On the repertoire of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra’s Friday concert is the world premiere of Nimrod Borenstein’s work Légende, concerto for oboe and orchestra, written for oboist Sanja Romic, who will perform as a soloist alongside conductor Hossein Pishkar (March 8, Kolarac Concert Hall at 8 p.m.).

This piece was created with the support of Buffet Crampon company in celebration of the orchestra’s centennial anniversary. Together with the works by Ravel and Schönberg, it finds its place in the program of the concert that the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra has been dedicating to the memory of Zoran Djindjic for the past twenty years.

The world premiere of Nimrod Borenstein’s composition is a special occasion that places the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra alongside the most prestigious halls and festivals worldwide that both commission and perform works by this contemporary British composer – Carnegie Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Royal Opera House in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam among them, with the performers like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pascal Rogé, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, and many others.

Solo artist on Friday concert, Sanja Romic, is much more than just an oboist. She is a versatile musician, educator, and originator of various creative projects. Her beautiful tone, stage charisma, and sensual musicality characterize her performances, and she is the Belgrade Philharmonic’s very own artist as the principal oboist in the orchestra for nearly 13 years.

I have been collaborating with Sanja Romic for a long time and I truly admire her musicality. She is a fantastic oboist who understands and explores the resonance of her instrument in an innovative way because it is precisely in the tonal colors that the musician’s technique is reflected. Sanja is a very dedicated artist who proves that great talent and serious, hard work must go hand in hand. I am very much looking forward to our premiere dedicated to the centenary of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, more so because I am so much in love with Belgrade and regularly visit it, said composer Nimrod Borenstein.

In addition to being a special opportunity for oboists to enjoy contemporary creation for this instrument, the world premiere of the composition Légende will make the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra the focal point for all interested oboists from Serbia and the region as it will host an exhibition of oboes of Buffet Crampon from Paris. Thus, the Belgrade Philharmonic Hall will be a place to be on Thursday, March 7, where they can try out instruments offered by this prestigious company, since they are not generally available throughout the Balkan region.

On Friday evening at Kolarac Hall, the Belgrade audience will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the interpretations of conductor maestro Hossein Pishkar, who was a guest of the Philharmonic’s 2022 season.

The concert of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in the second week of March is traditionally dedicated to the memory of Zoran Djindjic, with the program featuring Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess and Pelleas und Melisande by Schönberg.