Head of Department

Nikola Kitanovski, MA

Full professor of Singing


Nikola Kitanovski is one of those rare artists originating from this region who were, not only able to build, but to maintain continuously for more than two and a half decades, an impressive solo career in opera theaters which occupy a special place, importance and role in the world.

He was born in Skopje, Macedonia, where he completed his primary and secondary music education. He took bachelor's and master's degree in solo singing in the class of primadonna Biserka Cvejić at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
The beginning of his career dates back to 1987 when he performed as a soloist in almost all major centers of Yugoslavia.

He won first prize at the International Competition for solo singers' "Katia Ricciarelli" 1991 in Mantua, Italy.
He possesses numerous national awards, as well as the annual award (1995) of the National Theatre in Belgrade, with which ties him a 20-years-old cooperation and more than 240 appearances in different roles.

In a career of 25 years at the opera podium, Kitanovski successfully performed in opera houses in Rome, Naples, Bologna, Genoa, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Lyon, Marseille, Madrid, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Bangkok, Warsaw, Bucharest, and at festivals in Taormina, Torre del lago, Aspendos, the Bolshoi in Moscow, Dubrovnik summer Festival, Ohrid’s Summer and BEMUS, where he was convincingly and with ease bringing roles, such as: Othello, Radames, Manrico, Kavaradosija, Herman P, Don Jose, Turidua, Chania, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Mauricio and others, with the artistic merit, high level of performance and interpretability.

Since 2004, Kitanovski is teaching on the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
Kitanovski was also entrusted with the two-year management of the Opera Studio of the National Theatre’s Opera in Belgrade.

Vice dean for artistic work

Aneta Ilić, MA

Full professor of Singing

Phone: + 381 11 362 11 70
E-mail: aneta.ilic@fmu.bg.ac.rs

Aneta Ilić rightfully belongs among the leading vocal interpreters of Serbian musical scene, and has performed extensively during the past number of years, with highly acclaimed professional appearances both in Serbia and abroad.
She is a graduate of Belgrade University, Faculty of Music, from the class of prof. Biserka Cvejić, with a dual major in Music theory and pedagogy. She has also completed her Masters in music, as a vocalist, with prof. Irina Arsikin at the same university, Department of Vocal performance. Since 2000 Aneta Ilić is teaching vocal performance at Vocal Studies Department in the capacity of Associate Professor.
She is a recipient of several of the highest prizes on national competitions and most notably was awarded a prestigious award from the Association UMUS, a Serbian Association of music artists, for "The best concert" in 2005, and City of Belgrade Annual Award 2010 for music and music performance art.
Her wide repertoire ranges from the Early Baroque to the music of 21st Century. A special part of her artistic activity lies in promoting and performing a wide range of Serbian Music, both classical heritage and contemporary pieces.
Aneta is a soloist with the Ensemble "Renesans" and a member of "Ensemble for new music", as well as a trio "Donne di Belgrado", an ensemble that promotes contemporary music and has many Serbian composers written music for it, with all of whom she has performed in the country as well as internationally.
Aneta has given numerous vocal recitals with acclaimed pianists Dejan Sinadinović and Vladimir Stojnić performing various repertoires from musical epochs of Baroque, Romanticism, Impressionism and 20th Century music.
As a soloist, she has performed the most notable parts of grandiose musical pieces such as cantatas, requiems and masses.
As an opera singer, Aneta Ilić has performed the title role in Carl Orff's opera "Die Kluge", Despina in W.A. Mozart's "Cossi fan tutte", and Sostrata in "Mandragola" by Ivan Jevtic, all staged and produced by the Chamber Opera ''Madlenianum'' in Belgrade. She also appeared in the role of "Mrs. T" in Michael Hyman's chamber opera "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat", an opera that was staged within Belgrade Theatre Festival, 2001. Aneta played the role of Eurydice in "Orphee et Eurydice" by C.W. Gluck at the most prominent music festival in Serbia – BEMUS, 2005. At the National Theatre stage, she performed Susane in "Le nozze di Figaro" by Mozart 2010. In summer of 2012, she created the role of Padme, for the world premiere of the opera "Two heads and a girl" by Isidora Zebeljan at the Settimana Musicale Senese Festival in Siena, Italy.
Produced by Swedish Theatre "Confidancen", Aneta was a featured soloist for three consecutive seasons (2005-2007) in a Baroque theatre play "Divertimenti di Confidance".
Notable appearances have been made by Aneta on the stage of renowned Muziekgebouwaan' Tij performing works of Marius Flothuis, Isidora Žebeljan and Ljubica Marić.
Collaborations with notable conductors include such names as Leopold Hager, David Porcelijn, Uroš Lajovic, Vladimir Kranjčević, Bojan Suđić... Aneta has performed as a soloist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Television Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Soloists Ensemble, "Dušan Skovran" chamber orchestra, the "St. George String Orchestra" and made numerous recordings for radio and television, including a CD of Isidora Žebeljan's music with Brodski Quartet 2011, and "Little Box" CD with Donne di Belgrado trio in 2012. Aneta has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Croatia and Slovenia.

