Head of the Department

Maja Smiljanić Radić MA

Full professor of Organ

Phone: +381 62 250 364
E-mail: majasmiljanicradic@fmu.bg.ac.rs
Biography

Maja Smiljanić Radić was born in Belgrade. She studied organ with the distinguished Professor and organist Andrija Galun at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She also worked with Guy Bovet, Jacques van Oortmerssen, Lionel Rogg, Jean Ferrard and Marie-Claire Alain. She made a career as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician.
Maja Smiljanić Radić has performed with the renowned ensembles: The Ensemble for Ancient Music, St. George Strings, Serbian Radio&Television Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland and choirs of Mokranjac, Braća Baruh, Liceum. She has performed at national and international music festivals: Mokranjac Days, BEMUS, Belgrade Organ Music Festival, Early Music Festival, The International Harp Festival, Jugokoncert music cycle. In summer 2009 she performed an organ recital at the Peterborough Music Festival in the UK. Next year she had a tour across the United States and Canada, playing solo recitals and piano-organ duo program with her husband, pianist, Nenad Radić. After the American tour, they had concerts in Slovenia.
Maja Smiljanić Radić has made recordings for Radio Television of Serbia, worked as a music journalist at Radio Belgrade and Studio B television, published more than 250 reviews and music critics (Naša Borba, Politika, Bestseller magazine for culture, Magazine of Musicology Institute from Leipzig, Germany).

Together with Professor Galun, she founded the Association “Ars Organi” and the first Belgrade Organ music festival, 1996. She also founded the organ festival dedicated to Johan Sebastian Bach “Do You Like Bach?” in 2007.
Maja Radić founded first Serbian organ department in music school “Stanković” which has remained the unique department in the Balkans, and wider. Maja Radić is an Organ Professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, head of poly-instrumental department and a former Vice Dean of the Faculty.

Dean

Ljiljana Nestorovska MA

Full professor of Harp

Phone: + 381 11 362 11 70
E-mail: ljiljana.nestorovska@fmu.bg.ac.rs
Biography

Artistic and teaching activities are the main strongholds of Professor Ljiljana Nestorovskaendeavors. Her work embodiesthat rare and precious blend of artistic talent, performance qualities and teaching skills. Professor Nestorovska is a top-level pedagogue who not only brought about the Faculty of Music’s harp class to the highest-ranked one in the region and one of the best in Europe, but also vastly raised interest in this instrument in Serbia and neighboring countries by enhancing the methods of harp teaching and corresponding subjects. Her work significantly contributes to the prestige of the Faculty of music in country and abroad. She is the double recipient of the Acknowledgement for the exceptional contribution to the Faculty of Music’s development (1999 and 2013), as well as the University of Arts in Belgrade Silver Medal (2003).

Ljiljana Nestorovska MMus has been working at the Faculty of Music since 1997, when she was elected as the assistant professor for harp and chamber music, and since 2010 she is acting as a full time professor.During this time, over 20 students earned their bachelor degree in her class, while 6 got their master’s, 2 specialized and 4 magister degrees. Seven students of these were awarded Ministry of education scholarship for scientific and artistic youth. Ljiljana Nestorovska’s students won over 130 awards at national and international competitions. Majority of her former students and pupils are successful orchestra musicians or harp professors in the country and abroad, whilemore than 10 of them had been awarded prestigious international scholarship grants for postgraduate studies.

Alongside her pedagogic work Ljiljana Nestorovska has realized a very successful concert career. Among her numerous performances, the following ones can be particularly singled out: World Harp Congresses in Geneva, Vancouver and Sidney, Northern Lyre Festival in St. Petersburg International Review of Composers, concerts at International Harp Festival in Belgrade, Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro, festivals BEMUS, NOMUS, NIMUS in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš respectively, Festival “Baš-čaršijske noći“in Sarajevo, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and many others. As a soloist, she performed with more that 10 orchestras, with Academic Choir “Collegium Musicum”, and with conductors Bojan Suđić, Darinka Matić Marović, Biljana Radovanović, Vesna Šouc, Dragana Jovanović, Vladimir Kranjčević, Uroš Lajovic, Ken Hsieh, among many others. She regularly performs in various chamber ensembles, among which duos with Ljubiša Jovanović, Ljudmila Gros Popović and Belgrade Harp Quartet stand out. She is a longstanding collaborator of numerous orchestras (Belgrade Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia, Camerata Serbica, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. George Strings, Symphony and opera orchestra of Sarajevo, Symphony orchestra of Montenegro, etc.).

