Filip Savić, principal

Orchestra member since March 1999

I take special pride in the fact that, over a period of fifteen years, I have gone a long way with the Belgrade Philharmonic, from the youth orchestra to the position of principal double bassist. Practically, from being a ball boy to ATP No. 1. An American success story, if you will. Moreover, I don’t even know if I am prouder of the two years I spent with the Hamburg NDR Symphony, or of my inexperienced and fanatic, yet farsighted decision to come back here.

I am an admirer of rockabilly music, beautiful women, national cuisine, and irreversibly and everlastingly enchanted by the double bass.




Filip Savić was born in Belgrade in 1978. He has been a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998, and its principal double bassist since 2011.


He completed undergraduate studies and obtained his Master degree at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, where he studied with Professor Slobodan Gerić. He pursued further training at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, with Professor Michael Rieber. Filip is currently in the doctoral studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, mentored by Prof. Slobodan Gerić.


Between 2007 and 2009, Filip was a member of the North German Radio (NDR) Symphony Orchestra. He has been a visiting member of the Mahler Symphony Orchestra Kassel and the orchestra of the National Theatre in Belgrade.


Throughout his career in the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the NDR Symphony Orchestra, he performed at Musikhalle in Hamburg, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna and on tours in France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, Sweden, China, Japan and the USA.


Filip has cooperated with conductors such as Z. Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Gabriel Feltz, Howard Griffiths, Sir Neville Marriner and Michail Jurowski. His orchestral engagements have included the performances of most of the capital double bass solo sections.


During his studies and career he won numerous awards in domestic and international competitions. Filip Savić plays a 1986 František Zakopčanik double bass with a Milan Oubrecht bow.