Trio “Les Nounours” will perform at the closing of the Concert season

PLAKAT CM 25 decembar2The concert season “Convivium Musicum 17/18” will be closed by a slightly different sound, a special arrangement that create violin, saxophone and piano. Trio Les Nounours will perform on Tuesday, December 25th at what will as well be the last concert in year2018.

Members of the Les Nounours ensemble are Teodor Ikanovic – violin, Srdjan Paunovic – saxophone and Kosta Knezevic – piano. Teodor Ikanović and Kosta Knezevic gained their high education at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, while Srdjan Paunovic, in addition to the Novi Sad Academy, where he completed his basic studies, obtained his master’s degree at the The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. All three have mastered their knowledge with renowned local and international pedagogues. Their individual careers have so far recorded significant awards and recognitions, as well as a large number of solo and performances in ensembles. In the ensemble Les Nounours they gathered together with the idea to create and promote – for our, but worldly scope – a new, different sound colour. In the absence of a wider repertoire for this kind of composition, members expand it with pearls of artistic music that they adapt themselves.

At the concert in Kragujevac, the trio Les Nounours will present themselves with compositions by French authors. The program is:

Jean-Luc Defontaine: Couleurs d’un rêve
Victor Herbiet: Tango à trois
Jacques Ibert: Deux interludes
Darius Milhaud: Suite for clarinet, violin and piano
Marc Eychenne: Cantilène et danse

The concert is realized with the support of the City of Kragujevac, Faculty of Philology and Art, Music School “Dr Miloje Milojević” and other friends of the event. The venue is the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium, the beginning is scheduled for 20 h, and the entrance is free! Welcome!

Author and translation: Ljubica Guzvic

You can read more about the performers below:

Biography: Teodor Ikanovic

Teodor Ikanovic was born in Moscow (Russia) in year 1997. He began studying violin at age of six at Music School “Vlado Milosevic” in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Professor Čaba Zima invited him to continue his education in Novi Sad, at Music school “Isidor Bajić”, and later on the studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of Professor Robert Lakatos. Teodor performed as a soloist with orchestras in Bosnia and Serbia and as a member of numerous youth orchestras (Benso, Triorka, Voko), he is currently a member of Kotor Art Festival Orchestra, Camerata Academica from Novi Sad and Symphony Orchestra of Vojvodina. He has won numerous awards at competitions in Serbia and abroad, from wich can be named second place at competition “Andrea Postacchini” Fermo (Italy); “Jaroslav Kocian” (Czech Republic); first prize at the Republic competition in Serbia. He has also performed as a chamber musician in several ensembles, such as the trio “Les Nounours”. He participated in numerous master classes with renowned professors such as: Philip Grienberg, Dejan Bogdanovic, Robert Kovalski, Uros Pesic, Robert Lakatos. 

