Predrag Stanković was born in Tuzla on April 1, 1949. He started playing guitar at the age of 13 in his hometown. He continued his education in Sarajevo with Ivan Kalcina and Mila Rakanovic. As a young guitarist he had a number of notable concerts across the former Yugoslavia.
Studying pedagogy and psychology he acquires knowledge and experiences that have helped him greatly in working with students. In 1979, he started working at the Tuzla Music School, and in 1991 he opened a section for guitar at the Secondary Music School in Tuzla. He worked at both institutions until retirement in 2014. He also worked in the Youth Center, and in 1996 he opens the NGO Youth Art Center where, among other things, he develops a classical guitar program.
With his students he has won over 160 awards at competitions in his country and throughout Europe. More than a hundred of these awards are the first. He participates in the organization of guitar promotion at numerous concerts, TV and radio shows, and audio and video materials. His former students like Denis Azabagic, Dejan Ivanovic, Boris Tesic, Sanel Redzic and many others are professors and work at many higher education institutions from Europe to America.
Predrag Stankovic is a participant in many competitions, festivals, seminars and summer and winter guitar lessons in the countries of the region and Europe as a jury member and lecturer and has won many awards at all cantonal and state levels.
Highly praised by the international press, Denis Azabagic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), performs concerts around the world, maintaining a balance between his solo recitals, chamber music with the Cavatina Duo, and engagements as soloist with orchestras.
He has won twenty-four prizes in international competitions and Mel Bay has published a book based on his experience and insights on the subject of competitions.
Azabagic has recorded 13 CDs for international labels such as Naxos, Cedille, Opera Tres, Bridge records, Neos and Orobroy, as well as two DVDs for the Mel Bay Company. His recordings and live performances are highly praised by music critics, for his elegant approach to music and his unique way of communicating and reaching the audiences’ hearts.
As a guest instrumentalist and soloist Azabagic has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Traverse Symphony, Monterrey Symphony, L’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, among many others. He has also collaborated with the Casals Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Civitas Ensemble and Music Now.
Azabagic has performed at such venues as Chicago’s Symphony Center; the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Radio France in Paris; Aix-en-Provence Festival; France; El Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain; Savannah on Stage; Omni Foundation (San Francisco); Ravinia Festival; National Chang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan; and The National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Azabagic’s performances have been broadcast live on NPR and WFMT radio, and on television in Asia, Europe and the United States.
His repertoire includes solo and orchestral music from the Baroque era to the present. As half of the active Cavatina Duo (with Eugenia Moliner, flute), he has performed a vast repertoire including many works written expressly for the duo. His chamber music activity is expanded with recently formed quartet Fandango!.
Azabagic’s love for performing extends to sharing with others his knowledge of music making. He frequently offers master classes while on tour, teaches at the University of Illinois and is the head of the guitar department at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Highlights of his upcoming season include concerts tours in the US, Russia and Europe.
With the Cavatina Duo he has released a new CD entitled the Sephardic Journey, featuring new commissioned music based on old Sephardic melodies.
Sanel Redžić is one of the most virtuosic guitarists of his generation. Known for his varied repertoire and lively performances, he is quickly becoming one of the most important figures on the international guitar scene.
„guitar player with impressive skills…”
„outstanding representative of the young guitar generation of who surprises with unusual musical maturity.“
Bonner Meisterkonzerten, Germany
„His playing is full of intensity and passion…“
Guitar-Night Tiefurt, Germany
“His performance expressed precisely the profoundness and dignity of the music in a refined manner with a controlled sound.”
Gendai guitar magazine, Japan
Born on July, 25th 1988 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Redžić started to play guitar at age of eight under the tutelage of Predrag Stanković with whom he later finished secondary music school in 2007 with the highest marks. He then continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar under Thomas Müller-Pering and Ricardo Gallen. Additionally Mr. Redžić has participated in masterclasses held by David Russell, Costas Cotsiolis, William Kanengiser, Aniello Desiderio, Denis Azabagić, Jorgos Panetsos, Thomas Offerman, Jozef Zsapka, Darko Petrinjak and many others.
