Nadežda B Mosusova

(Subotica, 4th August, 1928), musicologist and composer, worked at the Institute of Musicology in Belgrade and taught music history at the Faculty of Music (she has now retired). She received a doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana, with the thesis Influence of folklore elements on romantic structures in Serbian music. She also attended specialist courses in Germany and Austria and was, for many years, the senior scientific assistant at the Music Institute of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences and from 1977 onwards professor in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. The main themes of her research include musical nationalism in Serbian and Slavic cultures, opera and ballet in the 19th and 20th centuries and the works of Petar Konjović and Stevan Hristić. She prepared the critical edition of the correspondence between Petar Konjović and Zdeněk Chalabala (Leipzig, 2003). She is the author of numerous studies: Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”: From Street Entertainment to Diaghilev’s Seasons, Operas of Petar Konjović in the Light of Janaček’s Dramatic Principles and the Theory of Sprechgesang, Russian Artists-Emigrés and the Music Theatre in Yugoslavia between the Two World Wars, Symbolism and Theatre of Masques: the Deathly Carnival of La Belle Epoque, etc... Her main compositions are: Symphonic prelude (1953), Poem, for strings (1956, later incorporated into Introduction and Largo from 1969), String quartet, in F sharp minor (1952), Fantasy, for clarinet and piano quartet (1967), Piano trio (1972), Variations, for piano (1950), Meditations, for piano and harpsichord (1963), and many songs.

Natasa Mirković- De Ro

(born in Zenica, Bosnia Herzegovina), composer. She earned a master of Arts in classical singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts IN Graz. She is a singer and actress and studied musicology in Sarajevo and Graz. She is also a composer  and arranger . Mirkovic De Rio has lived in Austria since 1994.She debuted in Sergei Dreznin’s musical Romeo & Juliet in Sarajevo in 1996. From 1995 to 2000 she had cooperation and engagements at the Graz Chamber Opera and the Vienna Volksoper. Projects: Mevlud (Psalm-styriarte, 2006); Der knabe und der Schmetterling, (Jeunesse-Konzerthaus Vienna, 2006); Bergwind(Jeunesse, 2007), Offstage, she successfully teaches her own universal singing method throughout Europe.
Publications: Kassandra-Laments of the Balkans, with Ernst. M. Binder and dramagraz (CD, Extraplatte 2004), Gypsy’s Lullaby with Ernst M. Binder and  M . Loibner (cd, Extraplatte, 2004), Ajvar & Sterz, duo project with Matthias Loibner, Efimeras (2006)
Performances: Gypsy’s Lullaby by E.M Binder, sang role of Melin, dramagraz, La Strada Festival (Graz, 2004); Die Winterreise by Schubert, with M. Loibner and E.M Binder (dramagraz, 2008), Asik and the Wedding story, with Maybe Airlines, Konzerthaus (Vienna, 2008)
Awards: Austrian world music career grant for Ajvar & Sterz (2005)

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Patrizia Montanaro

(1956, Bologna, Italy) graduated in piano at the Conservatory of Bologna in 1978 and in composition under the direction of Bettinelli at the Conservatory of Pesaro in 1992. From 1989 to 1993 she attended composition classes by G. Manzoni at the Academy of Fiesole. Her compositions have been awarded at International Competitions of Composition: ATEM “Briccialdi” - Terni 1990, “C. TOGNI” - Brescia 1990, ICONS - Turin 1997, GEDOK - Mannheim 1998, ICOMS - Turin 2003, “Ermo Colle” – Tizzano val Parma 2004. Her compositions have been performed in Italy, Switzerland, Rumania, USA, broadcasted by radio stations and included in the schedule of events and theater seasons. She has received commissions from Italian and foreign institutions and has been published by Rugginenti (Milan) and EDIPAN (Rome). Since 1980 she teaches piano at various music conservatories, currently at the conservatory "Giovan Battista Martini" in Bologna.

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