The critiques have said about Aneta Ilić 's interpretations:
"...We underline the fact that existence of Aneta Ilić on our musical scene represents a real gem. With flawless intonation and precise execution, intelligent and imaginative, Aneta Ilić not only has a voice of a unique and recognizable color, but intellectual and spiritual strength as well, that is manifested in its full potential and devoted to that "musical NOW"..."
09. December 2003, Katarina Tomašević, Radio Belgrade II

"... Aneta Ilić... has truly followed all of the emotional subtleties in balanced registers of great interpretative power, in an absolutely precise intonation, and endless rows of intricately crafted passages transcending genuine musicality..."
25. April 2008, Gordana Krajačić, "Borba"

Nikola Mijailović, MA

Full professor of Singing

E-mail: nikola.mijailovic@live.com

Mr. Mijailović was bom in Belgrade, Serbia in 1973. After taking a diploma in piano, he continued vocal studies at the University of Arts with his mother, a renowned Serbian soprano Radmila Smiljanić. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Vienna Conservatory and Master's Degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He also participated in Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA and young artist programe at Opera Bastille in Paris. He completed his studies at Academia di perfezionamento per cantanti lirici del Teatro alla Scala in Milano in 1999.

Nikola Mijailović is a World Winner of the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia in 1995, First Prize winner of Mario Lanza Competition in Philadelphia in 1994, and a Third Prize winner of Leyla Gencer Intemational Voice Competition in Istanbul in 1997.

Nikola Mijailović made his professional debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Schaunard in Boheme in 1996, and sang Marcello next to Luciano Pavarotti's Rodolfo the same year in Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Since then, he appeared throughout the world in major opera houses of Milano, Verona, Venezia, Montreal, Hamburg, Hannover, Bonn, Dresden, Catania, Lima, Havana, Moscow, Rome, Vienna, Tokyo, Montpellier, Las Palmas, Malaga, Peking, Shanghai, Tel Aviv to name a few. His repertoire include around 40 major operatic roles such as Rigoletto, Jago, Barone Scarpia, Eugen Onegin, Escamillo, Enrico, Belcore, Prigioniero, Macbeth, Posa among others. He has also appeared in concert perfomances of Carmina Burana, The Bells by Rachmaninoff, Messa di Gloria by Puccini, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Mahler and Dichterliebe by Schumann.

Višnja Pavlović-Drakulić, MA

Full professor of Singing


Višnja Pavlović-Drakulić was born in Zagreb 1956. After finishing secondary school, she enrolled the Music Academy in Zagreb and graduated in 1983 in the class of Professor Ljiljana Molnar-Talajić. She obtained her MA degree at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Biserka Cvejić.

During her studies she participated at the various opera performances at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, singing in many towns in former Yugoslavia as well. Her debut engagement was in the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana where, after a series of solo performances, she achieved a formidable artistic level. She became a member of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad in 1989 and from 1992 she was permanently engaged by the National Theatre in Belgrade.

In her long-standing artistic career she performed numerous soprano roles such as: Mimi (La bohème), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Michaela (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Desdemona (Otello), Adriana Lecouvreur, Madam Butterfly, Leonora (Il Trovatore), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Elisabeth (Don Carlos), Marenka (The Bartered Bride), Antonida (A Life for the Tsar), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Rusalka, Margareta (Faust), Aida, Woglinde (Das Rheingold), and many others.

Along with the opera singing, she also sings at concerts and frequently performs, with choirs and orchestras, works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler, Faure, Brahms, Pergolesi, Rachmaninoff, Bruckner, Rossini, Handel, Haydn, and others.

