Dear Friends, This summer I had a serious traffic accident, a rental bicycle has been manipulated and I had a bad left arm injury. Being yoga fit since several years, my recovery went very good in last two months, but as it always is with bone fractures: it needs time. I have started to play piano again after three months and my doctors are very pleased and happy with my recovery. Meanwhile, I have been very busy with developing a Festival Modernae - festival for contemporary music, arts and literature- and I have good news : we have found partnes to start the first stage of preparations and partial executions. We are all excited especially because this festival will be held in beautiful Belgrade, a cosmopolitan city that is a home for a whole world. We will give the stage for New Music new generation of composers, to Spectral music and microtonal music. In December , I will be part of some Christmas Charity Concerts in UK with renewed British Mezzosoprano Sophia Grech, which I am very honoured. Charity has been always essential part of my life. This is a short update. I want to thank you for a support while I was I hospital. It means a lot. Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, Here is the podcast for a recent radio interview i was in: http://www.rts.rs/page/radio/ci/story/29/beograd-202/3113357/indeks.html Radio Belgrade 202 @Indeks202 I have given an insight on studying music in China, why China is important in classical music in XXI century and how to apply for a full scholarship to study in China. Serbian speakers only. Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, After a short break I am happy to announce some future projects. As already mentioned, I have been on a board of EPTA China and am currently involved in choosing very gifted future students of College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts in Chengdu, China at the official auditions for piano in Belgrade, Serbia for the South East Europe. For further informations , please, check the events section of my website. Also, Masterclass of my colleague Aleksey Sokolov, who has been teaching over 20 years at Tianjing Conservatiry for Music and will now join the faculty of this international music university that is an inovative project of One Road, One Belt and Sichuan and Central Governments, will be held on two days in two of best music schools in Belgrade - please check the dates in the section events here. On the 6th of May an official audition will be held, the direct link to apply could be found in section events here. One of my students Ewa Plociennik, piano from Poland became on of first 14 international students, which I am very proud of! Starting April 21st 2018 I will be doing a lots of talking about why is China very lucrative environment for future generations of musicians and how Western culture is having an important impact on Chinese society. these talks will be presented by radio and TV broadcasts that I will be more than happy to share at this space in a section buzz. This summer I will start a collaboration with John Holt, a world renowned trumpet player and professor at the University in Texas. Together with Sophia Grech, British Mezzosoprano we will discover a huge range of repertoire for this kind of ensemble, putting more emphasis on New Music compositions. Our first concert will be in Belgrade next year. I will be working very serious and enthusiastic to establish an interesting and vibrant festival for New Music in Belgrade, something that is very much in my heart and already few negotiations have been done. That is a longer process but the team I am working with is fantastic and we are sure we will make it happen very soon. Thank you for support and see you around! Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear friends, Sad news arrived this morning. Daniel Danny Barkley, a young and prosperous composer from Belfast (North Ireland) has lost his fight in everyday's life. On his behalf, Michael Barkley (his brother) is raising money at MindWise (@justgiving.com) because Danny is not alone in this struggle. MindWise is an independent health charity operating in North Ireland working to transform the lives of those affected by severe mental illness and other mental health difficulties challenging stigma and discrimination and providing services and support. I have met Danny in 2008, he was starting his composing career and we have had an opportunity to work together. I was very honoured to give some suggestions on his piano works he would send to me to play. A gentle soul, very intelligent and utterly musical young man, Danny developed to an influential and important young composer at the New Music scene. He won several prizes such as Peter Rosser Competition Award, his works were commissioned by HardRain Soloist Ensemble, he was participating at the Aberystwyth Musicfest under the tutorage of famous composers and professors Ken Hasketh, Arlene Sierra a.o. Lately we discussed about some new music , such as a piano concerto and chamber music for vocal, viola and piano. We were happy to have our plans. Unfortunately, fragile soul of his lost a fight. He will be terribly missed among his friends and fellow musicians. Daniel Danny Barkley (26/05/1989 - 11/01/2018) RIP dearest Danny, may your journey be in eternity! __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, After almost 40 years break free artist career and 23 years teaching career, I have to enter a recovery that will take place from January 1st 2018. How long the recovery will be I cannot say at this particular moment. I count on your understanding and support. Hope to see you all around after a while! Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, In couple of months I will take a new course in my Music career as a music educator. First of all I will leave Music Department at the Art College of Hunan University of Science and Technology in Xiangtan, Hunan Province (PR of China), where I have spent 8 semesters teaching new generations of future piano performers and piano educators. It was an inspiring journey with all ups and downs, but it brought both Music Department and me a lots of recognition and admiring: students' first prizes at important provincial competitions, my prize for improving Xiangtan Municipality both in economic development and education (and being the first pianist to get that prize as well makes me very proud!), collecting the money for the flood victims in West Balkans together with 30000 University students (very proud of it, it was a first private organized charity ever in this province), promoting Serbian music in Hunan province both through my concert programms and teaching students (me playing Kornelije Stankovic virtuoso variations on main Hunan CCTV programm has been seen more than 100 million times and has been played in top broadcasting lot whole week in May 2014), introducing piano music of Vladimir Drozdoff with a permission of The Drozdoff Society from USA, with cross-departments-educational-and-performance programmes, introducing New Music new generation composers to the youngsters, promoting my late teacher's exercises for a functional piano playing at invited lectures at Hunan Universities, and many more. Wow! Life at Chinese Universities is very fast! But the time has come to go to a new place to proceeded the pioneer work. Meanwhile, through my private engagement throughout in 2016, a new idea was born and the execution has begun 15 months ago: I will do educational consulting , something I developed and presented to the authorities and got the positive reaction. About this I am very excited and am looking forward to start! Both changes with exact places and institutions will be given at the lawful allowed time. Meanwhile I ask you, dear friends, to be patient. From 52 weeks we have in a year, my professional engagement in PR of China is around 36 weeks. In other 16 weeks I was having wonderful time playing concerts with my friends and colleagues , mostly in UK and Serbia, promoting New Music Young Composers Generation and Vladimir Drozdoff music at music festivals and radio. In music education, I have continued to promote an idea of classical piano improvisation through the International Competition that is generally supported by local media in Hagen, Music School Max Reger in Hagen, City of Hagen and Sir Charles Halle Society in Hagen. Thank you for being loyal to me. Let's jump together in the new future full of new adventures! Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, This year, between October 3d and 5th, a 2017 The 1st Changsha International Piano Open Competition took place in Changsha Concert Hall, in Changsha (Hunan Province, PR of China). The competition 's idea, organisation and execution has been fully covered by Changsha Government and partly by Hunan Province Government. The best pianists and professors of PR of China has been invited to sit on a judge panel, such as Christopher Ting Zhong, a First ever Chinese to teach abroad, a Julliard school Alumni and Manhatten school of Music Master's degree in piano performance. He is a Steinway & Sons artist. I am teaching not only students at the university, which is my primarily occupation in teaching in China now, but I also teach children and youngsters in some special occasions. For this competition two of them applied to compete: Zhang ZiXin, 7 years old and Huang YiKai, 13 years old. On October 3d, the first round was held. In the group 7-9 years old have been 352 participants, and in the group 11-13 years old there have been 400 participants. For the finals, the quote of 60% have been given. Both Zhang ZiXin and Huang YiKai passed into the finals. On October 5th, the finals was held. Zhang ZiXin won the 3d prize in her age group, Huang YiKai won the 1st prize and a trophy in his age group. What I like about this competition is that all participants will have acknowledgement from a jury. The first participants who didn't make to the finals have gotten a certificate for the participation and their hard work for the competition. All participants from finals have gotten one of the prizes. however, the privilege of the best is given only to really the best ones. Huang YiKai is one of 14 best in his group at the competition, hence the trophy. We are all glad to have the possibility to share some photos in the photos section of this homepage. Stay tuned! Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, The new season has just begun with its new challenges and adventures. My work in China will obtain a new dimension which I would be glad to present starting the New 2018. Meanwhile, let's keep it secret! ^_^ There are plenty of collaborations with XX century and XXI composers, one of them I have had a pleasure to announce few months ago : Arlene Sierra. I will engage myself in promoting some New Music and Contemporary music written for piano solo and chamber music with piano. I might focus on female composers not because it's kind of a fashion now but just because the gentleness and the views on topics in the music are more similar to mine. Few years ago, I have met a Romanian composer based in Germany: Violeta Dinescu. Beside the fact that she re-wrote the music for the silent movie 'Nosferatu' (the old tape was not possible to be used anymore) , she has been engaged in teaching all over in Germany and is an Executive Board Member of 'International League of Women Composers'. Her 'Suita for Piano' and 'Con Variazioni for Paino' written in 1975 will be on my piano repertoire, both playing and teaching. As a Head of the Music of Pro Art &Co. , a non-profit organisation focusing on Art, Music, Science and Literature based in London, UK, I will continue to work on a project 'One Road, One Belt -Silk Road', to connect and re-connect places on the geographical map , starting in China. Two of my students took part this year in International Engadine Piano Summer Academy in Samedan, Switzerland, organized for the 9th time by extraordinary Nina Orotchko: Shen Yanxi and Li JaiXin. We are very grateful to Ms. Orotchko for giving the chance to Shen Yanxi to take active part in Academy with a great German pianist and teacher Mr. Rolf Dieter Arens, as well as to give a chance to Li JaiXin to listen the whole academy classes. It has been a wonderful and truthful experience for both young ladies. Some of the collaborations that has happily begun in 2015 and 2016 have to come to an end, merely because of disagreements in crucial artistic views. However, I was glad to have promoted music that was a result of these collaborations in following countries: UK, Serbia, China and Germany. The collaborative partners have been fully covered by media in those countries (press, radio, TV and Internet). Also, a project of mine that has been created as a part of RUHR2010 'Internstional Hohenlimburger Piano Competition' has been recalled again: In last days of August 2017, there was a board meeting in City of Hagen, Germany, to develop a new strategy. Preliminarily, we keep May 10th -13th 2018 as a date for competition. Meanwhile I have been engaged in preparing some kids for Changsha International Piano Competition in Hunan, China that will take place from October 3d to 8th. I am very excited about that! Keep safe, dear Friends! And watch this space! Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, I am happy to announce a cooperation with acclaimed American composer based in UK - Ms. Arlene Sierra. Her work for two pianos 'Of Risk and Memory' composed in 1997 has been accepted for the concerts series 'Podium za kamernu muziku' (Stage for Chamber Music) at the Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade, Serbia, organized by Kolarcev centar za kamernu muziku (Kolarac's Center for Chamber Music) in 2018, February 11th, which I will be performing with a Santa Barbara based pianist Marina Grozdanovic. Arlene Sierra is an extraordinary human being, and we share the love for birds and butterflies. You can read all about her in links below: www.arlenesierra.com www.facebook.com/arlenesierra Yours, Sanja __________________________________________________ Dear Friends, Feel free to listen to the radio streaming of Radio Belgrade 1st Programme broadcast 'Susretanja' (Gatherings) from February 17th, 2017. Editor is Aleksandra Paladin, musicologist and we talked about the late concert with British mezzo soprano Sophia Grech at Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade, Serbia. Language is Serbian and if you don't understand, listen because it was such a relaxing and beautiful talk, I am sure you can feel that atmosphere! If not, move to ca. 9th minute to listen de Falla, to ca. 28th to listen to Liszt. Vladimir Drozdoff two songs are at the beginning , they are missing from some technical mistake that we will solve ASAP. Meanwhile, 'Sometime' and 'March of Peace' are available at my YouTuve channel, live from the concert on 5th. I talked about The Drozdoff Society and the licence for performing Drozdoff's beautiful music, solo and together with Ms. Grech, about amazing Natasha O. Cherny and George P. Borisov from The Drozdoff Society. I tell how my curiosity for new music and music that is undiscovered for many years is something I like to play and how I am blessed with new times of technology that will do to my adventurous personality right. I talked why i am never bothered by mobile phones in audience and how I improvised on a mobile ring tone recently in Kolarac. We talk about why I follow New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall, how it come I went to China where I got the Goverment prize for my work as the first woman in music ever, we talked about life, autism and Asperger Syndrome that is a huge part of my life now. Towards end, we talked about my debut at Buckingham Summer Festival in July 2016 with Ms. Grech and Robert Secret, artistic director of the festival, a conductor and violist. Enjoy! The link to the streaming is in the section 'Buzz' in a main footer too. Yours, Sanja http://www.radiobeograd.rs/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=545&Itemid=128 __________________________________________________
Dear Friends,

It has been a while since I have given an information. The 2016 year has been in many ways a real Monkey year: some things were very beautiful, some things were very ugly. Probably a very 'monkey way'. On January 28th, 2017 we will enter a year of Fire Phoenix, according to the Traditional Chinese callendar. I am looking very forward to this because I was born in a year of  a Fire Phoenix and by a Chinese phylosophy it would mean I will have a good year. And all people who keep to the Fire Phoenix people! :)

Last year (2016) I have obtained a licence for a royaltee free performing of a Russian/American composer/pianist Vladimir Drozdoff, from a Drozdoff Society that is based in NYC in USA. Several Drozdoff compositions for piano solo and mezzo-soprano with piano have been since than on my repertoire. On February 5th, 2017, few duetts will be performed at the famous Belgrade Concert Hall (Serbia) 'Kolarac', a place where great musicians such as Richter, Rubinstein, Gilels, Menuhin, Argerich, Mehta, Kissin, Vengerov, Sokolov, Pogorelich, Trifonov have played ever since, and orchestra like NY Philharmony, Boston Philharmony, Moscow Philharmony, London Philharmony, Isreal Ohilharmony Orchestras a.o. have been performed. It is a great honour and pleasure.

An interview about my professorship in Hunan Province in China , discussing music education in general and in particular about piano edcuation in China, has been in a MUZIKA KLASIKA Classic Music Magazine for South - East Europe, published in Belgrade (Serbia). I was very honoured to be put together in the section 'Serbian Musicians in the World' with a world famous opera singer Zeljko Lucic. A CD with some classical performances from various artists is attached to the magazine where I am performing Liszt Petrarch Sonnets. A printed example could be ordered via facbook page www.facebook.com/muzikaklasika or by phone +381 65 3985527 9 (English speakers) at the Radio Belgrade Broadcaster (Serbia).

In a year to come, I will be playing more and more New Music piano- and chamber music. My long wishing dream is coming true: I will be more performing in ensemble two pianos and piano 4 hands, a genre that i was always dreaming of but it was not easy to establish. There will be performances in USA, UK, Serbia and China in the near future. Stay tuned on this!

And I have started to write a book about music education through the different cutures, as I was blessed to have been working in this field and in different cultures over 20 years.

Once again, I wish you all my friends a very happy New Year and many beautiful dates with music!

Yours,

Sanja
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Happy New 2017 year!!

Let all adventures and challenges be exactly right this year!!

Let the music be your guide!!

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

On October 21st and October 24th, 2016, in Zhuzhou and Xiangtan, Hunan University of Industry and Hunan University of Science and Technology, both in Hunan Province in China, I had a chance to give the first presentation ever in China about the Functional Piano Playing and 18 exercises by my late teacher, great Peter Feuchtwanger (1930-2016). It was an excellent admission and I hope to have more opportunity in the future to present these knowledge.

Yours,

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

"Young performer and Young composers" Project is postponed to Spring 2017 due to students participating in important competitions. Still, I have two upcoming student's concerts to announce:

December 8th, 2016 - Graduating Student's Concert Recital, with an open discussion

December 15th, 2016 - Concert Exam and open discussion

Works by W. A. Mozart, J. Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, R. Schumann, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, F. Liszt, S. Thalberg, L. M. Gotschalk, M. Glinka, A. Scriabin, S. Rachmaninoff, S.Prokofiev, A. Ginastera, K. Babic a.o.

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

In this period (September to December), I will have some interesting projects going on. First of all, I am very happy that Hunan University of Science and Technology has budgeted financial support for a Chamaber Music Hall that will be set at the South Gate of a South Campus of HNUST, in the left wing of the South Campus Library. This hall will be able to give place for ca. 700 people, with the "green room" and all necessary facilities. I am honoured to chose the grandpiano for this hall and will also make an inagurate concert.
Secondly, HNUST has approved financial support of the Chamber Music Concert that my colleague and excellent violinist Xiong Li Dan and me have been planning for a while! Students will perform and share the stage with us where we will represent some finest chamber music such as Mahler Piano Quartet, Bruch Piano Trio, Mendelssohn Sextet but also some works by american composers such as Richard Bellak and Vladimr Dorzdoff, the late I am honoured to have obtained a licence to perform his piano music. However, the financial support is not sufficient and we will need to do some fund raising, which is challenging!
Thirdly, I will be giving some Masterclasses and one very important is the educational one in HNUST where i will work on Baroque and Early Classic Piano Works to educate teaching personal. I will visit Suzhou and Shaghai to give an open class for the new generation, which i am very honoured to do.
And finally, a project that is on my heart: with my excellent colleague and friend, a wonderful pianist Andrew Kraus, we will start some interesting programme that is completly Andrew's idea and I am just "jumping in" but we will try to make that project happen , with joint efforts with American Cultural Centres in Europe and China.
In October I will appear in the MuzikaKlasika , a Music Magazine for Balkan, talking about teaching and performing culture in China, about cultural differences in educational system and everyday's life. My interpretation of Liszt Petrarch Sonetts will be on the Magazine's CD.

Stay tuned! And if around - just come in!

