Musicians

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The musicians of the Western Balkans Youth Orchestra (in alphabetical order):

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First Violins

ALIU, Gentian | Serbia

 

Gentian Aliu was born in Preševo, South of Serbia. He finished the High School of Music "Selami Hallaci" in Gjilan and earned his violin degree in the Academy of Arts in Pristina with Sihana Badivuku.

 

He has performed with several chamber music ensembles and orchestras in different festivals and concerts in Kosovo, Serbia and abroad.

 

He has also participated and won prizes in different international competitions for violin as f.E. in ArsKosova Music Competition, Violin Festival for Youth Virtuoso Violinists in Skopje. He was a member of the KamerFest Orchestra, as part of the DAM Festival and has played as a soloist with the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra in "Skena Iuvenis" and the Festival Orchestra in the light of the European Summer Music Academy, ESMA.  

 

Gentian is member of the Kosovo Youth Orchestra (KYO) for more than 10 years and actually holds the position of its concertmaster.

 

During this time, he has participated and collaborated with many European young musicians performing concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, North Macedonia etc.

 

Actually, Gentian works as member of Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches violin in his home city, Preševo, Serbia. 

 

 


ALLIU, Alesia | Albania

 

Alesia Alliu was born in Tirana , Albania in 2002.                                                             

She started violin at age 6 at Music School "Jordan Misja" at the violin class of Rita Kabo. She graduated from high school "Jordan Misja" in 2021 and will continue at "Giuseppe Tartini" Conservatory in Trieste, Italy.                                                  

She has participated in violin competitions and won awards such as: the 3rd prize in "Ars Kosova "(2011),  1st prize in "Tirana Talent" (2015) and 2nd prize in "Tirana Talent" (2019) and she participated in "Albania Young Musician". Furthermore, she has participated  in different concerts, among them: "90th Anniversary of Pjeter Gaci", concerts in cooperation with the Municipality of Tirana, activities in cooperation with the Russian Embassy, and she was also invited for violin solo concerts as part of Porto Cesareo Choir Festival, Italy.

 

 


BUÇUKU, Leufat | Kosovo

 

 


DODAJ, Xhulia | Albania

 

 


FANTE, Johanna | Germany, Guest (East Bavarian Youth Symphonic Orch,)

 

 


GASHI, Arsim | Kosovo

 

 


OBRENOVIĆ, Dušan | Montenegro

 

Dušan Obrenović was born in Cetinje, Montenegro in 1997.

 

He graduated Violin in High Music school “Vasa Pavić” in Podgorica with Marko Simović.

 

He continued his education at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia with Miroslav Pavlović, the first concertmaster of the Belgrade Philharmonic.

 

Dušan has participated in competitions such as "Pjetër Gaci" in Shkoder, Albania, String Festival "Golden Stairs" in Valjevo, 40th and 41st String Music Festival in Herceg Novi and Podgorica, where he was awarded with the first and second prizes.

 

From 2013 to 2016, he attended the Summer Camp for Chamber Music and Orchestra at Ivanova Korita, Montenegro, led by the conductors Elizabeth Atl, Thomas Posth, Jean-Michel Despin. 

 

Dušan has performed in projects as El Sistema in Belgrade, Serbia in 2018 with the conductor Gerardo Estrada, with the KotorArt Festival Orchestra, in Kotor, Montenegro in 2018, 2019 with conductors Premil Petrović, Julio Marić, Jacek Rogala.  He has also performed in recitals, chamber music and orchestra concerts while at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts in 2017 – 2019 with soloists Stefan Milenkovich, violin, Kemal Gekić, piano.

 

 


PETRAŠ, Staša | Serbia

 

Staša Petraš is from Belgrade, Serbia.

 

She comes from a long line musical family, where her great-grandfather was a violin and trumpet player, her grandfather was an orchestra conductor and a piano player, and her father is a trumpet player.

 

She started playing violin at 6 years old.  She has finished the Elementary School of Music in Belgrade and the High School of Music “Stevan Mokranjac” in Belgrade.