She was the winner of the First prize at the Student competition of solo singing in Croatia. For the role of Woglinde in Wagner’s Das Rheinegold, under the baton of maestro Lovre Matačić, she won the prestigious Young artists Award. She frequently won theatrical awards for numerous roles with the experts, critics and the press alike unanimously proclaiming her performances as exceptional. Since 2008 she has been engaged at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade as a full time professor of solo singing.

Head of Department Council

Violeta Pančetović Radaković, DMA

Associate professor of Singing


Violeta Pančetović Radaković graduated from the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, where she also received her master's degree in solo singing in the class of Professor Radmila Bakočević. In 2019, she completed doctoral academic studies under the mentorship of Professor Emerita Radmila Bakočević having defended her doctoral artistic project: „The Relationship between Music and Text in the Selected Cycles of Lieder by Dejan Despić: Dubrovački kanconijer, Đulići and Uveoci” As a part of her professional development in Italy she attended the classes of maestro Carlo Bergonzzi (Accademia Verdiana, Busseto), Maestro Riccardo Serenelli (Accademia di canto Domenico Alaleona, Monterubbiano) and Leonardo de Lisi (Italy, Slovenia). She completed the program of the Opera Studio at the National Theatre in Belgrade led by maestro Jovan Šajnović.

The artistic rendering of Violeta Pančetović Radaković, Doctor of Musical Arts, includes a variety of solo performances while the recitals performed comprise pieces ranging from solo songs of the old masters to baroque, romanticism and impressionism, including a variety of opera arias and roles, as well as 20th century music. She boasts numerous performances on major concert stages including SANU (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), Kolarac, Belgrade City Hall, Sava Centre Concert Hall, the Main Stage of Belgrade National Theatre, Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Army Concert Hall Stanislav Binički in Belgrade, the Hall of Niš Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Sciences in Skopje, and participation in numerous festivals in the country and abroad (NIMUS – Niš Music Festival, LEMEK, Belgrade; OKTOX – October Music Festival in Kragujevac, Skopsko leto – Skopje Summer Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, etc.).

Violeta Pančetović Radaković, Doctor of Musical Arts, appeared as a solo singer with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Belgrade National Theatre Opera, the Orchestra of the Opera of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, the Orchestra of Stanislav Binički Art Ensemble, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Niš Symphony Orchestra, the Mandolin Orchestra of Skopje. She also cooperated with the maestros, such as: Riccardo Serenelli, Jovan Šajnović, Angel Šurev, Bojan Suđić, Đorđe Pavlović, Aleksandar Spasić, Zorica Mitev, Šerif Damadžić, Ramada Šukri. Still, her main concert performances comprise recitals accompanied by piano in collaboration with the pianists: Vladimir Gligorić, Ana Aćimović, Milivoje Veljić, Dragana Bunjac, Petar Marković, Jelena Đajić, Zorka Milivojević etc. Thanks to her ongoing activities and high criteria, her artistic achievements are highly recognized by the critics and public alike.

Violeta Pančetović Radaković, Doctor of Musical Arts, is a jury member at international competitions (Nikola Cvejić, Lazar Jovanović, Radmila Bakočević, Mika Topalović, etc.), the president of the Association Nikola and Marica Cvejić (Ruma) and lecturer at Opera Summer School (Divčibare) organized by MOTO, Belgrade (Music, Opera, Theatre Organization). She is renowned for permanent recordings for Serbian Radio and Television.

In addition to her concert activities, she is also actively involved in teaching as Associate Professor of both solo singing and solo singing teaching methods at the Department of Solo Singing, Faculty of Music at the University of Arts in Belgrade, being the organizer of various public discussions and gatherings. Her students have won numerous awards at national and international competitions, such as Alcamo (Sicily) and Elena Nicolai (Bulgaria), as well as at the international contests: Petar Konjović, Nikola Cvejić, Lazar Jovanović, Bruna Špiler and Radmila Bakočević. Violeta Pančetović Radaković, Doctor of Musical Arts, was conferred various awards and an Outstanding Achievements Award in the field of music pedagogy.