Mr. Redžić has achieved a great deal of succes in competitions; winning top prizes in Tokyo, Tychy, the “Forum Gitarre Wien”, Changsha, Markneukirchen, “Anna Amalia” Weimar, “Andres Segovia” Velbert, Kutna Hora, “Guitar Mania” in Lisbon, Iserlohn, Rome, and the “Guitar Art Festival” in Belgrade. He is also frequently invited as a jury member at competitions and gives regular master classes.
A sought after performer, Mr. Redžić has played hundreds of concerts to date in countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Chile, India, China, Japan and the USA. A number of these concerts took place in famous concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, Philharominc Hall Paul Constantinescu Ploiesti and many others. He is also a frequent soloist with various orchestras including Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo Mexico City conducted by Johannes Ullrich, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and Aukso Chamber Orchestra and has received high praise for his performances from both critics and audiences alike.
Mr. Redžić has recorded several CDs for Gramofon Sarajevo, Central German Radio (MDR) and KSG Exaudio. Additionally he has appeared in numerous radio and television productions.
Mr. Redžić teaches currently in Weimar, Erfurt and Osijek.
For further informations visit: www.sanelredzic.com
Boris Tešić was born on 21st April 1983 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In he started his music education (classical guitar) in the class of Mr. Predrag Stankovic. In 2000 he graduated Music High School in Tuzla and enrolled in Royal College of Music in London, England. Until 2004 he studied in the class of Mr. Gary Ryan. After Royal College of Music, Boris enrolled in the Masters program at Musikconservatorium in Maastricht, the Netherland where he studied with Mr. Carlo Marchione. 2009 was the year when Boris obtained his Masters degree with cum laude. From 2009 until 2011, he studied at the Music Academy in Kassel in the class of Michael Tröster.
His first full solo concert was in Tuzla, B&H, in 1994 at the age of 11. Since that he had concerts in 13 countries all over the world, performed in Forum Gitarre Wien, Bath Guitar Festival, London Guitar Festival, Edinburgh Guitar Festival, Dundee Guitar festival and also played in the Royal Festival Hall and Bolivar Hall in London and in the UN building in New York. Boris preformed with orchestras in Slovenia, Spain and Montenegro.
He participated in more than 30 competitions all over Europe. His best results were the 1st prize at the Biennal International Guitar Competition in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic in 1998, the 1st prize at the 1st EGTA Gitarrenwettbewerb “Andres Segovia” Velbert, Germany in 2000, the 1st prize at the Biennal International Guitar Competition in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic in 2000, the 1st prize at the “AdmiraYoung Guitarist of the Year”, Bath, England in 2001, the 1st prize at the Internationaler Gitarrenwettbewerb “John Duarte” Rust, Austria in 2006, the 1st prize at the “Guitar Festival” Niksic, Montenegro in 2009, 2nd prizes in Rome, Italy and Gevelsberg, Germany; 3rd prizes in Bratislava, Slovakia; Sarajevo, B&H and Lisboa, Portugal. He was also the finalist at the prestigious International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tarrega” in Benicassim, Spain.
Boris participated in various Masterclasses with professors H. Käppel, P. Steidl, C. Bonnel, C. Cotsiolis, J. Williams, D. Azabagic, S. Tenannt, S. Assad among others…
His career as a guitar teacher started in 2004 at the Music Academy School in Eastern Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina as an assistant of prof. Zoran Krajisnik. From 2009 to 2010 Boris taught guitar at the Regina´s Musikschule Kassel-Hess. Lichtenau, Germany. Since 2010 he was guitar teacher at Music schools Korbach and Bad Arolsen in Germany. In April 2013 he took over the position of the guitar docent at the Music Academy “Louis Spohr” in Kassel, Germany.
In 2010 Boris recorded his debut CD “Nummer Eins” (Thorofon 2010)with repertoire from Bach, Aguado, Rodrigo, Giuliani, Henze.
Furthermore in 2013 the “Fun and Passion” CD was published, recorded by the Herkules Guitar Duo (Boris Tesic & Michael Tröster) with works from Assad, Angulo, Tröster, Tedesco, Ponce, Gnattali and Hand.
In Januar 2018 his second Solo-CD “Les Adieux – Intimate Moments”with works from Sor, Giuliani, Legnani, de Fossa and Aguado was released.
For further informations visit: www.borisguitar.com