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  • Ivan Tasovac


    Ivan Tasovac was born in Belgrade, in 1966.


    At twelve, he made his debut appearances as a pianist with the Belgrade and Zagreb philharmonic orchestras. Tasovac earned a BA and Master degree in piano performance at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In his professional career, he performed both as a soloist and with numerous orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, USA, Russia, Belgium, former Yugoslavia other countries.


    Tasovac was the Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra from March 2001 until August 2013. During this period, the orchestra grew into one of the leading European orchestras (The Independent), Serbia’s cult orchestra (The Financial Times), the most successful cultural institution in Serbia (Jutarnji list, Zagreb) and Serbia’s most powerful PR weapon (Kvällsposten, Malmö). In addition to notable international guest appearances throughout Europe, at his initiative, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra undertook its first-ever tour of the United States in its history, in the autumn of 2014. During his term, the orchestra considerably enhanced institutional and regional cooperation.


    On 19 September 2013, the Government of the Republic of Serbia relieved Ivan Tasovac of his duty as Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, following his appointment as Minister of Culture and Information on 2 September. In April 2014, Tasovac was reappointed as Minister of Culture and Information in the new Government.


    In 2004, Mr Tasovac launched the Zubin Mehta Belgrade Philharmonic Foundation, which is considered as the pioneer and the main promoter of the model for financing culture based on public-private cooperation in Serbia. The American Friends of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra foundation, established in New York in 2012, also contributes to many objectives and projects of the Belgrade Philharmonic Foundation.


    Most recently, in recognition of his contribution to culture in Serbia through leading the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr Tasovac was invited to the debate Culture and Development, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in June 2013 as one of the key speakers.