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  • Isidora Žebeljan and Žebeljan Ensemble performed at a live streaming concert on the occasion of the Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom’s birthday, which was organized on June 25th, 2020 by the British Embassy in Belgrade. On that occasion, four compositions by Isidora Žebeljan were performed: The Miracle in Shargan, The Moustrap, Tears are O.K. and Leda. Isidora Žebeljan was the first artist to receive funding from the #DoItDifferentlyFund fund, coordinated by the Help Musicians organization in Great Britain, more precisely “OstaniKreativan – Stay Creative“ fund, which was jointly established in Serbia by the Mascom record label and their British partners “The State51 Conspiracy”.

    • The world premiere of the composition Bagpiper’s Vitrage, for clarinet, violin and piano, was given on October 27th, 2019 in Salzgitter (Germany). The composition was commissioned by the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat), and the performers were the members of the Biloba Trio.

    • The Yokohama Sinfonietta Ensemble from Japan premiered a new version of Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Sarabande, for violin, bassoon and piano, on October 15th, 2019 as part of the 11th International Festival of Symphonic Music in Algeria (11. Festival International de Musique Symphonique d’Alger) .

    • As part of the Höri Musiktage Bodensee music festival (Germany), on August 10th, 2019, ‘Three Curious Loves’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Isidora Žebeljan was performed. The performers were Milena Wilke, violinist, and the festival orchestra conducted by Eckart Manke.

    • During the Godella International Festival of Chamber Music (Festival Residències de Música de Cambra de Godella) in Valencia (Spain), held in July 2019, Isidora Žebeljan was a composer in focus. She gave a lecture on her works, and on July 24th, a concert of her chamber music was performed by the Brodsky Quartet, Joan Enric Lluna, clarinetist, as well as members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Valencia Opera Orchestra. Isidora Žebeljan also performed at the concert as a pianist. 10 compositions were performed: The Miracle in Shargan, Dark Velvet, Three Goat’s Ears, Sarabande, Polomka Quartet, Song of a Traveller in the Night, Needle Soup, The Tempest, Tears are O. K. and Leda.

    • At the concert of the Trinity Laban Mixed Ensemble in London, on February 8th, 2019, two chamber suites of Isidora Žebeljan were performed – The Tempest and Leons and Lena.

    • The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Michael Seal, conductor, performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition The Horses of Saint Mark at the concert held on January 15th, 2019. BBC Radio 3 recorded the concert and broadcast it several times.

    • As part of the concert series named Concerts in RTS Studio 6, two chamber music concerts with music by Isidora Žebeljan were held on November 13th and December 18th, 2018, with 11 compositions performed. The performers were members of the Žebeljan Ensemble. At the concert on November 13th, the composition In the Inn, for oboe, accordion, double bass and percussion was premiered. They were broadcast live by both RTS radio and television and these concerts were later broadcast several times.

    • On December 2nd, 2018, Joan Enric Lluna, clarinetist, and the Terpsycordes quartet from Geneva performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Song of a Traveler in the Night in La Chaux de Fonds (Switzerland).

    • The Southern Cross Soloists performed the composition Three Goat’s Ears at their concert in Brisbane (Australia), on October 28th, 2018.

    • As part of the 27th International Review of Composers in Belgrade, the Balkan Connection Brass Quintet performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Ghost from the Pumpkin on October 8th, 2018.

    • The composition The Horses of St. Mark by Isidora Žebeljan was performed by the RTS Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Bojan Suđić, as part of the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra cycle, on the occasion of the ECSA-General Assembly of European Composers, on September 18th, 2018 in Belgrade.

    • The world premiere of the composition Intimate Letter from Judean Desert took place on August 29th, 2018, as part of the 14th Stift International Chamber Music Festival in the Netherlands, performed by the Brodsky Quartet. Later, on October 16th of the same year, the Brodsky Quartet performed this composition at their concert within the BEMUS festival in Belgrade.

    • At the gala concert staged for the opening of the VI Nowa Muzyka Festival in Bydgoszcz (Poland) on May 11th, 2018, five chamber compositions by Isidora Žebeljan were performed: The Miracle in Shargan, Sarabande, Story, Two Songs of the Bride of the Wind and Three Goat’s Ears.

    • On April 5th, 2018, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), headed by Maria Špengler, performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Selište.

    • As part of the Clara Festival in Brussels (Belgium), on March 22, 2018 The Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Peter Dijkstra performed the composition Psalm 78 (Salmo 78) by Isidora Žebeljan.

    • The Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Peter Dijkstra performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Psalm 78 (Salmo 78) as part of The White Light Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York (USA), on November 9th, 2017.

  • As part of the ISCM Festival, held in Vancouver (Canada), the Turning Point Ensemble performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Needle Soup for instrumental octet by on November 6th, 2017.

    • On October 7th, 2017, clarinetist Joan Enric Lluna and the Terpsycordes quartet from Geneva performed the composition Song of a Traveler in the Night by Isidora Žebeljan as part of the Madwomanfest festival at the Queen Sofia Center in Madrid (Spain).

    • At the concert held to celebrate the opening of the 12th Classix International Chamber Music Festival in Kempten (Germany), on September 24th, 2017, the composition Sarabande by Isidora Žebeljan was performed, in the version for piano trio. The piano was played by Oliver Triendl, the festival’s Artistic Director.

    • As part of the Oude Muziek Festival (Old Music Festival), on September 2nd, 2017, in Utrecht (The Netherlands), The Netherlands Chamber Choir and the conductor Peter Dijkstra premiered the composition Psalm 78 (Salmo 78) by Isidora Žebeljan, as part of the ‘150 Psalms’ international project. The composition was commissioned by the Eduard van Beinum Foundation from the Netherlands.

