CLARINET

Veljko Klenkovski was born in Pančevo (Serbia) in 1975. He completed Secondary Music School Kornelije Stanković in Belgrade and then pursued further music education at the Georges Bizet Conservatoire in Paris. He graduated with the highest honours at the Conservatoire National in Paris. Two years later, he completed the post-graduate course at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and, in 2008, he also earned a Master degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Klenkovski is the laureate of several national and international competitions. The most significant ones include the first prizes at the Concours International Leopold Bellan in Paris, International Competition in Picardy, National Competition in Ljubljana, the first special prize in the International Competition in Paris and the third prize in the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Royal Orchestra of Brussels, Philharmonie der Nationen from Germany, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Niš Symphonic Orchestra, Belgrade string ensemble Dušan Skovran, St. George Strings, etc. He has also performed with many chamber ensembles at home and abroad, including notably guest appearances in Spain, Russia, China, Germany, France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, the United States and India.

Until 2002, Veljko Klenkovski was the first clarinettist of the Philharmonie der Nationen, Germany, as well as the first clarinettist of the Madlenianum Chamber Opera and the RTS Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade. Since 2002, he has been the solo clarinettist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and also a permanent member of the Balkan Chamber Academy. Veljko is a founder and member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the Belgrade Wind Trio. He has appeared with the Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Cyprus National Orchestra. Over the years, he has cooperated with many eminent musicians, including Zubin Mehta, Christian Mandeal, Barry Douglas, Muhai Tang, Leopold Hager, Paul Angerer and others. Veljko Klenkovski has also been active as a professor. He has held Master classes in France, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. He is a jury member of international competitions Ohridski biseri in Macedonia and Davorin Jenko in Serbia. He is the laureate of the October Prize and the recipient of the award for pedagogical achievements. Since 2015 he has a PhD degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he also received the Bruno Brun Award as the student with the best GPA at the doctoral level of studies.

 

Sava Dimitrov graduated from the National Academy Music/Sofia/ Prof. Pancho Vladigerov and later specializes in Paris. He is a H. Selmer&Cie /Paris/ clarinet company certified expert. He teaches clarinet and woodwind instruments teaching methodology at the National Academy Music/Sofia/  and the National School of Music “Ljubomir Pipkov”. D.M.A. from 2007, Associate Professor from 2010 and full Professor from 2013. From 2014 he is regular visiting Professor at the department of music at the Skopje University. He has a diploma from The MINISTRY OF Education and science for special achievements in music. He is a jury member in Bulgarian and international competitions.

He has a lot of performances as leading clarinetist and took part in performances in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and other countries. He is the founder of a clarinet quartet which performed in Bulgaria and Germany. He performs as soloist with The Sofia philharmonics, Bulgarian national radio philharmonics, “Sofia soloists” chamber music orchestra, “Simphonieta” and “Orcestral” orchestras. He has solo recitals in Sofia and around the country as well in Austria, Slovakia and other. He has recordings  as soloist with chamber formations at the Bulgarina national TV and Radio. His repertoire includes musical works from all ages and styles.

He is the author of the books: “The Bulgarian clarinet school”/2007/ and “The clarinet player’s way”. He compiled and published three collections /2012, 2013,2016/ of selected and analyzed etudes for clarinet by Prof. Dimitrov.

 

Đuro Pete was born in Laslovo (Croatia). He finished secondary music school under the mentorship of Vjekoslav Burić, and he graduated from Academy of Music in Novi Sad, in 1984, under the mentorship of Mihajlo Kelbli. As a student he won numerous awards, including the first prize at the Festival of Serbian Music Youth in Knjaževac and the second prize at the competition of artists in Zagreb in 1983. He participat­ed at the meeting of Academies of Music in Ljubljana and Youth meetings “Zajedno” in Sarajevo. In 1983 he acquired the status of an artist from Vojvodina. He has played with the Youth philharmonic orchestra of Vojvodina, the Youth philharmonic orchestra from Pečuj, Hungary, and he has also recorded for RTV Zagreb, and Novi Sad. He has been teaching at the secondary music school “Isidor Bajić” in Novi Sad, since 1984. His students have also won the highest awards at the republic and state competitions. He has been a member of the jury at several republic competitions, and also at the Competition of Woodwinds in Požarevac.

FLUTE

Karolj Maročik was born in 1961 in Zrenjanin, where he finished primary and secondary music school (music theory department and flute department). He graduated from FMU in Belgrade, in the class of professor Miodrag Azanjac.

He started teaching while he was still at the FMU (in music schools in Kikinda and Zrenjanin), and after he graduated he taught in Kraljevo, Čačak and Kragujevac.

Since 2004/2005 he has been working as a professor at FILUM in Kragujevac.

During his 25 year long career, 42 students finished secondary music school (30 of them continued studying flute in Serbia and abroad).

His students have won more than 100 prizes at various competitions (74 first or special prizes) and have been performing in Serbia or abroad (Germany, Poland,Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro).

He was a member of jury for flute and chamber music at national competitions in Serbia and in Montenegro, at many festivals and at the international competition Petar Konjovic.

