Dragan Djordjevic

Press and critics describe and say, Dragan 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 quartett and program director of Cello Fest in Belgrade. Born in 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 Ćuprija, but two years later chose Cello and receive first lessons from prof. Relja Ćetković. After studies in Belgrade at faculty of Music Arts in class of prof. Sandra Belić he continued education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with prof. Stefan Popov. After London Dragan met Korean cellist Young Chang Cho and continued studies at the Hochschule fur Musik in Essen in  Germany. 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 teaching , 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 and 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, Cellissimo Festival, Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS), CellEAST,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,Macedonian Philharmonic, Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Chamber Orchestra,Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra,VSO Symphony Orchestra.. He collaborated with artists such as Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Emil Tabakov, Clemens Schuldt, En Shao, Mincho Minchev, Alena Baeva, Nemanja Radulović, Roman Simović, Francesca Dego, John Adams, Peter Sculthorpe, Leslie Howard and many others. Starting with 2011 with honored invitation from maestro Valery Gergiev to play as guest principal cellist of Symphony Orchestra of  Mariinsky Theatre, Dragan won  Zagreb Concert Management Award, recital in the new Concert Hall of  Marinsky Theatre in St. Peterburg, debut with RUBIKON Quartet at the City of London Festival. Dedicated to a teaching and beside being full time 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 Đorđević plays a cello made by James and Henry Banks at 1797.

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