Vladimir Stojnić

Collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department

Phone: +381 63 76 40 958
E-mail: vlada.stojnic321@mail.com

Biserka Cvejić

Professor emeritus


Biserka Cvejić debuted on the scene in 1950. Her first major role was as Charlotte in opera Werther (1954). Her next role – Eboli in opera Don Carlos, achieved great success.
On the guest tour with Belgrade opera in Vienna in 1961 she participated in the filming of opera War and Peace by Sergei Prokofiev. At the audition in Vienna she sung the aria from the courtroom scene from Aida, and the role of Eboli. After six months, she received a call from the Vienna State Opera to replace the singer Giulietta Simionato. Having a great success on the stage of Vienna opera house, she was hired by the Herbert von Karajan, and their cooperation continued until 1979. She had performed as a leading soprano of Vienna State Opera for twenty years, having sung 25 roles in around 370 performances.

On her guest appearance in Split conducted by Kurt Adler from the Metropolitan Opera she was invited to perform in the Met, and cooperated with that house from 1961 to 1968. The guest appearances in Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Naples, Verona, Moscow, London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and other followed. She debuted in the Milan Scale in January 1970, in the role of Delilah in the opera Samson and Dalila. Her most important roles were: Carmen, Amneris, Eboli, Acucena, Brang, Fricka and Dalila.
Biserka Cvejic was also known as an oratorio singer and interpreter of lied. Critics described her as Verdist mezzo-soprano, a dominant singer, with smooth, youthfully fresh voice, and her interpretations as sophisticated.

She withdrew from the opera stage in full strength in 1978. She has made 77 mezzo-soprano roles in total, in nearly 1,800 performances on stages across the world. The following twenty years she was dedicated to working as a teacher and a professor of singing at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and later at the Art Academy in Novi Sad. She was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor, in 2001. She is currently engaged as a professor emeritus at the Faculty of Music.

Radmila Bakočević

Professor emeritus


Radmila Bakočević had a compelling international career that began in 1955 and ended with her retirement from the stage in 2004. During her career she sang in nearly all important opera houses around the world, including performing throughout Europe, North America and South America. Strengthen the long-term partnership during his career with two opera houses, such as the National Theatre in Belgrade and Vienna State Opera.

Professor Bakočević sang a wide repertoire that included works from the 17th through the 20th century. She was particularly convincing in depicted Puccini and Verdi's heroines, as well as in roles in the operas of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. She also sang in numerous operas by Russian and Czech composers such as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana and Tchaikovsky. Interestingly, she sang only two roles in French operas – the role of Juliette in Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust. Her flexible voice is well suited for singing the works of composers such as Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti.

After the retirement from the scene, Radmila Bakočević worked as a professor of singing at several universities. Currently she is holding the title of professor emeritus the Faculty of Music of University of Arts in Belgrade, where she also worked as rector from 1998 to 2000.

Katarina Jovanović, MA

Associate professor of Singing


Катарина Јовановић важи за један од најлепших и најекспресивнијих гласова на оперским и концертним подијумима Европе, са каријером која траје већ скоро двадесет година.

Дипломирала и магистрирала у Београду и усавршавала се у Лондону на чувеној Гилдхол школи за музику. Студирала је певање код Ирине Арсикин, Рудолфа Пирнеја, Џенис Чепман, Џенин Реис. Похађала је мајсторске радионице Томаса Квастхофа и Дмиртија Хворостовског. Учила је и од Грејема Џонсона и Дитриха Фишера Дискауа.

Тумачила је Виолету Валери, Татјану, Лину (Стифелио), Леонору (Трубадур), Норму, Маргарету, Мими, Аиду, Амелију (Бал под маскама), Дона Ану, Вителију, Грофица Алмавива, Електра (Идоменео), Мадалена (Андреа Шеније) итд.

Наступала у концертним дворанама, оперским сценама и на фестивалима од Београда до Оранжа, Лондона до Бризбејна, Париза до Чикага, Берлина до Пераладе.

Сарађивала је са уметницима као што су Дејвис, Елдер, Ешенбах, Ростропович, Вишњевскаја, Доминго, Казадесус, Мерсије, Радуловић, Маноф, Дукро, Фонтен, Боуман, Мула, Раимонди, Синадиновић, Кинка…

Снимала је за Бибиси, Франс 2 и 3, АРТЕ, Мецо итд.
2000. године Катарина Јовановић је снимила цд са пијанистом Бруном Фонтеном и кларинетистом Флораном Еоом за Трансарт Лајв.
Следећи диск снимила је 2011. за Наксос са Жан Клодом Казадесусом и Националним оркестром из Лила. Овај снимак Бизеових дела је изабран за цд месеца часописа Грамофон. Био је и на годишњој листи најбољих снимака Бибиси магазина.

