Festival ensembles perform at three concerts

The Festival Ensemble Convivium Musicum has become a standard and inseparable part of the Festival and its previous releases. To our great satisfaction, the audience and the professional public react very positive every year to this ensemble’s concept and its existence within the Festival, which is why the 6th International festival of chamber music Convivium Musicum has three concerts at which Festival ensembles will perform.

Five excellent musicians will create five of this year’s ensembles. From Poland we have cellist Magdalena Bojanowicz Koziak and violinist Roma Tic, from Ukraine we will host violist Mila Krasnyuk, while Serbia will be represented by violinist Natalia Stosic and cellist Filip Tomic. All five artists boast great performing careers and numerous awards at competitions. Through compositions from duos to quintets, they will present to audience a family of instruments that, from the very beginning of chamber music, has been an inexhaustible inspiration for the greatest composers. Festival ensembles Convivium Muscium will perform as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2nd Festival Night – Cello duo and duo violin-cello
    The program includes: Z. Kodály – Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7 and D. Popper – Suite for two cellos, Op. 16
  • Thursday, September 12, 3rd Festival Night – String Trio and String Quartet
    The program includes: E. Dohnányi – Serenade for string trio, C major, Op. 10 and D. Shostakovich – String quartet no. 8, Op. 110, C minor
  • Friday, September 13, closing of the Festival – String Quintet
    The program is: F. Schubert – String Quintet D. 956, Op. postih. 163, C major

Exceptional artists and a program that can rarely be heard on the domestic art scene, are more than enough reasons to join us on 11, 12 and 13th Septembre. Apart from the stated, we know with confidence that you will attend and participate in the creation of a special atmosphere that the Festival Ensemble concerts are always known for.

Festival was made possible by our long-standing friends and some new. The City of Kragujevac contributed significantly to the realization of this project by providing part of the funds for its co-financing. There are also “Adam Mickiewicz Institute”, “Felix Nowowiejski Music Academy Bidgosc”, Faculty of Philology and Art, Music school “Dr. Miloje Milojevic”, Kragujevac Music Centre, Music Youth of Kragujevac, Prvi Prvi na Skali.

Concerts are held in the Hall of the First Kragujevac Gymnasium, starting at 20 h and admission is free. Welcome!

Author and translation: Ljubica Guzvic

Below you can find bios of the artists from the Festival ensembles:

Biography: The Festival Ensemble Convivium Musicum

Magdalena (1)Magdalena Bojanowicz Koziak completed her studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland) and her Master’s Degree at the University of the Arts in Berlin (Germany). This successful cellist has numerous awards: the Paszporti Politiki Award, the first prize at the International Jeunesses Musical Competition in Belgrade (Belgrade 2015), two special awards for the best performance of V. Lutoslavsky’s performance at the “VIII International V. Lutoslavski Competition” (Warsaw 2011 ), first prize at the International Piano Duet Competition (Czestochowa, Poland). She has perfected her skills in numerous courses of brilliant cellists such as: J. Berger, D. Geringas, J. P. Maintz, K. Michalik, Ph. Muller, A. Noras, C. Reichardt or V. Yagling . She is the recipient of a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and Art of Poland, Thomastik Infeld Vienna, „Young Poland“ for recording contemporary music. She has participated in a number of festivals: “Music Connects” (Switzerland), “Gulangyu Festival” (China), “Festival au Leman” (France), “Polish Music Festival” (Russia), International Music Festival “Warsaw Autumn” (Poland) ). She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Kolarac in Belgrade, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has collaborated with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Belgrade Philharmonic. She has also recorded several premiere performances of contemporary cello concerts: Dariusz Przybylski’s 2012 Cello Concerto (DUX record company), Alexander Novak’s „Half-full Journal“ for cello, percussion and strings in 2013 with AUKSO and NFM Leopoldinum. The premiere of Double Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Hanna Kulenty with the Lviv Symphony Orchestra is planned this year. The next season she will premiere the work of Paweł Szymański Cello Concerto.


mila (1)Mila Krasnyuk started her music education at the age of four, when she gave her first solo concert. At the age of nine she made her debut with the Lviver Virtuoso Orchestra. She graduated at the Krushelnytska Music High School (Lviv, Ukraine) at the age of sixteen, in the class of O. Tsap. She began her studies at the Music Academy in Lviv and continued in Cologne (Germany), where she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts. The warmth and depth of the viola sound has always attracted her, and after meeting with prof. D. Poppen, she decided to study this instrument at the University of Music in Detmold (Germany). Mila is very actively building her career as a chamber musician. In 2016 and 2018, she won the first prize in the “Ayrun” competition with the string quartet. She has participated in numerous festivals such as “Music From Lands End Festival” (USA), “Hohenstaufen Chamber Music Week” and “Nitzow Chamber Music Academy” (Germany), “ClasClas Young Soloists Program” (Spain), “Cantabile Festival” (Portugal). She has collaborated with renowned artists such as K. Jankovic, M. Lingenfelder, G. Braunstein, M. Kishima and many others. As part of the EastWest Chamber Orchestra, Mila was invited to participate in the “Yuri Bashmet“ Festival (Belarus). She traveled all over Europe with the Estonian Festival Orchestra and performed at the Pärnu Music Festival (Estonia), as well as at the famous BBC Proms (UK). Mila participated in many seminars: “Palazzo Ricci Academy” and “Santa Cecilia Academy” (Italy), “Tibor Varga Academie” (Switzerland), “Forum Atrium Academie” (Germany) … In September 2019, Mila begins Master of Academic Studies at the University of the Arts in Zurich (Switzerland).


