Founded in 1991, Belgrade Early Music Festival is the first festival of its kind in Serbia. Devoted to the performance of music from Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods on period instruments, during its rich 30-year history the Festival has welcomed such ensembles as "New Trinity Baroque" (USA); "Sprezzatura" (UK); "Die Kölner Akademie" (Germany); "Block6 the Hague" (Switzerland); “Il Rossignolo”, "I Bassifondi", "Seicento Stravagante"  and “Concerto de’ Cavalieri” (Italy); “Artemandoline” and “cantoLX” (Luxemburg); “Antiphonus”, "Croatian Baroque Ensemble" and “Minstrel” (Croatia); as well as domestic (Serbian) ensembles such as “Renesans”, “Musica Antiqua Serbiana”, “VisAntiqua”, “Flauto Dolce”, “Belgrade Baroque”, “Melódi” and others. Vocal and instrumental soloists that appeared at the Festival include prominent names such as soprano Evelyn Tubb (UK); contralto Marijana Mijanovic (Switzerland); tenor Antonio Figueroa (Canada); baritone Christian Hilz (Germany);  lutenists  Simone Vallerotonda (Italy) and  Michael Fields (UK); harpsichordists Aline Zylberajch (France), Steven Devine (UK) and Predrag Gosta (USA/Serbia); baroque trumpet players Friedemann Immer (Germany), Justin Bland (USA) and Luca di Marco (Italy); baroque violinists Florian Deuter (Germany) and Ilia Korol (Austria); as well as baroque cellist André Laurent O’Neil (USA) and many others.

The Artistic Director of the Festival is Predrag Gosta -internationally renowned conductor, harpsichordist and early music scholar. Maestro Gosta has been the most crucial and influential person in developing the Festival to its current renomé - in the recent years, the Festival has grown to a three-week event, with over 15 concerts in its main series, fringe concerts, as well as number of masterclasses and workshops in historical performance practice. A regular partner of the Festival is the New Belgrade Opera that has presented several baroque opera perforamances in conjunction with the Festival. Masterclasses and workshops have been also presented in conjunction with  the Belgrade Baroque Academy.

Anyone interested to participate in the forthcoming edition of the Festival is invited to submit their inquiry to info@festivalranemuzike.com. 

Predrag Gosta
Predrag Gosta has been recognized as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors and harpsichordists of his generation. He is the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded period instrument orchestra; the general manager, artistic director and chief conductor of the New Belgrade Opera, the Belgrade Baroque Academy, the Belgrade Early Music Festival and the Makris Symphony Orchestra in Serbia; and the music director and chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, USA. He also served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, and was a faculty member at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he started studying violin at the age of six. After starting his studies at Belgrade Music Academy, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Trinity College of Music in London and the Leverhulme Trust to continue his studies at Trinity, where he received an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree. He also received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he was studying under a graduate assistantship and several scholarships, including the Regents Opportunity Scholarship. His further studies in conducting were with Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), Ennio Nicotra (Italy), Alexander Polyanichko, Vladimir Ponkin and Andrei Anikhanov (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Dejan Savic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Siffert (Switzerland). From 2019, Gosta is DPhil Reader and Junior Member of the Christ Church, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the late 18th century English opera.

Predrag Gosta appeared at many concerts and festivals in USA and overseas, including England, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Mexico. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as sopranos Evelyn Tubb and Juilliane Baird; mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux; contralto Marijana Mijanovic; baroque violinists Florian Deuter, Ilia Korol, John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann and Ingrid Matthews; recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen; harpsichordists Ottaviano Tenerani and Steven Devine; lutenists Anthony Rooley and Michael Fields; trumpet players Justin Bland and Friedemann Immer; and many others. He performed at the Piccolo Spoleto, Boston Early Music Festival and Amherst Early Music Festival in the USA; Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland; Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; Korkyra Baroque and Varazdin Baroque Evenings in Croatia; Dartington International Summer School and Festival in the UK - just to mention a few. He conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the Sofia Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and more. He appeared in opera houses in Biel and Solothurn (Switzerland), Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), Lexington (KY), Lüneburg (Germany), and his native Belgrade (Serbia).

Gosta is an active recording artist, and has over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas" with New Trinity Baroque, and Evelyn Tubb and Thomas Meglioranza in the titles roles. He also recorded a premiere album of orchestral works by Greek-American composer Andreas Makris with the London Symphony Orchestra, and music by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov with the same orchestra. He also has two albums with the Makris Symphony Orchestra.

As a regular presenter of master classes, he teaches at the Belgrade Baroque Academy. He is a honored member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Golden Key Honour Society, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, as well as member of MENSA and the International High IQ Society.

Finally, Gosta is the President of the international early music society Early Music Network and the Makris Music Society in Washington DC (promoting the music and legacy of Greek-American composer Andreas Makris, and nurturing young talented musicians); the principal editor of the online music publishing house UrtextEditions.com and the Mediterranean Press; and the executive producer of Edition Lilac.

For more information, please visit predraggosta.com.
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