Concert: Inspirations for violin and harp
Duo Edit
National Theatre in Belgrade, "Raša Plaović" stage
28 January 2022 at 20:00

The concert of Inspiration for Violin and Harp, interpreted by Duo Edit (violinist Edit Makedonska and harpist Gorana Ćurgus) includes a wide range of program arranged specially for this unusual ensemble - from famous works of classical music to music from musicals, all composed by composers of Jewish descent. The duo was founded in 2011 and performs a wide range of repertoires - from virtuoso works, popular classics, evergreen music, as well as works by Serbian composers, some of which were specially commissioned for the duo. So far, Duo Edit has made notable appearances at numerous festivals in Serbia, as well as in important concert halls in Belgrade and other places across the country. The Association of Composers of Serbia, the Association of Music Artists of Serbia, as well as Organization of Music Authors of Serbia have recognized the importance of this duo and its contribution to the preservation and nurturing of Serbian cultural heritage. For the Lilac record company, the duo released two CDs (2021) - Rhapsody of Sound and Inspirations for Violin and Harp.

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Program:

 L. Grinski: Air Hebreic

Rondino

Soiréé Turque

 Danse Roumain

 

J. Offenbach: Barcarola

Princ von Arkadien

 

F. Mendelson: Lied ohne Worte, op.30

 

J. Williams: Manha de carneval, Black Orfei

L. Berenstain: Tonight, Somewhere (from the West Side Story)

G. Gerswin: Rapsody In Blue

Edit Makedonska comes from a musical family. She started learning to play the violin with her mother Dijana Raponđijeva-Stojanović, and she graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Fern Raskovic. Makedonska completed her master's degree in violin and chamber music in Plovdiv, where she was engaged as an assistant at the Faculty of Music and Dance. She also graduated in solo singing at the Mokranjac Music School in Belgrade, as well as from the Ballet School in Sofia. She worked as a violin teacher at the Josif Marinković and Vladimir Đorđević Music Schools in Belgrade, as well as a professor of violin and sight reading at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. As a concertmaster she was engaged in the National Opera and Ballet in Skopje, in the opera houses in Varna and Plovdiv (Bulgaria), as well as in the Terazije Theater in Belgrade. She has been a member of the Association of Music Artists of Serbia (UMUS) since 1989. 

Makedonska is also the founder of the string quartet Edit (2000), which, among other things, performed at international festivals in Bulgaria in 2005 and 2006, performed chamber opera Romance, by Igor Ranković (under the baton of conductor Đorđe Stanković) and for which conductor Angel Šurev arranged Masne's opera Don Quixote - which was, with Živan Saramandić in the title role, performed for two years on the stage of Rasa Plaovic of the National Theater in Belgrade.

She has given numerous concerts as a soloist and concertmaster throughout the former Yugoslavia, but also in Austria, Germany, England, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, USA and Italy (Puccini Opera Festival 2017 in Torre del Lago). The repertoire of her solo concerts especially focuses on Serbian  classical music. She has recorded for radio and television, and is also engaged in composing children's music (songs Apple and Butterfly; Sasha, Gypsy Dog; music for the book Fairy Tale for Children by Princess Jelisaveta Karadjordjevic). She wrote the theme for Ballad of the Field (for violin and chamber orchestra), a composition by Mirjana Živković, which she premiered in 2016. She is the first concertmaster of the National Theater listed in the Museum of the National Theater, and in 2021 she was awarded with the Seal of the National Theater, for her special contribution to work.


 

Gorana Ćurgus graduated and obtained her master's degree in harp at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Milica Baric. She has been the harpist of the Opera of the National Theater for 20 years, and for many years she was a member of the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, the RTS Symphony Orchestra and other renowned orchestras in Serbia. She won first and special awards at national and federal competitions, as well as at the international competition Petar Konjović. She received the Golden Angel Award for the best young musician in Serbia in 1994. She was a member of the music-conceptual group Secondhanders, with which she participated in the projects: Play for Music (2009), Gentle, Gentle, The gentlest (2011), Six (not so) easy pieces (2012), Irritations (2013) and Tri(p)bina (2014).

In recent years, he closely collaborates with mezzo-soprano Nataša Jović-Trivić, oboist Marija Lazić, flutist Vanja Đorđević and oboist Borislav Čičovački. In 2015, she premiered Stockhausen's composition for two harps and voices, Radost, with the harpist of the Belgrade Philharmonic, Milana Zarić. With Vanja Djordjević, she premiered the Sonata for flute and harp by Ivan Jevtić, in 2017. Together with Borislav Čičovački, she premiered and recorded the Sonata for oboe and harp by Petar Stojanović, organized by the Committee for the Protection of the Serbian Musical Heritage of Serbian Academy of Science and Art. As part of the Committee's projects, she participated in the performance and recording of music by Josip Slavenski, Aleksandar Obradović and Ljudmila Frajt, as well as music by Isidora Žebeljan. She collaborates with young Serbian composers and regularly performs at the Composers' Forum of the Association of Composers of Serbia. From 2015, she is a member of the author team of the Music Opera and Theater Organization MOTO, and in recent years she has been successfully writing projects in culture.