Nemanja Stanković, principal

Orchestra member since March 2011

Professionally, I take special pride in… I think I won’t single anything out. All of my achievements are stages in a journey I am taking in an attempt to improve myself, to never stop learning, discovering and creating… music… life…

Privately, I am unRECOGNIZable. 🙂

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Nemanja Stanković was born in Kragujevac (Serbia), where he completed the Secondary School of Music in the class of Boža Saramandić, as the valedictorian. In 2009, he graduated as the best student of the year from the Belgrade Faculty of Music, where he studied with Sandra Belić. He was trained by Natalia Gutman at the Vienna Conservatory, where he earned his Master of Arts degree with the highest honours in 2013. Nemanja pursued his post-graduate studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria) with Enrico Bronzi, as well as at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole (Florence, Italy) in the class of Natalia Gutman and Elizabeth Wilson. In March 2015, he defended his doctoral thesis at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, becoming the youngest Serbian Doctor of Arts.

Since March 2011, Nemanja Stanković has been the principal cellist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and since September 2016 he has also performed as the solo cellist of the St. George Strings chamber ensemble.

Stanković has had solo performances with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Serbica, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Czech Virtuosi, Dušan Skovran String Ensemble, Bitola Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Faculty of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, Christianstad Symphoniker, Norbal… As a soloist, he has collaborated with conductors such as Rafael Payare, Fabrice Bollon, Bojan Sudjić, Noam Zur, Denis Shapovalov, Le Phi Phi, Nikola Paškovski, Biljana Radovanović…

As a member of chamber ensembles, he has collaborated with artists such as Yury Revich, Sandra Belić, Jan Vogler, Nemanja Radulović, Eszter Haffner, Tijana Milošević, Ognjen Popović, the Czech string quartet Epoque, the Pokret trio… He has also appeared as a member of the Boston String Quartet, the ArtLink Piano Trio, the Belgrade Philharmonic String Sextet…

Stanković has performed as a member of many renowned orchestras: IMOGEN (the International Mahler Orchestra‘s chamber ensemble), the Double Sens, Camerata Serbica, ЕUYО (European Union Youth Orchestra), the Music Youth of Skopje Orchestra, The Kragujevac Orchestra, YMISO (Young Musicians’ International Symphony Orchestra), the Sinfonietta chamber ensemble, the RTS Symphony Orchestra and others.

Nemanja Stanković has received awards and prizes as a finalist of many competitions, including the International cello competition in Liezen (Austria – 1st prize, 2012), Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade (Serbia – 1st audience prize, 2010), Johannes Brahms in Pörtschach (Austria – finale, 2011), Fidelio Spezial Wettbewerb (Vienna – 2012), Antonio Janigro (Croatia – 3rd prize, 2004), Petar Konjović in Belgrade (2007, 1st and special prize), International students’ competition in Sarajevo (2008, 1st and special prize), Serbian national competition in Belgrade (2005, 2004, 2002, 2000 – 1st and special prizes) and others. In 2007, he was hailed the Most Promising Young Artist in Serbia by the ArtLink Belgrade artists’ association. This recognition led him to record his first CD featuring works of Paganini, Dvorak, Davidoff, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

He boasts remarkable appearances at international festivals: BEMUS (Belgrade), Note di Primavera (Italy), Young Stars of Today (Sweden), Belgrade Cello Fest, Classic Fest, BUNT, Music Days (Herceg Novi)… He had a memorable appearance at the Baroque Workshop in Gmunden (Austria, 2006), where he was recognised as the best interpreter of baroque music. Nemanja performed as a soloist at the Concerts for Life and Peace held in Italy and Israel (December 2010) under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Youth. He has also given performances at the Hôtel national des Invalides in Paris (at the Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides and the Grand Salon), at the Vienna Musikverein (Gläserner Saal), as well as at the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

He has attended masterclasses given by renowned musicians, including Ralph Kirshbaum, Mischa Maisky, Jens Peter Maintz, David Strange, Daniel Weiss, Monika Leskovar, Jan Vogler, Michel Strauss, Alexander Baillie, Ivan Kucher, Alexander Gebert and others.

He is currently playing an instrument made by Carlos Roberts from Cremona (2012), courtesy of the Trampolino Project of the musical association Amici della Scuola di musica di Fiesole.

Nemanja has made audio recordings for RTS, ORF and RAI.

Since February 2017, Nemanja Stanković has been employed as the Docent at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, where he teachers cello performance.

“Intense, subtle, inspired…” (Novosadski Dnevnik daily newspaper)

“It is fair to say that Stanković has proven that it is indeed possible to come very close to an ideal interpretation…” (Kulturni krugovi programme, Belgrade Radio 2)

“Nemanja Radulović and Nemanja Stanković enthralled the audience with the virtuosity that will be remembered for a long time.” (Blic daily newspaper)