 

Staša was a member of The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for two years and continues to be a member of The Children’s Regional Philharmonic Orchestra as the first violin on second position.

 

She has attended various competition and won numerous awards such as the 3d prize in the Slavic Music Festival, the 2nd prize in the International Violinist Meeting, the special prize for the best chamber ensemble in The Joy of Music Festival, the 1st prize in the International Festival “Petar Konjović”, the 1st prize in the Young Virtuosi.

 

Staša has performed three times as a soloist with the Art Ensemble of the Ministry of Defence of Serbia.

 

Currently, she is a first-year of violin studies at the Music University in Belgrade and started first-year studies opera singing at musical school “Mokranjac” in professor Valentina Taškova class.

 

 


RADULOVIĆ, Milutin | Montenegro

 

Milutin Radulović was born in 2002 in Podgorica. He has finished High School for Music and Ballet “Vasa Pavić” in professor Marko Simović’s class. He participated in many competitions, such as “Whitgift International Music Competition” in London, where he was one of the finalists, ”Polyhymnia” in Skopje where he won the first prize in his category three years in a row (2019, 2020, 2021). He has regularly participated in many seminars for violin, chamber music and orchestra in Prizren, Kotor, Forli, Cetinje etc. 

 

He has also participated in Strings festival in Perast, Montenegro, and in 2019 he performed as a soloist with the Music School’s orchestra. He has received an award for talented students of Montenegrin Ministry of Education for two years in a row. 

 

Milutin has attended masterclasses of many successful musicians, such as Gordan Nikolić, Stefan Milenković, Arkadij Vinokurov, Ivo Stankov, Vujadin Krivokapić, Sreten Krstić, Gordana Matijević Nedeljković, Marko Josifoski, Önder Baloglu, Getrud Schilde, Christoph Poppen, Anton Martynov, Dmitrii Prokofiev. 

 

 


Second Violins

ABDULLAHI, Hana | North Macedonia

 

Hana Abdullahi is born in Tetovo, North Macedonia.

 

She started taking music lessons at the age of 6 at the Elementary School of Music in Tetovo and one year later she started playing violin. Currently she is a 2nd year student at the High School of Music “Todor Skalovski-Tetoec” in Tetovo as a violin student in the class of Shkëlzen Pajaziti.

 

Hana is member of Western Balkans Youth Orchestra since 2020 as second violin, she was also part of the Albanian Youth Orchestra of North Macedonia. She attended European Summer Music Academy in 2019 and 2021.

 

She has participated in various competitions national and international, where she won numerous prizes starting from 2011. She is winner of 3rd prize in International Competitions in Arandelovac, Serbia. 

 

Hana was 2021 awarded with many prices such as 1st prize of the “Polyhymnia” Festival, Skopje, 1st prize in “Sergej Mihajlov”, Stip, North Macedonia, 1st prize in “Pjetër Gaci” Albania.

 

Hana had her first solo recital in 2019 at the age of 13 and her second recital in 2021, she played various pieces from composers of different periods.

 

She loves making new friends and visiting places while making music. Her dream achievement is becoming a successful violinist.

 

 


GLIGOROVSKA, Stefanija | North Macedonia

 

Stefanija Gligorovska is born 1999 in Skopje, Macedonia where she finished elementary music and high school in DMBUC "Ilija Nikolvski-Luj" at instrumental department - violin. She participated in many state competitions where she won first, second and third prices. 

 

In 2017, Stefanija started her academy studies at the Faculty of Music Arts by "St. Cyril and Methodius" University in Skopje. During her education she performed at numerous concerts, events, festivals and manifestations. Also, she went on a few seminars at prominent pedagogues like Jova Jordanova (Bulgaria), Tamilla Guliyeva (Azerbaijan), Ronny Spiegel (Switzerland), Yuta Takase (Japan) e.t.c.

