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Dragan Djordjevic

Press and critics describe and say, he is one of the most original artistic personalities of his generation. Recognized as a Serbian cello school ambassador, Dragan is the founder of Viva Cello ensemble, festival Ravanelius, co founder of Rubikon quartet and artist director of International Cello Fest in Belgrade.

Born in Yugoslavia-Serbia at the age of six he entered the music world by starting with Suzuki method playing violin at the School for Musically Gifted Children in his hometown Cuprija, but two years later chose Cello and receive first lessons from prof. Relja Cetkovic. After studies in Belgrade at faculty of Music Arts in class of prof. Sandra BeR he continued education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with prof. Stefan Popov. In 2002 Dragan met Korean cellist Young Chang Cho and studied in his class at the Hochschule fur Musik in Essen in Germany where in 2005 he received Concert Diploma with distinction and special honor. As a very young musician he was appointed as a professor of cello at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade. At the time beside teching , one of main priorities was to keep on study with cellists and musicians such as Misha Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow, David Grigorian, Thobias Kuhne, David Takeno, Stanislav Apolin and also chamber music with Welinger, Takacs, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets.

He has been Laureate and special prize winner of International competitions such as Antonio Janigro, Markneukirchen, the Orpheus Laureates, Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade.

As a soloist and chamber musician he performed in Great Britain, Germany, South Korea Holland, Sweden, USA, Russia, Belgium, China, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, France, Norway at distinguished international music festivals such as BBC PROMS, FESTIVAL AUVERS – SUR-OISE, City of London Festival, George Enescu Festival, Sion-Valais Shlomo Mintz Festival, Ohrid Summer, ARLEM, Kustendorf Classic, Cellissimo Festival, Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS), CellEAST , Laureates of Katya Popova, Zagreb Summer Evenings, Music Festival Novi Sad (NOMUS), Kotor-Art (Montenegro), International Cello-Fest in Belgrade. He was invited to performed with Bergishe Symphoniker, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammer Philarmonie Amade, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia, VSO Symphony Orchestra, St. George Strings, Macedonian Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of South-Eastern Europe, Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra… He collaborated with artists such as Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Emil Tabakov, Clemens Schuldt, Mikhail Shcherbakov, En Shao, Mincho Minchev, Alena Baeva, Francesca Dego, John Adams, Peter Sculthorpe, Leslie Howard and many others.

Dragan is also very passionate chamber musician, member of RUBIKON string Quartet, regularly performing and recording with Nemanja Radulovi6 and ensemble Double Sens for Deutsche Grammophon and Erato/Warner Classic.

Starting with 2011 with honored invitation from maestro Valery Gergiev to play on several tours as guest principal cellist of Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre, Dragan won Zagreb Concert Management Award, recital in the new Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre in St. Peterburg, debut with RUBIKON Quartet at the City of London Festival. Recent highlights include performing Shostakovich Cello concerto no.1 on BEMUS Festival, Saint Saens Cello concerto no.1 with National Radio orchestra of Romania in Bucharest and becoming artist director of music festival RAVANELIUS.

Dedicated to a teaching and beside being associate professor of cello at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, he has given masterclasses in China, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and in many other Balkan Countries.

Dragan Djordjevic plays a cello made by James and Henry Banks at 1797.