Particularly notable is her longstanding collaboration with composers in Serbia, inspiring them for composing for harp and chamber ensembles with harp (with Srdjan Hofman, Svetislav Božić, Milan Mihajlović, Isidora Žebeljan, Vladimir Tošić, Dragana Jovanović, among others). Many composers have dedicated their works to prof. Nestorovska and she regularly performs them on concerts. Apart from her intense artistic and teaching activity, prof. Ljiljana Nestorovska actively contributes to the work in the academic and wider community. She is a valuable and reliable member of Faculty’s bodies and those of many other institutions. She was a member of the Faculty of Music Council (2002–2005), Staff Committee (from 2005) and Head of the Poly-Instrumental Department (2005–2015).

Prof. Ljiljana Nestorovska is the Dean of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 2015, currently on her second mandate. She is also a longstanding president of the Poly-instrumental section of the Association of music and ballet teachers, member of the Harpist Association presidency and one of the founders and managers of Belgrade International Harp Festival.

Veras Ogrizović MA

Full professor of Guitar

Biography

Vera Ogrizović has finished her secondary music education in Belgrade (Serbia) with the prof. Nadežda Kondić, and in Paris – where she received her bachelor's and MA degrees at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, with Rafael Andia. She is the laureate of the International guitar competition in Carpentras, France, in 1986. She was a teacher at the Conservatoire Europeen Supérieur in Paris from 1986-1988. Since 1989 she has been the professor at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
She has performed at prestigious festivals in Serbia (BEMUS, BELEF, NOMUS, NIMUS, “International Composers’ revue”, GUITAR ART…) as well as in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and France, Greece, Finland and Switzerland.

She is the author of the book “Guitar – History – Literature – Teaching“ (2000) as well as two collections of compositions for the beginners – “My first concert“ and “Play Bach“ (1996), and in 2005 she published a CD – “Contemporary Serbian guitar music“.
She played with the string orchestras “Dušan Skovran”, “Saint George” (Sv. Đorđe), with the Symphonic and Philharmonic orchestras of Belgrade, with the New Music Ensemble and the ensemble “Camerata Serbica”, as well as with the conductors Aleksandar Pavlović, Petar Ivanović, Bojan Suđić, Biljana Radovanović, Premil Petrović…
She plays with the flutist Ljubiša Jovanović, with the composer and a guitarist Dušan Bogdanović, with the lutenist and guitarist Edin Karamazov…

Vera Ogrizovic raised a number of young performers and teachers in Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. She has started and taught the guitar classes as the visiting professor at the Music academy in Skopje (Macedonia) and Cetinje (Montenegro) from 1995 to 2006.
She holds master classes and seminars in Serbia and all over Europe, addressing the issues related to the playing technique.
For her teaching results, she has been awarded a Great Silver Plaque of the Art University in Belgrade.

Srđan Tošić MA

Full professor of Guitar

Biography

Srđan Tošić is one of the most prominent Serbian guitarists and professors of classical guitar. He began his artistic career more than 30 years ago, after being awarded Second Prize in Yugoslav Competition of Music Artists (Zagreb, 1985). Shortly after that came the Third prize in International Competition Jeunesses Musicalles (Belgrade, 1985), which made him known to both audience and music critic in former Yugoslavia. After completing his music studies at Zagreb Academy of Music, in 1986, where he studied with Ante Čagalj and Darko Petrinjak, he moved to his hometown Belgrade and started steady concert career which resulted in many solo recitals, as well as a lot of chamber engagements and performances with orchestras. In 1989 he won a prestigious ANDRES SEGOVIA Prize, awarded to the best participant of Spanish music course at the Festival “Musica en Compostela” in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

His repertoire covers wide range of music styles and epochs, spreading from Renaissance to contemporary music. Concert named “XX Century”, held in February 1996, presented some major 20th century music works for guitar (pieces by Villa-Lobos, Britten, Walton, Dyens and D. Bogdanović) and was acclaimed as one of that year Belgrade’s concert season peaks. He performed abroad, in Moscow (USSR, 1989), Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia and USA (Bloomington, Franklin, Indianapolis). He cooperated with singers, flutists and various guitar duos; performed concertos by Vivaldi, Giuliani and Rodrigo with Zagreb Symphonists, Belgrade Philharmonic and Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, orchestras in cities of Niš, Podgorica, Skoplje and Banja Luka.

Srđan Tošić participated in many guitar festivals in Serbia and abroad (Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade being most known among them), but was also regular guest in biggest music festivals in Serbia like BEMUS, BELEF, Mokranjac’s Days, Novi Sad Summer, and others.