 

During her terms, Stefanija was a member of the chamber orchestra - "Soloist of FMU" in collaboration with conductors Borjan Canev and Sasho Tatarchevski with whom they achieved very successful concerts. In 2018, together with the symphonic orchestra of FMU she participated in "FIMU" Festival in Belfort, France. Stefanija performed with the chamber orchestra "Sasha Nikolovski-Gjumar" by Jeunesses Musicales Macedonia and the chamber orchestra in Tetovo. In 2019 she performed as a solo artist at the concert cycles "Musica Viva". Stefanija graduated in 2021 in class of Ljubisha Kirovski. 

 

 


NICAJ, Dea | Montenegro

 

Dea Nicaj was born in Cetinje, Montenegro.

 

She began her musical studies for violin at the age of six in the Music School "André Navarra", and continued with Ana Perazić and Vili Ferdinandi in the Music School "Vasa Pavić". 

 

She is currently a student of Gertrud Schilde at the HMTM (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich).

 

Dea has participated in masterclasses and seminars with violinists such as Iason Keramidis, Sonja Korkeala, Marko Radonić, Mikhail Bereznitskiy, Stefan Milenković, Daniel Garlitsky and Linus Roth. 

 

She has also won numerous prizes in national and international competitions including the 2nd prize in” Ars Kosova”, Pristina, Kosovo in 2016, the 2nd prize in” Medjunarodni susreti violinista”, Novi Sad, Serbia in 2017, the 1st prize in “Tirana Talent”, Tirana, Albania in 2017, 2019 etc. 

 

 


TEŠIĆ, Bobana | Bosnia & Hercegovina

 

Bobana Tešić, born in Montenegro, has been playing violin since the age of seven.

 

She finished ŠOMO Tivat as the student of the generation and after that finished her studies in the Music High School "Vida Matjan" Kotor, completed two-year studies for trumpet in the Music High School Tivat and also finished the High School "Mladost" in Tivat, receiving the diploma "Luča" for the highest excellent success during her entire school education.

 

She was a member of many orchestras and festivals such as: the summer String Festival orchestra in Kotor for several years, playing with the conductor Darinka Matić Marović; the Montenegro Youth Orchestra; the member of the Kotor Art's project 'Luke umjetnosti'; the mandolin orchestra "Tripo Tomas", violin section and the Summer Camp for Chamber Music Ivanova Korita.

 

She has participated and won prizes in national and international competitions such as Trophée Mondial De L'accordéon in 2019. Portugal, where she played with accordionist Aleksa Mirković from Serbia in the category World Music; International Music Competition "Euterpe" in Corato (Bari) Italy; "Distant chords" Croatia; "Sunrise in Montenegro"; annual "Musical Youth Festival of Montenegro" etc.

 

Since 2018, Bobana is studying at the Music Academy of East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and is currently the fourth year of her bachelor degree. 

 

In 2021 Bobana premiered the work of Dražan Kosorić "Nocturne for little sorrowful-eyes koala".

 

 


URBANIAK, Annie | Germany, Guest (East Bavarian Youth Symphonic Orchestra)

 

Annie is a violinist from Germany.

 

She has been playing violin for the last 12 years. During that time, she took part in the competition Youth makes Music on different age levels within Germany starting 2015 till 2019 where she won 2nd as well as 1st prizes. 

 

Additionally, she took part in the Austrian Master Classes in Zell an der Pram twice 2018 and 2019. 

 

From 2015 till 2019 she played in the local town orchestra and now she is the leader of the second violin of the OJO, East German Youth Orchestra. 

 

Currently she is a student at a vocational college in Germany preparing herself for the studies in violin at the university.

 

 


VEJZOVIĆ, Senka | Bosnia & Hercegovina

 

Senka Vejzović was born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1998. 

 

She has graduated from elementary music school and high music school in Zenica and is currently studying violin at the Music Academy Sarajevo in her 2nd year with Marko Simović.

 

She has participated in national and regional competitions for violin, string ensembles and non-standard ensembles, winning first, second and third prizes. 

