Camerata Serbica Orchestra was founded in 2004, as an ensemble of the most prominent soloists, professors and assistant professors from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. The orchestra consists of 45 permanent members. Depending on the concert’s program, the best postgraduate students or musicians from other orchestra sometimes join the ensemble. Deciding criteria for inviting a musician to join Camerata Serbica is their successful soloist career. One of the leading principles, regarding the choice of the concerts, is the exclusivity. This is accomplished by performing with the most prominent instrumental and vocal soloists and world class conductors, but also by promoting Serbian composers and musicians. Camerata Serbica performed at many prestigious festivals in Serbia and abroad: Belgrade Music Festival – BEMUS, Budva City Theater, Novi Sad Music Festival – NOMUS, Varazdin Baroque Evenings, Festival Maribor, Guitar Art Festival, Nis Music Festival – NIMUS, Cello Fest, Harp Fest… The orchestra also performed in the most prestigious concert halls: Berlin Philharmonics Hall, Sava Center, Kolarac Hall, Union Hall in Maribor, Minoriten Saal in Graz, Budva’s Citadel, Sinagogue in Novi Sad. All performances of Camerata Serbica received excellent reviews, many were rated as events of the year, recorded and broadcasted at the National Television RTS.
Some of the most eminent artists in the world today performed with Camerata Serbica: Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Emmanuel Pahud, Andrea Bocelli, Marjana Lipovšek, Richard Tognetti, Giovanni Sollima, Simon Trpčeski, STING, Wilfried Strehle, Rainer Honek, Lorenz Nasturica, Terem quartett, as well as the most important Serbian musicians: Aleksandar Serdar, Sandra Belić, Vesna Stanković, Maja Špengler, Ljubiša Jovanović, Nataša Veljković, and many others. Excellent conductors led this ensemble: Ion Marin, Leone Maggiera, Aleksandar Pavlović, Vladimir Kranjčević, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bojan Suđić, Marcelo Rotta, and Biljana Radovanović.
On the occasion of Faculty of Music’s 70 years jubilee Camerata Serbica issued a non-commercial CD release including works of Bach, Mahler and Erić with Emmanuel Pahud, Marjana Lipovšek, Ljubiša Jovanović, and Vesna Stanković as soloists, and conductors Vladimir Kranjčević and Bojan Suđić.
The Academic Choir Collegium musicum was founded in 1971 at the initiative of Professor Vojislav Ilić as the all-female student choir of the Belgrade Faculty of Music. Since its foundation its artistic leader and conductor has been Darinka Matić-Marović, professor emeritus of the University of Arts in Belgrade. Dragana Jovanović, DMA, assistant professor at the Department of Conducting of the Faculty in Music, had been engaged as an assistant conductor since 1999, while since 2002 she has been acting as the Choir’s conductor. Since its foundation over 300 female students of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade had been members of the Academic Choir.
Collegium Musicum is one of the most eminent choirs in Serbia. Its concert activity includes over 3000 concerts held so far in the country and all over the world (Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Mongolia, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba and USA).
In the long and successful career of the Collegium musicum Academic Choir particularly stand out exceedingly noteworthy performances in the world festivals such as: Prague Spring, Vocal music Festival in Brno (Czech Republic), George Enescu Festival (Romania), Festival Weeks of Berlin (Germany), Gent Festival of Flanders (Belgium), The Festival of sacred music in Moscow (Russia), the World Festival of Youth and Students in Havana (Cuba) and Berlin (Germany), Festivals in Puebla and Tepotzotlan (Mexico), Festival of sacred music in Palermo and Music days in Trieste (Italy), Festivals in Athens, Delfi, Levadia, Atalanta, Kastoria, and Corfu (Greece), Festivals in Tour and Toulon (France), and many others.
The Academic Choir Collegium Musicum has been highly accomplished at all international choir competitions it took part in, always winning the high prizes and praises, mostly first and special awards (Arezzo, Llangollen, Gorizia, BBC award, Berlin, Varna, Torrevieja, Maasmechelen, Preveza, Cork, Beijing, Hajnowka, and many more). It had made lasting recordings for Radio-Television of Serbia, National radio of Norway, Italian national radio-television (RAI), RTV Mexico, Austrian RTV, BBC, Belgian Radio 3, RTV Beijing, and broadcasters.
Collegium Musicum repertoire is very wide, including the pieces from the XI century early music to contemporary works. High professional and creativity level of this ensemble inspired a lot of composers to dedicate their works to it. For 45 years of its existence the Choir made over 200 premiere performances.