Jeremy Joseph was born in Durban, South Africa in 1978. He started playing the organ at age 9. At the age of 14 Jeremy held his first organ position at the Cathedral in Durban. After private tuition with Kobus du Plooy in Durban and with Hans Fagius in Copenhagen, Jeremy continued his bachelor studies at the Music Conservatory in Lübeck under Martin Haselböck and thereafter completed his master degree in Stuttgart under Jürgen Essl. Jeremy has been prize winner at numerous competitions including winning the 1999 Gottfried Silbermann International Competition. Since then Jeremy has performed extensively throughout Europe and the U.S including prestigious venues and festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Nuremburg Organ Week, Tallinn Organ Festival, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Dresden and Freiberg Cathedral, Ottobeuren Abbey, Salamanca Cathedral, in Hong.Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg and Algiers. Jeremy’s solo debut CD – „Organ Music at the Viennese Court“ was recorded on the famous historical organ in Klosterneuburg Monastery, Austria. In 2011 he released a recording of the complete Clavierübung III of J.S.Bach on the Silbermann organ (1755) in Dresden Cathedral. He has recorded for radio in Germany (NDR, SWR), Austria (ORF) and Hungary (MR). Jeremy currently lives in Vienna where he is active as organist of the Vienna Court Chapel (Hofburgkapelle). He is harpsichordist and organist of the Vienna Academy Orchestra and has performed as a continuo player with Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, Vienna Hofmusikapelle (members of the Vienna Philharmonic), Tonkünstler Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, Austria Baroque Company, Aura Musicale Budapest, Musica Angelica Los Angeles, Il Suonar Parlante, Kammerorchester Basel, Moderntimes_1800, Bach Consort Wien. He has performed on three occasions in the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid as soloist with the National Orchestra of Spain. Jeremy has a lecturing position at the University of music in Vienna. He teaches regularly at the yearly Austria Baroque Academy Summer Masterclasses and has been invited to teach at the Tschaikowsky Conservatory, Gnessins Academy in Moscow, the Tallinn Organ Festival and the Belgrade Music Academy. He is a founding member of the Ensemble Delirio.
Has worked in and out of the theater, as an author, director, dramaturg, lawyer, student of psychoanalysis and translator for close to fifty years. He holds degrees in Germanic Theatrical Literature, directing, dramaturgy and law. Among his proudest achievements are his participation in the North American premiere production of Reynaldo Hahn's "Le Marchand de Venise," at the Portland (Oregon) Opera, where he served on the Board of Directors, bringing to Europe the American Musicals, "Grease" and "Rent," U.S. presentations of his translations of Büchner and Strindberg plays, and last year's production at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg of a play about the death of Sigmund Freud, which he both wrote and directed. Dr. Yorra is looking forward to directing "Pimpinone" for the stage, a work which he sees as an expression of the embarrassment and pain of Georg Philipp Telemann about the details of his own second marriage, which became, during his lifetime, because of his wife's intemperate behavior in the beds of the military and her presence in the gaming halls and casinos of Hamburg, not only the source of a scandalous divorce and personal bankruptcy, but of an unexpected public subscription in Hamburg to save Telemann's reputation, to keep him in Hamburg and to pay off the enormous gambling debts with which his wife left him saddled. Never was a composer so publicly loved by his audience!
The soprano Rada Nosikova graduated in opera singing from the New Bulgarian University and received her specialization in the master classes of Kaludi Kaludov. In 2000 and 2001 she continued her studies with the Bulgarian opera prima Yulia Viner. She performs of the stages of the State Musical Theatre “Stephan Makedonski” in Sofia, of the State Musical Theatre of Veliko Turnovo, at the Varna, Burgas and Blagoevgrad opera theatres. In 2004 she sang in the concert of the Festival “Classic Open Air Solothurn” in Solo Thurn, Switzerland. The repertoire of Rada Nossikova includes roles in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – Barbarina, Così fan tutte – Despina, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats – Jellylorum, Johan Strauss II Die Fledermaus – Rosalinda, Imre Kalman’s Die Csárdásfürstin - Sylvia Varescu, Paul Abraham’s “Victoria und Ihr Hussar” – Riquette, Lilla in “Bukgarians of Old” of G.Karastoyanov. In 2009 she performed at the opera festival Operosa Evxinograd 2009 in “La voix humaine” by F. Poulenc and in 2010 in Operosa’s production as Juliette in the opera “Romeo et Juliette” by Ch. Gounod
The young Bulgarian bass Ilia Iliev was born in 1986 in Gorna Oryahovitsa and received his secondary education there. He graduates the Academy "Prof. Pancho of Music "in 2010. with Prof. Svilen Raychev. After graduation, he worked on technique and interpretation skills with one of the most successful Bulgarian baritones - Petar Danailov. Ilia debuted in 2008 with the role of Leporello in "Don Giovanni" by Mozart. His debut on the stage of the National Opera and Ballet - Sofia made was on 2010 with the role of Villon from "True Perseverance" by Haydn. His repertoire includes roles from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Haydn, Pergolesi, Donizetti, and various kantata-oratorio works by Schubert, Haydn, Dvorak and others. Presented at the National Opera and Ballet - Sofia, Varna Opera, the Opera, EMUs "Constantine Kisimov - Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven Philharmonic. He participated in concert tours with various productions in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Russia, Bahrain, Japan. Ilia has also participated in recordings by the Bulgarian National Radio and Radio Varna.
