Ana Mihajlović

(Kuwait, 29th January, 1968), resident in Rotterdam, completed her studies with Zoran Erić at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and with Louis Andriessen in Holland. She later worked with Ton de Leeuw, Nigel Osborn and Srđan Hofman. Her works were chosen three times for the programmes of the International Gaudeamus Week in Amsterdam. With her piano concert Mundus Sensibilis she won the Irino prize in Tokio in 1998 and the Annual prize of the Composers Association of Serbia in 1989. The turning point in her career was in 1990 when she wrote Story II and discovered the bass harmonica, which inspired her to explore and compose for unusual instruments and ensembles. Apart from the question of tempo, always present in her music, and folk music from the Balkans, Southern Europe and the Middle East, she has written music for many different ensembles including the Belgrade String Orchestra Dušan Skovran, Combustion Chamber, de Stichting Barka, Gamelan Ensemble, Axyz Ensemble - and performers Marcel Worms and Tatiana Koleva. Since 1995 she has been living in Holland where she works as a composer, DJ and performer of contemporary music. She is a member of Cloud Society, a group promoting her electronic music and she performs with the Duo Tatiana Koleva/Rutger van Otterlo as well as composing for the theatre and for video. Her most important works are: Les Baricades Misterieuses, for 15 solo strings (1988), Story II, for ensemble (1989), Concert for piano and orchestra Mundus Sensibilis (1993), Full Auto Shut – Off, for chamber orchestra (1996), Imploro grazia, for ensemble (2004), The Transformations, for solo marimba and electronics (2006), The Escape, for chamber orchestra (2006) and When Someone is talking, for marimba, saxophone, electric guitar, piano and electronics (2010).