Vuk Ovaskainen

Vuk Ovaskainen was born in Belgrade in 2001. He started playing the cello at the age of seven in the class of Professor Božo Saramandić, and then worked with Professors Nebojša Janković, Milutin Mladenović, Judit Josifoski, and Danijel Milutinović.

He was a laureate at the competitions "Petar Konjović", "Dušan Protić", "Mozart" in Quinto Vicentino in Italy, as well as at the Republic competitions in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. At the talent show in Sremski Karlovci in 2011, he was chosen as the most talented young cellist in Serbia. He has won other awards at the international competitions "Talents of Europe" in Slovakia, "Heran" in the Czech Republic, and "Licen" in Austria.

He held about 30 solo concerts in the Gallery of SANU, Artget Gallery, Great and Small Hall of the Kolarac Endowment, Knight's Hall (in Ljubljana), Ceremonial Hall of the City Assembly of Belgrade, Konak of Princess Ljubica, SKC, and other halls, and performed at festivals Celo Fest, Artlink, BUNT and Chopin Fest in Belgrade, as well as at the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia.

He performed Haydn's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in C major and D major in the City Assembly and in the Great Hall of the Kolarac Endowment with "Artlink Virtuosos" and "Zemun Chamber Orchestra".

He performed the second concert of Dmitri Shostakovich with the conductor Bojan Sudjic, as a winner, ie the laureate, at the competition for soloists who play with the orchestra. The concert was held in the Great Hall of the Kolarac Endowment on November 23, 2019.

Vuk is a fourth-year student at the Mathematical Gymnasium in Belgrade, and a second-year student at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Sandra Belić.

He participated in the "Cello Gathering" course in England, where he collaborated with numerous artists, including Alexander Bailey and Louise Hopkins. He participated in master classes of Art Noras, Hana Kiski, Natalija Gutman, Wen-Sinn Yang, Jan Fogler, Istvan Vardaj, Narek Haknazarian and performed, in chamber collaboration, with numerous musicians, such as Istvan Vardaj, Stefan Milenien, Viktor Zilil Dejan Mladjenovic, Uki Ovaskainen, Ognjen Popovic, Tatjana Simonovic ...

In 2015, he received the "Stanojlo Rajičić" award for the best recital held at the SANU gallery, and in 2017 he won the "Artlink" award for the most promising young musician in Serbia.

Academics Dejan Despić and Ivan Jevtić composed and dedicated their works for solo cello to Vuk.


Registered program for the 50th IJMC Belgrade:


A) J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, Prelude & Gavotta 1 & Gavotta 2
B) C. A. Piatti: Caprice for Solo Cello, op. 25, No. 4
C) Z. Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8


A) J. Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1, op. 38, E minor
B) R. Schumann: 5 Stucke im Volkston op 102: Mit Humor 'Vanitas vanitatum', Stark und markiert
C) A. Vujić: ''Serbian Round Dance'' for Cello and Piano
D) N. Borenstein: Odysseus op. 87 for violoncello and piano


A) D. Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2, op. 126