Катарина Јовановић је била уметничка директорка Опере Народног позоришта у Београду. Ванредни професор је на Факултету музичке уметности у Београду, где предаје соло певање.
Добитница је Гранприја (прве награде) и награде публике на такмичењу Монтсерат Кабаље, Награде за најбољег младог уметника УМУС-а итд. Такође је била финалиста такмичења ОПЕРАЛИА у Вашингтону.

Катарина Јовановић је два пута номинована за најважнију француску музичку награду Виктоар де ла музик.

Од маја 2013. године, Катарина Јовановић је носилац ордена Витеза уметности и књижевности француске владе (Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres).

Ivana Stoković, MA

Senior collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department


Мр Ивана Стоковић рођена је у Београду. Дипломирала је клавир(1992) са највишом оценом на београдском факултету музичке уметности у класи проф. Арбо Валдме.
Још као студент радила је као демонстратор на предметима Камерна музика и Оперски студио у класама професора А. Ивановић и С.Турлакова. На београдском факултету музичке уметности магистрирала је клавир са највишом оценом у класи З.Димитријевић, а потом специјализирала двогодишње студије из камерне музике у класи проф.О.Ђурђевић.

У периоду од 2001.до 2004. добитница је четири стипендије АЕСИ које додељује Министарство Шпаније за последипломске студије клавира и камерне музике на престижном Реал Консерваторио Супериор у Мадриду.
Добитница је стипендије из фондације Исак Албенис (Мадрид) за дигиталну обраду аудиовизуелних снимака музичких догађања.
Koнзерваторијум Зурбаран у Мадриду јој је доделио почасну ленту за уметники допринос.
Похађала је бројне курсеве реномираних педагога у земљи и иностранству.
Стекла је награде и признања од којих се издвајају: Награда из Фонда ''Радмила Ђорђевић'' за најбољег пијанисту у раду са певачима, награда за клавирског сарадника на такмичењу ''Никола Цвејић'' у раду са студентима певања.
Одржала је концерте као солиста ,камерни музичар и клавирски сарадник у земљи и иностранству посвећеним музици различитих аутора и народа. Затим, на хуманитарним вечерима, фестивалима(БЕМУС), међународном такмичењу Jeunesse Musicale, Мемориал Емил Хаек, Лемек, Епта , итд.

Одржала је солистичке концерте у Београду, Крагујевцу, Новом саду, Сарајеву, Мадриду, Толеду, Албарасину, Трес кантосу, Љеиди ( Каталонија). Успешно је сарађивала са Ескуела Супериор де канто у Мадриду у класи проф. Терезе Турне.
Од 1993. ради на београдском факултету музичке уметности као клавирски сарадник . Нарочито треба истаћи њену дугогодишњу сарадњу у класи проф.
А.Ивановић на Катедри за соло певање где је била незаобилазни сарадник на свим манифестацијама.
Унапређење у звање вишег уметничког сарадника стиче 1998.
Од 2009. до данас ради као виши уметнички сарадник на предмету Оперски студио.
Снимала је за радио и телевизију.

Secretary of the Department

Tatjana Drobni, DMA

Senior collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department

Phone:+381 62 250 388

Tatjana Drobni, PhD, graduated her studies of piano in prof. Darinka Mihajlović’s class and also finished specialization at the Chamber music department at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (in the class of prof. Olivera Djurdjević). Through many years she worked as a piano accompanist and chamber music professor in music school “Josip Slavenski” in Belgrade. Since 2004 Tatjana Drobni works at the Faculty of Music, as a piano accompanist, bearing the title of higher art associate.

Tatjana Drobni performed at many concerts in country and abroad (Czech Republic, Austria, Montenegro, BIH, and Poland). She also accomplished a lot of recordings for Radio and Television. She took part at numerous master classes and seminars, as a piano accompanist or a teacher. A number of years she has been engaged as a piano accompanist at the Academy of fine arts in Belgrade and in music schools “Mokranjac” and “Josip Slavenski”. During the year 2006 she worked as an art associate at the Opera studio of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

She also contributed to other music fields, such as solfeggio and music theory, publishing numerous textbooks acting as the author, coauthor and illustrator.

