Following her recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, The Strad hailed cellist Maja Bogdanovic for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation.”
Born in Belgrade/Serbia, Ms. Bogdanovic began playing cello at a very early age, studying with Professor Nada Jovanovic at the Music School Kosta Manojlovic in Zemun. She graduated with the First Prize from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss, and pursued further studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens Peter Maintz.
Laureate of numerous international competitions, Ms. Bogdanovic won First Prize at the Aldo Parisot Cello Competition in South Korea, and received Second Prize and the Special Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition in Tokyo.
Worldwide concerto engagements include the Berliner Symphoniker, Tokyo Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchester/Zurich, Sejong Soloists, Belgrade Philharmonic, Bergische Symphoniker, Bremerhaven Staatsorchester, Wonju Philharmonic, Morelia Philharmonic/Mexico, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Salta Symphony/Argentina, Serbian Radio Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic, and, in the U.S., the Spokane Symphony, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, and Lubbock Symphony.
Ms. Bogdanovic has appeared at many of the world’s leading venues, such as Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Royal Concertgebouw/Amsterdam, Bozar/Brussels, and Salle Pleyel/Paris. An avid chamber musician, she performs regularly with pianists Maria Belooussova and Nino Gvetadze, and violinists Frederieke Saeijs and Nemanja Radulovic.
Within her wide repertoire, she devotes a special place to contemporary music. Her collaborations with Krzysztof Penderecki include performances of his Second Cello Concerto and Concerto Grosso, conducted by the composer himself on several occasions. Among a select group of the world’s leading artists, Ms. Bogdanovic was invited to give a special performance in Warsaw on the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday, collaborating with Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin and Barry Douglas.
Ms. Bogdanovic’s instrument was custom made for her by French luthier Frank Ravatin.
The Russian-born pianist Maria Belooussova’s early soundscape was nourished by music and Russian folk-tales, leading her to embrace new and classical repertoires, expressed most profoundly by her extensive work as a chamber music and vocal accompanist.
Trained from the age of five at the musical school for talented children in her hometown, then at the Ural State Conservatory and later at Moscow’s prestigious Gnessin Institute under Vladimir Tropp, she furthered her studies with Christian Ivaldi at the Paris Conservatoire, eventually settling there.
Her poetic and inspired performances have led her to play with such leading artists as Gérard Jarry, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Ivry Gitlis, Vladimir Mendeslssohn, Michel Strauss, Bernard Greenhouse and Joseph Silverstein, and she is a favourite of the Austrian baritone Wolfganz Holzmair. In so doing, she has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertegebouw, and in leading European Festivals.
Maria Belooussova’s passion for the music of our time has led her to work with internationnally recognized composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Goubaïdoulina, Philippe Hersant and Thierry Escaich, to name but a few. She has been a member of the contemporary ensemble Musique Oblique since 1999.
Her recordings have won numerous awards, including the “Choc” of Le Monde de la Musique, Telerama’s ffff citing, and Opera Magazine’s Diamond Award.
Maria Belooussova teaches chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire.