Nada Kolundžija – Biography

Nada Kolundzija is an internationally renowned concert pianist and Serbia’s most prominent performer and passionate promoter of contemporary music. Nada Kolundžija has given over 1000 concerts in 28 European countries and all over the world (USA, Canada, Mexico, China, India, Thailand). She won national and international awards and was nominates for awards for her recognition for her artistic achievements in contemporary music.

Kolundžija premiered a vast number of compositions by Serbian and foreign composers. For many years she introduced Belgrade audiences with the works of the 20th century “classics” and expanded her repertoire with works by Serbian composers, many of whom dedicated their works to her. Her soloist recitals are distinguished by imaginative programmes and highly praised interpretations.

Her concert appearances and recordings are sometimes marked by her performance of toy piano, prepared piano, music boxes, soundtracks, live electronics, two pianos tuned quarter tone apart. She has developed large and small performances around unusual multimedia concepts, and has collaborated with other leading artists.

In addition to her career as a solo performer, Ms. Kolundzija frequently performs with her brother, world-renowned violinist, Jovan Kolundzija. She was a long-term standing collaborator of the Toronto-based ensemble Les AMIS. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s she was a member of the Belgrade Ensemble for the Other New Music.

Simultaneously with her artistic career, she has taught at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (1981–2015). She has inspired many young musicians to start performing contemporary music and for many years she has organized annual concerts with her students. She has been the Artistic director of Jovan Kolundžija’s Centre of Fine Arts “Guarnerius” since its inception in 2001.

Her enthusiasm for new music includes championing creative experiment in musical expression extending far beyond piano repertoire. In 2008, she initiated and organized the first “International Festival of Electronic Polymedia Art, Electroacoustic and Radiophonic Music” in Belgrade, ART OF SOUNDS, which presented more then forty works of composers from Europe, Australia, Canada, USA and Asia.

Ms. Kolundzija (Belgrade, b. 1952) has been playing and exploring contemporary music for more than four decades. She studied piano with Ružica Radenković at Music School “Josip Slavenski” in Belgrade. Then she obtained a BA in piano performance under Professor Dusan Trbojevic at the Music Academy in Belgrade (1975), and then specialised with Zoltan Kocics at the Music Academy “Ferenz Liszt” in Budapest (1977). She attended a master class of Sandor Falvai in Pecsui (Hugnary, 1977).

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

  • 2016. – Lifetime Achievements Award by the Association of the Music Artists of Serbia
  • 1981. and 1984. – Diplomas at an International competitions of the Gaudeamus Foundation , Rotterdam
  • 1981. – Young Artists Award, The Social Youth of Serbia for Results Achieved in the Production of the Youth
  • 1980. – The Best Interpretation of the Year, The Community of Self-managing organizations for Culture of Belgrade
  • 1980. – Award “Seven Secretaries of SKOJ”, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979. – 3. price at the International Arnold Schonberg Piano Competition, Rotterdam

 

NOMINATIONS FOR THE CITY OF BELGRADE AWARD:

  • 2015. – My Little Concert Anthology of Piano Music
  • 2011. – Multimedia project John Cage Music Circus “A House Full Of Music”
  • 2006. – Waltz Concert by 20th and 21st Centuries Composers

She was included into the Lexicon of Successful People in Serbia published by the international publishing house Oxford book.

 

FESTIVALS:
Dubrovnik Summer Festival ( Croatia)
Ohrid Summer Festival ( Macedonia)
Festival of Contemporary Music Biennale Zagreb ( Croatia)
CHINCH Presents Composers in the First Person (Belgrade, Serbia)
Interfest (Bitola, Macedonia)
The Hvar Summer Festival ( Croatia)
A Tempo (Podgorica, Montenegro)
BEMUS (Belgrade, Serbia)
Festival of Chamber music (Nis,Serbia)
NOMUS (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Festival Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
BELEF (Belgrade, Serbia)
Contemporary Electronic And Art Music Festival FESTIVAL LASCIAR VIBRARE (Belgrade, Serbia)
Serbian Month in Great Britain International Review of Composers (Belgrade, Serbia)
soundaXis festival (Canada)
Festival of Performing Arts in the Celebration for H.M. the King`s 60th Birthday (Bangkok, Thailand)
Kiev Music Fest ( Ukraine)
Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico)
Timisoara Musicala (Timisara, Romania)
PLANUM Festival, (Budapest, Hungary) 
Contrasts (Lviv, Ukraine)
International Contemporary Music Festival Avaton, Limassol, Cyprus

 

CONCERT HALLS:
Salle Gaveao, Paris Accademi Santa Cecilia, Rome Kennedy Center, Washington, DC Steinway Hall, New York The United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, New York New England Conservatory, Boston Berklee College, Boston La Chapelle, Montreal McGill Hall, Toronto Great Hall, University of Toronto Nehru Memorial Auditorium, New Deli St Paul’s Actors Church, Covent Garden. London Kolarac Hall, Belgrade Concert Hall Square of Freedom, Minsk, Belarus Kosovel Hall. Ljubljana Brown Hall, Boston Theater am Turm, Frankfurt Lisinski, Zagreb Goethe Institut, Amsterdam

Her interpretations were captured on many recordings make for radio and TV stations in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. As a soloist and chamber musician she released six LPs (Suzy, PGP RTB, Diskos/SKC) and seven CDs (CeSUF, Guarnerius Art Center Productions, DOBERMAN-YPPAN and Vertical Jazz).