Wednesday, 21 October
Kolarac Hall at 8 pm
RTS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conductor BOJAN SUĐIĆ
Soloists: MAJA RAJKOVIĆ, piano, MLADEN ĐORĐEVIĆ, trumpet, ROMAIN DESCHARMES, piano, GIAMPIERO SOBRINO, clarinet, ERIC AUBIER, trumpet
An evening of concertos
Ticket prices: 500, 700, 900 RSD
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet and string orchestra, Op. 35 (1933)
Allegro con brio
Maja Rajković, piano; Mladen Đorđević, trumpet
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Concerto No. 1 for piano and woodwinds (1923-24)
Largo – Allegro – Più mosso – Maestoso
Largo – Più mosso – Tempo Primo
Allegro – Agitato – Lento – Stringendo
Romain Descharmes, piano
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
First Rhapsody for clarinet (1909-10)
Giampiero Sobrino, clarinet
Ivan Jevtić (1947)
Concerto No. 1 for trumpet and orchestra (1996)
Аllegro Giusto (Attacca)
Eric Aubier, trumpet
Аaron Copland (1900-1990)
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (1947-49)
Slowly and expressively
Giampiero Sobrino, clarinet
Within the frames of the “French Musical Autumn” – Institut français de Serbie & Société Générale Srbija
In cooperation with Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Belgrado
Maja Rajković was born in Belgrade. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of Konstantin Bogino. She attended advanced studies at Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Portogruaro (ltaly), in the same class. She received her Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of Dušan Trbojević. Since 1991 she has been employed at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Last year she got her PhD degree from the same faculty.
She won several first prizes at national competitions. In 1994 she won Audience First prize and official Third prize at the 24th Jeunesses Musicales International Competition. In 2013 she won Silver medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade for the special achievement on concert podium. The Musica classica magazine named her Instrumentalist of the Year for 2013.
She recorded for Radio and Television, played with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Symphonic Orchestra, St. George Strings, Belgrade Strings, RTV Montenegro Symphonic Orchestra etc.
She performed as a soloist as well as a chamber musician in Serbia and abroad.
One of the Serbian leading solo trumpet players and professors, Mladen Đorđević was born in 1969 in Belgrade. In 1991 he won the 3rd Prize at the Yugoslav Young Artists’ Competition in Zagreb, the biggest musical competition in former Yugoslavia. He received his BA degree in 1990, MA degree in 1993, both from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
He was a long-standing solo trumpet player of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and he collaborated with other important orchestras in Serbia as well as in the Balkans. Since 1995 he has taught at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he is employed as a trumpet professor. He also teaches at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.
Mladen Đorđević’s repertoire includes numerous works for trumpet, in wide range of Baroque to XX century music. He pays special attention to promotion of Serbian contemporary composers, some of them dedicating their works to him. He made several CD recordings, in cooperation with prominent musicians and ensembles such as Eric Aubier (trumpet), Tatjana Rankovich (piano), Maja Smiljanić Radić (organ), Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, RTS Choir and ensemble Jazzical.
He received Golden Diploma of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Silver medal of the University of Arts in Belgrade.
Since his noteworthy debut with the Orchestre de Paris in May 2012, Romain Descharmes has established himself as one of the leading French pianists of his generation. This September, he was reunited with the Orchestre de Paris and conductor Paavo Järvi on the occasion of the celebration of Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday, as a soloist in Pärt’s Credo for piano, choir and symphony orchestra.
Born in 1980, he studied piano at the CNSMD in Paris with Jacques Rouvier, where he graduated with four first prizes. He continued his studied with Rouvier and Bruno Rigutto. He attended master classes of Dmitri Bashkirov, Idil Biret, John O’Connor and Oxana Yablonskaya.
In 2006, he was awarded First Prize in the Dublin International Piano Competition, leading him to perform recitals on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. He has also appeared in concerts in the USA, Canada, the UK, Italy, France, Japan, and China.
Romain Descharmes frequently gives recitals in France in mains festivals such as Piano aux Jacobins, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, La Roque d’Anthéron, Nancyphonies, Aix-en-Provence,… and abroad. In the last few season he has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris (under I. Metzmacher), Orchestre National de Lyon (L. Slatkin), Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (T. Sokhiev), Orchestre National d’Ile de France (T. Otaka) etc. In June 2014 he made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie performing Ravel’s Left hand concerto with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under Dennis Russell Davies during Young Euro Classic.
Romain Descharmes is also a much sought-after chamber musician. He is renowned for his sensitive playing and has a wide repertoire, which ranges from sonatas to larger ensemble pieces, as well as lieder, which he is particularly fond of. He has collaborated with Quatuor Ebène, Quatuor Diotima, Sarah Nemtanu, Henri Demarquette and the Berliner Quintett, to name a few.
His recording of Ravel works in 2009 was highly praised by the critics (Classica, Gramophone, International Record Review…). His latest CD Vers l’extase released for Artalinna in March 2015 is dedicated to Fauré and Scriabin. This summer he recorded all Saint-Saëns piano works with the Malmö Symfoni and Marc Soustrot, which will be released for Naxos.
An eclectic musician, Romain Descharmes also plays with the ensemble Quai N°5. They recorded two discs for Decca-Universal and are playing on most prestigious stages in Paris (Bataclan, Cigale, Européen, Café de la Danse). He is also willing to dedicate part of his time to teaching: he is a professor at the CRR in Paris.
Giampiero Sobrino is a famous clarinettist and Artistic Director of Arena di Verona. He has given concerts with great success all over the world.
He was a longstanding principal clarinet player of the renowned orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra RAI Turin and Turin Philharmonic, Arena di Verona Foundation Orchestra аnd Lisbon Philharmonic Orchestra, and he was invited by Sergiu Celibidache for an international tour with the Schlezwig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.
Giampiero Sobrino has collaborated with the greatest conductors and musicians, including Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Mstislav Rostropovich, Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallich, Zubin Mehta, Giuseppe Sinopoli, as well as with leading European composers Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Franco Donatoni and Sylvano Bussotti. Sobrino’s repertoire includes works by Mozart, Salieri, Donizetti, Mercadante, Ponchielli, Weber, Rossini, Bruch, Debussy and others. He gave first performances of concertos by Fabio Vacchi, Alberto Colla, Carlo Galante and Luis Bacalov.
As a soloist he took part in many renowned festivals among which the Venice Biennale, Prague Mozart Festival, Turin Musical September, Paris Autumn Festival, New York International Festival of the Arts, in Alicante and in Ex-an-Provence. He has taught at conservatories and music schools and given master classes in Italy, France, Spain and Canada. He has taken part in many concerts and recordings of chamber music.
Among his recent appearances are participations with the New England Symphony at Carnegie Hall, with the Orchestras of Mexico and Athens, with the Philharmonics of Kiev, Toronto, Württemberg and Peking, with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Bohemica – Prague. He has given concerts in Avignon, Prague, Taipei, Budapest, Montevideo, Nancy, Bratislava, Stockholm and Zurich.
Having spent fifteen years as the solo trumpet of the Paris Opera Orchestra, Eric Aubier, one of the greatest trumpet players in Europe, now shares his activities between concert performances and music pedagogy.
He entered Maurice Andre’s class at the CNSM of Paris at the age of 14. He was the youngest graduate at the time, having earned three first prizes. Following graduation, Rolf Liebermann named Eric Aubier the solo trumpet for the Paris Opera Orchestra, at only nineteen years old. From 1995 on, he has devoted himself to his career as an international soloist and professor.
He performed in 25 countries worldwide, in renowned concert venues such as the French Radio, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau (Paris), The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York), at festivals in France, Finland, Japan, Taiwan, South Corea, and he has worked with conductors such as Chung, Foster, Robertson, Sanderling, Prêtre, Boulez, Kantorow, Bilger, Sanderling, MacMillan…
Eric Aubier is very involved in developing the repertoire of his instrument and is the favorite trumpet player of many composers who dedicate their works to him, notably Nicolas Bacri, Thierry Escaich, Betsy Jolas, Carlos Grätzer, Martin Matalon, and Charles Chaynes. Often regarded as the best representative and promoter of French 20th Century music, he released two albums with complete trumpet works by Henri Thomasi, André Jolivet and Ivan Jevtić.
