Head of the Department

Slobodan Gerić, DMA

Full professor of Double bass

Biography

Slobodan Gerić graduated and received his master’s degree and PhD from the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, in the class of Prof. Nebojša Ignjatović. He furthered his professional education with Prof Ludwig Streicher in Vienna and Francesco Petracchi in Italy. As a soloist he performed with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Niš Symphony Orchestra, Klagenfurt Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade String Orchestra “Dušan Skovran”, Chamber Orchestra “Ljubica Marić” and Youth Orchestra “Borislav Pašćan”.
He was a soloist with “Dušan Skovran” (1985-1992) and a principle bass with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (1994-2007). Slobodan performs as a solo bass with Saint George Strings, “Camerata Serbica”, Balkan Chamber Academy, Ensemble for Other New Music and is a member of ethno-jazz ensemble “Ognjen and Friends”.
His work was awarded many times: Concert of the Year 2007, given by the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia; October Award of the City of Belgrade, for students in 1984 and with “Dušan Skovran”in 1991; Concert of the Year 2006, with Saint Georges Strings under the leadership of Gordan Nikolić, given by the city of Belgrade; numerous first place awards at national competitions.
As a member of various ensembles he performed in USA, China, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Sweden, France, and Spain. He is a full time professor at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, and many of his students have successful careers in Serbia and abroad.

Head of the Department Council

Gordana Matijević Nedeljković, MMus

Full professor of Violin

Biography

Gordana Matijević-Nedeljković gained her BA and Master's degrees with Prof. Fern Rašković at Belgrade Faculty of Music, where she now holds the position of professor at the String Instruments Department. She has won several national competitions, as well as scholarships from the M. Petrović and M. Žeželj Majer funds. She was awarded the prize for best interpretation at the Music in Serbia Festival (1988) and also won the Second Prize for interpretation of chamber music at International Review of Composers (1992).

Gordana Matijević-Nedeljković has been a member of the Belgrade Strings since 1984, holding the position of leader from 1987. With this orchestra she has also performed as soloist at numerous concerts and at all music Festivals at home, as well as at the International Music Festival of Santorini in Greece, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia and Sofia Music Weeks in Bulgaria. As a soloist she has played with Nigel Kennedy,Vladimir Chernushenko, Christian Gansh, Claudio Vandelli, Ronald Zollman, Sreten Krstić, Erasmo Gaudiomonte, Conrad van Alphen.

She is a keen exponent of contemporary music, having given numerous premieres with the Belgrade Strings and recently she was the soloist in the first performance of Ian Wilson's “Sullen earth”, a concerto for violin and string orchestra written specially for her.

Nebojša Ignjatović, MMus

Full professor of Double bass

Biography

Nebojša Ignjatović was born in Belgrade in 1951. He graduated at Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music where he also finished his post-graduate studies in the class of Professor Josip Novosel.
A member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra from 1975 to 1980. A principal of the string orchestra Dušan Skovran from 1977 to 2000. With that orchestra he made tours of Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. In 1970 he was awarded the October Prize for students for his performing of Slobodan Atanacković’s composition Basso e Contra (RTS recording). In 1983 he played as a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with the conductor Walter Angel. In 1987 he was a member, principal and also the winner of a competition held in honor of the fifty years of existence of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and he realized a great tour across the USA. From 1970 to 1983 a member of the ensemble Renaissance where he played the viola da gamba and recorder. With the same ensemble he realized a tour over the Western Europe.
Since 1982 he has worked at the string instruments department, double bass section. In 1997 he was produced full professor. In the class of Professor Nebojša Ignjatović about thirty students have graduated, most of whom work in the Belgrade Philharmonic, the RTS Symphony Orchestra or in the Opera Orchestra within the National Theatre. Some of the graduated students are employed in elementary and high schools in Belgrade while five post-graduate students work in some eminent world orchestras. Two graduated students from the class of Professor Nebojša Ignjatvić, Slobodan Gerić and Ivica Marušević, hold their own classes at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and Music Academy in Novi Sad.
Since 1993 Nebojša has been a member of the Rubber Soul – a post-modern multimedia group project. In 1994 he composed music for the play The Fools of Chelm delivered at Mladinsko Gledališče, a theatre in Ljubljana. He has cooperated with Dah Theatre from Belgrade since 1999. He composed music for the plays Documents of Time and Cirque Macabre and made tours of USA, Australia, Germany and Norway with them. In 2005 he wrote music for the play Alice and Kafka are Dead - Long Live Rosenberg, in coproduction of Dah and Seven Stages Theatre from Atlanta. In 2006 he wrote music for the play The Story of Tea, performed in New Orleans. In 2008 he composed music for an animated movie Phantasmagoria of 2008. The same year, Professor Nebojša Ignjatović founded a conceptual music group Secondhanders. With that group he has realized a series of successful performances of which the concert in Ulm in 2010 within the Danube Fest, the concert in Budapest in 2011, performances at the Rostrum Festival of contemporary composers 2011 (Video work (P)rostrum) and at the festival Irritations, should be mentioned.
From 2005 to 2007 he was a vice-rector of the University of Arts in Belgrade. During the period he organized two international summer schools at Mećavnik and in Pirot. The summer school at Mećavnik was organized in cooperation with a film director Emir Kusturica, while the summer school in Pirot was organized within the scope of an idea of opening a jazz department at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. During his term of office of the Vice-Rector Professor Ignjatović was also involved in numerous activities regarding the introduction of the Bologna Process at the University of Belgrade.