He teaches flute courses in Serbia and in Montenegro (Kotor, Budva, Bar, Novi Sad, Užice, Jagodina, Čačak, Mladenovac…).

He was awarded in 1996 and 2000 for his teaching achievements by the Union of music and ballet teachers of Serbia.

 

Jasna Marković Vujanović was born in Tuzla (1973), were she finished elementary and middle music school. As a student she participated in numerous competitions in which she won prizes, of which are the most notable first prize in SFRJ in Ljubljana 1988 and second prize in category of chamber music orchestra in competition next year. 

After summer course of Academy of Art in Novi Sad, and to the invitation of her future professor, Marian Egic, she enters a freshmen year of studies in 1990. During studies she attended courses of renowned flutists (Renata Grajs-Armin, 1992 and 1994 in Italy), she participated in work of hungarian flutist section in Sopron, she was a student of professor Peter Lukas-Graf, and after studies and courses of Sophie Sherie, Janoš Balint, Gergelj Ices, she graduated with average score of 9,45.

Since her third year of studies she is employed in music school Isidor Bajic. The confirmation of hers pedagogical results is, besides numerous awards of her students, the selection for jury member for competition in Valjevo 2005 and 2007, republic competition 2005 and 2007, jury member in festival of music schools in Zajecar 2006, competition in Lazarevac 2008, as well as acknowledgement for the best pedagogue in 1995 on competition of chamber orchestras in hungarian town Balassagyarmat.

Since October 2006 when she was elected for the president of Vojvodina's professional commission for flute, she was an organizer of flute seminar of Gergelj Ices, as well as Weekend of open door seminar 2007 and 2008, in which participated over 20 colleges from Vojvodina with their students. She is organizer and coordinator of accredited seminar of Janoš Balint for 2009/10.

Since 2003, she is active in trio „Anima” (flute, violin and harp) where she achieves notable concerts, performance in International festival of harp as well as performance in Novosadsko Leto (alongside violoncello and with soloist Jelena Bulatovic (mezzo-soprano). In 2004 she establishes trio MaesTre with colleges Aleksandra Nikolic and Irina Zagurskaja, which under name Da kamera accomplishes markable concerts in Novosadsko Leto and in organization of Zrenjanin's cultural centre 2008. Her students won great number of prizes in festivals, republic and international competitions in solo disciplines as well as in chamber music.

 

Aleksandar Burkert graduated at the Faculty of musical arts in Belgrade with Tahir Kulenovic. He is appointed as a principal flute of the Wind orchestra in Zemun, with conductor Vladimir Mustajbasic.

Cofounder of Novi Sad Big Bend orchestra and has played alto and baritone saxophone and frula. Since 1987 he had been teaching in many music schools in Serbia. His students have won a number of awards on national and international competitions. 2012,2013,2014,2015 awarded The best pedagogue of flute –Femus Subotica.

2014 he was awarded for his pedagogical results over the years, by the Union of associations of music and ballet pedagogues of Serbia.

Works in music school in Valjevo, where he regularly conducts summer and winter courses for teacher and pupils.

SAXOPHONE

Ninoslav Dimov finishes his undergraduate studies (2004) and graduate studies (2006) in the class of prof. Stojan Dimov, at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. After the graduation in Skopje, he continues his studies in Berlin, Germany, at the Universität der Kunste, in the class of prof. Detlef Bensmann. In Berlin he finishes his undergraduate studies (2006) and continues with "Konzertexamen" specialization until 2009. During this period, he acquires many state and international competition awards, and he is a regular participant at prestiguous master classes and seminars for saxophone in Slovenia, France, Germany ....

Along his countless solo recitals, Ninoslav has many solistic appearances with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosova Philharmonic Orchestra,  "Lietzeorchester" - Berlin... From the beginning of his studies, he is a leader of the Dimov Saxophone Quartett with whom had a lot of concerts (Skopje, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Mostar, Ohrid Summer Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, etc). In 2006 he plays couple of concerts with Berliner Saxophone Quartett, world reknowned ansamble of this kind, and from 2007 he is a member and co-founder of Bensmann Saxophone Quartett with whom plays regullary across Germany (Berlin, Duisburg, Brandenburg, Frankfurt, Bukow ...).

At the moment Ninoslav is assistant proffesor for saxophone at the Faculty of Music in Skopje, and member of Macedonian Radio Television Big Band Orchestra.

 

Bojan Vukelić studied jazz and classical saxophone in Graz in Karlheinz Miklin’s, Heinrich Von Kalnein’s and Hannes Kawrze’s class. In 2005 he went to Cologne for additional training with professor Claudius Valk, and a zear later he completed his master’s studies.

With “KUG“ orchestra of Graz Opera in 2001, he recorded a CD, a work by Tomaž Svete - Kriton.

With his quartet he performed in Serbia, Croatia, Austria and Germany. As a jury member of HGM orchestra Zagreb, he performed at „IAJE“ festival in New York, and then in Sweden, Slovenia, Belgium, Austria and Croatia.

He also performed with a Greek pianist Eleni Papaspirou in Serbia, Austria and Greece.

