Pianist and Harpsichordist
Dr Milica Lawrence was born in 1981 in Pancevo, Serbia. She completed her piano and harpsichord studies at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Here, Milica specialized in chamber music and received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (DMA) degree at the same Faculty. She attended piano and harpsichord masterclasses with many distinguished Serbian and international artists such as Sergei Dorensky, Jegor Chugaev, Pavel Nersessian, Huguette Dreyfus, Egon Mihajlovic, Olivera Djurdjevic, Yuri Kot, Maria Luisa Baldassari etc. Milica has won numerous prizes for solo and ensemble performances at domestic and international competitions. She has also held a great number of solo recitals and chamber music concerts both in the country and abroad (Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Macedonia, Libya etc.). Notably, her recital at the Italian Cultural Centre in Tripoli is noted as the first concert by a Serbian pianist in Africa. She has participated in reviews of modern classical music as well as in festivals BEMUS, OKTOH, Cello Fest, Basomanija and many more. Milica has taken part as an orchestra member in the Faculty of Music Arts Orchestra in Belgrade, and as a guest member in the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Dusan Skovran String Orchestra, Schlesinger Orchestra, Mokranjac Chamber Orchestra, Zemun Chamber Orchestra. Throughout her career has collaborated with many renowned artists - Sreten Krstic, Uros Lajovic, Dmitry and Alexander Sitkovetsky, Charles Zachary Bornstein, Milos Petrović. With the Chamber Orchestra Mokranjac, the FILUM Orchestra and the Schlesinger Orchestra Milica performed as a soloist. She has also recorded for radio and TV. At the First International Competition Beogradski pobednik in 2005, she was the only pianist who received recognition by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Serbia and Montenegro for special artistic participation - 'Ruski dom u Beogradu'. Milica has worked for fifteen years as an independent artistic collaborator at the String Department at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac, Serbia. She is currently engaged at the Mikiel Anton Vassalli College in Malta as a piano teacher, accompanist and chamber music teacher. Milica is the owner and Managing Director of MS MEDIA HOUSE LTD UK company for teaching and promoting young musicians.
Pianist and Theory Professor
Aleksandra Stanojevic was born in 1992 in Belgrade, Serbia. As she comes from a family of musicians, her first contact with music began in the early days
when she "composed" her first songs on metallophone, the beginning of her musical education and contact with the piano was in music school "Jovan Bandur" in Pancevo (Serbia) in the class of Dr. Milica Lawrence. She has been performing as a soloist at Children's Music Festivals at the age of 7. She continued high school as a music associate where she encounterd conducting and composing. She won several awards at the Young Composers competition, where she composed pieces for piano, violin, choir, as well as piece for string orchestra. She had the opportunity to be the conductor of her own pieces several times, but also the pieces of other composers, as well as to prepare the school orchestra of elementary music school and Music High School for various performances at the Cultural Center of Pancevo. As a member of the mixed choir "Belcanto", she participated in the Third International Choir Festival in Bratislava, where she won the second prize. For a short time, she was also an assistant to Bojana Matorkic, conductor of the academic choir and orchestra "Jovan Bandur". From her early high school days, she held private piano and theoretical classes, so she continued to improve in that direction. She graduated in music pedagogy at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade (Serbia). She specialized for professor of solfeggio and acquired the title of Master Theorist of Music Art, in the class of Vera Milankovic. Her master's thesis on the topic „Definition, significance and use of movement in the class of solfeggio“ at all levels of music education was her basis for further improvement in this field. She got acquainted with this methodology by attending various seminars, ie master classes from professors of music schools from Poland (Academia Muziczna im. S. Moniuszki) and Spain. In her work, she included the methodologies of respected world pedagogues Emile Jacques Dalcroze, Zoltan Kodalj and Maria Montessori. Alexandra also conducted research on the topic of the Movement in teaching, where she obtained results that support the movement as an aid in the class of Solfeggio, but also other musical theoretical subjects. She performed as a performer, but also as a composer of children's songs in several musicals within thof the same name class at the Academy, and she was also a member of the Beodance Dance School Formation Team, as well as a Salsa dancer at the Salsa Cubana Pancevo school. She also attended various courses and seminars on the topic of Effective Learning, which she conducted from general education to music education. She also completed an NTC course, that is, the system of learning through play, which deals with the field of neuroscience in classrooms and everyday life with Dr. Ranko Rajovic. She also has a certificate of Efficient and Creative Learning from Dr.Branislav Maricic, and is currently attending NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) communication skills at the NLP Academy Zoran Drobnjak. She applied her knowledge of effective learning by working with children of lower and higher classes of the Cambridge International School, Crnjanski in Belgrade, where she was a professor of Music Culture, as well as the organizer of music events. As a music pedagogue, she also did music workshops for young children. Until this year, she worked at the MS "Jovan Bandur" in Pancevo as a professor of solfeggio and professor of music theory. She also organized a public lesson with her students from this school called „Playful solfeggio“, where she presented her work methodology and together with the students showed games that can be used in teaching, which make children to learn, on an subconscious level through play and movement, faster and more efficient.