 

She participated in the 10th International String Festival "Stringfest" in Sremska Mitrovica in 2012, where she won the 3d prize and in the String Festival "Golden Stairs" in Valjevo in 2017 and has also participated in other projects and festivals such as "Music on the string - in short" on the 5th International Festival "Music on the String", "Zenica Spring" and "Zenica Summerfest". 

 

Senka is regularly performing concerts with Zenica Chamber Symphony Orchestra. She joined Sahadeva Ensemble on a Balkan Tour with performances in Belgrade, Nis, Skopje, Sofia and Plovdiv in November 2019.

 

She is currently in her second year of studying violin at the Music Academy Sarajevo in the class of Marko Simović.

 

 


ZEKA, Dijetar  | Kosovo

 

 


Violas

JAGODIĆ, Anđela | Serbia

 

Born 1996 in Kragujevac, Serbia, Anđela finished her elementary and high music school education at the Music School "Dr. Miloje Milojević" in the class of Ivan Brkić.

 

She continued her bachelor and master academic studies at the Faculty of Arts in Niš in the viola class of Vesna Rilak Stanimirović. 

 

Anđela participated in various competitions during her studies. The one that stands out is the Twentieth International String Festival where she got First prize. She attended master classes held by Victor Correa-Cruz.

 

During her academic studies Anđela performed as a member of various orchestras where she got the opportunity to collaborate with many prominent and famous conductors such as Chamber Orchestra "Concertante", the Naissus Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra "Carica Teodora", Niš Symphony Orchestra. 

 

In the season 2019/20 she was a member of the "Doc live“ Philharmonic Orchestra and Timisoara symphony orchestra, with which she toured for three months across the cities of China and performed in over 50 concerts.

 

 


KUKAJ, Lirdina | Kosovo

 

 


MILOŠEVIĆ, Ivan | Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Born in 1998 in Sarajevo, Ivan Milošević completed his primary music education on the violin in the class of prof. Amila Damjanović, and enrolls in music high school in 2 departments: viola, in the class of prof. Tatjana Romanić and solo singing, in the class of Prof. Sanja Vilov-Bejdić. 

 

During his education, Ivan won numerous awards at federal and cantonal competitions in both violin / viola and solo singing. He participated in seminars, including: “22. International seminar for music and ballet pedagogues and artists” (viola), in Dubrovnik led by prof. Maja Rome (Slovenia) and masterclass solo singing in Ljubljana led by prof. Barbara Jernejčič-Fürst. 

 

Ivan participated in several concerts and festivals such as at the Opening of the renovated City Hall of Sarajevo, International Sarajevo Winter Festival "Muzika na žici", International Night Festival in Old Ljubljana "Aleja sniva", at the Opening Ceremony EYOF 2019, "Guitar Fest Sarajevo East Vojislav Ivanović jubilee author's concert“, and at other numerous events and concerts. 

 

He continued his education at the Music Academy in Sarajevo, where he enrolled into the fourth year at the Department of String Instruments and Guitar, majoring in viola in the class of prof. Pavel Kondrusevich (Belarus).

 

 


MULABDIĆ, Ajdin | Bosnia & Hercegovina

 

Ajdin Mulabdić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1997. 

 

He started studying violin at the age of eight in the class of Dijana Đurđević. 

He continued his viola studies at the Music High School of Sarajevo with Tatjana Romanić, from where he was graduated with great success. While attending the high school, he has participated in national and international competitions and was awarded with first and second prizes. 

 

In 2017-2018 Ajdin attended the Erasmus programme at the Conservatorio di Musica "G. Tartini" di Trieste in the class of Andrea Amendola. He has also participated at various music festivals, such as the Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival, Sarajevo Winter Festival, Mittelfest Cividale del Friuli, Ljubljana International Festival, Festival Opatija, Pula Summer Festival, Sarajevske Večeri Muzike, Majske Muzičke Svečanosti, and was a member of Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra for five years. 

