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The first Belgrade Baroque Academy was held in April of 2013. Through the efforts of two Serbian baroque music specialists, contralto Marijana Mijanovic and baritone, harpsichordist and conductor Predrag Gosta, about a dozen young musicians explored the music of J.S. Bach, Purcell and Monteverdi. After the successful final concert, the artistic directors Gosta and Mijanovic continued their activities at the 2nd Academy, held in conjunction of the Belgrade Early Music Festival in June of 2013. This second project was even more ambitious - the presentation of a fully staged performance of Henry Purcell's operatic masterpiece "Dido and Aenas". This performance also marked the first ever performance of a baroque opera on period instruments at the Belgrade National Theatre. The great success of this performance encouraged the artists to pursue their efforts in systematic and permanent manner, with a hope for a permanent establishment of the Belgrade Baroque Academy as an educational institution in Serbia.
Marijana Mijanovic

The contralto Marijana Mijanovic was born in Serbia. After studying the piano at the Belgrade Academy of Music, she studied singing at the Conservatorium Sweelinck, Amsterdam, with Cora Canne Meijer. Marijana Mijanovic is the winner of several international awards, including First Prize at the National Competition for Young Singers in the Netherlands and the Prix Jeunesse at the International Opera Competition of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Her international breakthrough came at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2000 as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria under William Christie with his ensemble, Les Arts Florissants. In the ensuing years, Mijanovic gave highly acclaimed guest performances with this production – which is also documented on DVD – in Lausanne, London, New York and at the Vienna Festival.
 
On tour with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Marijana Mijanovic sang Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda; in the summer of 2004, she celebrated her successful début at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in the same role. Mijanovic gave guest performances in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Nederlandse Opera and at the Palais Garnier in Paris under Marc Minkowski, and also interpreted this role on an extended tour of Europe with the Musiciens du Louvre. In 2007, she was heard in the same role under the conductorship of René Jacobs at both the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, and the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Marijana Mijanovic has also celebrated important successes in Handel roles at Zurich Opera House, where she débuted as Disinganno in Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno under Marc Minkowski, a production that was also staged at Madrid’s Teatro Real in 2008. This was followed by title roles in Radamisto and Orlando, conducted by William Christie, and Ottone in Agrippina under Marc Minkowski. As a baroque specialist, Marijana Mijanovic has also performed at other opera houses with conductors such as William Christie, Alan Curtis, Paul McCreesh and Marc Minkowski.
 
Marijana Mijanovic’s interpretations are documented on numerous complete recordings, such as Handel’s Giulio Cesare under Marc Minkowski; Vivaldi’s Bajazet under Fabio Biondi; Handel’s Rodelinda under Alan Curtis; Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio under Ottavio Dantone; and Conti’s David under Alan Curtis. Besides her performance in Orlando with William Christie, Marijana Mijanovic can also be seen on DVD as Giuditta in Mozart’s La betulia liberata at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Christoph Poppen. This production toured Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in 2006. Affetti barocchi, Marijana Mijanovic’s first solo album, featuring Handel arias, was issued by Sony/BMG in 2007.

Besides her work in opera, Marijana Mijanovic is frequently heard on the concert stages of cities such as Amsterdam, Milan, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Zurich, Vienna, New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris, working with conductors like James Conlon, Hartmut Haenchen, Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, John Nelson, Andrea Marcon, Christophe Rousset, and Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

In recent years, she has been increasingly involved with teaching, most notably in collaboration with the Serbian-American conductor and harpsichordist Predrag Gosta, with whom she regularly presents workshops and opera performances under the auspices of the Belgrade Baroque Academy and the New Belgrade Opera.
Predrag Gosta
Predrag Gosta is quickly emerging as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors of his generation. He is currently the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded orchestra in the United States that performs on period instruments; the general manager, artistic director and conductor of the New Belgrade Opera, Belgrade Baroque Academy and Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; the  principal conductor of the Makris Symphony Orchestra (Belgrade, Serbia); principal guest conductor of the New Europe Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria; and the music director of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (based in Atlanta, Georgia).  He also served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, and was a faculty member at Emory University in Atlanta.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he started studying violin at the age of six. After starting his studies at Belgrade Music Academy, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust to continue his studies at Trinity College of Music in London, where he received an undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. He also received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he studied under a graduate assistantship and several scholarship, including the Regents Opportunity Scholarship. His further studies in conducting were with Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), Ennio Nicotra (Italy), Alexander Polyanichko, Vladimir Ponkin and Andrei Anikhanov (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Dejan Savic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Siffert (Switzerland).

