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Aleksandar Kojić

Born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Aleksandar Kojić completed undergraduate and specialist conducting studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and pursued further training in several different masterclasses: in Belgrade with Prof. Uroš Lajovic, in Vienna with Prof. Mark Stinger (Universität fűr Musik und darstellende Kunst, Wien), in Mainz – choral conducting masterclasses (with Prof. Erwin Ortner and Frieder Bernius, Meinz), in Utrecht – choral conducting masterclasses (Prof. Timothy Brown, Utrecht), as well as in workshops for period music (Helmuth Rilling – Mainz and Ton Koopman – Utrecht). Upon returning to Serbia, he performed with Camerata academica from Novi Sad and was engaged as the conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Isidor Bajić Secondary Music School. Soon after, in 2010, he was invited to take the conductor’s position at the Opera of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

 

In addition to the standard operatic repertoire, he has also achieved success in the modern opera. His performance of the opera Mileva, by contemporary composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, won the Annual Prize of the Serbian National Theatre for the best opera performance in 2012. French TV network ARTE recorded this performance and broadcast it for six months, which included Mileva in the top 15 international productions recorded by this television network in 2012.

 

In several recent years, Kojić has given guest performances at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka (Croatia), the Szeged National Theatre (Hungary) and Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia). He has conducted orchestra in Serbia and abroad: Czech Virtuosi in Brno, Camerata academica in Novi Sad, RTS Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (children’s concerts).

 

Opera repertoire: Verdi (La traviata, Il trovatore, Aida, Simon Boccanegra, Nabucco, Rigoletto), Puccini (Tosca, La boheme), Tchaikovsky (The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin), Mozart (Don Giovanni), Donizetti (L’elisir d’amore, Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali), Rossini (The Barber of Seville), Kalman (The Csárdás Princess), Britten (The Turn of the Screw), Gotovac (Ero the Joker), Bizet (Carmen), Vrebalov (Mileva), Orff (Carmina Burana), Bajić (Prince Ivo of Semberia), G. C. Menotti (The Telephone, or L’Amour à trois), S. Barber (A Hand of Bridge), P. Hindemith (There and Back).

 

For the production of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades Kojić was awarded the Annual Prize of the Serbian National Theatre in 2012.

 

With the Opera ensemble of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, he gave an acclaimed performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, as well as a concert on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth.

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