Stift Music Festival
Rave review in The Strad
Eastern Wind CD in The Strad May 2018 issue
“…gloriously honeyed, fiery, eloquent and fervent”
Applications opened for summer course in Italy!
Applications are now opened for Ms. Bogdanovic’s summer course in colorful Cividale. Other teachers include cellists Julian Arp & Thomas Carroll, pianist Nino Gvetadze, violinist Daniel Rowland, guitarist Alberto Mesirca, flutist Adriana Ferreira, double bassist Zoran Markovic, violists Vladimir Mendelssohn and Ivan Vukcevic.
Trio Gvetadze-Saeijs-Bogdanovic appeared in Podium Witteman, dutch live TV show, performing a fragment of Fanny Mendelssohn’s trio
New CD release for Orchid Classics
New release “EASTERN WIND” with Maja Bogdanovic and Maria Belooussova with Reinhold Glière’s 12 Album Leaves for cello and piano and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata op 19, on the label ORCHID CLASSICS. A real discovery!!
Stepping in for Mischa Maisky
Ms. Bogdanovic will step in for Mischa Maisky, for a performance of Yusupov’s Cello Concerto, in Haifa (Israel) on 20th of March 2017, with composer conducting
New CD release
Maja’s newest live CD Trios Russes, recorded with Caroline Sageman and David Galoustov in Marseille for the french label Lyrinx, is just released and available for purchase
Rave review in The Spokesman
Raving review in The Spokesman by Larry Lapidus, after Maja Bogdanovic’s debut with the Spokane Symphony and Maestro Eckart Preu.
“Du Pre set an interpretive standard for the piece by emphasizing its tragic and emotionally harrowing elements, expressive of Elgar’s sorrow and disillusionment at the cultural devastation of World War I.
Not surprisingly, Bogdanovic viewed the Elgar concerto differently. While not ignoring the work’s elegiac element, she insisted on seeing beyond it. Her tempos were brisk and even, which kept her from being bogged down in the tragic implications of every phrase. Her technical command of the instrument allowed her to satisfy the virtuoso demands without making heavy weather of them, producing an interpretation that squared with the contemporary assessment of the work by the great English critic and musicologist Ernest Newman: “The work itself is lovely stuff, very simple … but with a profound wisdom and beauty underlying its simplicity.
Interview for The Spokesman
Maja Bogdanovic gave an interview for The Spokesman.
SR: Is there anything historically or aesthetically significant about the Elgar concerto? Do you have a personal history with the piece or the composer?
Bogdanovic: Very much so! The concerto was written just after the destruction of WWI, and it is a painful lament toward a lost world. The message is especially relevant in today’s world, as it serves as a profound reminder to humanity not to repeat the same irreversible mistake. However, it teaches us to be resolutely optimistic. … My connection to it is personal, since I grew up in Yugoslavia during the 10-year Civil War. It was this concerto and its message of hope … that helped me get through. I enjoy sharing our mutual personal victory every time I play it for audiences around the world.
Hailed by The Strad after her Carnegie Hall recital for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty, great maturity of interpretation, and technical excellence”, Maja Bogdanovic continues to reward audiences worldwide as one of the leading cellists of today.
Ms. Bogdanovic’s concerto engagements include Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Berlin Symphony at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo Philharmonic, Bremerhaven Staatsorchester, Bergische Philharmonie, Slovenian, Belgrade and Macedonian Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Civico Schio, Lubbock Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Munchenner kammerorchester, Sydenham Festival Orchestra, Serbian Radio Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Korean Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Salta Symphony Orchestra, Morelia Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Bartholomew Orchestra London, Vojvodina Symphony, Orchestre des Laureats du Conservatoire de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe as well as chamber orchestras Dusan Skovran, St. George Strings and the Sejong Soloists.
The quality of her recital and chamber music interpretations continues to be applauded at many of the world’s leading venues and festivals which include the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau and Amphitheatre Sorbonne Paris, Palais des Congres Nantes, Prinzregententheater Munich, the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Kuhmo Festival, Beauvais Cello Festival, Festival du Perigord Noir, Giverny Festival, European Festival of Young Talents in Paris, Plaisir de Musiques Annecy, Arcachon Festival, Classiques d’avenir Biarritz, Folles journees in Nantes, Roque d’Antheron, Zeist Festival in Holland and Amsterdamse Cello Biennale. Among her exceptionally wide repertoire, Ms. Bogdanovic dedicates a special place as a champion of contemporary music. She has premiered works of Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Philip Sawyers, Nicolas Bacri, Eric Tanguy, Benjamin Yusupov, Ivan Jevtic and others. Most notably, her collaboration with Krzysztof Penderecki began in France, with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and continued with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. Among a select group of world’s leading artists that have included Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others, Maja was invited to give a special performance in Warsaw for the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday, collaborating with Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin and Barry Douglas.
Continuing her work as a prolific recording artist, Ms. Bogdanovic produced several internationally released CD recordings for the French label Lyrinx, as well as the Nimbus label recording of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra dedicated to her by the English composer Philip Sawyers.
Laureate of leading international competitions, Maja Bogdanovic won the First Prize at the Aldo Parisot Cello Competition, received the Second Prize and the Special Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition, was awarded the special prize at the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and, in the same year, she also became a multiple laureate of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, as the recipient of the Third and two special awards. In 2008, the Safran Foundation for Music presented her the prize for achievements, and was the winner of the UMUS Artist of the Year Award in 2011.
Maja graduated with the First Prize at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss in addition to studying chamber music with Itamar Golan and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Following her studies in Paris, she pursued further training at the UDK Berlin with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz, as well as with Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, Young-Chang Cho and Heinrich Schiff. Maja’s music education begun at a very early age with Prof. Nada Jovanovic at the Kosta Manojlovic Music School in Zemun, during which time she won the highest awards at national and international competitions in the Czech Republic, Austria, France and Italy.
Maja Bogdanovic plays a violoncello custom made for her by the renowned French luthier Frank Ravatin. She currently divides her time between Chicago and Paris.