Ivana Uzelac, principal
Orchestra member since September 2012
I take special pride in my enthusiasm and love for music. After several years of working in various symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, I am proud to have become the assistant principal viola of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
I am a passionate reader who is incapable of living in silence – music is always around me, whether I play it or just enjoy listening to it. I like watching football, much to the joy of my husband. When there is enough time, a good musical or a nice thriller is always an option. I am a proud mother of two youngsters, who have entered the world of music at a very early age.
Ivana Uzelac was born in Belgrade in 1977. She started learning the viola at the School for Music Talents in Cuprija with Prof. Panta Veličković. She continued her musical training at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts, from which she graduated in 2000, in the class of Prof. Laszlo Horvath and Prof. Dušica Polovina. While a student, she was a member of the Camerata Academica orchestra, under the leadership of cellist Istvan Varga. Ivana was also a member of the Simfonietta Orchestra and the Serbian Chamber Orchestra.
Between 1997 and 2005, she performed as a solo viola player in the Royal Strings of Saint George Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Sreten Krstic, with whom she went on many tours of Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Norway and in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. In the period 2000–2012, Ivana worked as Assistant Principal Viola of the RTS Symphony Orchestra. She has also had engagements with the Madlenianum Opera, Terazije Theatre and the Wonder Strings quartet. Ivana has been a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra since September 2012, as Assistant Principal Viola.