opening ceremony concert of the 46th IJMC Belgrade with the following program:
A. Vivaldi: Concerto for bassoon and orchestra, G minor (arr)
Z. Erić: Cartoon for 13 strings
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir from Firenze (arr) ".....Ensemble Metamorphosis plays with such conviction, energy and whole hearted involvement, conveying much emotion and colour. A wonderful group to be listened to" DAVID TAKENO, Guildhall School of Music and Drama - 'Eugène Ysaÿe International Chair of Violin' Self-conducted Ensemble Metamorphosis is unique society founded by violist Saša Mirković in Belgrade. Being flexible, it could be transformed - from the string quartet ensemble to the string orchestra, but it also allows, not only numerous possibilities of increasing of the number of performers with additional instruments but also less conventional means - usage of the mixed-media and theater elements.
Because of that the Ensemble Metamorphosis is also included in the wide specter of projects, from the concert music to the music theater, from Baroque epoch to Piazzolla, Bregović, Part, Kancheli as well as Serbian contemporary and traditional music. In order to contribute not only to promotion but also to developing of the Serbian music, Metamorphosis is specially devoted to ordering and premiering of the works of the contemporary composers, both those young ones and as well as those already established. During its short existence, this ensemble premiered enormous number of compositions devoted just to this ensemble and its spiritus movens, Saša Mirković. Since its foundation, 2005, the ensemble Metamorphosis has cooperated with probably the most representative composer of the world music, composer Goran Bregović, with whom they toured as part of his Orchestra for weddings and funerals in the projects "Orchestra for weddings and funerals", "Tolerant Heart" "Alcohol", "Memoirs of Queen Margot", on festivals around the world and concert halls all over the world such as the Toulouse Theatre (France), the Essen Philharmonic (Germany), Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Hall (NY, USA), the Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, USA), the Luxemburg Philharmonic (Luxemburg), the Chicago Philharmonic, the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Israel Philharmonic (Israel), the Palau de la Musica (Spain) and many others... Since 2010, the ensemble also run its own projects , specialize for baroque music in new arrangements, contemporary artistic and world music. Follow them on
https://www.facebook.com/Ensemble-Metamorphosis-201432223224882/timeline/ https://www.youtube.com/user/METAMORPHOSISasha/videos Saša Mirković Saša Mirković is one of the most charismatic viola players who inspired many Serbian and foreign composers to write and dedicate their works to him. Active both as soloist and as a chamber musician, Saša has developed special affinity for contemporary music and he performs regularly in the country and abroad. His passionate performances burst of strength and yet he is perfectly capable of subtlety and nuance as well. As soloist and refined chamber musician Saša has toured numerous countries – Italy, Montenegro, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Island, the USA, Canada, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Holland, Russia, Slovakia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia… Saša’s talent, cultivated technique and polished musicianship established him as the most reliable collaborator of numerous orchestras where he has acted as solo violist and the section leader – Ensemble for New Music, ARTE, Belgrade Strings, Ljubica Maric Chamber Orchestra, Žebeljan Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonics and the highly acclaimed regional No Borders Orchestra. Saša Mirković received the highest musical education in Serbia, including the School for Music Talents in Ćuprija (special school for musically gifted children, one of few in the world, such as the Menuhin Music School or the Central Music School in Moscow) and the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, together with the masters degree. Saša Mirković is founder, artistic director and soloist of the Metamorphosis Ensemble. He is associate professor at the Kragujevac University of Arts. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUeyZUfwjjlQaB43-mukXg/videos https://www.facebook.com/Ensemble-Metamorphosis-201432223224882/timeline/
- Vivaldi: Concert for bassoon and orchestra, G minor (arr)
- Erić: Kartun for strings
- P. I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir from Firenze (arr)
Did you know that the world famous, great violinist maestro Jovan Kolundžija was the second prize winner of the 1st International Jeunesses Musicales Competition Belgrade? In addition to this, he was a winner of the special award for the best performance of the compulsory piece Slavic Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op.5 by Josip Slavenski.
Numerous prizes and awards, performances of the highest class, as well as the recordings and broadcastings, testify the high artistic achievements of maestro Kolundžija, both domestic and international. He is also the founder of the Center of the Fine Arts ''Guarnerius'', the cultural institution of the national importance and one of the most attractive chamber halls in Belgrade.
Let us look at some of the quotes by the great names about Jovan Kolundžija:
''...Jovan has the inborn qualities that can not be learned. I think of the sound quality, the warmth, the humane approach to music, sense of style...he is a great combination of heart and spirit...Jovan Kolundžija is a unique jewel among young violinists world. He reaches the highest domain in the artistic performance...before him is an extraordinary international career...'' (Henrik Szeryng)
''...We admired the certainty and the passion of your performance, your mastery of projection and unique conception...'' (Yehudi Menuhin)
''...His future career promises to become a spectacular...'' (Alexis Weissenberg)