Founded in 2013, the Belgrade Baroque Academy has established itself as a pivotal institution in the realm of early music in Serbia. It regularly organises masterclasses focusing on the interpretation of 17th and 18th-century music. The Academy's primary objective is to educate young solo singers and instrumentalists in Belgrade, under the guidance of both renowned international and domestic experts in historical Baroque interpretation.
Belgrade Baroque Academy is dedicated to intensively developing knowledge and skills in vocal art and baroque performance practice for young singers and instrumentalists. Through individual work with our experienced mentors, participants enhance their abilities, focusing on the technical aspects of Baroque literature. They learn effective methods and strategies for the independent study of vocal and instrumental pieces and self-preparation of scores, while gaining insight into key foundational concepts, techniques, stylistic differences, and interpretative nuances that underpin the art of performance and Baroque music interpretation.
The programme also encompasses mastering opera arias, recitatives, singing in an opera ensemble, and the protocols of stagecraft in opera performance. Instrumentalists work on honing their technique on period instruments, with a particular emphasis on accompanying singers in an opera setting. All participants are actively involved in the technical analysis and interpretation of baroque repertoire, along with developing skills for public performances. Those attending the workshop will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in final performances.
The Academy was initiated and is artistically directed by Predrag Gosta, a distinguished harpsichordist, baritone, scholar and conductor.
Over the years, the Academy has been graced by the mentorship of eminent musicians from all over the world, who have become regular guests of the Academy.
The Academy convenes two to three times annually and has become a benchmark for high-quality musical education in the country. Among its projects is the production of Baroque opera, a genre that is relatively underrepresented in Serbia.
OUR DISTINGUISHED FACULTY
Nicholas Clapton (UK), Christian Hilz (Germany), Evelyn Tubb (UK), Marijana Mijanović (Switzerland), and Radoslava Vorgić (Germany/ Serbia), all prominent singers and early music specialists.
Adrian Butterfield (UK), Bojan Čičić (UK/Croatia), Florian Deuter (Germany), Ilia Korol (Ukraine/Austria), Simone Pirri (Italy), Christi Park (USA/UK), Zoran Kostadinović (Serbia), and Katarina Djordjević (UK/Serbia), all distinguished Baroque violinists.
William Bauer (USA) and Ana Torbica (UK), expert Baroque violists.
BAROQUE CELLO & VIOLA DA GAMBA:
André Laurent O’Neil (USA), and Srdjan Stanić (Serbia), acclaimed Baroque cellists and viola da gamba players.
LUTE & THEORBO:
Darko Karajić (Serbia), a skilled lutenist & theorbo player.
BAROQUE FLUTE & RECORDER:
Rachel Brown (UK), Meila Tomé (Brazil/Serbia) and Karolina Bäter (Germany/Serbia), virtuoso traverso flute and recorder players.
Martino Noferi (Italy) and Nevena Majdevac (Italy/Serbia), distinguished Baroque oboe players.
Jeremy West (UK) and David Brutti (Italy), both noted cornettists.
Siegfried Koch (Austria), a master Baroque trumpeter.
Predrag Gosta (USA/UK/Serbia), Bojana Dimković (UK/Serbia), Dušan Toroman (Italy/Serbia), and Ottaviano Tenerani (Italy), incredible harpsichordists and continuo players.
Daniel Pfluger (Germany), Sofija Perovic (Serbia), etc.
Bojana Dimković, Dušan Toroman, Andrej Ivanović, et al.