After his stunning American debut at the Discovery Series of the Miami International Piano Festival in 2003, Misha Dacić quickly became a sought after soloist throughout the US and was featured at Ravinia's Rising Stars Series in Chicago, followed by performances at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival Rising Stars Recital Series in Kalamazoo, the Xavier University Classical Piano Series in Cincinnati, The Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival at Princeton University, Frederic Chopin Society's Concert Series in Minneapolis among many others. In recent seasons Dacić made his debut in Turkey performing at the prestigious International Antalya Piano Festival and as a guest soloist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra at the Tourmaline Pianists Series performing at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, as well as with the National Symphony of Panama at the ASM Festival in Panama City. Dacić toured Europe, Israel and Japan in collaboration with the celebrated violinist Ida Haendel. The DVD ‘Misha Dacić in Recital', featuring several live performances, has recently been released by VAI (Video Artist International). Celebrating Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary, Dacić has been asked to perform a Liszt Marathon for the 2011 Master Series of the Miami International Piano Festival, as well as in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is piano professor at University in Mersin (Turkey), and guest professor at Faculty of Art in Nis.
Ivan Novaković was born in Nis in 1976. He studied at Academy of Art in Novi Sad under Professor J. Cugajev. He graduated and obtained Master degree at the same institution under Professor S. Bogino at 2005. During his studies, Ivan Novaković worked with Professors K. Bogino and V. Ogarkov. For his achievements, he was awarded for several times and among others he received Prize for Excellent Achievements and The Best Student Award at the Academy of Art. During his Master studies, he worked as associate at the Academy of Art. Since 2003, Ivan Novaković has been working at the Faculty of Art in Nis. where he is now Professor of Accompaniment and Sight Reading. For his first performance with the orchestra, at the age of fifteen, he played Grig’s Concerto in A minor. Since then, he has performed with various orchestras and played different piano concert works composed by Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. He cooperated with many conductors such as: D. Savic, M. Injac, J. Novokmet, Le Fi Fi and J. Suilen. Throughout his career, Ivan Novakovic performed as a soloist and a chamber musician, and cooperated with soloists: M. Dacić, A. Bratić, M. Mijatović, T. Petrović Djorgovski, L. Radionov, V. Ignjatović and others.
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
The Bells, choral symphony op. 35 (1913) / arr. M. Dacić
Allegro ma non tanto: The Silver Sleigh Bells
Lento: The Mellow Wedding Bells
Presto: The Loud Alarm Bells
Lento lugubre: The Mournful Iron Bells
Paul Dukas (1865 – 1935)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice / arr. P. Dukas (1896-97)
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
La valse, a choreographic poem for orchestra / arr. M. Ravel