Stefan Milenkovich and ArtLink Young Virtuosi open the 4th ArtLink YOUNG TALENTS’ FESTIVAL
Kolarac Endowment Great Hall,
Monday, 25 September 2017 at 20:00h
“On the Road to the Stars”
Stefan Milenković will open the “4th ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival” with a concert at the Great Hall of the Kolarac Endowment on 25 September 2017 together with the “ArtLink Young Virtuosi” youth ensemble and concertmaster Una Stanić.
Stefan Milenković opens the “4th ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival” together with the “ArtLink Young Virtuosi” ensemble:
(DISCOUNT FOR OPENING / CLOSING TICKET SETS!)
KOLARAC BOX OFFICE
Stefan MILENKOVICH, violin (Serbia / USA)
Serbia’s “Artist of the Century”, “Most Humane Person”, and “Brand Personality of the Year”, violinist Stefan Milenkovich enjoys a prolific career as an internationally sought-after soloist and recitalist, with extraordinary productive longevity, professionalism and creativity.
Milenkovich’s 2016 – 17 season includes performances with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Italy), Orchestra Haydn Bolzano (Italy), Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra (USA), and Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy). Recent performances include collaboration with Utah Symphony Orchestra (USA), Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (USA), Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (USA), Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenia), Orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy), as well as performances with baritone Nathan Gunn (USA) and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (USA).
Established as one of the great violinists of his generation, Milenkovich appeared on multiple occasions in some of the world’s most celebrated venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York City (USA), Kennedy Center, Washington (USA), Cadogan Hall, London (UK), Suntory Hall, Tokyo (Japan), as well as Italy’s theatres La Fenice, Venice, San Carlo, Naples, and Petruzzelli, Bari. His numerous appearances with orchestra include Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo, and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, and has performed under the baton of such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Daniel Oren.
Milenkovich started his career at a very young age. He performed for U.S. President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington, DC, at age 10. The following year, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev in Belgrade, Serbia. At age 14, he played for Pope John Paul II and at age 16, Milenkovich gave his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. By age 17, he was the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Competition (USA), as well as a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), Hannover Violin Competition (Germany), Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland), Rodolfo Lipizer Competition (Italy), Paganini Competition (Italy), Ludwig Spohr Competition (Germany), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).
Deeply committed to international humanitarian causes, in 2002 Milenkovich received the Lifting Up the World With Oneness Heart award for his humanitarian activities, handed to him personally by the guru Sri Chinmoy. He also participated in a number of gala concerts under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris with such artists as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Weissenberg, and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and was active as the First Child Ambassador during the Balkan wars in early 90’.
As a musician of broad stylistic interests, Milenkovich performed with five-time Grammy Nominee rock band Gorillaz in one of the world’s most renowned venues – Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City. The critically acclaimed performance was featured live on MTV. Recent collaborations include performances with Grammy Award Nominee lutist Edin Karamazov, as well as a musical partnership with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski and his trio, where Milenkovich explored the realm of improvisation and acoustic-electric violin.
Milenkovich’s discography includes four commercial releases of the Italian label Dynamic, featuring J. S. Bach Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Complete Music for Solo Violin – Nicolo Paganini 24 Capricci, N. Paganini Recital, and N. Paganini In cuor piu non mi sento. He also released numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label, PGP. Milenkovich’s recent CD release includes a First Recording disc with the Manchester Music Festival of Vittorio Giannini’s Piano Trio and Piano Quintet.
Firmly dedicated to pedagogical work, Milenkovich taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School in New York City, NY, and Perlman Music Program, before accepting his current position as an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Milenkovich is still the youngest graduate of the Music Academy in Belgrade, Serbia, finishing his Masters’ studies at 19 years of age, and has completed the Professional Studies program at the Juilliard School in New York City, NY under the tutelage of Mrs Dorothy DeLay.
Milenkovich plays the 1783 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.
ARTLINK YOUNG VIRTUOSI
The ArtLink Young Virtuosi (founded in 2013) is a chamber ensemble made up of the most promising young musicians from Serbia. The members of the ensemble perform regularly as a part of the ArtLink Young Talents’ Music Cycle and at the ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival – recipient of the European Festival Association’s prestigious EFFE Label for 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.
The ArtLink Young Virtuosi have the exceptional opportunity to work and perform with renowned musicians such as Stefan Milenković, István Várdai, Jan Vogler, Pavel Doležal, Uki Ovaskainen, the RTS Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, Kamerata Janaček and others, as well as with the young talents from other European countries and the Western Balkans Region.
ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival is a part of the European Festival Association’s network, and it enables every year – with the support of the EU Delegation to Serbia, the European Cultural Centres in Serbia and other donors – the residences and guest appearances of outstanding European artists visiting Serbia.
(DISCOUNT FOR OPENING / CLOSING TICKET SETS!)
KOLARAC BOX OFFICE