). Start playing guitar at the age of nine. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria) and completed his studies with honours in 2002. Since 2012 he is teaching jazz guitar at the Department of Jazz & Popular music at Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
His formal and informal teachers were: Vlada Veresan, Josif Taiti, R.M.Tocak, Wayne Brassel, Harry Peppl, Guido Jesensky, Christian Röver, Karl Ratzer and Mick Goodrick at the Jazz Summer-camp, St Polten (Austria).
He has played and recorded as both a leader, co-leader and sideman with: VANJA K3-trio, Snake Crocodile feat Disco Dude, Filf's & Teens, Pirates Of After Particians, Kevstunik, Triptones, Unleashed Bop Force, Inner Urge band, Free Riders,Andjelko Stupar, Milan Nikolic, Vesna Petkovic (A New One ZAMA/2007), Maya Yaku (Message PG/2005), Tihomir Hojsak – Jazz Room (Clockwise-2012), JR5+ featuring Miles Griffith, Karl Ratzer Group, Big Band Gleichenberg/Peter Herbolzheimer, David Binney, Dean Bowman, Fritz Pauer, Stjepko Gut, Dusko Gojkovic, Damir Bacikin, Oliver Portratz, Vasil Hadzimanov, Igor Malesevic, Viktor Palic, Robert Jukic, Hajnrich Von Kalnein, Berndt Luef Jazz Forum Graz, Eric Harland, Joe Sanders, Gerald Clayton, Uwe Plath, Klaus Heimann, Roman Babick, Vega Jesus, Thobias Backhaus, Julius Heise, Bora Rokovic, Misa Blam, Lazar Tosic Quartet, Big Band Kug featuring Tom Lellis/Ed Neumeister, Bora Rokovic, Allan Jones, Wayne Darling, David Jarh, Igor Lumpert, Jure Pukl, Marko Djordjevic, Margitte Juenemann, Jelena Jovovic/Tetra Tones, Predrag Revisin, Ryan Carniaux, Raphael Klemm, Sava Miletic, Dusan Novakov, Steve Wood, Novak Mijovic, Pedja Milutinovic, Milan Pavkovic, Etienne M'bappe, and many others.. He is also teaching as guest professor at the Summer Jazz Academy Dortmund/Novi Sad, and Glazbena Kutija Koprivnica (Croatia).

Milan Nikolić

Assistant professor of Jazz Double Bass

Phone: +381 64 95 16 980
E-mail: kukuruz@hotmail.com

Milan Nikolić, born in 1973 in Kruševac, Serbia, started dealing with music at the age of 17 playing rhythm and blues in local bands. In 1993 he moved to Belgrade where he played in a band Hush. In 1996 he moved to Graz Austria to study at the University of Arts. During and after his studies (2003) he shared the stage with many great jazz musicians such as: Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Billy Hart, Johnathan Blake, Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander, Kirk Lightsey, Jim Snidero, Walt Weiskopf, Harold Mabern, Antony Wonsey, Seamus Blake, Sheela Jordan, and others.
Since 2012 he is working as a bass teacher at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Aleksandar Cvetković

Assistant professor of Jazz Solfeggio


Aleksandar Cvetković (professor, drummer, composer, and arranger) was born in 1979 in Kraljevo, where he finished primary (department of clarinet) and secondary (theoretical department) music school "Stevan Mokranjac". After that he studied and graduated from the Department of General Music Pedagogy at FMA (Faculty of Music Arts) in Belgrade. During the final exams at FMA, he successfully passed the entrance exam at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria, and became a student of the Department for jazz drums where he completed his master's degree under the supervision of Professor T. Howard Curtis. He participated in numerous seminars conducted by the world-renowned jazz artists: John Abercrombie, Billy Hart, Jerry Bergonzi, Ron McClure, Ben Dixon, Jimmy Cobb, Adam Nussbaum, Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely ... He was a participant in numerous jam sessions with world-renowned jazz artists: Billy Hart, David Kikoski, Brad Leali, Brad Mehldau, Renato Chicco, Claus Raible… He played at the jazz festivals and jazz clubs with local world-renowned jazz artists: Dusko Gojkovic, Stjepko Gut, Misa Blam, Milos Krstic, Mimo Mitrovic, Vlada Maricic, Jelena Jovovic, Tanja Jovicevic, Lena Kovacevic, VH Band, Big-Band RTS, Rambo Amadeus & Broken Swing Sextet... He is a permanent member of the bands: Serbian Jazz, Bre!, Woodcock Group, Marchelo & Napeti Quintet. Since 2012, he has been working at the Department of jazz and popular music at FMA in Belgrade as the assistant professor of jazz ear-training and jazz rhythm. In early 2014, he founded his author's jazz band "Drama Organ Trio" (alto saxophone, electric organ, drums) with which he successfully performs in Serbia.

Vladimir Nikolov

Assistant professor of Jazz Theory (Jazz Arranging and Jazz Harmony)

E-mail: info@vladimirnikolov.com
WEB: www.vladimirnikolov.com

Vladimir Nikolov is a composer whose works cover a wide range of musical languages and genres, using backgrounds in classical music and jazz as the points of departure. He has been 'behind the scenes' of worldwide orchestral projects as an arranger for some time now, while also frequently performing as a conductor and guitarist with renowned soloists and ensembles.

