With performances broadcast live in 40 countries through the classical music channel Mezzo, Lithuanian pianist Morta Grigaliūnaitė
has established herself as an active soloist and chamber musician. Since the release of her debut album in 2019, she continues to receive outstanding reviews for her interpretation of piano works by Grażyna Bacewicz. Described by critics as powerful and dramatic, her recordings have been featured on BBC Radio 3, as well as received fire-star reviews on Fanfare and Diapason magazines. Morta first came to public attention in 2005, when she performed at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius at Mstislav Rostropovich’s invitation. Since then, she has performed in various venues including Berliner Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, National Gallery in London, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Batumi Centre of Arts in Georgia, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in Baku and others. Morta graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid where she studied with Hamish Milne, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Dmitri Bashkirov. She currently holds a teaching position at the Purcell School of Music, Great Britain’s oldest specialist music school.
João André Oliveira Paiva, born in Miranda do Corvo (Portugal) in 1993. Since 2019, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Clarinet Chair with professor Pascal Moraguès. He has been granted scholarships by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Fundación Albéniz. At the age of ten, he began to study at the Coimbra Conservatory of Music with Paulo Vicente. He continued his training with Luis Carvalho at the Espinho Professional School of Music (2008-2011) and, between 2011 and 2018, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at the Porto Higher School of Music and Performing Arts, as well as a Master’s Degree in performance and a Master’s degree in teaching with António Saiote. He participated in masterclasses with Enrique Pérez Piquer, Florent Héau, Michel Arrignon, and Pascal Moraguès, among others. He has been awarding several international prizes like the first prize of the International Clarinet Association – 2016 Young Artist Competition (Kansas) and the first prize at the Verão Clássico – Classical Summer 2021, among others.
After graduating from the Music School “Petar Krancevic” in Sremska Mitrovica, Tijana Milaković continues her education at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Marija Jokanović. She is completing her master’s studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. Miroslav Pavlović. During her schooling, she attended numerous master classes with eminent professors such as: Dejan Mihajlović, Dejan Bogdanović, Roman Simović and others. From 2011 to 2018, she was granted a scholarship of the Albert Eckstein Foundation and a use of the Joseph Anton Huff (1824). She took part in the project Philhademia – the orchestral academy of the Belgrade Philharmonic and the Belgrade Children’s Philharmonic. Also, she is the winner of numerous awards for contribution to the culture of the city of Sremska Mitrovica. She won the first prize at the “Remember Enescu” competition in Romania, and the special prize “Georges Enescu”. A total of 37 awards (mostly the first ones) singled her out as an extremely promising young artist. She is active as a chamber and orchestral musician as well. She performed with Milena Hirscher, Ivana Mirosavljevic and Aleksandar Cundra, with the chamber orchestras Camerata Serbica and Camerata Academica. Currently she is a member of the Salzburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra and the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra.
Mina Dinić graduated in 2016 at the Music School “Mokranjac” in Belgrade, where she started playing the violin at the age of six. In the same year, he enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. Miroslav Pavlović. In 2020, she completed her undergraduate studies, and is currently in master’s studies, also in the class of prof. Miroslav Pavlović. From 2011 to 2016, she attended the Interpretive Violin Studio of prof. Dejan Mihailović. She also attended master classes by Oleg Pokhanovski and Klara Flider. During her schooling, she participated in many events and won a large number of awards at national and international competitions, such as: the National Competition of Music and Ballet School Students of Serbia, the International String Competition in Nis, the International Stringfest Competition, and the Premio Clivis International Competition in Rome. She is the winner of the award “Marija Petrović and Janko Ristić” for the best student at the string department of the Music School “Mokranjac”, as well as the award “Ljubivoje Nikolić”, which was given to her by the association Mokranjac. Mina also performs in ensembles and orchestras, such as the Camerata Academica, the Makris Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Schlesinger and Art Link.
Jana Stojanović graduated from the Music School “Dr Vojislav Vucković” in Belgrade. During her schooling she already became a member of the Symphony Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales Suisse (Switzerland), ESYO (European Spirit of Youth Orchestra), “Musica Mundi” (Belgium). In 2017, she became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (Nationaal Jeugd Orkest). Jana is the winner of numerous first prizes at national competitions as well as at the international competition “String Feest” in Sremska Mitrovica. She completed her first year of study at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (class of P. Veličković) and in that period she performed in the orchestras of FMU, RTS, Camerata Serbica, Belgrade Philharmonic, Belgrade Symphony Orchestra. She continued her studies at International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA) in Switzerland, in the class of Ivan Vukčević, where she is currently at final year. She is a member of the renowned ensemble “Menuhin Academy Soloists”, with whom she has made numerous performances throughout Europe as a soloist, but also as a part of various chamber ensembles (from duets to octets). Jana has performed at many festivals and has had the opportunity to perform with some of the greatest artists of today, such as: Maxim Vengerov, Valery Sokolov, Gary Hoffman, Cecilia Bartoli, Oleg Kaskiv and others.
Filip Tomić completed his primary and secondary music education in Kragujevac. He finished high school in the class of prof. Boža Saramandić at the age of fifteen, and at the age of sixteen he moved to Moscow, where he spent two years at the Academic Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009, he enrolled studies at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of prof. Alexei Seleznyov. Since 2012, he has been a student at the High School of Music and Dance in Cologne, where he completed his master’s studies. He also obtained a master’s degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. M. Miletić. He completed his doctoral studies in 2019 in Detmold, in the class of prof. Ksenia Janković. During his schooling, he won numerous awards at domestic competitions. The first prizes at the “Ars Nova” competitions in Trieste and “American Protégé” in New York stand out from the international ones. In December 2012, he performed with the Ho Chi Minh Opera Orchestra (Vietnam). He has also performed as a soloist in Seoul (Korea), Ingolstadt and Munich (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Brno and Prague (Czech Republic), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Kharkov (Ukraine), Brussels (Belgium), Paris (France). He participated in the festivals “Dani muzike”, “Barski ljetopis” and “Accordion Fest” (Montenegro), OKTOH (Kragujevac) and “Euro-Med Youth Music Expo Festival” (Cyprus).