Vanja Trajković - soprano
Gradueted opera singing from the Faculty Niš, Serbia and continued her specialization under prima donna Katarina Jovanović in "Faculty of music arts" in Belgrade. Her further education inludes master classes with Marijana Mijanović, Deborah York and Lidiya Vierlinger. She has preformed in concert halls in Serbia ( Kolarac foundation Hall, National museum, Progres, SANU gallery, Madlenianum, ..) and in Greece on the Kardizas festival, Moscow in Tchaikovsky Hall, Romania on the Crayova festival, Paris .. Her repertoire includes German, Franch, Spanish, Serbian songs and roles in Mozart's "The Mariage of Figaro" -Susanna, and Handel's "Giulio Cesare" – Cleopatra.She recived Yammaha scolarship, and in 2012. won a competition for Jugokoncert scolarship. She teaches in "Davorin Jenko" music school.
Pavle Žarkov, baritone
Born in 1987 in Pančevo,Serbia. He graduated canto lirico on Academy of Fine Arts Belgrade in class of profesor Ljubica Živkovic. Winner of numerous competitions of solo-singing in Serbia during time from year 2004 to 2009. During the year 2007 he becames the member of ``Terazije Theatre Belgrade`` involving musicals and operettas. For the time he worked in this theatre,he got chance to work with numerous well acclaimed foreign and domestic directors,choreographers and conducters. On year of 2010 he became a member of Opera Studio National Theatre in Belgrade led by respected operatic soprano primadona Radmila Bakočević. At same year he debuted in Belgrade Opera with the role of Fiorello in ``Il Barbiere di Siviglia`` . In year of 2012 he became soloist of National Opera Belgrade in wich he works in present and upcoming productions and repertoaire singing the roles such as,
G.Verdi: Nabucco role of High Priest
G.Bizet: Carmen roles of DanCairo and Morales
G.Puccini: La Boheme role of Marcello
R.Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci role of Silvio
W.A.Mozart: Ne nozze di Figaro role of Antonio
During the 2010 he participated in international opera festival
OperOderSpree 2010 in Germany,where he worked in various productions and concerts involving this festival.
The Belgrade Baroque ensemble was founded in 2003 by violinist Predrag Novović (Sweden / Serbia, ensemble Cappella Nuova) and a group of students who had been actively participating in Novović’s baroque music workshops at the Josip Slavenski music school and the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. Ever since, Belgrade Baroque has consisted of musicians interested in historically informed performance practice of 17th and 18th century music, playing exclusively on period instruments, and as such, is one of the first ensembles of its kind in Serbia. The ensemble has worked with a number of renowned musicians from the domain of early music, such as Mark Caudle, Peter Lönnerberg and Malou Meilinik, and has held very successful concerts both in Serbia and abroad. During the period from 2005 to 2008, the ensemble participated in the baroque orchestra of the Confidancen theatre (Urliksdal royal palace in Stockholm), performing in the Summer opera season under the artistic leadership of Arnold Östman, well known Swedish conductor and pioneer in historically informed performance practice. In September 2006, Belgrade Baroque had a highly appraised performance at Confidancen in front of His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden. After a brief hiatus, Belgrade Baroque resumed its work in 2010, refreshed with new members, again participants of Novović’s workshops. Since 2010, the enesemble is supported by the Austria Barock Akademie through scholarships for master classes in Gmunden (Austria), giving the members of Belgrade Baroque a chance to study with the leading artists, specialized in historically informed performance such as Jeremy Joseph, Ruben Dubrovsky, Ilia Korol, Daniele Caminiti, Aline Zylberajch-Gester, Deborah York, Christoph Urbanetz, David Drabek, Jan Krigovsky, Elisabeth Blumenstock...In 2010 and 2011, Belgrade Baroque participated the Timisoara Early Music Festival and Masterclasses (Romania), where members had the opportunity to work with the Ausonia ensemble (Mira Glodeanu, Frederick Haas and James Munro), Marcel Ponseele and Thomas Boysen, and to participate in the festival’s baroque orchestra giving a performance at the final concert in June 2011. In the same month, in collaboration with students and teachers from the music school Josip Slavenski in Belgrade, the ensemble gave a Serbian premierre on period instruments of Pergolesi’s Stabat mater in the National Museums’ Atrium in Belgrade. In July, Belgrade Baroque won the ABA Prize at the Austria Barock Akademie Music Awards 2011. In 2011 and 2012 Belgrade Baroque performed at Belgrade’s International Harpsichord Festival - Ars vivendi clavicembalum, presenting the ensemble’s harpsichordists as soloists. In 2012 ensemble appears together with two international artists - flutists Karolina Bäter and Meila Tomé Pihler, working on the project Portraits of baroque flutes, including lectures, workshops and concerts, among others - at the 7th Early Music Festival in Belgrade. As an Austria Barock Akademie’s prize winner, Belgrade Baroque had its debut in Vienna by playing a concert in ORF Radiokulturhaus - Großer Sendesaal in November 2012.