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

On July 5th, 2016 I was honoured to play at the Buckingham Summer Festival with aclaimed british mezzo-soprano Sophia Grech and Artistic Director of the Buckingham Summer Festival conductor and violist Robert Secret. It was a great pleasure to make music with an excellent Sophia Grech, mezzo soprano and a wonderful and emotional journy with her and Robert Secret in Bridge songs and Brahms songs. We are looking forward to present these wonderful piece of music next summer in Belgrade. On August 31st, 2016 as a part of Memorial Concert to honoured my late teacher, tutor and friend Peter Feuchtwanger (www.peter-feuchtwanger.de) , I performed solo piece and my teacher's  favourite Liszt Song "Freudvoll und Leidvoll" with Sophia, and with a Laudatio I have given to honour my teacher - it was a journey full of nice memories...
In late autumn in Concert Hall South Club in Xiangtan in Hunan, in PR of China it has been planned a concert as a part of a project 'Young Performers and Young Composers' that was initiated by me and my colleague viloinist Ms. Xiong Li Dan and Vice President of Art College of Music Department of Hunan University of Science and Technology pianist Mr. Xiong Xiao Hui, where we will a piano trio a.o. of young composer Daniel Barkley from Belfast, Ireland. Becuause we are still working on gathering more New Music composers and we have a lots of competitions of importance for University, this concert is postponed to Spring 2017.
In the next period i will concentrate on the music of New Music and Contemporary Music, in piano soloistic repertoire as well in chamber music. I am honoured to announce a new colaboration with an american composer Arlene Sierra (www.arlenesierra.com), her music for two pianos 'Of Risk and Memory' will be premiered in several countries in 2017.

Stay tuned!

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

On Saturday, March 26th 2016, I will give a public piano lesson presentation where I will talk about the benefits of piano playing for any age, and will try to put in the light the difference in understanding what is piano playing outside the wesren culture. I hope this to be a very interesting evening, where two of my students will play, I will play, and i will give open lesson to three chosen children, age 7-9.
I am working together with some of my colleagues on openning a special , so called here "training school", where language, music, art and sports will be the main part of the education.

Stay tuned!

Yours,


Sanja
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Dear Friends,

The University's website will soon provide all the information about me and my work. I have been very honoured by Hunan University of Science and Technology, Art College, Music Department with this gesture. In tha past 2 years i have been working at the HNUST as a foreign expert for piano, my students won 3 first prizes at the National Piano Competition in China and the Masters Study Programme has been enrolled. I hope to welcome many young people in my classroom in the future!

The presentation will be provided here:

http://www.hnust.edu.cn/

Stay tuned!

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

An exclusive interview will apear in the April edition of the MUZIKA KLASIKA, a classical music magazine for the Balkan region, held on February 23 2016 with the Serbian journalist and musicologist Alexandra Paladin. It is an interview about my views on music education in China, about the future devlopment of classical piano teaching in China. There is a CD with the magazine, where my recordings of the Franz Liszt Petrarch Sonet 104 and Peter Feuchtwanger Tariqa will be desplayed. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, a nice mobile APP was made by ex student this afternoon, feel free to clicl on the link bellow or paste it!):

http://eqxiu.com/s/KPoVQ3Na?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=1

Soon I will be sitting on the jury board of the Belgrade Chopin Festival Piano Competition - February 26th and 27th, further informations at:

www.belgradechopinfest.com

Stay tuned!

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

Lately I have been enjoying a lots of wonderful popular radio and classical music radio broadcastings on the Radio Television Serbia, the Radio Belgrade 1. Some of them were done together with the wonderful British mezzo soprano Sophia Grech ( www.mezzo-soprano-sophia-grech.co.uk ) announcing our concert at the famous Kolarac Hall in Belgrade (Serbia) and the concert at the Buckingham Summer Festival in UK ( www.buckinghamsummerfestival.org ) where we will be joined by the Artistic Director Robert Secret , ARAM. All the broadcastings are available at the www.rts.rs or:

http://www.rts.rs/page/radio/sr/story/23/Radio+Beograd+1/2198652/Pop+karusel.html

http://www.rts.rs/page/radio/ci/story/27/%D0%A0%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BE+%D0%91%D0%B5%D0%BE%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B4+1/2204589/%D0%92%D0%B5%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%81+%D0%B7%D0%B0%D1%98%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%BE.html

I am happy to announce to join Sophia Grech and Crispian Steele - Parkins for the next season, where we will have the possibility to share the stage and to make some educational work in classical music.

Check this space for the new information!

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

I am one of the 10 prize winners of the LOTUS Prize, a prize that is issued by the Xiangtan Government in Hunan Province, PR of China. And it happens to be that I am the only lady among the winners :-) And I am the first female piano professor to ever win this prize, eiter Chinese or foreigner. The prize will be given on December 8th, 2015 by the Mayor of the City of Xiangtan, the live broadcasting is on CCTV Hunan. There is a small movie about me that will be shown as well :-)
I am to appear in this year book of Bristol Who is Who, that will come out in December 2015. I have been in this book because of my achievments in the musical education concerning developing and promoting the classical piano improvisation among children and youth.

This year will end in a sense of great happiness! I will stay in Hunan University of Science and Technology another year. Watch the space!