Biography: Srdjan Paunovic

Srdjan Paunovic was born in 1993 in Pancevo. He gained primary and secondary music education at Music school “Jovan Bandur” in Pancevo. In 2015 he graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of Professor Gordan Tudor. He gained his Master’s degree at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Vienna (Austria) in 2017, in the class of Lars Mlekusch, one of the most famous saxophonists in the world in the field of classical and contemporary music. During the undergraduate studies he has achieved successes in competitions in the region, such as the International Competition “Davorin Jenko” (First prize and title Laureat in category up to 19 years old in 2013, and the first prize and the title Laureat in category up to 30 years in 2014) and “Varazdin Woodwind & Brass” (First prize in category up to 30 years in 2015). The fifth semester of his undergraduate studies he spent at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia, through the Basileus student exchange program, in the class of Professor Mihe Rogina. In October 2014, together with colleagues from his class (Nikola Macura, Lovro Livajic, Filip Orlovic), he founded the saxophone quartet Quattro temperamenti, with which he recorded a number of successful performances in Serbia and the region (Quattro temperamenti premiered the awarded compositions of the contest “Rudolf Bruci ” at ” The Show of Modern Sound ” in Zagreb). During the studies, he showed great interest in contemporary music, and as a performer he participated in many projects of contemporary creativity (“The First Summer Workshop for Contemporary Music” in Novi Sad, the project “Contemporary composition in Vojvodina”). He devoted great attention to cooperation with Serbian composers, and he has achieved successful cooperation so far with Ivan Brkljacic, Tatjana Milosevic, Vladimir Korac, Ivan Markovic, David Mastikosa and Damjan Jovicin.
In 2015 he receives the prize of the Little Prince Fund, which is awarded to one student of each department of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (music, art, and drama) for the achieved excellent results in musical art in the school year 2014/15.
During his master studies, as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles he performed at halls in Austria such as Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Rathaus, MUMOK, MUMUTH, Off Theater and others.
He won the Fidelio competition with ensemble Specter Quartet, with which he successfully performs in Austria, and collaborates with world music composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas and Olga Neuwirth.
In 2018, he launched the “Sax Camp”, a five-day international intensive course for young saxophonists, which takes place at Vrsacki Breg.
He studied at seminars and master classes with various world soloists and pedagogues like Goran Jurkovic, Tomislav Zuzak, Nikola Fabijanic, Miha Rogina, Joel Versavaud, Michael Krenn, Yukiko Iwata, Janez Uršej, Matjaž Drevenšek, Phillipe Geiss, Jean-Denis Michat, Nicolas Prost, Lars Mlekusch, and others.

Biography: Kosta Knezevic

Kosta Knezevic was born in 1994. He started playing piano at the age of seven. He graduated from the elementary and secondary Music school “Kosta Manojlovic” in Zemun in the class of Professor Ana Zivanovic. He graduated in the class of professor Ratimir Martinović and associate professor Valentina Nenaseva at the Music Department of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, where he currently attends master studies.
He achieved significant success in many competitions: Republic competition (2nd and 3rd prize), Competition of young pianists Sabac (1st and 2nd prize), International competition “Davorin Jenko” (1st prize), Competition for young pianists Nis (1st prize), etc.
He participated in many concerts: at the Gallery of Kolarac, the Student Cultural Center, the Cultural Center of Belgrade, the Artget Gallery, the National Library of Serbia, the Russian House in Belgrade, and Chopin Fest, as a school representative at the Music Schools Festival in Novi Sad. During the studies she performs at the concerts of which the most significant are: the festival of the Academy of Arts “A-fest” 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, “Cultural Attack” in 2015 organized by AUNS (Town Hall in Subotica and Cultural Center of Ruma) and numerous concerts in the hall and the Multimedia Center of the Academy of Arts and the Rectorate of the University of Novi Sad, followed by a tour of the cities of Vojvodina (Zemun, Zrenjanin, Sabac, Sombor, Novi Sad, Subotica) on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Marko Tajčević and Vasilje Mokranjac and a concert in the hall of the First Belgrade gymnasium on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the founding, as well as piano music concerts in Music schools in Zemun, Zrenjanin, Subotica, Backa Palanka and the Cultural Center of Ruma. He held solo concerts in 2012 and 2017 at the Music School „Kosta Manojlović“ in Zemun.
He is a successful accompanist and chamber musician and actively plays in the piano duo with Ugljesa Brkljacic, with whom he performed a full-length concert at AUNS and gained successes in the competitions Festival “Isidor Bajić” and “Euphonia”. In the long-term he collaborates with solo singer soprano Milica Petronijevic, with whom he held a concert in Valjevo within the VApril festival. He is currently performing with Srdjan Paunovic (saxophone) and Teodor Ikanovic (violin) in the ensemble Les Nounours.
He participated in master classes with eminent professors: Igor Lazko (Russia), Lidija Bizjak (Serbia / France), Aleksandar Serdar (Serbia), Grzegorz Kurzynski (Poland), Letizia Michielon (Italy), Jacques Rouvier (France), Teresa Trevisan Italy), Flavio Zaccaria (Italy) and Freddy Kempf (Great Britain).
He is employed as a teaching assistant at the Piano Department of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. 

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