2014

The First Belgrade Choral Society

First Belgrade Singing Society (PBPD) was founded on the Feast of St. Vasilije the Great, January 14, 1853. Eventually grew into a national institution that preserves and continues Serbian musical and spiritual tradition. Extremely rich history of the First Belgrade Singing Society represents, also, the history of cultural and spiritual edification of our country. This is the oldest choir in Serbia, as a royal Ambassador of Culture of Serbia, performed in front of the largest rulers of Europe. As the chorus of the Royal Palace, took part in the coronation ceremonies of all Serbian rulers and appointment of Serbian church patriarchs.

Conductors and choir leaders Society were the most important Serbians composers and conductors - Stevan Mokranjac, Kornelije Stankovic, Josif Marinkovic, Davorin Jenko, Stanislav Binički, Kosta Manojlovic, Stevan Hristic Milojevic and Aleksandar Gavanski, Vojislav Ilic, Dimitrije Stefanovic, Dusan Miladinovic, Bojan Sudjic, Divna Ljubojević, Vladimir Milosavljevic ... Its golden age Company has experienced over thirty years of work the most famous Serbian composer Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac, as artistic director and conductor. European newspapers have written in the past century, the Company as one of the best choirs of the world at that time.

PBPD has historically extremely valuable, and richest music archive in the country. Regularly sings at the Sunday and public holidays services at the Cathedral Church in Belgrade. The choir is under the patronage and the protection of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch.

'New Belgrade' Academic Society

’New Belgrade’ Academic Society for Study and Fostering of Cultural Heritage was founded in 1974 as a youth folk dance group ‘Bosko Palkovljevic Pinki’ within the ’Work Brigades’ local community of New Belgrade. From 2003 acts within the College of Tourism (Belgrade) as Students’ Art, Folk Dance and Music Troupe. The folk dance ensemble with its 20 choreographies, many of which are national/traditional but also international, contemporary ones, held a number of concerts in Serbia and abroad: Austria, Germany, Hungary, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia... In seven sections and ensembles of the Society there are over 500 members. Professor Vojin Jovanovic, choreographer and creative director, is also president of the Serbian Folk Dance Choreographers Association.

Ph. D. Uroš Dojčinović

Ph. D. Uroš Dojčinović, guitarist, composer, musicologist, pedagogue and publisher. Uroš Dojčinović was born in Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) in 1959. He studied classical guitar and literature in Belgrade, graduated from Zagreb Academy of Music (Republic of Croatia), and completed his post-graduate work, defending two doctorates listed under 'interdisciplinary music topics' at the Faculties of Philology and Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. Dojčinović’s artistic activity covers over 3500 performances around the world, a large number of radio and television appearances, hundreds of lectures and master classes, as well as participation in various national and international juries. In addition to professional writing and composing Dojčinović has published more than 600 different works and realised over 60 recordings (LPs, music cassettes, CDs and DVD albums), for various publishing companies in Europe and USA. For his multiple artistic activities he has been awarded with more than 50 medals, plaques, diplomas and other awards at home and abroad.

2013

Vassilissa

Brankica Vasić alias Vassilissa, born in Priština, M.A. in music theory and solo-singing, studied at the Music Faculty in Belgrade. Her stylized interpretation of traditional songs from Kosovo and Metohia, Serbia and the Balkans, became in the early 90’s a challenge to many arrangers and composers inspired by ethno music. As an ethno/folk singer she drew attention of a large audience across Europe having performed several soundtracks written by Goran Bregovic for Emir Kusturic's Arizona Dream (1992) and Patrice Chéreau's La Reine Margot (1994), as well as the Tašana song on the first album of Sanja Ilić's group 'Balcanica'. The Dreams song from Arizona Dream has for three years been on the top lists of the French soundtrack radio stations. In 2003 she was a guest singer in the GAIA World Event project and album by Alan Simon, musician and composer, with whom she toured Europe. Vassilissa’s first solo album Gora ječi (The Mountain Echoes), compilation of the best Balkan traditionals, was released in 2003. The second album Amanet (The Will, 2005) presented modern arrangements of twelve folk songs from Kosovo and Metohia, as well as from Macedonia. Along with the group ’Gora’ and Vasil Hadžimanov, the album featured Bulgarian artists Theodosii Spasov, Konstadin Atanasov and Samir Kurtov. The third album Vassilissa Live (2007) was recorded on her concert in Sava Center – Belgrade, on 15th of April 2006. Nowadays she is promoting­ her fourth album Uspomena (Remembrance, 2013).