Yours,

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

In January 2016, the Lions Club Schwelm in Germany will start a project "Houseconcerts in Schwelm" to bring back the old tradition of making music in intime, house enviroment. Schwelm is the home of the very famous piano factory Ibach, a piano that used to be played by Brahms, Schumann and Liszt and not only. And, as Schwelm is a wonderful, small city with beautiful houses from the XVIII and XIX century, we will have nice music salons that will offer a perfect stage for house music making and sharing.
The first house concert will be held on January 17th, 2016 with me at the piano and Sophia Grech, an internationally aclaimed mezzo soprano from Great Britain. Reservations are available also here, at the sanjapiano@yahoo.com.

Watch the space!

With love,

yours

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

I have been nominated from the Hunan University of Science and Technology to compete for the prestigious prize in the Hunan Province LOTUS. The prize is for the best teacher and friend. I am very honoured to be chosen among almost 3000 teaching stuff and professors of HNUST. Fingers crossed!!

With lots of love,

yours

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

It has been a while since my last post, and there is a reason for it: too busy :-) I have been travelling this summer a lot, gave some nice concerts in Dorset and London, and have had splendid holidays in Paris and Orleans with my family and friends. In September i returned to China, to Xinagtan, to the Hunan University of Science and Technology where i am finishing my second year of visiting professorship and will stay for another year, so watch the space as there will be very interesting projects i am attending to do.
Last semester I have had the opportunity to arrange the "La Follia" by Geminiani, who was Corelli's student, with my fellow collegue Ms. Xiong Li Dan, a violinist and our students. We have had a wonderful performace at the Studenst's Club at our Art College in June 2015 , it was a great success as well something completely new: i played and conducted and it was the first time in the Music Department history that such an arrangement was made, as well the fact that i was playing with my back to the audience which is not very popular in China but it was quite interesting! I have written two improviastions on this music when i was 15 years old, one was for piano and the other one was for the guitar and we performed them as well. Many memories were visiting me on the stage on that hot June evening while making music. Wonderful times!

I hope to do many such wonderful projects in the future, beside the opportunity to teach at the University.

With lots of love,

yours

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

After 3 months Europe, I am back to China again, with new tasks and new projects. One of them was the official invitation for the lecture recital and masterclass at the Hunan University of Arts and Science in Changde. One hour turned into two hours of wonderful lecture recital and masterclass. I have had the opportunity to give a masterclass to the Best Teacher in Hunan Province, Mr. Fan, a wonderful young pianost and teacher from the HUAS in Changde on the Beethoven "Aurora" Sonate op. 53. My lecture recital was on Frabz Schubert's Sonatas and I chose the B flat major DV960 to play. But, at the end I was playing some Mozart and some Bach and some Chopin.
The journey took me to the Yiyang, the Hunan City University, where we have had a talk about the future musical exchange.
On the April 16th 2015, I will give a concert with Franz Schubert B flat major Sonata DV960 and Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto in F minor arranged for one piano only and my student Peng Churu will play Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet with the Student's String Quartet of Art College of Hunan University of Science and Technology.

Yours,

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

As you know, since July 2013, I am appointed as a Head of the Music at ProArt&Co. in London, UK, the non-profit cultural organisation, where I make music programs and educational programs in music, as well as EU projects in music. Please, take a look into the website of ProArt&Co. where you can also find information about other educational programs and other cultural events and offers:

http://www.proartandco.co.uk/2014/04/03/sanja-stefanovic-in-china/


With best regards,

yours

Sanja


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Dear Friends,

Since February 24th, 2014 I am appointed as a Foreign Expert and Visiting Professor for piano at the Music Department of HNUST (Hunan University of Science and Technology) in Xiangtan, PR of China. The first contract is for one year and I am looking forward to have the chance to develop the Piano Faculty of HNUST. Never then less, all projects I was developing as a Head of the Music at Pro Art & Co. will continue, some of dead lines are in October, some of them are in March, and for me there is a lots of work. Concerts are to be put now a little bit on ease, but from the second part of the year, I will have the pleasure again in performing as well :-) But, I am giving public Masterclasses every second Tuesday at HNUST, Concert Hall, Xiangtan, PRC, already gievn 2 in March, and now on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, I will have the pleasure again. The programme is Franz Schubert Sonata op.120 and Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata op. 53. Two bachelor students (2nd year) will perform.
As far as the International Hohenlimburg Competition is approaching, I will be in Hagen-Hohenlimburg, Germany from May 5th till May 15th, 2014. There is a big chance that Pro Art & Co. with me as a Head of the Music, as well the HNUST, and my partners, Music School Max Reger in Hagen and the City of Hagen, can open the Asia brunch of the competition. How ever, there is a lots of pre-work to be done, but both sides are delighted to begin the cooperation. But, let us first have the competition that will start on May 8th, at 2.00 pm. More details to follow on the Competition's page:

http://hohenlimburgcompetition.instantencore.com/web/home.aspx

If your way will bring you to Xiangtan in China, don't hesitate to come and visit me :-) Everybody knows who I am after my first 5 weeks! 