Tatjana Drobni defended her PhD art project at the Chamber music department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (class of prof. Ljudmila Gross-Popović), entitled “Influence of transposition on the interpretation of German Lied from the aspect of piano accompaniment”.

Zorka Milivojević , MA

Senior collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department


ZORKA MILIVOJEVIĆ began her piano studies at the Music School "Mokranjac" in the class of prof. Bojana Đajić. She won many awards at competitions and performed at representative concerts of best students of her generation. She also made many recordings for Radio Belgrade.

She completed the piano studies with the highest grade in the class of Prof. Valdma and Lidija Stanković. During her studies, she attended classes of Professor Pavlina Dokovska at Mannes University in New York.

She obtained her master’s degree in 2001 as the student of prof. Srdjan Grbić. After completing specialist studies at the Department of Chamber Music, she enrolled in PhD studies at the same Department.
Alongside the soloist concerts, she had been teaching in music schools "Vučković", "Slavenski" and "Mokranjac" since 1996
Students of Zorka Milivojević have achieved outstanding results in competitions and have performed in numerous concerts.
As a chamber musician, Zorka Milivojević held in the season 2002/03 a series of concerts with violinist William Ferdinandi performing the prominent works written for violin and piano.

Since 2006 she has been working as an artistic associate, then as a senior artistic associate at the Faculty of Music, at the Department of singing where she collaborates with professors Nikola Mijailović and Katarina Jovanović. In August 2012, she collaborated with Professor Katarina Jovanović in the master class in Aleksandrovac in the festival "KozArt".

Vladimir Gligorić, DMA

Collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department

Phone: +381 64 28 87 328
E-mail: v.gligoric@yahoo.com

Vladimir Gligorić was born in 1979, in Belgrade. His music training began at the Mokranjac Music School in Belgrade in the class of Tijana Dimitrijević. He graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Jokut Mihailović, completed his Master's and Doctorate in the class of Aleksandar Serdar and briefly studied with Elizabeth Athanassova at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva (Switzerland).

Gligorić is the laureate of the International Piano Competition In memory of Emil Gilels in Odessa (Ukraine, 2010), as well as the finalist of the international piano competitions Jeunesses Musicales in Belgrade (2009) and Bösendorfer & Schimell in Phoenix, Arizona (2011), at which he received the Special Award for the best performance of a virtuoso piece. He was awarded the annual prize of the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia for the best young artist in 2009 and for the best young artist in 2010 by the specialist magazine Muzika Klasika.

He has given numerous recitals in Serbian cities, as well as in several European cities including Rome, Geneva, Paris and Barcelona. Among the festivals that he has performed at are: Oktoh, Cello Fest, Mermer i zvuci, International Review of Composers, ELECTE, BUNT and KoMA in Serbia, Hvar Summer and the Music Biennale Zagreb in Croatia, Nuovi Spazi Musicali in Italy and Balkan Forum in Bulgaria.

He has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Radio-Television of Serbia, the Belgrade Strings Dušan Skovran, the оrchestra Camerata Serbica, the Razgrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Odessa, under the direction of Bojan Sudjić, Biljana Radovanović, Vladimir Kranjčević, Dragomir Nenov, Hobart Earl and Alexander Walker.
He has recorded a CD with the music of contemporary Serbian composers issued by Faculty of Music in Belgrade and a CD with the piano music of Vasilije Mokranjac issued by SANU/MASCOM, (various interprets).

Milivoje Veljić, DMA

Senior collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department


Milivoje Veljić (1983) graduated piano at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Lidija Stanković. He is the laureate of the Faculty's award for the best graduate at the Piano Department. Before his studies, he had worked with some of the Serbian leading piano pedagogues such as Svetlana Milošević, Mirjana Žiravac and Branka Žiravac-Jeremić.

He has committed his further education to specialization in chamber music, with Professors Jasna Tucović and Miloš Petrović, but also through seminars and master classes. He became the Doctor of Music in 2014, when he defended his art project about music of Sergei Rachmaninoff for piano duo (his mentor was Prof. Ljudmila Gross-Popović).

Since 2009 Milivoje Veljić has been employed as an artistic associate at the Vocal Studies Department of the Faculty of music in Belgrade, in classes of Prof. Nikola Kitanovski and Emeritus Professor Biserka Cvejić.

