Project Description

Stefan Milenkovich’s Masterclass

Serbia, the Violin Powerhouse

An international, two-week violin masterclass designed for talented students of classical violin from around the world.

Project Description

The first in a row of violin masterclasses organized together by creative ambassador Stefan Milenkovich and the platform Serbia Creates took place in Dr Vojislav Vučković Music School in Čačak from 02 to 17 July 2021. The class was attended by 13 students from Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, and Japan, indicating that this type of youth education holds great importance in the development of the national classical music scene, as well as the promotion of Serbia globally. The idea is to turn this class into an annual tradition, taking place every summer.

About the Masterclass Program

The program was designed by Stefan Milenkovich, a music scholar and professor of music for more than 20 years, with vast teaching experience that includes positions at prestigious music schools such as the famous Juilliard School in New York.

The students activities include daily lectures and practice (group and individual), physical exercises designed especially for musicians, as well as lessons in breathing techniques relevant for public performance. Apart from his extensive knowledge and experience that he wishes to pass on to the students, the teaching of Professor Milenkovich extends to techniques aimed at harmonizing the mind, body and soul through practical techniques of biomechanics, breathing, yoga, and meditation. These are tools that he himself uses in his daily life, both personally and professionally.

A Child Prodigy and Global Violin Sensation

One of Serbia’s most famous violinists and the youngest graduate of the Belgrade University of Arts, Stefan Milenkovich has, in the last few years, taken up a regular teaching position at the Illinois University in USA, as well as a guest lecturer position at the Belgrade Faculty of Music. Upon returning to Serbia, he was awarded a teaching position at the Music Department of the Novi Sad Academy of Arts, as a professor of string instruments. He was also recruited as the art director of the first City Concert Hall in Novi Sad, which is part of the Music and Ballet School of Novi Sad. He started playing the violin at age three, and had his first solo performance with an orchestra at the age of six. In his rich career, he has played the violin for a number of world statesmen: in 1987, he performed for US President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington D.C. In 1988, it was Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachov in Belgrade, while in 1991, Stefan played for Pope John Paul II.

One of Serbia’s most famous violinists and the youngest graduate of the Belgrade University of Arts, Stefan Milenkovich has, in the last few years, taken up a regular teaching position at the Illinois University in USA, as well as a guest lecturer position at the Belgrade Faculty of Music. Upon returning to Serbia, he was awarded a teaching position at the Music Department of the Novi Sad Academy of Arts, as a professor of string instruments. He was also recruited as the art director of the first City Concert Hall in Novi Sad, which is part of the Music and Ballet School of Novi Sad. He started playing the violin at age three, and had his first solo performance with an orchestra at the age of six. In his rich career, he has played the violin for a number of world statesmen: in 1987, he performed for US President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington D.C. In 1988, it was Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachov in Belgrade, while in 1991, Stefan played for Pope John Paul II.

Stefan Milenkovich Official Website

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