With all my best wishes,

yours

Sanja
                                                                                                    
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Dear Friends,

As you already know, I have developed an unique programme for the piano competition in Baroque and Early Classic, that has the task to get the children and youth more improvise on the piano. As it was in Bach´s and Mozart´s, and even in Beethoven´s, Mendelssohn´s and the Father of Piano Poetry - Chopin´s times. So, this year we are happy to get the second edition in May, in the week between 6th and 11th of May. We opened the online application at hohenlimburgcompetition@gmail.com, but I have seen so many times that the applicants are mailing me via this site and my pianist.sanja.stefanovic@gmail.com e-mail. There is no problem with that!! :-D I am very happy that you, my friends, are looking up to what is new in the projects I do with fellow musicians and in educational area.
Online application is ON!!! And the dead line is on February 28th, 2014!!!
I am looking forward to enjoy the playing of fantastic young people from all over the world!!

Yours,

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

With the great pleasure I announce my position of a visiting foreign expert to teach piano at Hunan University of Science and Technology in Xiangtan, PR China. I was always a great admirer of Chinese tradition and culture, nature and the beauty of the land.
The semester is starting on February 17th, 2014. I am looking forward to enjoy working with fascinated young talented people!

May 6th, 2014 I will be punctually back to Germany for the 2. International Hohenlimburg Music Competition in Hagen, where we will embrace lots of young pianists with their Baroque, early Classic interpretations, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Hallé and hoping for some really good classical piano improvisations!

With love,

yours

Sanja



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Dear Friends,

Happy New 2014!!! Let all your plans and dreams come true! Enjoy the time with us, with the wonderful music and project I am up to.

I am very proud to announce the colaboration with Julia Gomelskaya, the ultimate Ukrainian contemporary classic music composer, professor at the Odessa Academy of Music (Ukraine). Find more here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Gomelskaya

Julia will write some new music for me and some fellow musicians and she will arrange some of her great music. I will keep you up to date, some things are to be arranged at the moment so we can move on.

Yours,

Sanja
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Dear Friends,

Wow!! The last two months were just so busy :-) I have met the most talented and wonderful people. With some of them I will work and share the stage next year. Let me introduce some of them:

-Sophia Grech, mezzo soprano

-Orpheus Papfilippou, violin and his String Quartet

And I am still in talks with some great people to get some music together. This will need, however, some time, so let us just shhhh on that at the time.

Wish you Merry Christmas, enjoy with your love ones, family, friends!

Yours,

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

Take a glance into the first MOBA Project Concert that took place in London, Mayfair, University Women´s Club. The link to the pics is in the section BUZZ:

LOL,

yours

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

Take a look at the interview I was given to Evan Dickerson about MOBA Project. The link to interview is in the section BUZZ.

LOL,

yours

Sanja


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Dear Friends,

Our MOBA Project presentation is at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/416857384/mobile-balkan-project-moba

We are so happy that we succed to put it into air, to give the life to it. But, we have only 15 days to go, so take some time and check the story. There are some great rewards there!

LOL,

yours

Sanja xx

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Dear Friends,

I am very happy, touched and proud to announce that I became and active part of the Pro Art & Co. non-profit cultural organisation based in London , UK. My life is on the stage, this will never ever change! But, after so many, many years on the stage, I was starting to feel I need more to be involved in the process of creating the "events" (allow me to use very modern word for a "recital" or "concert"!), to interact more with other fellow musicians, to share more then just a good or bad or genius interpretation of any music work! Yes, you are right: I have organised 3 times the International Chamber Music Days in the beautiful Castle of Hohenlimburg in Hagen, Germany. But, although it was a nice cultural highlight in that particular place, no authorities were so eager to help me to go through the imense burocracy to get some money :-(. Although they were always supporting me in letting me and my fellows musicians make music in the wonderful Princes Hall of the Castle. Anyway, I am now a Music Coordinator for the Pro Art & Co. I can not only perform but I can also get together the fellow musicians, to make the programmes - I hope you will love it! - and to connect to all nice people of this Planet!! At the moment. Pro Art & Co. will present two performences that are put in synergy of Mobile Balkan Cultural Project:

BISER - a opening concert of the Serbian rarely performed (mostly)romantic music from the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, October 25th, 2013, at University Women´s Club in London

B(eautiful)
I(nspiring)
S(erbian)
E(thno)
R(omances)

Dragoljub Zamurovic´s Photography Exhibition - world´s famous landscape and enviromental photographer, filming Serbia and surrounding regions from the air, from October 28th till November 3d, 2013, at the Royal Geographical Society in London

Shortly, we will try to campaign on the Kickstarter, where we hope to reach the hearts of people all around the world who love classical music and Balkan classical music (oh, yes, Balkan has wonderful classical composers who have been studying music at the elite Music Conservatoires or Hochschulen or Academies or Universities all around the world!). We want you to be part of our process, to be the very important part of it - without funds we might not be able to secure these two wonderful events, the synergy Mobile Balkan Cultural Project.

I will have the honour to make the announcement of the fundraising start at the Kickstarter. As I am doing it for the first time, dear Friends, please don´t be very hard on me :-) I will try my best!

If you will have any questions before the fundraising´s start, don´t hasitate to connect with Pro Art & Co. at www.proartandco.co.uk. or you can e-mail me.

Yours,

Sanja

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Dear Friends,

I have just arrived from a "business" trip - I quoted business, because all I do is music, but lately music became as well a very serious and planned business -  where I had some crucial negotiations concerning the Project I have been writting here about. The stars have been on my side this time and I am very pleased to give you a partial account on this subject - don´t be angry with me, I am just very superstitious :-) The partial account is there for:

1) there is a wonderful greatest piano teacher to be involved
2) there are 3 wonderful pianists to give 3 wonderful recitals
3) one of these wonderful pianists is me :-)
4) there will be a unique masterclass on the subject concerning piano interpretation, piano classical improvisation and piano chamber music in the period of 1600 to 1800 (ext. to 1850)
5) there will be 6 days extra hour for special exercises how to play the piano in most functional and natural way, the hours that will be provided by these 3 wonderful pianists

Check this website regularly and you will not miss the events!

We count on you and your support!

Yours,

Sanja Stefanovic & the Team


Update: May 23d, 2013
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Dear Friends,

I am very exited and proud to announce the beginning of the work with Ms. Papazoglu, the owner of "Music Art Project" on developing my idea about a wonderful project to come, representing the most interessting concerts, masterclasses and shows in piano music written between 1600 and 1800! As far as this is a very huge project and lots of very important details must be worked out so you, my dear Friends could enjoy the events to follow with your full heart and breath, we hope to start from September 2014. Lots of wonderful pianists (and some not-pianists :-)) already joined me on this unusual "road". Soon I will be able to tell you more!

With lots of love,

Yours

Sanja Stefanovic

Update: May 7th, 2013
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Dear Friends,

Lately I have been dedicated to my project "International Hohenlimburger Music Competiton" for children and youth, that will be held in March 2013 in Hagen-Hohenlimburg. The preparation is a state of patience, good organisation, thinking and lots of desk and paper work. The first applications have just started to arrive, that inidicate more desk and paper work, more concentrated organisation, more patience.

The second good work I am doing is with the Art Club from Belgrade-Zemun (Serbia) and the music school "Kosta Manojlovic" with wonderful Sinisa Radojcic - all of them working on the acreditation of the lecture I might give there. The topic is about the classical improvisation as a part of piano interpretation in period from 1600 to 1800, where I might present as a podcast the method of Bach and Ricci. We are still waiting to get some answers from the authorities. In between I like to thank Snezana Perunicic, who recommended me to Zlata Males, who on the other side, took the curse to Sinisa Radojcic and music school "Kosta Manojlovic" and Art Klub Belgrade-Zemun.

The third good project to come - well, I have a lots of ideas, one of them is in developing process with City of Hagen, and the other ideas - I have to start developing them. Not easy when you do a lots of alone, but it makes me feel very good and I am looking forward for the time where we will all gather together and enjoy the fruits of this work.

Stay tuned for all new to come!

Yours,

Sanja Stefanovic
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Dear friends,

I dedicated myself to my project International Hohenlimburg Music Competition, that will be held in 2013,  March 7th to 10th. As far as I am a founder, organizer and artistic director - but, don´t worry, I have support from Music School Max Reger in Hagen, Charles Hallé Society in Hagen, the City of Hagen and the WAZ , so I am doing very well !!! However, I am very sorry I am not playing the concerts, partly because of my project but I am working on putting my CDs for the purchase, so just keep tuned! And, of course, I have other wonderful ideas that must be developed so we all can share the beauty of the music! Stay tuned!!

With all my love to you ALL,

yours

Sanja

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