Sandra Belić, MMus

Full professor of Violoncello

Biography

Marija Jokanović, MMus

Full professor of Violin

Biography

Marija-Maya Jokanović was born into a family of musicians in Belgrade, where she acquired her initial music education. Her formal education was continued at the "P.I.Tchaikovsky" Conservatory in Moscow where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the class of professor Semion Snitkovsky in the department chaired by David Oistrach. At the Chigiana Academy in Siena she completed a master course with maestro Franco Gulli.

At the International Competition "Jan Sibelius" in Helsinki in 1980 she received a "Diplome d'honneur". Maya Jokanović frequently performed in concert halls throughout former Yugoslavia and has toured music centers all over Europe and Australia. She participated in numerous music festivals in Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Italy, Macedonia, Greece, Holland

She played with S. Snitkovsky, P. Vernikov, P. Toso, B. Canino, P. L. Graf, H. Ferster and performed as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Belgrade, Zagreb, Moravia, Sarajevo, Skoplje, with Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, Padua Chamber Orchestra, Milano Classica Orchestra...
From 1983 to 1985 she was a soloist and member of the Orchestra da Padua e del Veneto. In this period she also performed with harpsichord player Lina Romano and made a recording for PGP-RTB.
Maya Jokanović is a professor at the International Academy of Music in Novara (Italy) from 1989 to 2002. Since 1990 she is a professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

In 2012 Maya Jokanović received a Large Plaque of the University of Art in Belgrade for special merits and contribution to the development of the Faculty of Music and the University of Arts in Belgrade.

Jasna Maksimović-Veselinov, MMus

Full professor of Violin

E-mail: maksimovicjasna@gmail.com
Biography

-Graduated as the best student at the age of 19 at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad
- Master of Arts Degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, age 22 (Marija Mihajlovic Award for the best student)
- Advanced Solo Studies in 1989 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London
-Specialization in chamber music at the Faculty of Music in 1993
- Gave recitals in former Yugoslavia, Italy , Spain, England , France, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Denmark, Malta, Greece and Czech Republic, also played as soloist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of RT Ljubljana, Sarajevo Radio orchestra, Russe Philharmonic (Bulgaria) , Macedonian Philharmonic, Mostar SO, Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Nis SO, and many Chamber orchestras. Played in Festivals in France, Malta, Italy, Greece, Dubrovnik, and other
- Winner of the International Violin Competition “Michelangelo Abbado” in Italy 1986 (and special prize P.Borciani for the best Sonata performance)
- October Award of the City of Belgrade in 1986
- UNICEF Diploma in Belgrade 1986
- Second Prize at the “Yfrah Neaman” International Violin Competition in Germany, 1987
- Winner of the “Birdie Warsaw” Prize at GSMD, London, 1989
- Silver Medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade for pedagogical and artistic achievements
- Member or the president of the Juries at National and International competitions in Serbia, Paris , Macedonia, President of the Council of the Jeuness Musicales International Competition in Belgrade (2003-2008.).Over 30 master classes held in Serbia and England (RAM), also has been visiting professor at Universities of Kragujevac, Banja Luka and Priština.
- Discography: CD with pianist S. Petković with all Brahms’ Violin Sonatas, 3 LPs with Toškov Piano Trio
- Her students have won prizes at many national and international competitions, a lot of them have major positions in orchestras in Serbia, Slovenia, Germany and USA, or became successful professors.

Dejan Mladjenović, MMus

Full professor of Viola

Biography

Srđan Grujić

Full professor of Violin (orchestral parts)

Phone: +381 61 80 90 033
E-mail: srki54@mts.rs
Biography

Srđan Grujić, MMus, was born in Belgrade in 1954. He studied violin at the Leningrad Conservatory and completed his bachelor and postgraduate degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (in the class of prof. Pavlović). During his studies he won „Merima Dragutinović“ Foundation prize for the best graduation exam, and „Maria Mihailović“ Foundation prize for the best master’s exam.
By 1988 he played various concerts as a soloist with Belgrade string orchestra „Dušan Skovran“.
His repertoire included concerts of Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and others. He gave concerts not only in all big and important concert halls in ex-Yugoslavia, but also in Wigmore Hall (London), Antibes (France), Festival of London, Cheltenham International Festival, and other. Srđan Grujić was also the concertmaster of this chamber orchestra.
A large number of positive reviews in various Yugoslavian and international newspapers accounts for his career of that period.
From 1981to 1988 he was engaged as a lecturer, and later as assistant professor of violin at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
In 1989 he began to work as the substitute concertmaster of Philharmonic orchestra in Freiburg (Germany). At the same time he continued his career as a soloist (he played many recitals e.g. inFreiburg, Belgrade), and chamber musician (he founded a quartet „Adonis“ and chamber orchestra “Respighi“), and also recorded several CDs („Asimptota“ with works of Lj. Marić, „Le quattro stagioni“ by A. Vivaldi, Concertos for violin in E major and d minor by J. S. Bach, and others).
Srdjan Grujić is engaged as a full professor for violin orchestral parts at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Secretary of the Department