She currently lives in Jabuka, a small town near Pancevo. She is the mother of two children, and privately teaches Solfeggio, piano and music theory classes, as well as online classes of the mentioned classes at the Piano Academy by Dr. Milica Lawrence.
Borko Milojković was born in 1985 in Ćuprija, (Serbia). He. graduated from the Mokranjac Secondary School in Belgrade in the class of Radojka Jovićić. He graduated from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of Dejan Stošić. He has given numerous solo concerts and performed at concerts across the country, as well as in Macedonia and France. He is the winner of the award of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade, a special diploma of the Belgrade Podium of Young Talents and a diploma for concert activity of the City of Belgrade. He won the second prize at the Nikolaj Rubinstein competition (Paris, 2004), the first prizes at international and national competitions in Belgrade, Sabac, Nis and Kragujevac, as well as the first prize at the Sirmium fest festival in the piano duo category with Marija Godjevac (Sremska Mitrovica, 2019 ). He performed at the Saint Sava Balls in Kosovo, Belgrade and Paris, as well as Italy, Hungary, and at the Vienna Ball in the City Assembly. He also performed at the Chopin Festival, the 27th manifestation of Horizon on the Tisza - Days of Josip Marinkovic in Novi Becej, Days of Serbian Spiritual Transfiguration in Despotovac, Festival of Cuban Music of the Matsub Association in Skopje, 23rd Music Meetings - Autumn in Cukarica and others. He is engaged in composing and is preparing an album of original compositions and piano arrangements. He organizes humanitarian concerts where he also performs. He is especially active in the field of chamber music, where he has achieved significant results with numerous colleagues. He performs in a piano duo with his colleague Jasna Đurović. He recorded for radio and television (Radio 202, Studio 6 of Radio Belgrade, RTS, TV Prva). He was a member of the jury at the Chamber Music Competition Jovan Bandur in Pancevo and the Golden Mermaid in Belgrade. He is currently a piano teacher and accompanist to solo singers at the Vladimir Djordjevic Elementary School in Belgrade, and his students are achieving notable results.
Jasna Đurović was born in Banja Luka, where she completed primary music education in the class of Prof. Branka Kuzmanović, and secondary music school in Zemun, in the music school "Kosta Manojlović", in the class of Prof. Tanja Jablanović. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. In 2002, in the class of Prof. Nevena Popović. She was a scholarship holder of the "Petar Kočić" Fund, which is awarded to students with the highestgrade point average.
She performed as a soloist in chamber ensembles during her studies. She held a solo concert at the National Theater of Republika Srpska (2002), as well as a concert of the piano duo with her colleague Dijana Zrnić in the Banski dvor City Hall in 1999. During her studies, she recorded works by Edvard Grieg and Sergei Rachmaninoff for the needs of the Radio Television of Republika Srpska. She is a semifinalist of the international piano competition Grand Concerteum in Athens in 2000 in the discipline of piano duo. However, she shows the greatest affinities for piano pedagogy, as evidenced by the numerous successes of her students, both in the country and abroad. She was also a member of the jury at many competitions, in Sabac, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Smederevo, Bijeljina, Banja Luka and Prijedor. Her students were awarded by the home school "Vlado Milosevic" as the most successful. She was trained at numerous master classes with eminent piano pedagogues and pianists such as Nevena Popović, Aleksandar Serdar, Nataša Veljković, Maria Nemcova, Vladimir Milošević, Arbo Valdma. She also worked as a demonstrator accompanist at the Academy of Arts, Department of Dramatic Arts. She also collaborated with the National Theater of Republika Srpska in the play "How to make your master laugh", directed by our famous director Kokan Mladenović, where she played musicians permeated the entire play.She is the co-founder and the idea holder of the first piano competition in BiH, the "Banja Luka Biennale". She held a master piano course for students of the elementary school "Marcos Portugal" in Doboj in 2006. as well as the music workshop "Viva la muzika", for students of primary and secondary music schools, 2019 and 2020, which was supported by the Cultural Center Banski dvor. She has 26 years of work experience in piano pedagogy behind her. She collaborates with the Belgrade pianist Borko Milojković, with whom she founded the piano duo "The Wolves". She returned to the music scene with a solo performance at the concert of the professor of the music school "Vlado Milosevic" in December 2020. She also performed as a guest at the concert of pianist Borko Milojković in Belgrade, in the Artget Gallery of the Cultural Center Belgrade, where she performed with him in a piano duo. She was a guest on Radio Television of Republika Srpska, ELTA TV and Alternative Tv. Borko Milojković recital at the Banski dvor in February 2021 (piano duo).The goal of her work is to nurture and direct young talents and promising young artists to engage in art music and to preserve its traditional values through public performances, concerts, piano competitions. Recently, she is active in the field of concert activities. She is currently employed at a music school. "Vlado Milošević" as a piano teacher in primary and secondary music school.