Katarina Aleksić, baroque violin
Katarina Aleksić completed violin studies (graduate and post-graduate) at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade under prof. Marija Jokanović. During studies she attended a number of chamber music master classes, held numerous concerts, and won prizes and scholarships for the exellent results. As a member of string quartet Bellotti Katarina played over 40 concerts in Serbia and abroad with pianist Miloš Petrović and his project entitled Levantino. Within this project a CD recording was made for the national company PGP-RTS. She is a member of the international artistic organization and foundation SAVITRA (Slovenia), and the Europäische Kammerphilharmonie Dresden (Germany), performing as a soloist, chamber musician and a concertmaster. Katarina participated in workshops devoted to historically informed performance by Predrag Novović and attended master classes and workshops for baroque violin and chamber music - Academie de Sablé in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Playing baroque violin, she appeared with the ensemble Renaissance, ensemble Nymbus and took part in Timisoara Early Music Festival Orchestra. She is a member of Belgrade Baroque ensemble since 2010. Katarina Aleksić is a concertmaster of the Symphony orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Company (RTS) from 2006. She won the annual award of the Association of orchestral artists of Serbia, for the year 2008, for the exceptional success in interpretation of concertmaster`s solo parts.
Katarina Djukić, baroque violin
Katarina Djukić received a master’s degree (MA) after graduating from the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, in the violin class of Prof. Marija Špengler. She has performed numerous concerts in Serbia and abroad as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician, winning prizes on national and international music competitions. Katarina developed a keen interest in historically informed performance practice while still at bachelor studies, and then continued to improve through a series of baroque music workshops held by violinist Predrag Novović at the Faculty of Music. Since 2006 she has been actively participating workshops and master classes held by artists from the Austria Barock Akademie both in Serbia and Austria. As a very successful participant in the series of master classes, she was given a Special Award for Excellent Progress on ABA Music Award 2011. Performing at various festivals (Belgrade Organ Festival, Belgrade Harpsichord Festival) and by playing with different ensembles Katarina steadilly works on promoting historically informed performance in Serbia. In concert season 2010/11, as a concertmaster, she led a baroque music project of the Faculty of Music Orchestra, performing works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Katarina Djukić is a member of Belgrade Baroque ensemble since 2010. She is currently employed as a violin teacher in the School for music talents in Ćuprija.
Rastko Popović, baroque viola
Rastko Popović completed his education in music performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) and at the University of Stavanger (Norway) with the highest grades. He participated in a series of baroque music master classes and workshops (2001-2010), held by violinist Predrag Novović, followed by many concerts and collaborations with various artists. Inspired by new information about historically informed performance in 2002 he started the Jo & Ja duo with harpsichordist Jovana Bojović. During the concert season 2007/08 he also participated in several baroque orchestra projects and lectures held by Fabio Biondi at the University in Stavanger and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway. From 2008 Rastko Popović regulary attends master classes and workshops of Austria Barock Akademie. He appeared with the early music ensembles such as Flauto dolce and Nymbus, and played in the baroque orchestra of the Confidancen theatre (Urliksdal royal palace in Stockholm). He is a member of Belgrade Baroque ensemble since 2008. Rastko Popović is teaching String methods at the Faculty of music, University of Arts in Belgrade, and is also engaged as a viola teacher in the music school Josip Slavenski. He has enrolled the final year of artistic doctorate studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade in the viola class of Prof. Dejan Mladjenović.