He worked in Opera studio of National Theatre in Belgrade and he has often cooperated with Radio Television of Serbia, in a number of productions.

Valentina Konstandinović, MA

Collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department (for work in Opera Studio)

Phone: +381 60 096 85 17
E-mail: valentinakostandinovic@yahoo.com

Valentina Kontandinović has won several awards during her studies, among which are the first place at the State Competition of Students of Music, first place at the Federal Competition in Sarajevo, and the second place at the Competition in Novi Sad in 1992. She was engaged in specialized master courses under the tutelage of Sijavus Gadzijev, Arbo Valdma, Dmitri Bashkirova, and in Moscow under the assistant of Professor Tatiana Nikolaeva, Viktor Lyadov.

As a solo pianist she performed for the TV Belgrade, TV Novi Sad, TV Skopje and TV Niš. In 1995, she had a concert tour visiting many cities of Serbia under the management of Yugoconcert. She played numerous concerts organized by Alliance Yugoslavia - France and Spanish Culture Center. As a part of her master thesis she premiered Goyescas, the most famous piece of a prominent author Enrique Granados. Furthermore, she participated in the concert of Danube River Basin Countries together with the string players Sveti Djordje and the pianist Dejan Sinadinović.

As a piano accompanist she has been working since 2001 with the classes of string players, brass players and opera singers and has contributed to the winning of fifty and more prizes, among which thirty first place prizes on various festivals, state and international competitions, along with performances throughout the country. Since 2008, she has been working as a piano accompanist at the Opera Studio of the Faculty of Music, University of Belgrade, where she took part in preparations and performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, under the supervision of Professor and theatrical director Gordan Dragović, of Giacomo Puccini's opera Sister Angelica supervised by Professor of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts Darijan Mihajlović, and of Stanislav Binički's opera At Dawn, directed by Darijan Mihajlovic.

Milica Ilić, DMA

Collaborative pianist at Vocal Studies Department

Phone: +381 64 128 30 35
E-mail: caseodkristala@gmail.com

2013-2015: International Opera Academy, Ghent
2019-2013: PhD studies, Chamber Music, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia
2007-2009: Specialist studies, Chamber Music, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia
2002-2006: BA studies, Piano, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia

WORK (teaching):
2011 – present: Collaborative pianist at the Vocal Studies Department, FMU, Belgrade
2016 – present: Guest teacher, SoundWorlds course, ArtScience department, Royal Conservatoire of Den Haag
2007 – 2011: Accompanist for singers, Music School Mokranjac, Belgrade, 2007-2011

WORK (other)
Conductor/Repetiteur, S. Prokofjev, Maddalena, Belgrade, 2016
Composer/librettist/pianist/producer, Chamber Thriller Opera in Episodes (a)Mantis Religiosa, Gent, 2015
Repetiteur, Benoit Mernier, Frühlings Erwachen, Gent, 2014-2015
Repetiteur and continuo player, W.A. Mozart, Don Giovanni, Zomeropera Alden Biesen, 2014
Repetiteur, J. Strauss, Daphne, La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels, 2014
Composer/arranger/musical leader, Assepoesters droom, De Vlaamse Opera, 2014-2015
Official accompanist, Mastercourses of Marijana Mijanović (Contralto, Switzerland), Belgrade, 2011, 2012, 2013
Official accompanist, Jeunesses Musicales International Singing Competition, Belgrade, March, 2013

- Jef Smits (Belgium), Ghent, 2015
- Nathalie Dessay (France), Ghent, 2015
- Dietrich Henschel (Germany), Ghent, 2014
- Rene Jacobs (Belgium), Ghent, 2014
- Charlotte Margiono (Netherlands), Ghent, 2014
- Guy Joosten (Belgium), Ghent, 2013, 2014
- International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Chamber Music, 2013
- Advanced undergraduate studies in Humanities and Civil Society, Belgrade Open School in Belgrade, 2005-2006

- Olga Mihailović Fund, Faculty of Music, Belgrade 2007
- Slobodanka Milošević-Savić Fund, Faculty of Music, Belgrade, 2006
- Laureate, International Competition “Davorin Jenko”, category Piano Duo, Belgrade, 2008
- Special Prize for performing Schumann's Kreisleriana, Podium of Young Talents Competition, Belgrade, 2006

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