Snježana Pavićević, piccolo
Snježana Pavićević was born in Belgrade, where she graduated and got a master’s degree in flute from the Belgrade Academy of Music in the class of Professor Miodrag Azanjac. In addition to the flute, she also completed a Master study program for the piccolo at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan with Professor Nicola Mazzanti.
Her professional work began playing the piccolo in the Belgrade National Theater Orchestra in 1994. As of October 2002 she has been a permanent member of the Belgrade Philharmonic as solo piccolo. In addition to her ongoing involvement in the Belgrade Phil, she has also collaborated with other orchestras. She has worked with numerous world-famous conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Michail Jurowski, Thomas Sanderling, Muhai Tang, Krzystof Penderecki, Howard Griffiths ….
As a student, she has won numerous awards at national and international competitions in the categories of flute and chamber music.
In addition to her orchestra engagements, she performs as a soloist and in many chamber ensembles with the flute, and more recently with the piccolo in order to promote this instrument in this region. To that end, she has launched a project called the “Piccolo Weekend in the Philharmonic,” which brings together all flute students, as well as young professionals, who want to become more familiar with the piccolo, improve their skills, and keep abreast of world trends with regard to the piccolo.
In addition to concert and educational activities, she has made recordings for Radio Belgrade (Prokofiev: Flute Sonata, Ilievski: Sonatina for Flute and Piano, Francaix: Flute Solo), as well as a CD of music by Australian composer Alan Holley (Hammerings Records, Sidney). She is also preparing a CD with works by Serbian composers for the piccolo.
Orchestra member since 2002.
I take special pride in the fact that, despite everything, I still love what I do and would not change it, even though many perceive it as a hobby one pursues out of love and keep asking me if I have a real job to support myself.
I am a person who rejoices life; I truly believe in the saying that happiness is made of little things. I am cheered up by every sunny day, a sincere smile of a dear one, a good book or a glass of fine wine in good company. I can’t stand shopping, but I’ll take a cup of coffee and chat with a friend any time. I know my way around the kitchen too, I make a killer pumpkin pie or cherry pie – as can be verified by some colleagues who have tasted them. I don’t like crowds, neither on the public transport nor in shopping malls – only at our concerts. I prefer an intimate company of selected persons, and I highly value the rare moments of solitude. I adore my work – I think our annual leave is too long (and I don’t care if my colleagues resent my saying so.