Jovanka Trbojević

(Belgrade, 27 th March, 1963), composer living and working in Finland, was raised in Belgrade, and gained her piano diploma at the Music Academy in Prague in the early nineteen-eighties with a teacher who was a pupil of a pupil of Ferenc Liszt. Her strict classical training cast itself in a completely new light when she visited the Time of Music contemporary music festival in Viitasaari in 1984. Having arrived in Finland, Jovanka Trbojević shifted her career from that of a classical pianist to that of a contemporary composer and studied composition at the Sibelius Academy, first with Eero Hämeenniemi and later with Paavo Heininen. Her background is thus a mixture of the Balkan music tradition, the Bohemian-German-Slav ethos and the academic Nordic approach to composition. Today she is a full-time composer writing from nine in the morning till four in the afternoon. Major works include: ....kada bih mog'o biti drag..., for mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet, double bass and percussion (text by Tin Ujević) (1991), string quartet, ORO (1993-94), Self-portrait with a Song, for solo violin and folk music band (1993), Music for Gilles’ Requiem, for orchestra and choir (1998-99), In the view of the wise, for three female voices and their hands (2001) and the Fantome..., a cycle of pieces for electronics and different solo instruments (1998-01), as well as her Piano Sonata (2001-02). She has written music for documentary and feature films.