Nemanja Stanković

Nemanja Stanković is considered one of the most prominent young artists on the Serbian music scene. (Radio Belgrade 2)


Nemanja Stanković was born in Kragujevac where he completed high school education in the class of Prof. Boža Saramandić as the class valedictorian. He graduated at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Prof. Sandra Belić, also as a valedictorian. He later studied at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, in the class of Prof. Natalia Gutman, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He attended postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, under the Prof. Enrico Bronzi, as well as at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, where he worked with Prof. Natalia Gutman and Elizabeth Wilson. In March 2015, he obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.


He attended master classes of renowned artists, such as Ralph Kirschbaum, Mischa Maisky, Alfred Brendel, Jens Peter Maintz and David Strange.


As a soloist, Nemanja Stanković performed with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian radio and television, Camerata Serbica Orchestra, Italian Youth Orchestra (Orchestra Giovanile Italiana – OGI), Chech Virtuosi Orchestra, St. George Strings Chamber Ensemble, Niš Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Strings Chamber Orchestra Dusan Skovran, Bitola Chamber Orchestra, Zrenjanin Philharmonic, Belgrade Faculty of Music Symphony Orchestra, Christianstad Symfoniker… He performed with distinguished conductors, such as Rafael Payare, Fabrice Bollon, Bojan Suđić, Noam Zur, Denis Shapovalov, Biljana Radovanović, Le Phi Phi and Nicola Paszkowski.


Stanković played concerts all over Europe (in Austria, Italy, France, England, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, Malta, Bulgaria), North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), as well as in Asia (Japan) and Africa (Senegal and Tunisia). He had notable performances at international festivals: BEMUS, NIMUS, Days of Mokranjac, Cellissimo, ParkSommer, Alpen Classica, Kotor Art, International Cello Fest, ZUM international chamber music festival, etc.


Nemanja Stanković received many awards as the finalist of many competitions and contests, such as the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria), the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade (Serbia), Johannes Brahms (Austria), Fidelio Spezial (Austria), Antonio Janigro (Croatia), Petar Konjović (Serbia). In 2018, he was named the Young Artist of the Year by the magazine Muzika Klasika (Musica Classica). In 2019, piano trio Immersio, with Stanković as one of the members, was named the Ensemble of the Year by the artistic association Le Dimore del Quartetto and awarded with the prize of the Brivio Sforza Foundation.


Stanković also recorded for the national public broadcasters RTS, ORF and RAI. In December 2020, he released his CD named Traces, with performances of eight new works written for cello by Serbian authors. The record was included in the list of top five cello performances in 2020 by the New York Violoncello Foundation. Stanković was also awarded with the City of Belgrade Award – Despot Stefan Lazarević for the extraordinary interpretation on the album Tragovi, for his exceptional musicality, suggestiveness, the beauty of the sound and technical excellence.


Nemanja Stanković was the principal cellist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra for eight seasons (2011-2019). During his engagement in this orchestra, he performed under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Gabriel Feltz, Daniel Raiskin, Mikhail Jurowski, Uroš Lajovic, Cristian Mandeal, Howard Griffiths, Muhai Tang, and many others.


From 2017 to 2018, he was teaching cello at the Faculty of Arts in Niš. In September 2022, Nemanja Stanković has been named the guest principal cellist of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano (Symphony Orchestra of Milan). He is currently the Assistant Professor at the Chamber Music Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.


Nemanja Stanković currently plays the Carlos Roberts instrument build in 2012 in Cremona.