 

As a soloist, chamber assemble and orchestra member, he has performed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Qatar. 

Currently, Ajdin is a student of the 4th year at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo in the class of Pavel Kandrusevich. 

 

 


QARKAGJIJA, Entela | Kosovo   

 

Entela Qarkagjija was born in Gjakova, Kosovo in 1999.

 

She finished her viola studies at the Music High School "Prenk Jakova" in Gjakova, Kosovo and is currently studying viola with Blerim Grubi in her second year at the Faculty of Arts "Hasan Prishtina" in Pristina, Kosovo.

 

Entela was the winner of the 3d prize in the “10 Min Solo Viola Competition” in DAM Festival, and the 2nd prize in the competitions of Pjeter Gaci in Shkodra and Ars Kosova in Pristina.

 

She has collaborated with various orchestras such as Pirolo orchestra, Kosovo Youth Orchestra, Gjakova Ensemble, Bisyoc Orchestra, European Summer Music Academy Orchestra etc. with which she has performed in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. 

Entela has started to perform with the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra as well lately.

 

 


SERAFIMOVSKA, Jelena | Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Jelena Serafimovska was born in Nürnberg (Germany) in 1997, where she began with her musical education.

 

She started with the violin at the age or seven in the class of Barbara Casino. After that she continued her classes with Casino but also attended the Labenwolf Musical Gymnasium where she was educated by Martina Friedrich.

 

With 12 years she moved to Bosnia & Herzegovina where she went to the musical high school in Tuzla. There she picked up the Viola and plays it ever since. Her professors were Natasa Kakeš and Maja Cakić.

 

After graduation she started to study the viola at the Music Academy in Sarajevo in the class of Pavel Kandrushevic from Belarus. She transferred to the academy of East Sarajevo after two years and is now studying there in the class of Jovan Bogosavljević.

 

Jelena was in Tuzla also part of the Balsika Orchestra, which connects musicians from all around the world and toured with them in Montenegro, France and Germany. One of the biggest Balsika projects was the 'Europe Lives' which was held in Strasbourg and Kiel. She was also a member of the Tuzla String Orchestra and played many concerts with them through Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Since she stated studying at the music academy, she also toured with the string orchestra of the academy in Italy and was also a part of the Victoria string orchestra.

 

 


SHTALBI, Suel  | Albania

 

 


SIMIĆ, Ana | Serbia

 

Ana Simić was born in Loznica, Serbia in 1996.

 

She graduated from High School of Music “Mokranjac”, Belgrade in the viola class of Tomislav Milošević in 2015. 

 

During the High School she was the 2nd prize winner of the Republican Competiton of Students of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia and the 1st prize winner of the International Strings Competition in Sremska Mitrovica.

 

Ana started her studies at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Music Arts with Ljubomir Milanović in 2015 and is currently working towards her master degree. 

 

She attended the masterclasses of prof. Susan Sholze in the light of the European days of Early Music "Per Cantar e sonar" and performed at different chamber music concerts and festivals, as "Kvartetijada", and was a member of orchestras such as "Lola klasik", "Beogradski simfoničari" of Beogradska Filharmonija Mladih "Borislav Pašćan".

She has toured with the Music Academy Orchestra in Italy and Slovenia. 

 

Ana has also graduated from Opera Singing High School "Stanković" in the class of Ana Lačković in Belgrade and currently is preparing to continue her opera singing studies abroad.

 

 


Violoncellos

ALJI, Enis | North Macedonia   

 

Enis Alji was born in the city of Skopje, North Macedonia and raised in a family who admire art and music.

 

He started playing the cello at eleven years old.

 

Later, he began studying in the high school of music “Ilija Nikolovski-Luj" in Skopje to continue his artistic education. He has actively participated in many competitions nationally and internationally held in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, where he was awarded with first prizes.

 

He continued his studies at the University of Arts in Tirana with Dorina Laro, from where he was graduated in 2018.