As a composer and arranger, Vladimir worked with ensembles such as the Metropole Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Berlin Art Orchestra, Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Barga Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Among the collaborative artists, he worked with: John Clayton, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, Chaka Khan, Gino Vannelli, to name but a few. As an arranger/producer, he worked on 12 CD releases by top European publishers.

He was born 1979 and raised in Skopje, Macedonia. He started music at the age of 14, beginning with the guitar. Soon after, he enrolled in classical guitar studies, graduating with an original composition. Meanwhile, Vladimir began cross-over composing and arranging, under mentorship by Ilija Pejovski. After departing for the Netherlands in the autumn of 2002, he started jazz composition and arranging studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He finished his Master's studies in 2005 with focus on symphonic writing.

He also orchestrated and arranged music for several film projects, among which is the 2012 Oscar winner “The Artist”. His compositions and arrangements have won numerous international prizes, including four first prizes for original compositions and five first prizes for arrangements.

Since 2012 he teaches jazz harmony and arranging at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and also leads the FMU Big Band.

Novak Mijović

Lecturer of Jazz Trumpet


Dragan Ćalina

Lecturer of Survey of tendencies in Jazz History


Anđelko Stupar

Assistant professor of Jazz drums


Andjelko Stuparwas born on 05/11/1975. in Zrenjanin, Serbia.He studied Jazz drumsat the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz from 1996 to 2002.Master’s degree with the best grade.In the same year,he represented University of Graz at a IASJ Jazz Meeting(International Associations school of Jazz) in Helsinki (Finland).His formal teachers were: Manfred Josel,Alex Deutsch,Gunther Mainhart and Karl Ratzer. He was participant in numerous seminars,great jazz musicians such as:Ed Thighpen,Billy Hart,Peter Erskine,Al Foster,Trilok Gurtu,Jim Cobb,Adam Nussbaum,Vinnie Colaiuta,Archie Schep, Dave Liebman and others.
During and after studying, he played and recorded with many jazz musicians such as: Red Holloway, Don Mensa,Dave Liebman, Miles Griffith, Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan,Michael Abene,Stjepko Gut, Dusko Gojkovic, Bora Rokovic, Mima MItrovic, Karl Ratzer, Fritz Pauer, Ed Neumeister, Tom Lellis, Vanja Kevresan, Milan Nikolic, Oliver Kent, Klaus Raible, Peter Mihelic, Vesna Petkovic (A New One, Zama 2007), Nenad Vasilic (Folk Songs, Origin /2001), Sava Miletic, Robert Jukic, Jure Pukl (Jazoon quintet, Goga musica 2004), Igor Lumpert (Jazoon Quintet, Goga musica 2007), Ivan Ivanov (Wild flower, SJF records 20011), David Jarh (Misterioso, Rtv Slovenija 2003), Milan Stanisavljevic (Awakening, Sazas 2010, Sound Quest, Barnette 2015), Jaka Kopac, Lenart Krecic, Adam Klemm, Giovani Mazzarino, Angelo Comiso, Claudio Fasoli, Klemens Pliem, Peter Kunsek, Karl Heinz Miklin, Sigi Feigl, Ewald Oberleitner, Peter Herbert, Trptones, Kevstunik, De dolen, Achim Kirchmair, Ali Angerer, Pista Bartos, Julia Siedl (Good news, Minor music 2016), Marko Churnetchetz, Aleksandar Grujic, Milan Pavkovic, Misa Blam, Lubos Sramek, Roland Wesp, Sascha Mutc and others.
Andjelko was collaborator at jazz workshops in Macedonia,Slovenia, Croatia and Austria.
He lives in Graz,Austria.

Ivan Ilić

Assistant professor of Jazz Trombone


Ivan Ilić, born in 1972 in Belgrade, completed his elementary and high school musical training in trombone and music theory. At the age of 20 he received a professional diploma with honors in Commercial Arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He also completed Specialist studies in Conducting with prof. Stanko Šepić, and MA in Jazz Trombone from the Faculty of Music, at the University of Belgrade. He is currently in the process of completing his DMA in Interdisciplinary studies, Multimedia Arts, at the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Moving from Canada to Belgrade in 1998 until 2018 he continued his long lasting engagement with the Big Band of Radio Television of Serbia- RTS, working as a conductor, composer, arranger and trombone soloist, leading the band through numerous recordings, TV shows, concerts and tours, and collaborated with all of the ensembles of the Music Production of RTS.

Ivan has performed, recorded and/or conducted the Big Band with many international and Serbian artists from the world of jazz and popular music.

An active performer, Ivan appeared on many international music festivals around the globe, including the US, Canada, Central and South/Eastern Europe etc…, and appears on numerous recordings with various artists from all walks of musical life.

Ivan has written music for theater, video productions and a movie. For the only full time musical theater in the Balkans, the "Theater on Terazije”,Ivan has written and conducted 3 original scoresand orchestrated 4 licensed Broadway musicals. He has composed music for and collaborated with the most prominent Serbian directors.

As a conductor he appeared on numerous music recordings for film and TV for production companies like The Walt Disney Company, Warner, Sony Entertainment, and numerous movie and music productions throughout Europe and North America.