Press and critics have described Dragan Đorđević as one of the most original performers of his generation.
Dragan Đorđević was born in Yugoslavia. At the age of six he started playing the violin (Suzuki method) at the School for Musically Gifted Children in Ćuprija, but two years later changed to the cello and received his first lessons from Professor Relja Ćetković. Graduated from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade (class of Professor Sandra Belić) and won a special prize from Belgrade University as the best student in his year.
The same year, he received a scholarship for his master’s degree in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Stefan Popov, where he completed his master’s with distinction. During his studies in Great Britain he played with the London Symphony Orchestra and was a guest principal cellist in the Northern Sinfonia.
In 2002 Dragan met Young-Chang Cho and continued to study under him at the Hochschule für Musik in Germany where in 2005 he also received his Concert Diploma with distinction and special honours. He has attend master-classes given by Mischa Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow, Alexander Fedorchenko, David Grigorian, Tobias Kühne, David Takeno and Stanislav Apolin as well as chamber music classes of the Velinger, Takács, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets. He has been a prize-winner at the Antonio Janigro International Competition, the Orpheus Laureates competition, the Markneukirchen Competition, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the International Petar Konjović Competition, the Città di Stresa Competition and the Charver Soveoures Competition and has received numerous other special awards.
As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in Holland, Sweden, South Korea, Romania, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Bulgaria and France and appeared at international music festivals in cluding the BBC Proms, the Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, the City of London Festival, Ohrid Summer, the Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS), the Sion-Valais Festival directed by Shlomo Mintz, the Laureates of Katya Popova festival, Zagreb Summer Evenings, the Novi Sad Music Festival (NOMUS), Kotor Art (Montenegro) and the International Cello Fest (Belgrade) at which he is a member of the Artistic Board and a programme selector.
He has performed with the Bergische Symphoniker, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé, the Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Serbica, the Bamberg Chamber Orchestra, the St George Strings ensemble, the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of South-Eastern Europe, the Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vojvodin a Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with such musicians as Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan, Mikhail Shcherbakov, Mincho Minchev, John Adams, Peter Sculthorpe, Tan Dun, Nemanja Radulović and Young Chil Lee among others. Dragan is also a very passionate chamber musician, together with the violinists Roman Simović and Miloš Petrović and violist Branko Kabadaic forming the Rubikon String Quartet, which following numerous successful concerts and tours ranks itself as one of the leading quartets of the musicians’ generation.
In April 2011 he was honoured to receive an invitation from maestro Valery Gergiev to play on several tours as a guest principal cellist with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra. Dragan is currently a professor of cello at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade and artistic director of School for Musically Gifted Children in Ćuprija..