Asen & Milena

Asen Marinov (classical guitar) and Milena Karadjova (vocal) started performing together in 2009, with the aim to unite Bulgarian traditional music with the world of classical music and jazz. Their concerts, both in Bulgaria and abroad, have received great response from the audience and the media. Asen & Milena have performed at the Intеrnational Festival of Classical guitar Ensembles in Plovdiv, the International Classical Guitar Festival in Kjustendil (Bulgaria), Blue Week Festival in Kladovo, International Classical Music Festival in Vrnjci (Serbia). They also were guests and played for Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Hristo Botev, Jazz FM, Classic FM, Bulgarian National Television, bTV, Nova TV, TV Caribrod, etc. Asen & Milena’s first album The Middle Ground was released in June 2011. The core of the band is now extended to five members, with kaval, violine and percussions added to voice and classical guitar.

Theodulia

THEODULIA (from Greek Theos dulos, serving to God) ethno-music-dance troupe, performs old Serbian music, traditional and spiritual, in a modern manner. The arrangements are based on a creative blend of authentic old musical instruments – kaval, flutes, bagpipes, string instruments and percussions – with contemporary keyboards, sequencers, guitars, bass. Since 2001, when they did the music score for Fairy Dance, a play by the Balkans New Motion theatre troupe, which was presented in same year in London and Edinburgh, THEODULIA performed a number of concerts in Serbia and other countries in the region, as well as abroad: Isola (Mediterranian Festival), Koper (Slovenia), Ohrid (Macedonia), London, Moscow, Budapest, Seoul (The World Master Festival 2007) etc. Albums: Tales from Ancient Times (2002, filmed in 2003), The Wine of Truth (2007).

'New Belgrade' Academic Society

’New Belgrade’ Academic Society for Study and Fostering of Cultural Heritage was founded in 1974 as a youth folk dance group ‘Bosko Palkovljevic Pinki’ within the ’Work Brigades’ local community of New Belgrade. From 2003 acts within the College of Tourism (Belgrade) as Students’ Art, Folk Dance and Music Troupe. The folk dance ensemble with its 20 choreographies, many of which are national/traditional but also international, contemporary ones, held a number of concerts in Serbia and abroad: Austria, Germany, Hungary, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia... In seven sections and ensembles of the Society there are over 500 members. Professor Vojin Jovanovic, choreographer and creative director, is also president of the Serbian Folk Dance Choreographers Association.

'Španac' Folk Dance Troupe

Brankica Vasić alias Vassilissa, born in Priština, M.A. in music theory and solo-singing, studied at the Music Faculty in Belgrade. Her stylized interpretation of traditional songs from Kosovo and Metohia, Serbia and the Balkans, became in the early 90’s a challenge to many arrangers and composers inspired by ethno music. As an ethno/folk singer she drew attention of a large audience across Europe having performed several soundtracks written by Goran Bregovic for Emir Kusturic's Arizona Dream (1992) and Patrice Chéreau's La Reine Margot (1994), as well as the Tašana song on the first album of Sanja Ilić's group 'Balcanica'. The Dreams song from Arizona Dream has for three years been on the top lists of the French soundtrack radio stations. In 2003 she was a guest singer in the GAIA World Event project and album by Alan Simon, musician and composer, with whom she toured Europe. Vassilissa’s first solo album Gora ječi (The Mountain Echoes), compilation of the best Balkan traditionals, was released in 2003. The second album Amanet (The Will, 2005) presented modern arrangements of twelve folk songs from Kosovo and Metohia, as well as from Macedonia. Along with the group ’Gora’ and Vasil Hadžimanov, the album featured Bulgarian artists Theodosii Spasov, Konstadin Atanasov and Samir Kurtov. The third album Vassilissa Live (2007) was recorded on her concert in Sava Center – Belgrade, on 15th of April 2006. Nowadays she is promoting­ her fourth album Uspomena (Remembrance, 2013).