Founded in 1991, Belgrade Early Music Festival is the only 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 20-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” and “Concerto de’ Cavalieri” (Italy), “Artemandoline” and “cantoLX” (Luxemburg), “Antiphonus” and “Minstrel” (Croatia), Serbian ensembles “Renesans”, “Musica Antiqua Serbiana”, “Temenos”, “VisAntiqua”, “Flauto Dolce”, “Studio for Early Music”, “Belgrade Baroque”, “Melódi” and the New Belgrade Opera, as well as such soloists as contralto Marijana Mijanovic (Switzerland/Serbia), soprano Evelyn Tubb (UK), lutenist Michael Fields (UK), harpsichordists Steven Devine (UK) and Predrag Gosta (USA/Serbia), baroque trumpet players Friedemann Immer (Germany) and Luca di Marco (Italy), baroque violinist Ilia Korol (Austria), baroque cellist André Laurent O’Neil (USA), countertenor Predrag Djokovic (Serbia), and many others.

The Artistic Director of the Festival is Predrag Gosta, internationally renowned conductor, harpsichordist and baritone. 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 Belgrade Baroque Academy, as well as the New Belgrade Opera, which presents a new baroque opera in conjunction with the Festival since 2013.

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 is recognized as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors 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 conductor of the New Belgrade Opera, the Belgrade Baroque Academy and the Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; the principal conductor of the Makris Symphony Orchestra (Belgrade, Serbia); and the music director of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia). 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).

Gosta is recognized as a specialist in historically informed performance. He 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 soprano Evelyn Tubb and 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, and others. He performed at festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto, Boston Early Music Festival, Sastamala Gregoriana (Finland), Budva - The Theatre City (Montenegro), Belgrade Early Music Festival (Serbia), Dartington International Summer School (England), etc. He is an accomplished conductor who has conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Washington, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", and more. He appeared in opera houses in Biel and Solothurn (Switzerland), Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), in Lexington (KY), Lüneburg (Germany), and his native Belgrade (Serbia).

An active recording artist, he has over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas" with Evelyn Tubb and Thomas Meglioranza in the titles roles. He also recorded a premiere album of orchestral works by Greek-American composer Andreas Makris. As a regular presenter of master classes, he regularly teaches at the Belgrade Baroque Academy. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.

Gosta is also the President of the international early music society Early Music Network, the President of the Makris Foundation and the Makris Music Society in Washington DC (promoting the music and legacy of Greek-American composer Andreas Makris, and nurturing young talented musicians).
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