Participants of the 52nd International Jeunesses Musicales Competition will have the opportunity during the Competition to perform accompanied by our renowned ensembles and artists: Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet and RTS Symphony Orchsetra and piano accompanists Antonela Grgin and Uki Ovaskainen. During first and second stage of the Competition, participants will be accompanied by our pianists and Belgrde Philharmonic String Quartet. Participants selected for the final stage of the Competition will have the opportunity to perform one of the following clarinet concertos accompanied by RTS Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestra Olivera Sekulić Barac: C. M. von Weber – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74; L. Spohr – Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 26 and B. H. Crusell – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 5.

Antonela Grgin

Antonela Grgin studied piano at the Faculty of Music, University of Belgrade in class of prof. Jasmina Gavrilović and graduted in class of prof. Dejan Sinadinović. She finished her specialist studies in chamber music on Faculty of Music, University of Belgrade in class of prof. Olivera Đurđević.

As an accompanist and chamber musician she performed at concerts, festivals, forums, competitions in prestigious co concert halls in country and abroad: Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Italy. She participated in music festivals BELEF, NIMUS, NOMUS, “Ohridski Biseri”. She has been engaged as the official accompanist of the clarinetists at the 42nd International Jeunesses Musicales Competition, “Davorin Jenko”, “Petar Konjović”, competition of woodwind instruments in Požarevac and also for concerts that were part of National Concert Season project and the concert season of Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

She had realized numerous concerts with eminent clarinetists such as Ante Grgin, Nikola Srdić, Dragan Petrović, Milan Milošević, Vladimir Urošević, Ognjen Popović, Veljko Klenkovski, Stojan Krkuleski, Matthias Muller  and others. She ade lasting recordings for RTS Music Production.

She has been working at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade since 1999. and since 2020. She has been a Senior Collaborative Pianist at the Wind Instruments Department.

Antonela Grgin

Uki Ovaskainen

Uki Ovaskainen

Uki Ovaskainen is the winer of the 1st prize, the special prize “Contemporanea, as well as the prize of the audience at “Premio Jaen” piano competition in Spain. He performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Serbia and Europe, at festivals such as “Contemporary piano faces” in Mariinsky theatre, “Hagen Open”, International Burgos Music Festival, “Mattsee Diabellisommer”, “Weilburger Schlosskonzerte”, “Golden days Copenhagen” and “Espoo International Piano Festival”. He has played 8 different solo recitals during 11 days at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, which is the biggest individual project ever at the Academy.

He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, in Copehagen, with prof. Jose Ribera and in Hanover Hochschule with prof. Matti Raekallio. He has also worked with renowned artists such as: Pnina Salzman, Andras Schiff, Emanuel Krasovsky, Charles Rosen, Yahli Wagman and Fou Ts’ong. Uki Ovaskainen has performed as a soloist with Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky theatre in Snain Petersburg, Sjaelland and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras, in Konzerthaus in Wienna, in chamber music concerts of the Wienna Chamber Orchestra, worked as a piano accompanist (correpetitor) for Opera “Faber” in Portugal, played piano parts in professional orchestras in Denmark and in Serbia, worked with professional choirs. He has performed at more then 200 concerts on 4 continents as a member and pianist of the “Tapiola Choir”. He is the artistic organizer of the “Uki Ovaskainen Chamber Tour” in Denmark. He has also played a part of a piano accompanist of Kirov ballet in the movie “White Crow” directed by Ralph Phiennes.

As a mentor in the “ArtLink” organization, he has been working with chamber ensembles with and without piano, as well as with a string orchestra. He is the official accompanist at The Competitions organized by Jenuesses Musicales Serbia, Belgrade. He works as an accompanist for strings at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, but besides that, performs equally with all string and wind instruments, as well as with singers.

Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet

Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet was founded in 2011 by the members of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Jelena Dragnić (first violin), Vladan Lončar (second violin), Boris Brezovac (viola) and Aleksandar Latković (cello).

The Quartet’s latest achievements include concerts at festivals such as Silver Lyra Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia), Musikfesttage an der Oder (Poland/Germany), the Abu Dhabi Classics Festival, the OHO Concert series in Oberwart, Austria, concert tours in China including Harbin and Tianjin, followed by concerts at the Centre Culturel de Serbie, in Paris, and the Cultural Centre in Izmir, Turkey.

In July 2017, the Quartet performed at Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia. It recently had its premiere in Montenegro, featuring Viaggio in Italia by Giovanni Sollima, with cellist Maja Bogdanović and actor Vladimir Aleksić, and has performed at Festival Espressivo in Cetinje, the Modern Gallery in Podgorica, and the Strings Festival in Perast. In Serbia, the Quartet performed at the Festival Mokranjčevi Dani in Negotin, the SOMUS Festival opening in Sombor, and Filip’s Days Festival in Niš. Other performances in the region have taken the Quartet to Sarajevo Evenings of Music (SVEM) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Banja Luka, Bratunac and Trebinje in Republic of Srpska. In addition to these performances, the Quartets concert at Studio 6 Belgrade was broadcasted live by the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation Channel 3.

