Filip Savić, principal
Orchestra member since March 1999
I take special pride in the fact that over a period of fifteen years I have come a long way with the Belgrade Philharmonic, from a youth orchestra to the position of principal double bassist; practically, from being a ball boy to the ATP No. 1. An American success story. And I do not know if I am more proud of my two years with the Hamburg NDR Symphony or of being farsighted enough to decide to come back here despite my inexperience and youthful enthusiasm.
I am a fan of rockabilly music, beautiful women, ethnic cuisine, and I am 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 since 1999 and principal double bassist since 2011.
He completed undergraduate studies and obtained his master’s degree at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, where he studied with Professor Slobodan Gerić, and from 2018 Filip also holds a PhD degree. He pursued further training at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, with Professor Michael Rieber.
Between 2007 and 2009, Filip was a member of the North German Radio (NDR) Symphony Orchestra. He is a visiting member of the Mahler Symphony Orchestra from Kassel and the National Theatre Orchestra in Belgrade.
Throughout his career in the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the NDR Symphony Orchestra, he has performed at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and on tour in France, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, Sweden, China, Japan, and the USA.
He has had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Gabriel Feltz, Howard Griffiths, Sir Neville Marriner, and Michail Jurowski. In the orchestra he has played most of the major solo sections for double bass.
During his studies and his career, he has won numerous awards at domestic and international competitions. Filip Savić plays a 1986 Frantisek Zakopcanik double bass with a Milan Oubrecht bow.