His discography includes over 100 works produced by Sony Classical, Arion/Pierre Vérany, Calliope, Mandala, Bis, Accord/Universal. Major works on his repertoire include J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Telemann, W. A. Mozart, Boehm, Brandt, Escaich, Francaix, Beffa, Thomasi, Jolivet, Enesco, Copland, Planel, Arutiunian, Jevtić, Shostakovich, Pärt and others. Open to different aesthetics, he recorded and performed in concerts the Toot Suite by Claude Bolling with some of the most active jazz musicians. He is active as a band leader.
In 1979 Eric Aubier was awarded the Medal of the City of Paris by the president of the French Republic Jacques Chirac.
A leading name in Serbian conducting, Bojan Suđić is chief conductor of the RTS Symphony Orchestra and Choir and executive and artistic director of the Musical Production of the RTS. He is also employed as a full professor and head of the conducting department at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade; in 2015, maestro Suđić celebrates 30 years of his professional career in conducting. Since the very beginning, his work and repertoire have featured an extraordinary breadth and diversity of choral, symphonic, and stage music, remarkable achievements in all of these domains, and numerous awards – ranging from First Prize at the 1989 Yugoslav Young Artists’ Competition in Zagreb to significant professional awards on the domestic music scene: the prize of the International Review of Composers, the annual prize of the Association of the Music Artists of Serbia, The City of Belgrade Prize, the Golden Armlet, the annual prize of the Musica classica journal, and others. He performs regularly in Serbia and abroad.
Since 1992, he has been a permanent conductor with the RTS Choir and Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has performed a large number of works from the international heritage of choral, symphonic, and vocal-instrumental music. Most of these concerts have been recorded for radio and TV, constituting the basis of Suđić’s extensive discography.
Since 1989, he has engaged in intense collaboration with the Belgrade Philharmonic. In 1993, he turned to conducting in opera, becoming a leading conductor at the National Theatre Opera in Belgrade, and its chief conductor during the season of 1999‒2000. He was general music director of the Opera during the season of 2004‒2005.
In 1998, he was engaged as a visiting conductor at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, becoming a conductor in residence there in 2000. With their ensemble, he realised over 150 opera and ballet productions. He has also pursued a fruitful collaboration with the ensemble of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. As a visiting conductor, he has performed with over 40 orchestras in the region and abroad, such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic, and UNAM Philharmonic.
The Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) was founded seven decades ago, and it represents one of the pillars of music in Belgrade and Serbia.
The Symphony Orchestra, while focused on its main course of duty which is performing and recording music for the needs of RTS radio and TV programs, also continuously performs in public concerts in the country and abroad.
The individuality of the Orchestra activity is based on a careful repertoire policy with precise selection of programs. The two most vivid capacities of these programs are reflected primarily in performance of complex compositions of international orchestra literature, classical epoch and contemporary music, capital oratorios realized together with the RTS Choir, as well as in continuous performance of most important works of domestic musical heritage and of contemporary Serbian composers.
Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation was founded back in 1937, and its first conductors and founding fathers were Dr. Vojislav Vučković and Mihajlo Vukdragović.
Among the conductors who achieved great creations with this artistic ensemble performing the greatest and the most famous pieces of the music literature were: Igor Markevich, Zubin Mehta, Eleazar Karvayo, Efrem Kurtz, Charles Ditua, Friedrich Zaun, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rastropovitch, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Oscar Danon, Mikis Theodorakis, Alexander Apolin, Milen Nachev and others. Excellent cooperation was also realized with chief conductors of the Orchestra, among which are Mladen Jagušt, Vančo Čavdarski and Bojan Suđić.
Prominent artists from all over the world performed as soloists with this Orchestra – Henrik Shering, Christian Feras, Kendal Taylor, Nikolai Orlov, Philippe Entremont, Aldo Chiccolini, Ivo Pogorelić, Eliso Virsaladze, Aleksandar Madžar, Nataša Veljković, Jasminka Stančul, Montserrat Caballé, Zinka Kunc, Galina Vishnevskaya, Melanija Bugarinović, Biserka Cvejić, Ljiljana Molnar-Talajić, Ruza Pospiš-Baldani, Aleksandra Ivanović etc.
The Symphony Orchestra had very successful tours in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Romania and Morocco, and received very flattering reviews.
The Orchestra made a great number of studio recordings many of which were issued on LPs and CD by RTS Records Production.