 

Enis has participated in masterclasses with well-known artists such as Anssi Karttunen, Anatoli Krastev, Karel Brenderhorst, Astrit Selita, Antonio Gashi. 

He also has collaborations with orchestras, different ensembles and artists, e.g. Maria Jose Siri, Glen Cortese, Guido Corti, Francesco Leda, Stefano Bartolucci. 

 

 


BERISHA, Kaltrina | Kosovo

 

 


CETKOVSKI, Dejan | North Macedonia

 

 


KOMAR, Nejla | Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Born in 1999 in Sarajevo, Nejla Komar attended schools in Doha, Qatar, and later in Sarajevo. She completed Music High School in Sarajevo and studied at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo and Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Vigo in Spain. She is currently studying Cello at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo, with Dejan Božić.

 

During her education, she won 13 prizes in domestic and international soloist and chamber competitions. She participated in many domestic and international projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, and Spain with renowned artists such as Rubén Simeó (ES/tpt), Maxim Rysanov (UA/vla), Rosanne Philippens (NL/vln), Chris Finckel (USA/vlc), Deborah Wong (USA/vln) and conductors Tony Shorrocks (UK), Diego García Rodríguez (ES), Roc Fargas Castells (ES), Paolo Marzocchi (IT), Damiano Giuranna (IT), Premil Petrović (SRB) and others.

 

She is a part-time member of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, Zenica Chamber Symphony, Symphonic Orchestra Mostar, National Television Orchestra, and Youth Orchestra of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the Vice-President of the "Artissimo" Association for Nurturing and Promotion of Musical, Fine, and Performing Arts in Sarajevo. She is also the Artistic Co-Director and Principal Cello of the Sarajevo City Orchestra which operates within the "Artissimo" Association. During her studies in Spain (in class of Álvaro Quintanilla), she also worked in Orquestra 430 Vigo and Orquesta Filarmónica Cidade de Pontevedra.

 

She attended masterclasses with renowned artists: Evgeny Rumyantsev, Judit Josifoska, Yevgeny Xaviereff, Pietro Serafin, Balázs Máté, Catherine Jones, Renato Kamhi, Milan Hudnik, Esther Saladin, Jan-Filip Ťupa, Niklas Seidl, Diego Hernandez Suarez and others. She continuously plays in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain, where she often premiers new works. 

 

 


USKOKOVIĆ, Teodora | Montenegro   

 

Teodora Uskoković was born in Podgorica in 1998.

 

She has finished her theoretical studies in the High School for Music and Ballet “Vasa Pavić”. While in the High School she was also studying cello with Jovana Timotijević and later graduated in the private music school “Andre Navara” in Podgorica with Bogdan Asanović.

 

Teodora continued her cello studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia in the class of Marko Miletić. 

 

She has worked with famous and respectable artist such as Georg Baich, her professor while studying in Vienna for one semester, Jelena Dragnić, Vladan Lončar, Boris Brezovac, Aleksandar Latković, all string quartet members of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Orchestras she had performed with include orchestras the Academic Orchestra Youth Philharmonic of Novi Sad, Kotor Art, El Sistema and many more. 

 

She won the 1st prize on the national competition “Zlatna Lira” in 2016 and the 3d prize on the competition “Zlatne stepenice” in Valjevo, Serbia. 

 

In 2018 Teodora and her academic piano trio “AROM”, the class of Timea Kalmar, finished the 3d on the international competition “Davorin Jenko”.

 

In 2019 she and her academic string quartet in the class of Aleksandra Krčmar Ćulibrk were awarded. 

 

She performed in a concert with her piano trio “Eroica” in the Ministry of Culture in Cetinje in September 2019.

 

 


ZAKRAJŠEK ČIVČA, Andrej | Montenegro

  

 


ZOTO, Klaudio | Albania

 

Klaudio Zoto is from Tirana, Albania.

 

He started his cello lessons when he was 6 years old with Ridvana Selita. 

 

By the age of seven he held his first recital. During the same year, he won the First Absolute Prize in ArsKosova competition in Prishtina, Kosovo. 

