A new program for the Minnesota Guitar Society, the Showcase Series has two goals: to introduce emerging artists to the guitar-loving community, and to fundraise in support of our flagship concert series at Sundin Music Hall on the Hamline University campus. The first Showcase Series concerts feature four outstanding graduate students from the internationally known guitar program at the University of Minnesota, now headed by Prof. Maja Radovanlija.
Sunday April 7: Milena Petković and Nikola Korovljev
Sunday May 5: Momčilo Aleksandrić and Filip Živanović
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul
Tickets are $20, available the day of the concert at the box office. Doors open 20 minutes before the concert begins. General admission, limited seating. On-street parking.
Classical Guitarists Milena Petković and Nikola Korovljev
Sunday, April 7, 2:00 pm, Dreamland Arts
Milena Petković was born in Prizren, Serbia. She has performed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, and the US as a soloist and chamber musician. She has received awards for classical guitar performance from the International Guitar Festival in Kyustendil (Bulgaria), the Guitar Open Festival in Subotica, (Serbia), and the Naissus Guitar Festival in Niš (Serbia).
Petković received a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance under the guidance of Prof. Zoran Krajišnik at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia). She holds a Performer’s Diploma and Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Maestro Ernesto Bitetti.
Currently in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, School of Music, she performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles with other guitarists and in duos with violin, flute, and clarinet. She has been a faculty member at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and St. Joseph’s School of Music since 2017.
Nikola Korovljev began playing the classical guitar at age 11. He finished elementary music school at the Petar Konjović School in Bečej (Serbia), and then attended secondary music school at the Isidor Bajić School in Novi Sad (Serbia), where he studied with Prof. Rasko Radović. He has won first and second prizes at domestic and international competitions and attended master classes with such eminent guitar pedagogues as Darko Karajic, Srdjan Tosic, Goran Krivokapic, Vojislav Ivanovic, Zoran Dukić, Marcin Dylla, Antonio Mascolo, Martin Myslivecek, Pavel Steidl, and Anabel Montesinos.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Music Art in Belgrade (Serbia) under the guidance of Prof. Vera Ogrizovic and is currently pursuing a master’s in music, in classical guitar, at the University of Minnesota School of Music, studying with Prof. Maja Radovanlija.
Classical Guitarists Momcilo Aleksandric and Filip Živanović
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm, Dreamland Arts
Momčilo Moma Aleksandrić is a Serbian guitarist currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Prof. Maja Radovanlija. Since winning first prize at the 2018 Hong Kong Altamira International Guitar Symposium, he has received invitations for performances in China, Australia, Costa Rica, Thailand, Serbia, and elsewhere. As a chamber musician, he has taken part in numerous ensembles and won top prizes at the Guitar Foundation of America Ensemble Competition and Southern Guitar Competition as a member of the Belgrade Guitar Duo with Filip Živanović. Alongside his career as a concert performer, he has given numerous lectures at such institutions as Florida International University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Indianapolis, and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota and a co-founder of the Belgrade Guitar District non-profit organization.
Filip Živanović was born in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2003, he has given solo recitals and performed across Europe and the US, and won over 30 first prizes at national and international competitions. In 2010, he enrolled at the University of Belgrade School of Music. Since 2011, he has performed with fellow guitarist Momčilo Aleksandrić as the Belgrade Guitar Duo. He has attended master classes with such renowned classical guitarists as Aniello Desiderio, Hubert Käppel, Roland Dyens, Paolo Pegoraro, and Denis Azabagić.
In 2014 he graduated with honors from the University of Belgrade under the guidance of Prof. Srđan Tošić, where he also earned master’s degrees in both classical guitar performance and chamber music. He started doctoral studies in chamber music performance in Belgrade, and now is working on his doctorate in classical guitar performance with Prof. Maja Radovanlija at the University of Minnesota School of Music. Recently, he has won top prizes at a number of competitions across the US, including the International Memphis Guitar Competition in 2017, the Appalachian Guitar Festival and Southern Guitar Festival in 2018, and the Schubert Club Competition in 2018. Also in 2018, with Momčilo Aleksandrić, he won first prize in the Ensemble division at the Southern Guitar Festival and third prize at the Guitar Foundation of America International Ensemble Artist Competition.
In addition to his solo career, he performs as a member of various chamber ensembles (guitar duo and trio, and duos with flute, saxophone, and violin).