Nenad Janković, principal

Nenad Janković graduated, received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Professor Mirko Isaeski. He is the founder of the Wind Trio and the Belgrade Philharmonic’s Wind Quartet and is one of the founders of the Balkan Chamber Academy ensemble. He is the Belgrade Philharmonic’s solo bassoonist. He regularly performs as a member of the Madlenianum Chamber Opera Orchestra, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, the Makris Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New Belgrade Opera. He has been solo bassoonist in the Maribor Festival Orchestra since 2010, and in 2011 he performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their European tour.


As soloist he has performed with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Serbian Army Symphony Orchestra, the BGO Dušan Skovran, The Strings of St. George, the Youth European Strings chamber orchestra, the Harbin Symphony Orchestra (China) and Sor Trondelag Orchestra of Trondheim (Norway). He has performed as a member of various chamber ensembles at the most important festivals in the country and region: Bemus, Nomus, Nimus, Ljubljana Festival, Maribor Festival, Infest Bitola, A Tempo Podgorica, Classic Fest Pančevo, etc.


He has won several first prizes at national and federal competitions, first prizes at the International Competition in Stresa (Italy), the October Award of the City of Belgrade for Youth Creativity in 1995, as well as FMU awards from the Bruno Brun Foundation for the most successful doctoral studies in the 2013/2014 academic year.


He attended master classes with Professor Knut Sönstevold (Sweden), Milan Turković (Austria), and Mauricio Paez (Israel). He has held several master courses in Serbia, at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and is a regular lecturer at the Wind Instrument Workshop in Tivat (Montenegro). In 2018 he was a speaker at the Nordic Bassoon Symposium in Trondheim (Norway).


He is assistant professor for bassoon at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and bassoon teacher at the Davorin Jenko Music School in Belgrade. Nenad Janković plays on handmade instruments, the Imperator model and the Milan model, made lovingly by Mr. Živan Šarčević.


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.