Head of the Department Council

Milena Stanišić DMA

Full professor of Harp

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

Milena Stanisic is Full Professor of Harp at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Previously she held the position of the principal harpist in the Opera Orchestra of the National Theatre in Belgrade (1994-2009).Additionally, she served as the principal harpist of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (2002-2005) and played as a member of all orchestras in Serbia, and many in the region.

Stanisic performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. She performed on numerous concerts, including performances at the World Harp Congresses in Geneva, Vancouver, Sydney and Hong Kong and at the International harp festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Saint Petersburg (“Northern Lyra”).She performed as a soloist with several orchestras (Serbia Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, St. George String Orchestra, Skovran String Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic String Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Metamorphosis, etc.). Together with Stana Krstajić – principal flutist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra she forms Duo Floral. As member of this duo she had numerous concerts and has two published CDs of music for flute and harp.

Stanisic finished her studies of harp with professor Milica Barić at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and she has spent two years at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,as a recipient of the Headley Trust full scholarship, studying with Mr. Frank Sternefeld.Stanisic successfully finished Doctoral studies under mentorship of professor Ljiljana Nestorovska in 2016.

Stanisic won prizes on several competitions, including First prize at the »Young Musician of the Year” competition in England (1997)and First special prize at the “Petar Konjović” International Music Competition (1994). In 1994 she also received the City of Belgrade Youth October Prize.

She was one of the founders of Serbia Harp Association, and today she is a President of the Association. Also, she was one of the founders of the Belgrade International Harp Festival (in 2002), and acts as Artistic Director of the Festival ever since.

Srđan Palačković DMA

Associate professor of Percussion (Melodic Percussion Instruments, Chamber music and Orchestral parts)

Biography

• Born on 25th October 1968
• Graduated with distinction at Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade in 1994
• Completed postgraduate studies at Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade in 1998
• Completed PhD studies in Music at Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade in 2016
• Percussionist in Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, 1990-1992.
• Solo Timpanist in Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, 1992-2009.
• Solo Timpanist in Montenegrin Symphonic Orchestra from 2009
• Professor of percussion in secondary music schools in Belgrade and Novi Sad, since 1994.
• Assistant at the Percussion and chamber music department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1999 (part time)
• Professor of percussion at Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, since 2003. (part time)
• Employed as assistant professor at Percussion and chamber music department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 2009.
• Founder and member of Duo “Belgrade Percussionists”, the only professional percussion ensemble in Serbia.
• Founder of International Music Competition for Percussion instruments “Stevan Strunjašević” – Belgrade, Serbia

As a performing artist, he’s working intensively within his various marimba recitals to promote marimba as a solo concert instrument. He was appeared as a guest in numerous radio and television programmes specialised for classical music. His repertoire includes: K. Abe, N. J. Živković, M. Ptaszynska, H. Genzmer, F. Dupin, M. Halt, J. Beck, W. Tharichan, E. Glennie, N. Rosauro, E, Seyourne, and many other.
Srđan Palačković collaborated as a percussionist with many Serbian orchestras and well-known ensembles of chamber music. Also he cooperated with the most significant Serbian musicians, and was invited to perform in several concert-productions.
Duo “Belgrade Percussionists” performed many well-visited concerts, recorded promotional CD and also recorded few live concerts for Serbian National television broadcasting.
“Belgrade Percussionists” Duo repertoire includes works of J. S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn, M. Ravel, B. Bartok, K. Abe, M. Miki, A. Koppel, P. Smadbeck, N. J. Živković, and many more.

Darko Karajić DMA

Associate professor of Guitar (Principles of guitar playing with the methodology of guitar teaching, Interpretation and Notation of Early Music)

Biography

Darko Karajić graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of professor Istvan Römer.
He received his MA and PhD from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Professor Vera Ogrizović.
He is the author of the collection of guitar transcriptions “Music of Johann Sebastian Bach”, published by the Centre for Early Music Renaissance, 2006. In 2015 American music publishing Edition Lilac issued his first solo CD “Journey”.
Darko Karajić is the initiator of the lute classes in elementary and secondary music school in Serbia.