Srđan Sretenović, DMA

Associate professor of Violoncello

Biography

Srđan Sretenović was born in Bor (Serbia) in 1976.
He studied cello at the School for Music Talents in Ćuprija, in the class of Prof. Relja Ćetković and continued his education at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Prof. Sandra Belić, where he graduated in 2000, received a master’s degree in 2003 and a PhD in Art in 2011.
He has participated in many master classes, such as those held by Prof. A. Fedorchenko (Central Music School, Moscow) and Prof. David Takeno (Guildhall School for Drama and Music, London).
He has won a great number of first prizes in national and international competitions, for example the International Competition "Petar Konjović" in Belgrade. He was a finalist of the "Jeunesses Musicales" International Competition in 2005 in Belgrade.

Srđan is a solo cellist of the chamber orchestra St. George Strings (Belgrade), Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra (Podgorica) and Makris Symphony Orchestra (Belgrade). He is a member of The Construction Site Contemporary Music Ensemble from Belgrade. Srđan performs in duo with the pianist Neda Hofman. Their concerts are viewed as “excellent, precise playing” and their performance as a proof of “their reputation as virtuosic artist of an extraordinary technique” (St. Heise, Allgemeine Zeitung); “…they displayed a masterful technique and sound coloration as well as a wide range of emotions” (O. Đoković, Frankfurt News). Their repertoire consists of both standard, classical pieces and those of Serbian and other contemporary composers.

As an outstanding representative of Serbian cellists, he has participated in the "International Review of Composers" in Belgrade, in a festival "Musica Viva", and in the international festival "Cello Fest" which took place from 2003 to 2011 in Belgrade.
Srđan Sretenović works as an associate violoncello professor at the String Instruments Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Tatjana Olujić, MMus

Associate professor of Violin

Biography

Tatjana Olujić is professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She studied violin with the Professor Andre Gertler and chamber music with Maestro Van Den Doorn in Belgium. She has taken her graduate master’s degree with professor G. Octores. She further developed her skills at the Yehudi Menuhin International Academy.

She is the winner of many international awards and acknowledgements, including: the First Special Prize for Violin at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, (Belgium) and the First Special Prize for Chamber Music with the Japanese pianist Umene Megumi.

She performed extensively at many international seminaries and is multiple winner of diplomas of “Bela Bartok” in Budapest, “Franc List” in Weimar, the International School in Goslar (Germany), Estoril (Portugal), and others.

She spent three years as the professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music in Brussels, having afterwards become the member of the chamber solo group in Switzerland “Camerata Lysy Gstaad” working under the auspices of Yehudi Menuhin.

She has had performances all over the Yugoslavia , Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, Rumania, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria, USA (Carnegie Hall, Dag Hammarskjöld the UN Hall), Taiwan, in the countries of Central and Latin America and Africa. She has recorded five LP albums.

For two years she was a concert master of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Professor at the National Conservatory of Music, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she run her own private school of violin. For four years she was leading the string orchestra “Kamerata Beograd” consisted mainly of students of the Faculty of Music as members.
She has been teaching violin at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1981, working from 1988 as an assistant professor, and since 1999 in the capacity of the associate professor.

Ivana Aćimoski-Žikić, MMus

Associate professor of Violin

Phone:+381 65 83 66 321
E-mail: acimoskizikic@hotmail.com
Biography

Ivana Aćimoski-Žikić was born in Niš. She has finished her undergraduate and master studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade as a student of professor Fern Rašković. As her assistant, she started to work on the FoM of Belgrade in 1993. She has been an associate professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 2009.

She is the winner of the highest Republican and Federal recognitions, awards from the various foundations. She has been a grantee of Ivo Pogorelich and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
She has been a permanent member of Jury at the International Competition “ENKOR” since 2015, in the categories Violin and Chamber Music (ENKOR Jury Board, now International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences), http://www.enkorcompetition.com/p/enkor-academy.html. She also served as a juror of the International Competition “Petar Konjović” in 2001.

As a soloist, she participated at prominent festivals: William Walton (Italy), Ohrid Summer Festival (Ohrid, Macedonia), Ecole Traditionnelle Russe de Piano in Geneva in the year of 2008, NIMUS (Niš, Serbia), Skopsko Leto (Skopje, Macedonia), SOMUS (Sombor, Serbia), Zemun Music Evenings, Sarajevo Winter. She held a series of concerts with Aleksandar Serdar and Natalija Mladenović in the frames of the National Concert Season in 2008.

