Claudia Montero, composer, was born in Buenos Aires, where she graduated from Conservatorio Alberto Ginastera by completing studies in composition and music theory. Her works were performed across Latin America, USA, Europe and Asia. She is a two-time winner of prestigious Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition: in 2014 for Concerto for violin and strings, and also in 2016 with “Cuarteto para Buenos Aires“ (string quartet). Her works are requested and performed by Chamber Orchestra of the Honorable Congress of the Nation, Paris Sinfonietta, American String Quartet, Orchestra University of Taipei, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, and also festivals, such as Cagliari International Music Festival in Italy, Festival Internacional de Música de La Habana, Gitarrenland Festival in Germany, "From the End of the World" in Taiwan, Isla Verde Bronces in Argentina and others. Claudia Montero’s works are published by editions Piles Editorial, Ut Orpheus and Brotons & Mercadal.
She is a member of International Alliance Women in Music. Since 2003, she is a professor of composition at Salvador Segui Castellon Conservatory in Valencia, Spain.
Concertо en blanco y negro (Concert in white and black) is a concerto consisting of three movements, written for piano and strings ensemble and its title alludes to colors of piano keys.The first movement is most intense and its musical idea is presented with two alternating themes constantly running through series of rhythmic and tonal contrasts. The second movement, Quasi Pasacaglia, is built on the foundation of this pattern, with perpetual repetition of the bass and superimposing it in variations, ending in final consequence of cello being the only accompaniment to the piano. The third movement is in a ternary form. It has a distinctly rhythmical beginning which grows into a lyrical central part. This movement also contains cadenza that is reminiscent of the first theme, thus announcing its reappearance. Concert in black and white is the last in series of sonoric exploration of string instruments and their combinations which reflects the author’s intention of her work: to accent the aspect of color, feelings and images that unified with music, affect imagination and perception of the listeners.
Chamber orchestra Concertante of the Faculty of Arts, University of Niš, exists since foundation of Faculty of Arts in Niš. Its members are students and alumni of Faculty of Arts. Performances that excel, among others in their rich concert activity, are those at festivals in Greece 2009, Ischia and Sorrento in Italy 2010, Naissus Guitar Festival 2011 in Niš and dozens of full-evening concerts in the region.
The orchestra is a laureate of the Euroorchestra Festival 2012 in Moscow. Concertante has performed at NIMUS in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and was also participant of Bolshoi Festival at Mokra Gora, in 2014. The ensemble gave a concert within Chamber Music Stage series, organized by Music Center of Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade, in November 2016. Concertante has also performed at 27th International Review of Composers on October the 10th in Belgrade. Their first CD release is scheduled to be published by the end of the year, within edition of Faculty of Music in Niš. The conductor and artistic director of chamber orchestra “Concertante” is professor Milena Injac, Ph.D.
Milena Injac (1969), the Full Professor at Faculty of Arts, obtained her Doctor in Arts degree in conducting at Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, in the class of Professor Emeritus Darinka Matić-Marović. She has received an advanced training from Salvador Mas Conde during several masterclasses in Vienna, and also from Jorma Panule and Peter Eotvos in Sombateu, Hungary. Leading the chamber ensemble of Niš Symphony Orchestra, she wont the First Prize at 3rd „World of Music“, the international festival in Italy.
She has performed with Belgrade Philharmonic, the National Theatre Opera in Belgrade, RTS Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Yugoslav Army “Stanislav Binički”, Niš Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra with Bulgarian National Choir and many other ensembles in the region. She was the conductor of the International Symphony Orchestra at the central ceremony of 29th International Orchestra Festival in Murcia, Spain in 2010 and also the conductor of the International Orchestra at the Euroorchestra Festival in Moscow in April, in 2012.
As a guest conducter, she has performed with orchestras in Montevideo and Paysandú in Uruguay, San Salvador in El Salvador, London in UK, Madrid, Murcia, Alicante, Águilas and Cartagena in Spain, Florence, Rome, Sorrento and Ischia in Italy, Sofia, Vidin and Shumen in Bulgaria, Sarajevo in Bosnia, Skopje and Ohrid in Macedonia, Karlstad in Sweden, Vienna and Graz in Austria, Podgorica and Nikšić in Montenegro and also Katerini, Athens and Karditsa in Greece.
She is an artistic director and conductor of scenic performances of operette „Die Fledermaus“ by J. Strauss and opera „Barber of Seville“ by G. Rossini within the project of Opera Scene Renovation in Niš. Operette „„Die Fledermaus“ was rendered as a guest performance in National Theatre in Belgrade during the 2013 season.
Mina Mendelson, Ph.D (1978), has graduated from the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Fern Rašković in 2000, obtained her MA degree in 2003, and is currently a final year student of the doctoral studies in violin. She has won numerous awards at the national, federal and international competitions. Mendelson has performed a great number of recitals in the representative concert halls across Serbia.
She has performed as a soloist with the Belgrade String Orchestra „Dušan Skovran“, the Chamber Ensemble „Mokranjac“, with „The Strings of St. George“, and as a member of the same string quartet she has participated in master classes in London, in the class of prof. D. Takeno. As a scholarship holder of the Royal Norwegian Government, she upgraded her studies at the University of Christians and with prof. S. Grolmus and prof. S. Baradua, as well as at the violin master class of S. Krstić in Kotor, in 2003. From 2002, she has been engaged as the deputy concert maestro of the Belgrade String Orchestra Dušan Skovran.
She has performed at Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS), Music Festival in Novi Sad (NOMUS), at Ohrid Summer, the festivals in Sofia, Bodrum and Sapanca, the Kalemegdan Twilights, the Art Against the War, and has recorded for Radio and TV Belgrade. Along with a solo and chamber concert activity, she has been dealing with the pedagogy; in 2002/2003 she was a violin teacher at the Music school Mokranjac in Požarevac. Since 2003, she has worked at the Faculty of Arts in Niš. She is currently in title of the Assistant Professor at Department of String instruments.
Jovanka Arandjelović, MA (1961) finished her bachelor and post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Mirjana Vukdragović. She has upgraded her skills at the piano courses with the pianists – V. Krpan, A. Valdma and N. Starkman.
Since the foundation of the Faculty of Arts, she has worked at Department of Piano – the main subject, currently in title of the Associate professor. Numerous concerts and awards that her students have received at the festivals and national competitions in Serbia testify about her pedagocical results. Her concert activity varies from the solo performances of a recital type, the piano accompaniment, to the solo performances with Niš Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the chamber orchestra Amoroso. She has presented herself with concerts at galleries of Kolarac National University and Artget in Belgrade and Skoplje.
Claudia Montero (Argentina/Spain)
-Rincones de Buenos Aires-
Llueve Buenos Aires
(for violin and strings)
En la esquina rosada...
La Luna de enfrente
-Concierto en Blanco y negro-
(concerto for piano and strings)