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Predrag Gosta | Operosa


Predrag Gosta

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A conductor, harpsichordist, and baritone Predrag Gosta is the Artistic Director of the New Belgrade Opera, the Belgrade Baroque Academy, and the Belgrade Early Music Festival, as well as the Music Director of a period-instrument orchestra New Trinity Baroque and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta. He is also the president of the international society for early music "Early Music Network" and co-president of Makris Foundation in Washington DC.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he initially completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in voice and harpsichord at Trinity College of Music in London, where he studied with Omar Ebrahim, Ian Partridge and Martyn Hill (voice) as well as Robert Aldwinckle and James Johnstone (harpsichord). He received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta (in voice, choral and orchestral conducting). His further studies in conducting were with with Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), Ennio Nicotra (Italy), Alexander Polyanichko, Vladimir Ponkin and Andrei Anikhanov (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Dejan Savic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Siffert (Switzerland); in harpsichord were with Colin Tilney, Colin Booth, James Johnstone, Kenneth Weiss, Arthur Haas, and Webb Wiggings; in voice with Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Nicholas Clapton and Sheila Barnes; and in historical performance practice with Philip Thorby, Rebecca Miles, Anthony Rooley, Robert Hollingworth, and others.

Predrag Gosta has performed in England, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland and Mexico, and has collaborated with artists such as soprano Evelyn Tubb and contralto Marijana Mijanovic; baroque violinists John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann and Ingrid Matthews; recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen; harpsichordist Steven Devine; lutenist Michael Fields, and others. He performed at numerous festivals, including Piccolo Spoleto, Boston Early Music Festival, Sastamala Gregoriana (Finland), Budva - The Theatre City (Montenegro), Belgrade Early Music Festival (Serbia), Dartington International Summer School (England), etc. Beside his work in the field of historical practice, he is an accomplished conductor who has conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in USA, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the Lüneburg Symphony (Germany), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Serbia), the Tomsk Philharmonic, the Kislovodsk Philharmonic, the Karelian Philharmonic in Petrozavodsk, the State Hermitage Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), the Ruse Philharmonic, the Burgas Philharmonic, and more. He appeared in opera houses in Ruse in Burgas, in the Belgrade National Theatre (Serbia), Lexington Opera (KY), etc.

An active recording artist, he has over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas". He is a regular presenter of master classes, and was on the faculty at Oxford College of Emory University. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.

He is also the Artistic Adviser of the Peter the Great Music Academy in St. Petersburg (Russia, the former Assistant Conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, and was on the faculty at Oxford College of Emory University (Atlanta).