Pianist, Violinist and Theory Professor
Aleksandra Tajdic was born in New Jersey, USA. Her musical journey started in the music school ''Jovan Bandur'' in Pancevo (Serbia), in the class of Borjana Strazmesterov. She graduated secondary school as the best student of generation 2012 (school valedictorian) in the class of Sanela Blagojevic. She started her studies at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade in the the class of Milutin Kosanovic, and complited her master studies in the class of Ivana Acimoski-Zikic. She has given a numerous solo concerts and performed across the country and different states with string quartet and ensembles. She has won numerous prices for solo and ansamble performances in national and international competitions. She won second prize at ''Stringfest'' in Sremska Mitrovica (2010), First prizes in ‘’Euroregional competition’’ in Timisoara (Romania)- (2010,2011). With the ''Belgrade Symphony orchestra'' she won first prize- summa cum Laude in Neerpelt Belgium (2017). She traveled and performed with ''Ethno'' amsambles and got rewarded in many countries Macedonia, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Slovenia. With these ethno ensembles she learned about balkan traditional music: Romanian ethno orchestra ''Banatsko Novo Selo'', Belgrade ''Ethno academic orchestra'' , Ethno orchestra ''Stanko Paunovic''. She also performed as a singer on music festival ''Serbia in Rhythm of Europe''. As a member of Pancevo city official string quartet ''Arco'' she performed on state holidays and major events for many years. During her studies, she has shown interest in pedagogy, and had significant results in subject ''Methodology of music instruments'' in class of profesor Rastko Popovic. She has been working on occasion as a violin teacher in Music school ''Josip Slavenski'' in Belgrade, and the Music school ''Jovan Bandur'' in Pancevo. Along with classical music, she learned about other music syles like jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, pop. She was a keyboard player in hip hop band ‘’Stream’’, and she collaborated with many musicians from all around the world in cultural music projects and festivals: ‘’Freedom art’’ in Serbia and Italy, ‘’Music for Human rights’’ in Germany, ‘’Exploring roots and ways of cultural diversity in music’’ in Portugal.
From 2018 until now, she is a music teacher in Dubai. She started at ‘’Brooklyn melodies music center’’, where she got experience in teaching students of all ages and ability. Now she has her own class of students. She is a piano, violin and music theory teacher, and she is preparing her students for ABRSM exams (Royal Schools of Music), and her students are achieving remarkable results.
In 2017 Eric Bugeja graduated with a B.A (Hons) in violin performance from the University of Malta under the direction of Ms. Natalia Filipenko, Mr. Mario Bisazza and Prof. Michael Laus. Following the degree he have studied privately under the direction of Prof. Remus Azoitei (Royal Academy of Music), Mr. Carmine Lauri (Co-Leader @ London Symphony Orchestra) and Ms. Agnieska Kuzma. Throughout the past years he have participated in violin masterclasses conducted by: Prof. Pierre Amoyal, Prof. Gottfried Schneider, Prof. Adrian Butterfield, Mr. Yuri Zhislin, Prof. David Watkin.
Eric Bugeja participated with the Bisyoc Intercultural Youth Orchestra in 2016, this summer course was held in Ludlow, Moor Park and am currently leading the St Paul Metropolitan Orchestra in Malta. Other ensembles and orchestras which he performed with include the Malta Youth Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Orchestra Malta.
During the past two years he have been appointed as a violin tutor in the following musical institutions: Malta School of Music, Malta Visual and Performing Arts School, Gozo Visual and Performing Arts School, Malta Society of arts, Piano Academy - Dr Milica Lawrence and he is also a visiting tutor at the Limerick School of Music and Galway Youth Orchestra.