natalijaNatalija Stosic started her music education in Cuprija, at the School for Music Talents. She completed her bachelor and master studies in the class of prof. M. Spengler at the FMU in Belgrade. As a recipient of the Erasmus Scholarship, she spent one semester studying Master at the “Giuseppe Tartini “Conservatory in Trieste. She continued further development in the class of prominent violinist G. Nikolic, in Germany, from October 2019. Natalija was also a Fellow of the “Dositeja” Young Talent Fund in 2017 and 2018, as well as the “Prizma” Festival in Canada in 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the String Chamber Orchestra of St. George, and a member of the Baltic Symphony Orchestra since 2019. She has played with the Neue Internationale Philharmonie, Orchestra de la Francophonie, Venezuelan Caracas Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Serbika, Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, Makris Orchestra, and she has also been the concertmaster of the European Youth Orchestra. She has performed all over Europe and taken courses with renowned violinists. As well as, won numerous awards at international and national competitions. She has performed at significant halls in Belgrade and Europe: Great Hall and the Kolarac Endowment Music Gallery, SANU Gallery, Guarnerius Fine Arts Center, City Hall, Student Cultural Centre, Sava Centre, Milan Scale, “Giuseppe Verdi” Theatre in Milan. She has participated in numerous festivals: BEMUS, String Festival in Sremska Mitrovica, KOMA, “Arlemm”, ” Boljšoj festival “, “Music Riva” in Italy, “Jarna Festival” in Stockholm. She collaborated with prominent musicians and conductors: S. Milenkovic, N. Radulovic, J. Kolundzija, I. Lakatos, L. Festman, J. Lee, E. Schonvais, V. Gergiev, G. Dudamel, K. Meters and others.


roma (2)Roma Tic gained her music education at Polish music academies such as the Academy “Karol Szymanowski” (Katowice) and the Academy “I. J. Paderewski” (Posen), where she studied with B. Bryła and A. Szymczewska, as well as, at the world-renowned Royal Academy in London in the class of Professor R. Friend. During both her education and career, she participated in various master courses, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with distinguished musicians such as M. Hasson, B. Canino, N. Prischepenko. She has won a significant number of awards at international competitions, among which is a special award at the “IX International Contemporary Music Competition for Young Artists” (Radziejowice, Warsaw), second prize in the chamber music category at the “VI International Competition” in Philadelphia, first prize at the “Val Tidone” Competition in Italy (2014) and the “Winifred” Award for Solo Violin at the Royal Academy in London (2016). He is the founder and member of the “Bukolik Piano Trio”, founded in 2015. She also develops a rich career as an orchestra performer boasting performances in large ensembles such as: London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Manson Ensemble, Gorecki Chamber Orchestra, London Young Sinfonia, Arch Sinfonia and many others. In addition, Roma Tic has been building a teaching career at the King’s College in London.


IMG_0808Filip Tomić completed elementary and secondary music education in his native Kragujevac. He finished high school in the class of prof. Boza Saramandic, at fifteen, and he moved to Moscow at sixteen, where he spent two years at the Academic Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009 he entered cello studies at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of prof. Alexei Seleznyov. Since 2012, he has been a student at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln , where he completed his master studies. At the same time he acquired the Master’s degree at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. Marko Miletic. He finished his doctoral studies at the start of year 2019 at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, in the class of prof. Ksenija Jankovic. During his education, he won more than ten, mostly first prizes in domestic competitions of young players. From the international awards, the first prizes were awarded in the Ars Nova competitions in Trieste in 2009 (as a winner he performed with the Alpe Adria Orchestra) and American Protégé in New York in 2011 (he played at the winner’s concert at Carnegie Hall). As a soloist he performed 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 festivals “Days of Music”, “Barski Ljetopis” and “Harmonika fest” (Montenegro), OKTOH (Kragujevac) and “Euro- Med Youth Music Expo Festival” (Cyprus). In December 2012 he performed Rococo variations of P. I. Tchaikovsky with the Ho Chi Minh opera orchestra (Vietnam).