NADA KOLUNDZIJA

Belgrade-based Nada Kolundzija is an internationally renowned concert pianist and Serbia's most prominent performer and passionate promoter of contemporary music.

Over a career spanning more than four decades, Ms. Kolundzija has performed as a soloist and as a chamber music collaborator in countless concerts at home and abroad, been featured as a leading national artist on Serbian radio and television broadcasts, and won national and international awards and recognition for her artistic achievements in classical and contemporary music.

Ms. Kolundzija was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and earned her Master degree in piano performance at the Academy of Music in Belgrade under Professor Dusan Trbojevic. She completed her graduate studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, where she studied with world-renown pianist Zoltan Kocsis.

Her concert appearances and recordings are sometimes marked by her performance of toy piano, prepared piano, piano using voice, and recorded sound matrices. She has developed large and small performances around unusual multimedia concepts, and has collaborated with other leading artists from the fields of music, theatre and dance who share her enthusiasm for exploring the edge of contemporary art.

Ms. Kolundzija is responsible for introducing her audience to her diverse repertoire includes works by Schoenberg, Feldman, Xsenakis, Berio, Messiaen, Cage, Satie, Kagel, Stockhausen and many other contemporary composers. Her concert resume includes many Serbian and world premieres, and she personally commissioned or inspired the creation of significant new works by Serbian and international composers.

In addition to her career as a solo performer, Ms. Kolundzija frequently performs with her brother, world-renowned violinist, Jovan Kolundzija. She is a long-term collaborator and guest artist of Les Amis Concerts from Toronto. And she was a member of Ensemble for Different New Music (minimal music) and Crossover Elita (classical and jazz fusion).

Ms. Kolundzija is fervent in supporting the development of young musicians. She was a tenured professor of contemporary piano music at the Belgrade Faculty of Music. And she is the artistic director of Guarnerius Art Center, whose mission is to promote young artists and enrich the cultural life of Belgrade.

Her enthusiasm for new music includes championing creative experiment in musical expression extending far beyond piano repertoire. In 2008, she initiated and organized the first "International Festival of Electronic Polymedia Art, Electroacoustic and Radiophonic Music" in Belgrade, ART OFSOUNDS, which presented more then forty works of composers from Europe, Australia, Canada, USA and Asia.

Ms. Kolundzija has performed on tour in USA, Canada, Chine, Mexico and India, and played in Hungary, Holland, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Romania, Greece, France and ex-Yugoslav countries.

Her festival appearances include Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovnik, Croatia), Ohrid Summer Festival (Ohrid, Macedonia), Festival of Contemporary Music Biennale Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia), CHINCH Presents Composers in the First Person (Belgrade, Serbia), Interfest (Bitola, Macedonia), The Hvar Summer Festival (Hvar, Croatia), A Tempo (Podgorica, Montenegro), BEMUS (Belgrade, Serbia), Festival of Chamber music, (Nis ,Serbia), NOMUS (Novi Sad, Serbia), Festival Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia), BELEF(Belgrade, Serbia), and International Review of Composers (Belgrade, Serbia).

Other international appearances include soundaXis festival (Canada), Festival of Performing Arts in the Celebration for H.M. the King`s 60th Birthday (Bangkok, Thailand), Kiev Music Fest, (Kiev, Ukraine), Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico), Temisoara Musicala (Temisara, Romania), PLANUM Festival, (Budapest, Hungary), Contrasts (Lviv, Ukraine).

She performed at Salle Gaveao in Paris; Accademi Santa Cecilia in Rome; Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Steinway Hall and the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium in New York; New England Conservatory and Berklee College in Boston; La Chapelle in Montreal; McGill Hall and Great Hall, University in Toronto; Nehru Memorial Auditorium, New Deli.

Ms. Kolundzija is the recipient of awards and recognitions for her interpretation of contemporary music, including:

  • City of Belgrade Award, nominated in 2006. for Waltz Concert by 20th and 21st Centuries Composers and 2011. for multimedia project John Cage Music Circus "A House Full Of Music" directed by Scott Fielding.

  • Diplomas at International Gaudeamus Competition for Contemporary Music, Roterdam, 1981 and 1984

  • Young Artists Award, The Social Youth of Serbia for Results Achieved in the Production of the Youth in Belgrade, Belgrade, 1981

  • Best Interpretation of the Year, The Community of Self-managing Organizations for Culture of Belgrade, Belgrade, 1980

  • Achievement in Music, National Award, Zagreb, Croatia, 1980

  • International Arnold Schonberg Piano Competition, Rotterdam, 1979.

    Nada Kolundzija's recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available through 6 LP Records by Suzy, PGP, RTB, Diskos, SKC; 4 CDs Records by CeSUF and Guarnerius Art Center Productions and DOBERMAN-YPPAN.

 

 
        
         
Nada          Kolundžija, e-mail: nada.k@nadlanu.com          tel.: ++381          (11) 278. 56. 01          Address: Levskoga 1 , 11 060 Belgrade, Serbia 
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