Srđan Stanić, viola da gamba
Srđan Stanić graduated violoncello at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade in the class of Prof. Françoise Jakovčić. He graduated viola da gamba at the Department for Early Music, Music School Josip Slavenski in Belgrade, class of Prof. Miomir Miša Ristić. He is a member of renowned Serbian early music ensemble Renaissance (founded in 1969) and one of the founders of the Center for Early Music “Renaissance". Srđan is also an active member of Flauto dolce (alias Joculatores) - one of the ensembles that works within the center. Both with Flauto Dolce and the Renaissance he performed numerous successful concerts in Serbia and abroad. He joined the Belgrade Baroque ensemble in 2010. For a time, he played in the baroque ensemble Tempera Barocca, as well as the ensemble Ludus Musicus, which is practicing medieval art. He participated in many workshops focused on historically informed performance such as baroque workshop by Predrag Novović. He attended courses and master classes of viola da gamba given by famous gamba artists Mark Caudle, Paolo Pandolfo and Christoph Urbanetz. He works as a cellist in the Symphony orchestra of the Serbian Broadcasting Company (RTS), and also as a viola da gamba teacher at the Department for Early Music in Music School Josip Slavenski in Belgrade.
Jovana Bojović, harpsichord
Jovana Bojović graduated piano and harpsichord from the Faculty of Music, University of Art in Belgrade. After receiving a full scholarship from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jovana continued her studies in the USA, on Master of Music in Performance and Literature program for harpsichord, which she completed with the highest honors. She developed interest in early music and period keyboard instruments during high-school years through work with Prof. Svetlana Kutlača-Stojanović and workshops with Swedish baroque ensemble Cappella Nuova and its leader Predrag Novović. In 2002 Jovana begins a collaboration with Rastko Popović through duo Jo & Ja. Since 2004 she participated in several music projects of the Belgrade Baroque ensemble, and in 2010 she fully joined the group. Since 2005 she has been a receipient of scholarship from the Austria Barock Akademie which enabled her to attend numerous early music masterclasses. On ABA Music Award 2011, Jovana received an Special Award for Excellent Progress. She also took part in different early music master classes in Europe and USA, studying harpsichord with Davitt Moroney, Ketil Hougsand and Frederick Haas, and chamber music with Peter Holtslag, Tomas Boysen, Kristin von der Goltz and Gottfried von der Goltz. Jovana enrolled the artistic doctorate studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade in the harpsichord class of Prof. Zorica Ćetković. She actively performs as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist on keyboard instruments (harpsichord, organ, piano).
Was born in Germany (Düsseldorf), she studied recorder with Walter van Hauwe at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she got the master degree in 2004 with focus on contemporary chamber music. In the same year she continued her transverse flute studies with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and finished her specialization in Early Music and Historic Performance Practise in 2008. Karolina won various prizes at international music competitions as Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn (2002), the International Penderecki Competition in Cracow (2002) and was finalist during the International Gaudeamus Competition in Rotterdam (2003). Since 2002 she frequently performs in whole Europe, Russia and America as member of ensemble MAE and as founding member of The Roentgen Connection (2001-2011). She participated in many CD recordings for labels as Lindoro, unsounds and Konkurrent. Karolina frequently performs in experimental theatre productions with De Veenfabriek (Leiden/The Netherlands) and Andcompany (Berlin/Germany). Since 2008 she collaborates with music management Nymbus (Belgrade/Serbia). Since 2011 she is member of baroque orchestra New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta/GA, USA) directed by Predrag Gosta and from 2012 on founding member of contemporary music ensemble Studio 6 in Belgrade. As a chamber musician as well as a soloist Karolina Bäter is frequently invited to perform on various music festivals such as Gaudeamusweek, Maerz Musik Berlin, Wien Modern, Aldeburgh Chamber Music Festival, Musica Antiqua Perast, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Musica Polonica Nova, Aqua Musica Amsterdam, Incubate Festival Tilburg, Piccolo Spoleto Charleston, Festival rane muzike Beograd, Nymbus Festival. Next to playing concerts Karolina is regularly giving masterclasses at the Centre for Early Music and music high school J.Slavenski in Belgrade, at the music academy of Belgrade as well as at the conservatories of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Birmingham and Budapest.