Gosta is recognized as a specialist in historically informed performance. He appeared at many concerts and festivals in USA and overseas, including concerts in England, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Mexico. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as soprano Evelyn Tubb and alto Marijana Mijanovic; baroque violinists John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann and Ingrid Matthews; recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen; harpsichordist Steven Devine; lutenist Michael Fields, and others. He performed at numerous festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto, Boston Early Music Festival, Sastamala Gregoriana (Finland), Budva - The Theatre City (Montenegro), Belgrade Early Music Festival (Serbia), Dartington International Summer School (England), etc. Beside his work in the field of historical practice, he is an accomplished conductor who has conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Washington, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the
 St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the Lüneburg Symphony (Germany), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Serbia), the Tomsk Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Caucus Mineral Waters, the Karelian Philharmonic in Petrozavodsk, the State Hermitage Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), the Ruse Philharmonic, the Burgas Philharmonic, and more. He appeared inopera houses in Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), at the Belgrade National Theatre (Serbia), the Madlenianum Opera-Theatre (Belgrade, Serbia), the Lexington Opera (KY), etc.

Predrag Gosta is an active recording artist, with over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas" with Thomas Meglioranza and Evelyn Tubb in the titles roles, and a premiere recording of orchestral works by Greek-American composer Andreas Makris.  He is a regular presenter of master classes, and was on the faculty at Oxford College of Emory University. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.

Gosta is also the US Director and Artistic Advisor of Peter the Great Music Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, the President of the international early music society Early Music Network, as well as the President of the Makris Foundation in Washington DC which promotes music of the Greek-American composer Andreas Makris and nurtures the young and talented musicians (makrisfoundation.org).
Katarina Djordjevic

Katarina holds a Master of Arts in baroque violin from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Simon Standage and a Master of Music from the Academy of Music in Belgrade where she studied violin with Vesna Stankovi c.

Since 2011 Katarina has been performing as part of the Royal Academy of Music Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and since 2013 as a member of Cambridge University Collegium Musicum. She participates regularly in the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth and Brecon Baroque Festival in Wales.

Her performances include chamber music on period instruments at the Wallace Collection, leading the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra for performances at the National Portrait Gallery, playing as part of Florilegium for Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall, leading the Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra for Bach Unwrapped at Kings Place, Italian baroque music at the Wigmore Hall with Rachel Podger and In Tune BBC Radio 3 live broadcast of Bach’s Coffee Cantata.

Besides being an active concert violinist, Katarina is pursuing a career in early music education. In 2013 & 2014 she has been awarded Graduate Entrepreneur sponsorship from the Royal Academy of Music for her Breakthrough Baroque educational project www.breakthroughbaroque.com 

Karolina Bäter

Karolina Bäter playing the recorder and the transverse flute has established herself as a performer in both early and contemporary music. She studied with Walter van Hauwe and Barthold Kuijken at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague in The Netherlands.

Karolina Bäter won various prizes at music competitions as 'Deutscher Musikwettbewerb' in Bonn (Germany), the 'International Penderecki Competition' in Cracow (Poland) and was finalist during the 'International Gaudeamus Competition' in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). 

She is performing on international podiums and has played on various music festivals like Aqua Musica Amsterdam, Musica Polonica Nova, November Music, Making New Waves, Musica Antiqua Perast, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Aldebourgh Chambre Music Festival, Gaudeamus Week Amsterdam, Wien Modern, Klang K öln, März Musik Berlin, Musica Experimento, Incubate Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Belgrade Early Music Festival, SIGF Sarajevo, Crna Kraljica Zagreb, Guitar Art Festival, Sugisfest Tallinn, Swiss Music Days and others.

As a member of early music ensembles Anonimus, Renesans, Nymbus, Belgrade Baroque,  Minstrel and the Baroque Orchestra of the Belgrade Early Music Festival and the New Belgrade Opera she is performing in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Austria and Germany.  

Since 2011 Karolina Bäter is member of baroque ensembleand period instrument orchestra "New Trinity Baroque" in Atlanta (USA), directed by the harpsichordist and conductor Predrag Gosta .

Karolina Bäter is founding member of contemporary music ensemble "The Roentgen Connection", specialized in contemporary music on historic instruments, was member of new music ensemble "MAE" in Amsterdam and from 2012 on she is playing with con temporary music collective "Studio 6" in Belgrade.

In 2014 Karolina Bäter started performing with lute player Edin Karamazov and recorded their debut-CD which will be released in june 2017.

Next to giving concerts Karolina Bäter is frequently invited for lectures and masterclasses for recorder and historic flutes for ZUOV and Belgrade Baroque Academy.

Siegfried Koch
Siegfried J. Koch studied at the J. Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt with Reinhold Ambros (Vienna   Philharmonic) and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Prof. Stanko Arnold. Koch is a   member of Haydn Akademie Wien, Wiener Akademie, Ensemble Zeitfluss and Catkanei – Studio alte Musik   Graz. He is a past member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, and has also   performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, Orchester der Nationen, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the   ensemble Le Concert de Francais and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He is a cofounder of the period   ensemble Barockorchester J.J.Fux Wien, and has become known as a specialist for the baro-que trumpet   and the cornetto. CDs made together with Wiener Akademie, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and Lauda Musica   (Madrid), as well as several solo recordings, round out his musical activities. Siegfried Koch currently   teaches at the music school in Hartberg and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

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