In addition to numerous recitals in the most significant concert halls in all the biggest towns of former Yugoslavia, and many important centers abroad, she has accomplished over 40 stage performances with chamber and symphony orchestras.
She held series of recitals and concerts with orchestras in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Greece, England, China, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Croatia etc.
Her students accomplish remarkable performances and win prizes on International competitions (Italy, Ohrid, Niš…)
She recorded a CD in production of “Valve Hearts“ (Germany).

Dejan Božić, DMA

Associate professor of Violoncello

Biography

Dejan Božić graduated from Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, with an honorary title “Student of the Generation”, and completed postgraduate studies at the “Stadtliche Hochschule fur Musik” in Trossingen, Germany, where he obtained the diploma of “Concerto soloist”. He completed PhD studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Belgrade. He attained master classes conducted by Ksenija Janković, Gerhard Hamann, Mario De Secondi, Svetislav Apolin, Michael Flaxman, Roco Filippini and Alexander Fyedochinko.

He won First prize on Festival of Music (’81, ’93), Federal level for solo (`81, `83, `86, `89), and Chamber music competition (`82, `87), and was the representative of Yugoslavia at the “Fifth Eurovision Competition for Young Performing Artists“, in Vienna (1990).
Dejan Božić performed as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Belgrade, Niš, Sarajevo, Vojvodina and Macedonia, along with Belgrade Radio Symphony and Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and various chamber orchestras.
He performed recitals all over former Yugoslavia, as well as in Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Greece, Italy and Japan.

Božić currently holds a position of a cello professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. He was a professor of cello at Academy Of Arts, University of Novi Sad (1999–2014) and Academy of Arts, University of Niš (2003–2004). He held Master classes at the music schools “Јosip Slavensкi”, ''Isidor Bajic”, ''Petar Krančević'' and Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, Greece.
He has also acted as a president of the jury of International festival of strings in Mitrovica, International competition of strings in Niš and “Petar Konjović“ in Belgrade.
He is the principal cellist of “No Borders” Symphony and Chamber orchestra, “Žebeljan” Chamber orchestra, and visiting principal cellist of Montenegro Symphony orchestra
. He was a principal cellist of “L`Orchestre des Jeunes de la Mediterranee” (1991), “Belgrade Soloist” chamber orchestra (1990–1992), Vojvodina Philharmonic orchestra (1999–2000) and Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra (2005–2011).
He has recorded for “Deutsche Grammophon–Universal” Austria, “Oboe Classics” London, “Jugokoncert” Belgrade and “Chopin” Japan.

Panta Veličković, MMus

Associate professor of Viola

Biography

Dragan Đorđević, DMA

Associate professor of Violoncello

Biography

Dragan Đorđević, DMA, started with playing violin (Suzuki method) at the age of six at the School for Musically Gifted Children in Ćuprija, but two years later chose cello and received first lessons from prof. Relja Ćetković. He graduated from Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Sandra Belić. From 2000 he continued master studies in London, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with prof. Stefan Popov. During his studies in England he played in London Symphony Orchestra and was a guest principal cellist in the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2002 Dragan met Young Chang Cho and continued studies in his class at the Hochschule fur Musik in Germany where in 2005 he recieved Concert Diploma with distinction and special honour. He attend master classes of Misha Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow, Aleksandar Fedorchenko, David Grigorian, Thobias Kuhne, David Takeno, Stanislav Apolin and also chamber music classes of Welinger, Takacs, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets. He has been the laureate of international competitions such as Antonio Janigro, Markneukirchen, Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, International Competition and many other Special Awards.
As a soloist and chamber musician performed in Holland, Sweden, Russia, Belgium, Korea, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, and France, and at international music festivals BBC PROMS, City of London Festival, Ohrid Summer, BEMUS, Cello-Fest-Belgrade.

He has performed with Bergishe Symphoniker, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammer Philarmonie Amade, Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, “Camerata Serbica”, Bamberg Chamber Orchestra, VSO Symphony Orchestra, St. George Strings, Macedonian Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia. He collaborated with artists such as Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan, Mikhail Shcherbakov, Mincho Minchev, Jon Adams, Peter Sculthorpe, Roman Simović, Leslie Howard, Tan Dun, Nemanja Radulović, and many others.
At the moment Dragan Đorđević is a professor of cello at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and artistic director of School for Musically Gifted Children in Ćuprija.

Ljubomir Mihailović, MMus

Associate professor of Violin

Biography

Ljubomir Mihailović (born 1962) graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Professor Rajko Dojčinović. He then proceeded to finish his master studies in the Music Academy of Novi Sad in the class of Professor Dejan Mihailović. He was also perfecting his studies in the class of Igor Ozim in the “Hochshule für Musik” located in Köln, Germany.