    • During the 13th Stift International Chamber Music Festival in the Netherlands, held in August 2017, Isidora Žebeljan was the composer in focus. Included in the festival’s programme, the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ‘Three Curious Loves’ was premiered on August 24th at the Great Church (Grote Kerk) in Enschede. Daniel Rowland, for whom the concert was written, was the soloist accompanied by the Stift Festival Orchestra led by David Cohen. The composition originated as a commission for the Eduard van Beinum Foundation from the Netherlands. In addition, the compositions Sarabande, in the version for piano trio, and Hum away Strings, for violin and piano, were performed at the festival. The performers were Daniel Rowland, violin, Maja Bogdanović, cello, and pianists Nino Gvetadze and Irina Botan.

    • Bojana Stanković, pianist, performed four piano compositions by Isidora Žebeljan at her recital at the Hollywood Piano Company (USA), on August 19th, 2017.

    • In Winnipeg (Canada), in the Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall on May 4th, 2017, the composition New Songs of Lada by Isidora Žebeljan was performed, in a version for soprano and string quartet. The soloist was Sarah Jo Kirsch, soprano.

    • Joan Enric Lluna, clarinetist, and Real Filharmonía de Galicia led by conductor Paul Daniel premiered the Clarinet and Orchestra Concerto ‘Pipe and Flamingos’ by Isidora Žebeljan, on February 9th, 2017 at the Auditorio de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The concert is dedicated to the Spanish clarinetist Joan Enric Lluna.

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Antarja Quartet from Vienna performed the Polomka Quartet by Isidora Žebeljan at their concerts in Austria, Denmark, Slovenia, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Iran.

    • At the Bangalow Music Festival in Australia, the Southern Cross Soloists performed Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Three Goat’s Ears on August 12th, 2016, in a version for oboe, violin and piano.

    • At the KotorArt Festival in Kotor (Montenegro), on July 27th, 2016, a concert of chamber music (7 compositions) by Isidora Žebeljan was held, performed by the Žebeljan Ensemble.

    • Co-produced by the National Theater in Subotica, Bitef Theatre from Belgrade, Budva City Theatre Festival (Montenegro) and Ulysses Brijuni Theatre (Croatia), a new production of the opera Two Heads and a Girl by Isidora Žebeljan was staged. The opera was directed by Boris Liješević, and this work was performed by sopranos Aneta Ilić and Katarina Jovanović, baritones Vasa Stajkić and Nebojša Babić, actors Mihajlo Miša Janketić and Milovan Filipović Era, including Rambo Amadeus, Žebeljan Orchestra and conductor Premil Petrović. In July 2016, the plays were shown in Palić (Serbia), Budva (two events), Herceg-Novi (Montenegro) and the Brijuni Islands.

    • During the SOMUS Festival in Sombor in April 2016, Isidora Žebeljan was the central creative individual in contemporary music programme of the festival. At the concert on April 5th, the Žebeljan Ensemble performed 9 of Isidora’s compositions.

    • French horn player Hervé Joulain performed the composition Dance of the Wooden Sticks by Isidora Žebeljan in the Opéra de Dijon Auditorium on April 1st, 2016, in the version for horn and string quintet.

    • In the ‘Cesare Pollini’ Hall in Padua, on March 8th, 2016, the Chamber Orchestra and I Solisti Veneti, with conductor Claudio Scimone and soloists, premiered the composition of New Songs of Lada without Words, for oboe/English horn/oboe d’amore and string orchestra

Performance of New Songs of Lada

As a part of the program of the oldest and biggest festival of contemporary music, which has been organized by The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and which was this year organized in the Polish town of Wrocław, there was a performance of Isidora Žebeljan’s composition New...

MASCOM Records released a CD of the opera Zora D.

MASCOM Records, a CD label from Belgrade, released a CD of the opera Zora D. by Isidora Žebeljan. The studio recording was made in 2004, and the performers are: Aile Asszonyi, soprano; Martijn Sanders, baritone; Rachel Ann Morgan, mezzo-soprano; Margriet van Reisen, mezzo-soprano; Žebeljan Orchestra and Premil Petrović, conductor....

Isidora Žebeljan opened the 23rd International Review Composer’s

In The Concert Hall of the Kolarac Foundation in Belgrade, on 16th of September 2014, Isidora Žebeljan opened the 23rd International Review Composer’s. As a part of the festival, dedicated to the winners of Mokranjac Award, on the 19th of September a video-projection of the recording of the...

‘Balkan Bolero’ CD published

In November 2013, the Oboe Classics record label of London published the CD ‘Balkan Bolero’ (CC 2028) containing pieces of Isidora Žebeljan’s classical music, where the main focus is on the oboe, cor anglais and related instruments. The CD contains the following compositions: Dance of...

Bregenzer Festspiele

On 17th July 2013, at the ceremonial opening of the Festival in Bregenz (Bregenzer Festspiele), Isidora Žebeljan’s composition Hum away, strings, Methamorphosis to themes from Mozart's opera 'Magic Flute' for symphony orchestra, had its premiere. The composition, which was written as a commissioned work for the Bregenz Festival, was...

‘When God created Dubrovnik’ at the Walled City Music Festival

On 26th July 2013, the Brodsky Quartet and mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg performed the composition When God created Dubrovnik by Isidora Žebeljan at the Walled City Music Festival in the Northern Ireland town of Derry-Londonderry, which was then the cultural capital of Europe, and the same...

‘Two Heads and a Girl’ at BEMUS

On 15th October 2013, as a part of the Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, the Serbian premiere took place of the comic opera-fairy tale Two Heads and a Girl by Isidora Žebeljan, with libretto by Borislav Čičovački. The opera was performed...