Jovica Ivanović

Serbian accordionist Jovica Ivanović was born in 1987 in Zvornik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the pedagogical field he accomplished his diploma of Musical Education (ME) as well as his master in art-based education (KA) at the Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media in Germany, studying accordion. During his time at university, Ivanović earned prestigious scholarships such as the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Award and the Germany Scholarship.


Ivanović has performed at countless concerts and festivals like the international Bruckner Fest (Linz, Austria), the MozArt Festival (Lemberg, Ukraine), the Cello-Biennale (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Congress Center (Hannover, Germany), the Kiev and Odessa Philharmonic (Ukraine), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Serbia) and at the Concert Hall Kolarac (Belgrade, Serbia), as well as with the NCE “Kyiv Soloists”, Inso Lviv Symphony Orchestra and the Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra led by conductor Vitaliy Protasov and the violinist Valeriy Sokolov with whom he collaborates regularly since 2016.


The collaboration presented on Ivanović’s album led also to the world premiere of Light and Shadow, a piece composed by Vladimir Genin for Ivanović and Sokolov and presented at the MozArt Festival Lviv 2018. Genin has since composed a concert for accordion and string orchestra for Ivanović. In 2019 Ivanović started his current concert series “Jovica Ivanović” – Music in connection, hosted by Sudhaus hallein.kultur, where he collaborates with numerous well-known musicians like Gary Hoffman, Jeremy Menuhin, Valeriy Sokolov and others on different stages in Hallein (Salzburg, Austria). The artist’s repertoire includes classical genres like Baroque, original compositions for accordion, new music as well as tango, jazz and traditional Balkan music. Ivanović shows his extraordinary gift and passion within the field of improvisation.



Valeriy Sokolov

The Ukrainian violinist, Valeriy Sokolov, is one of the most outstanding young artists of his generation. Working regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, he has enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Cleveland Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, NAC Ottawa, Orchestre National de France and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He works frequently with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinman, Susanna Malkki, Andris Nelsons, Peter Oundjian, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Herbert Soudant & Juraj Valcuha.


Highlights of the 2017-18 season include debuts at the Lucerne Festival and with the MDR Leipzig, as well as Valeriy’s subscription debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. This season also sees Valeriy return to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk as well as the Concertgebouw with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Valeriy will begin his role as Artist-in-Residence with the Weimar Staatskapelle, in which he will embark on an extensive US tour with the orchestra and its Music Director, Kirill Karabits.

Vitaliy Protasov attended the Tchaikovsky Music School in Simferopol and the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv. He graduated in 1998 from the faculty of Opera and Symphony Conducting after having mastered the class of Prof. Roman Kofman. Protasov has worked as director and assistant chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine while he studied and participated in the creation of ‘Rikoshet’ modern music ensemble on the basis of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine in Kyiv in 1998. This collaboration continued until 2001.


Protasov conducted the symphony orchestras of Lviv, Odesa, Luhansk and Dnipro Philharmonics, as well as the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the Chamber Orchestra of the Rivne Philharmonic, the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra, the orchestras of Pomeranian and Szczecin Philharmonics, and the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra (Germany). Being on tour with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of National Philharmonic of Ukraine and Kyiv Chamber Orchestra, he conducted the orchestras in Poland, Germany, France, China and Japan. Protasov has performed in partnership with such soloists as: Liana Isakadze (violin), Valeriy Sokolov (violin), Andrei Belov (violin), Vadim Brodsky (violin), Dominique de Williencourt (cello), Serhiy Terentyev (piano), Igor Chetuiev (piano), Eugene Izotov (oboe) etc.


In 2006 he worked with O. Shetynsky and they set up the ‘Kyiv-Sinfonietta’ ensemble of modern music. He is also a participant of Ukrainian and international festivals of modern music such as Kyiv Music Fest, European Musical Space, GogolFest (Kyiv), Contrasts (Lviv), and Two days and Two Nights (Odesa).

Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra

Internationally renowned violinist Valeriy Sokolov founded a chamber orchestra in his native Ukraine in 2018. This group consists of the best young string players in the country. Since it’s formation, the group has been successfully performing all over the country as well as taking part in a recording for Sony Classics in Vienna in 2019.

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