Isidora Žebeljan

(Belgrade, 27th September 1967), composer, studied at the Belgrade Music Academy with Vlastimir Trajković (a student of Olivier Messiaen) and since 2002 has been professor of composition in the same institution. Her music is highly acclaimed and she has won many important national awards, among them the Stevan Mokranjać National Music Award in 2004. Isidora Žebeljan was granted the Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship for 2005 and in 2006, and elected member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She gained international attention with her opera Zora D. commissioned by the Genesis Foundation in London and premiered in Amsterdam in 2003. The production opened the 50th season of the Vienna Chamber Opera in the same year. After the success of Zora D. (with 22 performances in five European countries in just four years), Isidora Žebeljan wrote The Song of a Traveller in the Night, for clarinet and string quartet on commission from the Genesis Foundation in 2003. The Venice Biennale commissioned her in 2004 to write The Horses of Saint Mark, an illumination for orchestra. The Genesis Foundation also commissioned The Minstrel’s Dance, for London in 2005, which she conducted while The Ghost from the Pumpkin was premiered in London in 2006. In 2009 she wrote Polomka quartet, for the Brodsky Quartet. Il Circo was the obligatory piece for the international Jeunesses Musicales piano competition in Belgrade in 2009. She has written music for over forty productions in all the most important theatres in Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. To acknowledge her artistic achievements, Žebeljan has been honoured three times with the Sterija Award, the most prestigious Serbian annual theatre prize. The Yustat Biennale of Theatre Design elected her best composer of theatre music on four occasions. She has written film scores, and orchestrated Goran Bregović‟s music for The Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream, Underground (directed by E. Kusturica), Queen Margot (directed by P. Chéreau) and The Serpent’s Kiss (directed by P. Rousselot).