Mirjana Živković

(Belgrade, 3rd May 1935), studied composition in the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, gaining her degree in 1964. From 1967 until 1968 she lived and studied in Paris attending graduate courses with Nadia Boulanger (composition, harmony, analysis) and Olivier Messiaen ( composition). In 1974 she obtained a Master‟s degree from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and became a teacher of harmony, counterpoint, musical form and composition in the Josip Slavenski Music High School in the same city. In 1976 she was appointed assistant professor in the Faculty of Music and later nominated head of the music theory department from 1998 until 2001. She has received many important prizes: the Award of the Serbian Broadcasting System and the Stevan Hristić Award in 1964 (for Sinfonia polifonica), the First Prize of the Fontainebleau Conservatory, France, 1968 (for Incantation), awards from the Serbian Composers Association and the Golden Plaque of the University of Arts in Belgrade for pedagogical work. Her principal works include: Koncertantne metarmofoze, for piano and orchestra, Adagio, for oboi and string orchestra, Igra, for mezzosoprano, flute and percussion (2007), Balade for piano (2001), Letnja noć, for accordion (2004), Duvački kvintet (1962), Zapis, for violin and pianoforte (1975/2008), Iz ničije zemlje, song cycle for mezzosoprano and pianoforte (1991), Duo for violin and violoncello (1992), Basma, for mezzosoprano and fourteen percussionists (1968). In 2010 she premiered Balada o ruži, za marimbu, klavir i udaraljke. She is also the author of a number of textbooks and scholarly articles.