His concert career had started at the early age of 8 when he performed his first solo concert. He received multiple first prize awards in Serbia and ex-Yugoslavia. He received the second prize award in the International competition “Jaroslav Kocijan” held in Czech Republic.

Ljubomir held numerous recitals and performed as a soloist with a number of local and foreign symphonic orchestras, such as Belgrade philharmonic, Zagreb philharmonic, Radio and TV orchestra of Belgrade, Army orchestra of Yugoslavia, Orchestra form Osijek, Orchestra of the Music Academy, National orchestra of Peru. He was also the concert master of chamber orchestra ”Sinfonijeta”.
He has been playing as a soloist and concert master with the Köln chamber assemble more than 400 concerts across Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland since 1994. He has also performed in Greece, Austria, Peru, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Portugal and Israel. As a soloist with a chamber orchestra he recorded a CD “Four Seasons/Antonio Vivaldi” in the edition of MDM from Köln.
Ljubomir Mihailović is an associate professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he works and resides.

Marija Špengler Marković, DMA

Associate professor of Violin

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

Maria Špengler-Marković graduated from the Faculty of Music, Belgrade, as the best student in generation and subsequently received the master’s degree, in the class of prof. Dejan Mihajlović. She was awarded a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, to study with Prof David Takeno, where she received master’s degree, with distinction and Concert Recital Diploma. She performed regularly with Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.
She was a prize winner at international violin competitions (first prize at Michelangelo Abbado Competition, Italy, 1995; Jeunesses Musicales, Belgrade, 1996).

As a soloist Marija performed with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Faculty of Music, Franz Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra from Budapest, St. George Strings and Belgrade Strings “Dušan Skovran". As a co-leader of Australian Chamber Orchestra she gave numerous concerts throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Europe performing with artists such as A. Hewitt, P. Kuusisto, L. Markiz, G. Nikolic, E. Wallfisch, J. Rachlin, E. Pahud and many others.

She gave numerous premiere performances in Serbia and abroad. Notable are Philip Glass’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Center Sava, SO RTS, conducted by David Porcelijn) and Zoran Erić’s “Six Scenes and Comments” for Three Violins and Orchestra (St. George Strings, and subsequently with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra-tour of Sweden conducted by D. Wilson).

As a guest concertmaster Marija Špengler-Marković performed with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia, St. George Strings (concertmaster since 1994). She performed with MusikFabrik, Cologne and Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt, performing at festivals in Lucerne, Darmstadt, Vienna and Brussels.
Marija Špengler recorded for BBC Television, Radio BBC 3, as well as compact disks (Channel Classics, WDR, BBC, PGP RTS).
Marija Špengler was teaching in courses in England, Spain and Serbia, and is a violin professor at the Faculty of Music, since 2004

Marko Josifoski, MMus

Associate professor of Violin

Phone: +381 63 87 000 17
E-mail: josifoskiviolin@gmail.com
Biography

Marko Josifoski (1978) started playing violin in “Kosta Manojlovic” music school in Zemun. He graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and won his master`s degree, both in the class of prof. Dejan Mihailović and later studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Bern in the class of professor Igor Ozim. There he received a scholarship of the Swiss government. He attended master classes in Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Israel and the US where his professors were: Ida Hendel, Shlomo Mintz, Igor Ozim, Edward Grach, Nam-Yun-Kim, Thomas Brandis and Milan Vitek. He was a member of the “Interlochen Arts Camp (USA)”, where his professor was Allen Ohmes (1993). There he played with the World Symphony orchestra.
He performed for UNICEF in (Parma) and for UN (New York 1992). Marko Josifoski represented ex-Yugoslavia at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for young soloists in Istanbul (1990). He has won several first and special prizes at republic and federal competitions in ex-Yugoslavia and the number of international prizes, among which are ”Premio Mozart” in Verona (1990), in Stresa (1989), in the Czech Republic ”Jan Kocijan” (1989), in Italy “Rodolfo Lipizer” competition (1995), ”Golden Angel” for the most successful young artist in 1993, and many others.
Marko has been awarded by Belgrade City Council for his great contribution to the art of music. He also received the award of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences for the best concert in 2003 and the award of Radio Belgrade for the best musician in 2004.
He performed with Romanian Philharmonic, Turkish Symphony orchestra, World Symphony orchestra in the US, Belgrade Philharmonic, Symphony orchestra of Serbian Radio and Television, Macedonian Philharmonic, along with many chamber orchestras in Yugoslavia and abroad performing concerts of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev and the plethora of compositions written for violin and orchestra.
He has made lasting recordings for many radio and TV stations and in 2007, among which particularly stands out the recording of all Beethoven`s sonatas for PGP-RTS.
He was a violin professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and currently works as an associate professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Marija Misita, MMus

Assistant professor of Violin

Biography

Marija Misita (1975) graduated the violin from the Faculty of Music in the class of prof. Aleksandar Pavlović. She continued her studies in Salzburg in 2001/2002 (University "Mozarteum") with prof. Lukas Hagen.
She is the winner of the first prize in the International competition "Petar Konjović" in Belgrade in 1997.

She performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra "Stanislav Binički", Niš Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Art in Banja Luka, the Chamber Orchestra "St. George Strings”, Chamber orchestra “Dušan Skovran”, the Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales and Orchestra of Music School "Stanković". She has given recitals in the most important halls of Belgrade.
Misita participated in the festivals "Days of Mokranjac" in Negotin, Budva Theatre City Festival, Bemus, Nimus, Organ Days, "Silence flower" Constantinus, A-fest i International Review of Composers.

For many years she was a member of the most prominent Serbian chamber orchestras, such as Belgrade orchestra "Dušan Skovran", "St. George Strings", and the symphonic orchestra "Camerata Serbica". Between 2000 and 2004 she played in the chamber orchestra "Salzburg Chamber Soloists". She was a lecturer in the course of chamber music “Colluvio” (Austria) in 2005 and 2010.
Marija Misita plays in a duo with violinist Madlen Stokić Vasiljević performing both the classical and contemporary Serbian repertoire. As a member of the piano trio “Classica Aeterna”, and in a duo with guitarist Milan Dujmović, she performs in Belgrade and Serbia.
She was employed as an assistant professor of violin 2009-2013 at the Academy of Art in Banja Luka. Since 2009 she has been working as an assistant professor at the String instruments Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Ljubomir Milanović, MMus

Assistant professor of Viola

Biography

Nemanja Marjanović, MMus

Assistant professor of Viola

Phone: +381 63 285 045
Biography

Nemanja Marjanović was born in 1976 in Belgrade. He graduated and master’s degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Dejan Mlađenović, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Arts in Belgrade.
He also finished postgraduate studies in Madrid, at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, in the class of renowned solo violist Gerard Causse, obtaining a master's degree as the best student in his class, and a personally received certificate from Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofia.
He attended master classes with Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Paul Neubauer, and others.
He took specialization for string quartet with Reiner Schmid, violinist of Hagen quartet, and prof. Walter Lewin, from the Juilliard Academy in New York.
As a soloist, he participated in all major national festivals in Serbia, such as BEMUS, NOMUS, “Mokranjčevi dani”, “Mermer i zvuci”, OKTOH, Review of Composers, and many others, as well as at the international festivals such as Santander, Salamatino, and other.
He has performed in Austria, Spain, Hungary, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico and other countries.
He won first prize at the International Competition “Petar Konjović”, in three stages.
As a soloist, Nemanja Marjanović has performed with orchestras – the RTS Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble “Stanislav Binički”, String orchestra “Dušan Skovran”, whose solo violist he was for 5 years, and String chamber orchestra “Kornelije”, which he co-founded and where he also acted as a solo violist.
He was a member of the quintet “Scarlatti” in Madrid, with which he had concert performances in Spain and Italy, and released a CD for Sony Classic.
Nemanja Marjanović currently works as an assistant professor of viola at the String Instruments Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka.

Madlen Stokić Vasiljević, DMA

Assistant professor of Violin

Phone: +381 69 21 85 787
E-mail: madlen.stokic@gmail.com
Biography

Madlen Stokić-Vasiljević, DMA, was born in Belgrade where she graduated and completed her Master of Arts Studies in 1997 at Belgrade Faculty of Music in the class of prof. Dejan Mihajlović. In 2010 she completed her PhD studies in methodology of the main course – the violin, headed by prof. Dejan Mihailović.
Currently Madlen Stokić-Vasiljević is an assistant professor at Belgrade Faculty of Music and is considered as one of the most acknowledged representatives of younger generation of violinists who work and perform in our country.

Respectable overview of a number of solo concerts, performances in the country and abroad as the soloist with symphonic or chamber orchestras, numerous concerts as the leader of chamber ensembles points to great admiration for her work. She has proved herself the esteemed violinist of baroque to contemporary music, and the performer of numerous premiered Serbian compositions.
As a member of Serbian trio ensemble she was granted the “Concert of 2012 Award.”

Musical critics rendered their view on mastery of Madlen Stokić-Vasiljević as the violinist in Serbian daily newspapers: „... one must speak of a marvelous talent, of great power, lush temperament, irresistible play… and the enthusiasm that has encroached on us” (Politika Ekspres, May 16, 1994); „... in Vitali’s Chaconne, the evening paramount, she possessed the harmony and grandeur of the Duomo of Milan” (Borba, May 14, 2000); „...filled with superb musicianship and exceptional performer’s power…” (Politika, June 15, 2006).
In 2010 she conducted the Violin Master-Classes in Niš, Serbian Faculty of Art. Responding to an invitation of Mozart Association cooperating with the Mozarteum University Salzburg, she runs the International Violin Master-Class in Narni (Italy) since 2012 where she also gives concerts as the soloist with relevant orchestra.
Madlen Stokić-Vasiljević has performed more than 50 concerts in the last five years.