He continued winning first prizes in other competitions such as Tirana Talent in Tirana, Albania, Agimus Competition in Padova, Italy, Euritmia Competition in Udine, Italy. 

 

He was the vinner of the Grand Prix at the Polyhymnia Competition in Skopje, North Macedonia and Pjeter Gaci Competition in Shkoder, Albania.

 

Klaudio has attended masterclasses of the well-known cellists such Antonio Meneses, David Geringas, Anssi Kartunen

 

In February/April 2018, Klaudio participated in and was one of the finalist of the TV Competition 'Virtuozet' (Prodigies), hosted by the well-known Albanian soprano Inva Mula. In June 2018 he won the “Albanian Young Musicians” and therefore represented Albania on the “Eurovision Young Musicians” for the first time. 

 

At 15, Klaudio performed the Elgar's Cello Concerto with Ricardo Casero and National Opera Orchestra of Albania.

 

In August 2019 he was the 1st cello of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Young and had the opportunity of working with Pablo Heras-Casado, Julian Rachlin, Detlev Glanert and performing in Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Flagey, Brussels. 

 

In September 2018 Klaudio has started his cello studies at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy with Antonio Meneses.

 

 


Double Basses

DABETIĆ, Nađa | Montenegro/Serbia

 

Born 2000 in Berane (Montenegro), Nađa Dabetić finished the elementary music school for piano in the city of birth. 

 

Nađa moved 2015 to Podgorica and finished the theoretical studies at the High School for Music and Ballet "Vasa Pavic". During the studies at the High School, she also started studying double bass in the class of Veljko Belevic and afterward with Mr.  Vasilije Gagovic. Nađa is currently a regular master student at the Academy of Arts in Niš, in the class of Ljubinko Lazic.

 

Nađa had the opportunity to work with famous and respectable double bass players such as Srdjan Stoic, Peta Bagovska and Roman Patkolo and has also attended masterclasses at Ljubinko Lazic in Leskovac and Banja Koviljaca, Serbia as part of Strings Festival, then to Roman Patkolo in Sofia as part of the project Bass Fest 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She also has been invited to be part of the Bass Fest Kotor in Montenegro.

 

As a member of the academic orchestra at the Academy of Arts in Niš, Nađa has participated in many projects. She also played with Serbian orchestra "Amoroso" at the Endowment Ilija M. Kolarac in Belgrade.

 

 


DOKLJANOV, Filip | Serbia

 

Filip Dokljanov was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1998.

 

He finished high school for tambura and double bass in Vršac. 

 

He continued double bass studies at Faculty of Arts in Belgrade and is currently in his third year of studies.

 

In 2018/19, in light of the Erasmus programme, Filip studied at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo in Spain where he played with Orquesta Clásica de Vigo and Orquestra Vigo 430.  In 2018 he toured with AKUD "Ivo Lola Ribar" in Japan for 2 months. 

 

Filip has participated in many other international music projects as well in France, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, North Macedonia, Montenegro. At present, Filip is performing as a member the Youth philharmonic "Borislav Pašćan" and also the National Ensemble "Kolo".

 

 


PEŠUT, Mihailo | Montenegro

 

Mihailo Pešut was born in Nikšić, Montenegro.

 

He began his musical studies for double bass at the age of eighteen at the Music University in Cetinje with professor and leader of CSO Zoran Zakrajšek.

 

Before double bass caught his attention, he studied guitar and finished Music High School in Nikšić with a degree in music theory.

 

 


RAMOVIĆAndrijana | Montenegro

 

Born 1997 in Podgorica, Andrijana started her first music steps in the choir classes at elementary school with Mr. Lidija Mugoša, which will later through music project inspire her to enroll in High Music School. 

 

In 2017 she decided to enroll at the High Music School “Vasa Pavić” theoretical direction, and on her 4th year of studies she started with double bass studies.  

