Summit of Masters!

Wednesday, 25 November
Kolarac Foundation at 8 pm

Summit of Masters!

Bogdan Božović, violin
Ksenija Janković, violincello
Aleksandar Madžar, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Trio in E flat Major Op. 70 No. 2
Poco sostenuto — Allegro ma non troppo
Allegretto
Allegretto ma non troppo
Finale. Allegro

Petar Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Trio in А minor  Op. 50
Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai – Allegro giusto)
Tema con variazioni:  Andante con moto - Variazione Finale e coda

Bogdan Božović enjoys a versatile international career as chamber musician, soloist and chamber orchestra leader. As violinist of the world-renowned Vienna Piano Trio from 2012 to 2015, he has toured Europe, the Americas and Asia, appearing in some of the most prestigious chamber music venues, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris and The Frick Collection in New York. He has made two critically acclaimed recordings with the ensemble on the label MD&G, featuring works by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns.
His chamber music festival performances include IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, England (member of the tour-ensemble in 2011), Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, as well as the Prades, Båstad, Gstaad, Whittington, Nuremberg, Caramoor and Ottawa festivals and series. Among his chamber music partners are Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lukas Hagen and Veronika Hagen.
Bogdan’s recent solo-appearances include the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra Basel. He has been guest leader of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble DIAGONAL Basel (in their Lucerne festival-performance), Ensemble Phoenix in Basel and others.
Bogdan has given master classes at the Royal College of Music in London, Leeds College of Music and has been a tutor at the chamber music seminar MusicWorks in West Sussex/England.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, he studied with Vesna Stanković at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Klara Flieder at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and obtained his masters degree with distinction in the class of Rainer Schmidt at the Basel Academy of Music. Other important musical influences were from lessons with Ferenc Rados, Pamela Frank, Chiara Banchini (baroque violin) and collaborations with contemporary composers such as Heinz Holliger and Georg Friedrich Haas.
Bogdan plays on the “ex-Arma Senkrah” Stradivarius violin from 1685, on generous loan from the Ruggieri Foundation.

Ksenija Janković was born into a family of Serbian and Russian musicians. The cello soon became her instrument of choice and she made her debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine. A government scholarship allowed her to study at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory with Stefan Kalianov and Mstislav Rostropovich. She then went on to study with Pierre Fournier and Guy Fallot in Geneva and with André Navarra in Detmold. Later on, intensive work with Sandor Végh and György Sebők led to a deepening of both her musical ideas and her artistic ideal.
Ksenija Janković rose to international fame by the first prize at the prestigious Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence. Her concerts as a soloist with the London and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestras, the Madrid, Berlin and Copenhagen Radio Orchestras, her recitals in Paris, London, Berlin and Moscow, where she is regularly invited by numerous festivals including Lockenhaus and Ernen, have been enthusiastically acclaimed by the public and the critics alike. She plays chamber music with András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Isabelle Faust and Bruno Giuranna, among others.
Since 2004, she has been teaching cello at the Detmold Musikhochschule and is asked to give master-classes worldwide.
Ksenija Janković plays an exceptional 1733 cello by Gregorio Antoniazzi (workshop of Domenico Montagnana).

Aleksandar Madžar was born in Belgrade in 1968. He started playing the piano under the guidance of Gordana Malinović and later studied with Arbo Valdma, Elisso Virsaladze and Daniel Blumenthal in Novi Sad, Belgrade, Moscow and Brussels. He won prizes in Geneva, Leeds, the Busoni and Umberto Micheli
competitions and gave his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ivan Fischer in 1990. He has since then been performing regularly  all over Europe, enjoying a rich and varied career in recital, concertos and chamber music, occasionally also touring North and South America, South Africa and the Far East. He was working with with Paavo Berglund, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, John Nelson, Libor Pesek, André Previn, Andris Nelsons and the late Marcello Viotti, among others.
His discography includes the two Chopin piano concertos, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Оrchestra and Dmitri Kitaenko for BMG/Classic FM (1997), for the French label Arion (1999) a disc of Chabrier's music for two pianos and, working regularly with cellist Louise Hopkins, a disc of Elliot Carter, Rachmaninoff and Schnittke for the Swedish label Intim Musik.
Aleksandar Madžar teaches at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire in Brussels.

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