During the 2015/16 season the Quartet members were mentors for their young colleaguеs at the Winter String Quartet Workshop in Podgorica, and at the Montenegro Summer Chamber Music Camp at Ivanova korita, Lovćen.

In June 2015, in cooperation with clarinetist Ognjen Popović, the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet released their first compact disc containing compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.

In the season 2013/14, the Quartet and their guests appeared in a cycle of five chamber music concerts named Quartet+1, in the Belgrade Philharmonic Concert Hall. In addition to compositions for the string quartet, this cycle also included quintets with two violas, with clarinet, piano and voice.

In the season 2012/13, the Quartet gave a memorable performance of a “Concerto for String quartet and Orchestra” by Erwin Schulhoff at the Kolarac Great Hall, with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and their Chief Conductor of that time Muhai Tang.

The Quartet worked with prof. Eberhardt Feltz, prof. Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio) and prof. William Coleman (Kuss Quartet).

Olivera Sekulić Barac

Olivera Sekulić Barac

Following her conducting studies at the Belgrade Faculty of Music, with Biljana Radovanović and Bojan Sudjić, Olivera Sekulić-Barac (1979) pursued further training at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), where she studied orchestral conducting with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli and successfully completed her Master (2005) and Master Specialised (2009) studies. Her professional development was also influenced by her cooperation with conductors such as Péter Eötvös, Ralf Weikert, Kirk Trevor, Gabriel Feltz, Norbert Baksa, Marc Kissóczy, Mariusz Smolij and Franco Trinca.

In 2008, Olivera triumphed at the Young Conductors’ Contest of the Berner Kammerorchester (BKO).As a guest conductor, she has appeared in the recent years with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz (Germany), RTS Symphony Orchestra (Serbia), Berner Kammerorchester (Switzerland), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Berg Orchestra (Prague, Czech Republic), Teplice Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), Winterthurer Symphoniker (Switzerland), Sinfonietta Tübingen (Germany), Ensemble Boswil for New Music (Switzerland) and Ensemble Tzara (Switzerland).

She has been the artistic director and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra “Orchestergesellschaft Zürich”, Chamber Orchestra Schwerzenbach and the Youth Symphony Orchestra Schwyz.

Between 2008 and 2015, Olivera worked as an assistant in the Ensemble Boswil for New Music, where she was able to collaborate with renowned conductors and composers, including Beat Furrer, Tsung Yeh, Wojciech Michniewski, Zsolt Nagy, Pierre-Alain Monot, Viktor Tarnopolski, Vinko Globokar, Klaus Huber and Bettina Skrzypczak.

As a choral conductor, Olivera has been active since she was 16 years old. In Zurich in 2011, she founded the Heruvim choir, in an attempt to bring the Eastern European choral music closer to the Swiss audiences.

Ensembles under her leadership have given concerts in Italy, Germany, England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Serbia.

RTS Symphony Orchestra

The Radio Television of Serbia Orchestra is one of the most prominent orchestral ensembles of Serbia. Founded in 1937, as a part of Radio Belgrade, the Symphony Orchestra has always had profiled artistic directions, oriented towards the affirmation and preservation of national music heritage, as well as capital works of world literature.

This programme policy, established by the first conductor, Mihajlo Vukdragović, has been retained for more than 8 decades, that have been marked by the work of chief conductors: Mladen Jagušt, Vančo Čavdarski, and Bojan Suđić. 

Throughout history, the most renowned domestic and foreign artists, solo artists and conductors have collaborated with the orchestra. The orchestra has performed at all major festivals in Yugoslavia and Serbia, and has also toured successfully across Europe, Africa and Asia. In the Radio Belgrade Sound Archive, hundreds of recordings have been permanently archived, many of them published on several sound carriers.

The Symphony Orchestra has won numerous relevant awards and recognitions, including the award of the Association of Opera and Symphony Musicians of Serbia for high quality music and as the most promising orchestra (1971), Siringa (1982), the award at the Festival of World Symphony Orchestras in Paris (1986), and the Special Golden Ring award (1987) (Specijalni zlatni beočug), on the occasion of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary.

In 2008, marking the 70th anniversary, the RTS Symphony Orchestra, together with its Chief Conductor Bojan Suđić, received the Golden Ring of Excellence award (Izvanredni zlatni beočug), for great achievements in the cultural and artistic mission. The orchestra has also won the annual award of the radio programme Classical Music (‘Muzika klasika’), for the best orchestral ensemble in 2013. In 2019, together with the RTS Choir, it was awarded the Sretenje Order of the Third Degree, for its lasting contribution to the culture.

Today, the RTS Symphony Orchestra operates within the RTS Music Production as a modern ensemble, keeping pace with global tendencies in the interpretation of music. Its repertoire includes significant symphonic, concert and vocal-instrumental pieces of domestic and foreign literature. In its history, the Symphony Orchestra has premiered many works of distinguished Serbian contemporary artists of various generations, and some of these works are dedicated to the orchestra. The programme also includes opera and operetta literature, as well as the music of popular genres. It is actively present in concert halls, in the media and at important social events, positioning itself as a prestigious performer, ready for the highest artistic achievements.