Jeunesses Musicales International on 46th IJMC Belgrade
Our friends of Jeunesses Musicales International, sharing and supporting the Jeunesses Musicales Belgrade activities, this time it is the 46th IJMC Belgrade, which starts on Monday, March 21st. Thank you friends! Read at:
We introduce you the Ensemble Metamorphosis and Sasa Mirkovic, violist and artistic director
The Ensemble Metamorphosis and Saša Mirković will perform at the
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

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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.
One of the most respectable names of the IJMC Belgrade - Jovan Kolundzija!

 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)