Milan Popović DMA

Assistant professor of Harpsichord

Biography

Assistant professor MILAN POPOVIĆ, MA, DMA, graduated (BA in Harpsichord and Piano) at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he also finished his postgraduate harpsichord studies (DMA), under the tutelage of prof. Zorica Ćetković.
During his schooling, he attended numerous master classes held in the country and abroad. He was a fellowship holder of the Austrian Baroque Academy from Gmunden and worked with numerous harpsichord players, such as Maria Louisa Baldassari (Italy), Egon Mihajlović (Germany), Erich Traxler (Austria), Siegbert Rampe (Germany), Anne Marie Dragosits (Austria), Blandine Rannou (France), Eugene Michelangely (France), Jory Vinikour (USA).
He actively performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and is regular guest on the numerous baroque music festivals (Ars Vivendi Clavicembalum, Early Music Festival – FERAM, Тrigonale, Aestas Musica
As a soloist, he performed with The Serbian Army Orchestra Stanislav Binički, Faculty of Music Orchestra, acting also as a collaborator of the Serbian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, as well as a continuo collaborator of Aestas Baroque Orchestra. He is a member of the Early Music Ensemble Temenos.
His live performance recordings were broadcasted by Serbian Radiotelevision and Austrian Radio ORF.
Milan Popović is initiator and Artistic coordinator of the manifestation Days of Early Music (holding on the Faculty of Music from 2013 onward), under the support of European Early Music Network.

Secretary of the Department

Bojana Zagorac

Collaborative pianist at the Poly-Instrumental Department

Biography

Bojana Zagorac, born in Belgrade, graduated and obtained master’s degree in piano from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Srđan Grbić. She further perfected in France at European Conservatory of Music in Paris, in the class of Professor Igor Lasko. She attended master classes of Arbo Valdme in Sarajevo, Constantin Bogino in Belgrade and Susan Rosh in Paris.

Bojana Zagorac won several republic and federal awards at music competitions, as well as two awards for the best interpretation from Katarina Aćimović Foundation in 1982 and 1984. She performed as a soloist, chamber and piano accompanist in the region and abroad. She performed with distinguished musicians – violinist Stefan Milenković in Bregenz (Austria), flute player Miomir Simonović at Sombor Music Evenings, concerts at Belgrade City Hall, concert cycle Sounds of Senjak, and other occasions, with percussionist Srđan Palačković playing music for percussion instruments and piano at Student Cultural Centre (Belgrade), trumpet player Mladen Đorđević at National Concert Season, in the House of Youth in Podgorica (Montenegro
Bojana Zagorac performed as a piano accompanist at several international competitions – at the International competition of flute players in 1997 in Rome, the International competition for violinists “N. Paganini” in 1996 in Geneva, the International competition of flute players in 1996 Tonbridge, England. She won an International Recognition Award at the International competition at Tortona (Italy) in 1995.

She performed with all attending students of the Master Class of Flute held by Professor Ljubiša Jovanović at the Hall of Zrenjanin Art Gallery in 2000.
Music School “Kosta Manojlović” awarded Bojana Zagorac in 1989 and 1996 in recognition for her superior achievements with students.
She is an official piano accompanist at the Harp Festival and International Competition of Harpists in Belgrade. On occasion of 50th Anniversary of UN in 1996 she held a concert with flute player Marija Raičković at the UN Concert Hall in New York (USA).
Bojana Zagorac is a collaborative pianist at the Poly-instrumental department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She received Acknowledgements of Faculty of Music in 1997, 2008, 2012, and 2014.

Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević DMA

Assistant professor of Guitar

Biography

Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević was born in Belgrade, where he studied guitar with prof. Nada Kondić. He made his debut in 1980 at the age of 16, performing Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concerto de Aranjuez” with Zagreb Symphonists and Uroš Lajovic at the Lisinski Concert Hall. In 1984, he won the first place at International Guitar Competition in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic.
He studied guitar at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with prof. Štěpán Rak and prof. Martin Mysliveček and graduated with distinction in 1987.
Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević‘s prolific and versatile career has been flowing equally successful in two directions – as a guitar teacher and as a concert performer. He has taught guitar at Music schools “J. Slavenski”, “V. Lisinski” and “D. Jenko” in Belgrade. Many of his pupils have won highest prizes at guitar competitions and some of them are now accomplished artists and professors of guitar at universities of Europe and USA.
Aleksandar is frequently invited to participate in juries at Serbian and international guitar and chamber music competitions. He has been rewarded for his pedagogical work by The Association of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia, and also by Assembly of the City of Belgrade.
He has built a prominent career as a solo artist, performing in Serbia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also, as a chamber musician, performing in a duo with his colleague prof. Srđan Tošić. His performances were praised by the critics for his “beautiful, colorful tone, musicality and intuition that is seldom heard” (Politika, February 2005). Aleksandar Hadži-Đorđević received his PhD degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in June 2015.