Maja Milanović, Mmus

Assistant professor of Viola (Orchestral parts)

Biography

Rastko Popović, DMA

Assistant professor of Viola (Methodology of string instruments teaching)

E-mail: rastko.popovic@fmu.bg.ac.rs
Biography

Rastko Popović (DA) studied music performance (viola) at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade in the class of prof. Dejan Mlađenović, and at the Department for Music and Dance, University of Stavanger, Norway (MA) with Elisabet Skaar Sijpkens and Wouter Raubenheimer. He completed his education with the highest grades. He has participated in a number of viola, chamber and early music master classes held by renowned artists. During studies he has won several prizes at national and international youth music competitions, among others, the second prize on the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Skopje, Macedonia in 2004. He was a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, played in St. George Strings, Camerata Serbica and was engaged as a substitute viola player in the Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Company and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. From 2008 to 2015 he worked as a viola teacher in music school Josip Slavenski in Belgrade.

He performs regularly, appearing both on national and international concert stages. He plays in a duo with pianist Marijana Savov-Stojanović, and is a member of Look @ Susan and Musikkens retning: nord-sør trios. In addition to classical viola, chamber and orchestra repertoire, he is actively interested in historically informed performance practice as a member of the Belgrade Baroque ensemble. Rastko also explores the world of contemporary and alternative music by experimenting on his electric viola. In this vein, he started his I'm my own merry-go-round artistic project. Rastko is especially interested in the field of artistic research in music and combined practical and theoretical approach to music performance. He has presented papers at several national and international music conferences. Since 2011 he is employed as a String methods teacher at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade.

Gordana Matijević, MMus

Collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Gordana Marjanović (born in 1957 in Belgrade ,Serbia) is a Serbian pianist. She studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with prof. Evgenij Timakin (Moscow, Russia) and prof. Jurica Murai at the Musical Academy in Zagreb (Croatia). As a pianist, she participated and was awarded in many competitions in Serbia, former Yugoslavia, Sennigalia (Italy) and Bordeaux (France). She also became interested in chamber music and cembalo and worked with prof. Konstantin Bogino, Pavel Vernikov and Edward Smith in Portogruaro (Italy).
She participated, both as a soloist and a member of different ensembles, at all significant music festivals in former Yugoslavia.
As a soloist she also performed with the Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra, Bremen orchestra (Germany), String Orchestra “Dušan Skovran” (Belgrade) and String Orchestra of Novi Sad.
She recorded solo and chamber music for RTV Belgrade, and RTV Novi Sad. Her interpretations of the works by Serbian composer Ljubica Marić were recorded for Emergo Classics in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
She works as a collaborative pianist at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Sanja Petković

Collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Natalija Mladenović, MMus

Collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Ivana Pavlović

Collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Katarina Radojičić Firevski

Senior collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Phone: +381 63 19 66 589
E-mail: anisija.firevski@gmail.com
Biography

Katarina Radojičić - Firevski (piano) was born in Belgrade, where she received her musical education. She graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of professor Mirjana Vukdragović. During her studies she already showed inclination towards chamber music, so after finishing her studies she dedicated her talents to this music genre. She worked with some of Serbian most popular artists. She worked as a piano assistant in School for musical talents in Ćuprija, where she had the opportunity to develop love towards working with talented children. Since 1999 she is employed on the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where she works as the senior collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department.

Uki Ovaskainen

Senior collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Uki Ovaskainen is the winner of the first prize, the special prize “Contemporanea”, as well as the prize of the audience at “Premio Jaen” piano competition in Spain. He performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, at festivals such as “Contemporary piano faces” in Mariinsky Theatre, “Hagen Open”, International Burgos Music Festival, “Mattsee Diabellisommer”, “Weilburger Schlosskonzerte”, “Golden days of Copenhagen” and “Espoo International Piano Festival” . He has played eight different solo recitals during 11 days at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, which is the biggest individual project ever at the Academy.

He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in Copenhagen with prof. Jose Ribera, and in Hannover Hochschule with prof. Matti Raekallio. He has also worked with renowned artists such as Pnina Salzman, Andras Schiff, Emanuel Krasovsky, Charles Rosen, Yahli Wagman and Fou Ts’ong.

Uki Ovaskainen has performed as a soloist with Sjaelland and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras, in Konzerthaus in Vienna in chamber music concerts of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, worked as a correpetitor for “Opera Faber” in Portugal, played piano parts in professional orchestras in Denmark and in Serbia, worked with professional choirs, and performed at more than 200 concerts on four continents as a member and pianist of the “Tapiola Choir” He is the artistic organizer of the “Uki Ovaskainen Chamber Tour” in Denmark. As a mentor in the “Artlink” organization, he has been working with chamber ensembles with and without piano, as well as with a string orchestra. He is the official accompanist at competitions organized by “Jeunesses musicales” in Belgrade. He works as an accompanist for strings at the Belgrade Faculty of music, but besides that performs equally with all string and wind instruments, as well as with singers.

