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 pioneers of the early music movement on the Balkans and one of the most interesting conductors of his generation. He is the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded period instrument orchestra; the founder and the artistic director of the Belgrade Baroque Academy, Belgrade Early Music Festival, New Belgrade Opera, and the Makris Symphony Orchestra; as well as the music director and chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, USA. He served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, was a faculty member at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta, and is currently conducting a doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the late 18th century English opera.

Born in Belgrade, 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 Leverhulme Trust and Trinity College of Music in London, receiving his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Trinity. He then went to the USA where he received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, studying under a graduate assistantship and the Regents Opportunity Scholarship. His conducting teachers include Alexander Polyanichko and Ennio Nicotra (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), and others.

Predrag Gosta appeared at many concerts and festivals in USA, UK, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia Croatia and Montenegro. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as Evelyn Tubb, Juilliane Baird, Vivica Genaux, Marijana Mijanovic, Florian Deuter, Ilia Korol, John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann, Marion Verbruggen, Ottaviano Tenerani, Steven Devine, Anthony Rooley, Michael Fields, Justin Bland and many others. He performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, 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, Varazdin Baroque Evenings and Dubrovnik Summer Games in Croatia; Dartington International Summer School in England, etc. He conducted internationally renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and more. He appeared in opera houses in the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Bulgaria and Serbia.

Gosta is an active recording artist, and has almost twenty CD recordings to his credit. He recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra (two albums), the Makris Symphony Orchestra and New Trinity Baroque, among others.

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