 

After one year and half of playing, she enrolled at the entrance exam for Musical performance/double bass at the class of professor Zoran Zakrajšek (principal double bassist at the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra) and started to work with him. 

 

During the Academic years she has been part of many music projects, firstly as part of the chamber orchestra. She also attended in many projects worldwide such a CEMAN orchestra (principal) lead by Maestro Romolo Gessi, World Youth Orchestra lead by Damiano Giuranna being part of the project “Beethoven 9th as the theme of brotherhood and unity” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

 

Andrijana was also member of the Western Balkan Youth Orchestra, Jazz Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra “Giuseppe Tartini” in Triest, Dektet “Unique” chamber orchestra lead by Montenegrin violinist Verica Čuljković and of various chamber ensembles. 

 

Andrijana also had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Grigory Krasko, Russia, Daniel Glineur, Belgium, Damiano Giuranna & Romolo Gessi, Italy, Julio Marić, Montenegro, Desar Sulejmani, Germany, and also Iker Sanchez, Spain.

 

Andrijana also attended in many double bass masterclasses with Tomaš Vybiral, Czech Republic, Ljubinko Lazić, Serbia, and Lauren Pierce, USA.

 

As members of different orchestras and ensembles, Andrijana was part of many festivals in Montenegro & Italy, such as KotorArt, DEUS, Barski ljetopis, String, “Bocche di Cattaro“ Perast 

 

Andrijana’s wish to discover new ways of music making inspired her 2021 to express herself in jazz music too. She is a member of the MOA jazz piano trio lead by the Montenegrin artist Dušanka Belada and Marija Mitrović. 

 

Currently Andrijana is a Master student at the “Giuseppe Tartini” conservatory in Triest, Italy, in the class of Mr. Stefano Sciascia, as the part of the regular one-year-scholarship supported by Erasmus.

 

Andrijana would like to develop her career and herself as the professional musician. Double Bass has always been her instrument. 

 

  


TRIFUNOVIĆ, Aleksandra | Montenegro

 

Aleksandra Trifunović  was born in Berane, Montenegro in 1996, where she finished the elementary music school for piano. 

 

At 15 years old, she went to Podgorica to attend the Music School "Vasa Pavić" where she studied and graduated in double bass with Veljko Belević.

 

Aleksandra is currently continuying her double bass studies at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, Serbia with Ljubinko Lazic.

As a member of the academic orchestra, she has participated in many projects and also collaborated with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Aleksandra has attended several music festivals such as the Bass Fest 2019, Cetinje, Montenegro, Bass Fest 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria. 

She has participated in national and international competitions as well such as the Music Festival in Montenegro, the International String Competition, Niš, Serbia, "Stringfest", Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, International Competition Davorin Jenko, Belgrade, Serbia where she was awarded with prizes in both, solo and chamber music categories. She had also performed in recitals in Belgrade, Niš, Stara Pazova, Cetinje.

 

Aleksandra has attended masterclasses of the well-known double bassists Petru Iuga, Miloslav Jelinek, Roman Patkolo. 

She has attended masterclasses of well-known double bassists such as: Petru Iuga, Miloslav Jelinek, Roman Patkolo.

 

Currently, she is a student of Prof. Ljubinko Lazic at the Faculty of Arts in Niš.

 

 


VELJANOV, Jovan | North Macedonia

  

 


ŽIVANOVIĆ, Boris | Serbia

 

Boris Zivanovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1998.

 

He finished theory Course in high school "Davorin Jenko'' and finished Double bass at high school of "Josip Slavenski".

 

He continued double bass studies at Faculty of Arts in Belgrade and is currently in his third year and is finishing opera singing in high school of "Davorin Jenko".

 

Boris has participated in music projects in Milano, played in the National Theatre in Belgrade, performed in "Student culture center Belgrade'' and many performances in "Zaduzbina Ilije M. Kolarca".

 

Boris has attended masterclasses with double bassists such as Roman Patkolo, Petru Iuga, Mario Ivelja, Zoran Markovic, Ljubinko Lazic.