Katarina Hadži Antić-Tatić

Senior collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Neda Hofman-Sretenović, DMAћ

Senior collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Phone:+381 60 32 61 398
E-mail: nedahofman@yahoo.com
Biography

Neda Hofman (1977 Belgrade) studied piano in the class of Prof. dr. h.c. Arbo Valdma, both at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, from which she graduated in 1999, and the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, where she finished her studies in 2002, being a holder of a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) scholarship. She finished postgraduate studies with Prof. Rita Kinka at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad (Serbia) in 2004. In 2015, she finished her artistic doctoral studies of chamber music at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Prof. Zorica Ćetković.

From 1993 to 1994 she took part in a special program for most talented young pianists at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad.
Neda is the laureate of many competitions in country and abroad, such as: the First Piano Competition in Novi Sad (1992), the First Federal Competition in Niš, Serbia (1993), the International Competition in Taranto, Italy (1994), etc.

She is very active as a chamber musician, performing regularly with Srđan Sretenović (violoncello) since 2002. They have had concerts in Serbia, France, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. She has performed with the Collegium Musicum choir and Darinka Matić-Marović, with the St. George Strings Chamber Orchestra, Dusan Skovran Belgrade String Orchestra, etc.
With her particular affinity for contemporary music, she has participated in the International Review of Composers in Belgrade, giving the first public performances of newly composed pieces of a number of major contemporary composers as well as representatives of the youngest composers’ generation. She has founded the Construction Site Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2011.
She has recorded with the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Belgrade, for the CD production of the Yugoslav Music Information Centre, and for the production of the Serbian Musicological Society.

Dejana Kravarušić-Bajić, MMus

Adjunct collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Phone: +381 69 19 44 780
E-mail: dkbajic@fmu.bg.ac.rs
Biography

Dejana Kravarušić Baijić was born in Belgrade, Serbia.
Since 2007 she has been working as the collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department of the Faculty of Music. She is a piano accompanist, chamber musician and solo recitalist, active participant in students’ exam activities, concert recitals and competitions at major concert halls in Serbia. She collaborated at International master classes with: S. Sretenovic, Tobias Stosiek, Mark Kosover (cellists) and Irene Grafenauer (flute).

She played as a chamber musician performing in concerts with former and current players of Belgrade Philharmonic such as Petrović (clarinet), P. Ivanović (horn), B. Bunjac (drums), and Sretenović (cello), among others. She also performed as a soloist with Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia playing S. Prokoffiev’s Third Piano Concerto at Kolarac Concert Hall, with the conductor Angel Šurev.
During the season 2000-2002 she was engaged in Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra headed by Uroš Lajovic as an artistic director.

Dejana Kravarušić Baijić was employed at the Department of Strings, Faculty of Music in Kragujevac (presently Faculty of Philology and Arts) in 2000-2001. From 1996 to 2007 she worked in High Music School „ Stanković“ in Belgrade, as piano a accompanist. During her studies she also acted as a collaborative pianist at the Percussion department of the Faculty of Music.

EDUCATION
Master in Performing Arts in pianism, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, class A. Šandorov, grade ten, main subject – piano performance.
Graduated at the Piano section at Faculty of Music in class of Z. Dimitrijević Stošić.
High musical education at piano and theory sections, classes of Zlata Malepš and Vladimir Jovanović. First performance with orchestra held at age of 12, entered Faculty of Music at the age of 16.
In April 2009 had professional enhancement at the Institute of Chamber Music and Special Ensemble Joseph Haydn in Vienna, due to “One month stay” scholarship from Austrian burro for academic cooperation and exchange. Studied with: D. Baskirov, A. Nasedkin, L. Brumberg, A. Valdma. During studies won a National Foundation for Science & Arts’ Youth Scholarship. Won 10 first and second prizes at national and regional piano competitions in former Yugoslavia.

Dušan Egerić, Mmus

Adjunct collaborative pianist at the String Instruments Department

Biography

Dušan Egerić graduated in 2002 from the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, and in 2009 completed his postgraduate studies there with the highest distinction. His primary teacher was professor Dejan Stošić. Additionally, he has collaborated with many famous pianists among whom are Sergei Dorensky, Alexander Shtarkman and Andrey Pisarev. During his studies, he was selected for two important awards: the Emil Hajek Award (as the most talented young pianist) and another from the Olga Mihailović Fund (as the most perspective young pianist).
Dušan Egerić has won top prizes at a number of international piano competitions such as Stresa/Italy, Rubinstein/Paris, and Rachmaninoff/Novgorod. As a recitalist and soloist with orchestras, Dušan Egerić has performed in major concert halls in Serbia, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.
Since September 2012, he was appointed artistic associate (Strings Department) at Faculty of Music in Belgrade.