Upon returning to Serbia, with “Soul Connection Big band“, lead by Duško Gojković, he recorded a CD “Balkan project“. With the same orchestra he performed in Switzerland, Germany and Serbia.

He has participated in various projects organized by the music department of  RTS, with the Big band of  RTS and also with the orchestra from “The Theatre on Terazije“.

Since 2012. He has been teaching the international winds workshop in Tivat. He is also a saxophone teacher in Music school “Kosta Manojlović“ in Zemun.

 

Marija Stojadinović was born in 1987 in Požarevac. She finished primary and secondary music school in Požarevac, in professor Periša Stanojević's class. She started Music academy in 2004 in Belgrade, in Ante Grgin's class. Since 2009 she has been working in „Stevan Mokranjac“ music school in Požarevac, as a clarinet and saxophone teacher. She has been a member of the chamber ensemble „Pulsacion“ since 2011.

BASSOON, OBOE, CHAMBER MUSIC

Nenad Mirić was born 1950 in Belgrade. He obtained a master's degree in bassoon at the Faculty of Music at the University of Belgrade in 1979.

Between 1976 and 2002. he was bassoonist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1983/84 he was principal bassoonist with the National Simphonic Orchestra of Dominican Republic and a profesor at the Santo Domingo Musical Conservatory and Cultural center in Santiago as a part of an international technical aid. Upon returning to Yugoslavia he became a resident fellow of many orchestras (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik).

As a member of the Serbian and Yugoslav Association of Musical Artists he has held several solo recitals and had numerous performances in different chamber ensembles (from duets to nonets) with different chamber and simphonic orchestras (Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, National Simphonic Orchestra of Dominican Republic, Niš Simphonic Orchestra, Dušan Skovran chamber string ensemble) both locally and internationally. He performed several Bassoon Concertos (Mozart, Vivaldi, Jacob) and also realized audio-video recordings for several radio and television stations.

In recent years he lives in Pančevo and works as a profesor of Bassoon and Chamber music in "Jovan Bandur" School of music and since 2005 also renewing the bassoon class in "Vatroslav Lisinski" School of music in Belgrade.

In the last 8 years his students have been awarded over 200 first prizes as bassoonists and chamber orchestra members at the most important competitions (National competition, "Jenko", "Požarevac", "Lisinski", "Pančevo", "Krško", "Šabac", "Kragujevac", "Trieste") out of which two soloist laureates, two chamber ensembes laureates as well as three international

laureates ("Trieste“, "Krško“ and two quartet winners of the „Trieste“ competition). Mr Nenad Mirić is often invited to be a jury member in international, local, national and school competitions in both disciplines.

As a member of Serbian Association of Music and Ballet Pedagogues in 2006 he was awarded the Prize for outstanding one-year pedagogical results, and in 2009 the Prize for outstanding perennial pedagogical results.

 

Milan Janković finished elementary and music high school „Josip Slavenski“ in Belgrade on instrumental department – oboe, studying under prof. Dragan Lazic. He graduated from the Faculty of Music and Arts in Belgrade with the highest grade. After regular studies he went to Norway – Stavanger Univresity for music and dance where he began his master’s degree studies in the class of professors Britta Holger and Kjersta Dahl. After graduating in 2007, he went to Japan where he performed in a trio. He has participated and was rewarded at many republican competitions and international competition for solo and chamber music. Upon his return to Belgrade he became a permanent member of the Artistic Ensemble Stanislav Binicki and Madlenianum Theater in Belgrade where he worked from 2007 to 2012 on the positions principal and second oboe. As a member of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra on the position second oboe, he performed with the world’s best conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Aleksandar Rahbarija, Muhaj Tanga and many others from 2009 to 2011. He performed with numerous orchestras such as: RTS Symphony Orchestra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra etc. He attended master classes with Hansjörg Shelemberger – soloist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Walter David - professor of the Conservatory in Paris and with Stefan Shili and Passin Günter- the professors of Mozarteum Conservatory.

He started teaching pedagogy as a professor at the music school „Miloje Milojević“ in Kragujevac, and since 2011 he has been working as a oboe professor at the music school „Mokranjac“ in Belgrade and in the music school „Josip Slavenski“. He is still active as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician.

 

Katja Žekar was born in 1979 in Celje (Slovenija). She has acquired her Basic musical education in her hometown, Žalec, where she learned to play violin, viola and piano. After completing secondary music school in Ljubljana in the class of prof. Marjan Karuza, she enrolled to the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where she graduated as a violist in 2003 in the class of prof. Svava Bernhardsdottir. During and after her studies, she played in Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, National Radio and television (RTV) Slovenia Orchestra and in SNG Opera and Balet Maribor Orchestra.  After graduation, she started teaching at the Music School of Zagorje, where she passes on her knowledge and experience to young musicians. She was also teaching at the Music School Žalec and the Central Music School in Celje.  She works with various chamber ensembles, orchestras, theatres and various ensembles, with which she performs throughout Slovenia and Europe and is also active as a studio musician. With her students, she often participates in numerous international competitions where they by now achieved great success and reached the highest prizes. As a mentor of chamber groups, she also participated in competitions in Požarevac.