Nenad Janković, principal

Orchestra member since 1993


I take special pride in pursuing a career in music, in playing the bassoon, in the opportunities I have had to cooperate with leading conductors and soloists, in being a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and, above all, in the fact that I still love my job.


I am a music addict. I have been hooked on the Belgrade Philharmonic for twenty years. I share my life with my wife Vesna and daughters Katarina and Nevena, whom I simply adore. Furthermore, I am a handyman and find repairs and maintenance around the house particularly relaxing – anything from carpentry and electrics to plumbing and painting.




Nenad Janković completed bachelor, master and doctoral studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, in the class of Mirko Isaeski. He was further trained in masterclasses with Knut Sönstevold and Mauricio Paez. He is the founder of the Belgrade Philharmonic Wind Trio and Wind Quintet, as well as one of the founders of the Balkan Chamber Academy ensemble. In 1995, he performed as the principal bassoonist of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. Nenad is the principal bassoonist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.


His solo engagements include the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Serbian Army Orchestra, Dušan Skovran Belgrade String Orchestra, St. George Strings, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Southeast Europe and the YES Chamber Orchestra (Youth European Strings). Janković is the recipient of several awards at federal competitions, the First Prize at the International Composition Competition in Stresa, Italy, and the October Prize of the City of Belgrade in 1995. He has given a number of recitals in all major cities across Serbia, as well as in Ljubljana. As a chamber musician, he has performed with various chamber ensembles at the most distinguished festivals in the country and the region (Bemus, Nomus, Nimus, Ljubljana Festival, Maribor Festival, Interfest Bitola, A tempo Podgorica, as well as at the 2009 celebration of the World Music Day in Paris). He has given a masterclass at the Ljubljana Academy of Music and has worked for six years as a regular teacher in the summer musical workshops for wind instruments, held in Tivat. Nenad Janković plays hand-made Milan and Emperor model bassoons, crafted with love by Živan Šarčević.