Sandra Stojanovic was born in Belgrade in a family of professional musicians. At five, she discovered her passion for piano and cultivated it in primary and secondary music schools. She graduated from the University of Music in Novi Sad (ex Yugoslavia) in 1987 under the guidance of Professor Arbo Valdma. In the following year she studied in the class of Professor Grigorij L. Sokolov during her period in Russia at the Conservatory of Music Rimskij-Korsakov of St. Petersburg. In 1992 she moved to Italy where she currently lives. Here, she broadened her knowledge in chamber music, at first by taking part in a specialized course offered by the Accademia G. Marziali di Seveso (Milan) with Professor Conrad Klemm, and then by achieving a Master degree cum laude in 2011 at the Conservatory of Music F.A. Bonporti (Trento) with Professor Giancarlo Guarino.
Until then, her focused was almost entirely on classical music, but her love for music brought her to experiment with different genres. Guided by these feelings, she attended Pop classes at the Conservatory of Music F. A. Bonporti (Trento) from 2015 to 2017. These were really prolific years in which not only had she the opportunity to study under some well-known names of the Italian pop and jazz scene such as Alfredo Biondo, Stefano Pisetta, Danilo Minotti, Riccardo Ballerini, Francesco Martinelli but she cultivated her passion for orchestra conducting. In 2016 Sandra attended lessons with Maestro Jorge Lazzeri and in 2022 with Maestro Giancarlo Guarino.
Over the same years, while achieving different academic titles, she also worked in several places. Her first jobs were in ex Yugoslavia. She worked in different secondary music schools as a piano teacher (K.Stanković, Belgrade), chamber music teacher (K. Stanković, Belgrade) and piano accompanist (K. Manoijlović, Zemun; School for young talents, Ćuprija). In 1992 she moved to Catania (Italy) and took part in many pedagogical activities and concerts. She worked as a piano accompanist at the Teatro Massimo in Catania, collaborating with the baritone Giuseppe Taddei, her teaching years at Dante Alighieri middle school in Catania and at the Accademia Mediterranea in Augusta. She also became a Member of the Teatro Miela Reina in Trieste and of the Horus Association of Siracusa for which she regularly gave master classes in piano and chamber music and she collaborated as a piano accompanist for the courses of Professor Conrad Klemm and Mathias Ziegler. She served the role of vice president of Phoné Association of Catania which promoted contemporary music and collaborated with the Fenice Association of Catania and the Group of Research and Experimentation of Viterbo. In 2008 she started working as a Professor for complementary piano at the Conservatory of Music F.A. Bonporti in Trento where she finally moved in 2011. From that moment till 2017, she performed under a contract with Liceo Musicale e Coreutico F.A. Bonporti covering different roles. In particular, she worked as a piano accompanist for dance, as a Professor of musical theory and practice for dancers and as a Professor for complementary piano. At present, her collaboration with the Conservatory of Music F.A. Bonporti is ongoing considering her job as a piano accompanist for all instruments and singers.
In relation to her artistic performances, she has played as a soloist, with orchestra (Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrade, Academy Orchestra of St. Petersburg…) and in various chamber ensembles in different countries (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Russia, USA, Vietnam). In 2006 she performed for the United Nations in New York together with the American cello player Scott Terzaghi. In May and June 2016. they invited Sandra to perform a series of concerts in Vietnam with the violinists Daniele and Marika Anderle for the 70th anniversary of the Italian Republic by President S. Mattarella. She also held a Master class in Vietnam at the College of Art in Hanoi. Over the years, Sandra has won several national and international awards, taking part in different competitions as a jury member and appeared on radio and television.
based on the foundations of the Russian school and enhanced by my many years of experience in various disciplines, which led to the creation of a special method of mine, which pays attention to all parts of a musician's development. Musical, spiritual and psychological development as well as harmonizing between all these elements, in order to get one integrated human being that deals with music. The course is based on 6 hours of individual work with students and 2 hours (at the beginning and end of the day, which is dedicated to the application of my whole method, such as visualization, meditation, behavior on stage, preparation for professional life, together with all special exercises for developing inner hearing, working on a piece without a piano, staging a whole concert in our head and hearing, then
a whole series of those "deaf exercises", work on intonation, piano as an orchestra, improvisation, playing with others. The whole course is structured in two days, (20th and 21st August) with the final concert of the participants.
Nazareno Ferruggio is considered a refined Italian pianist. He graduated from Pierluigi Camicia’s class with full marks, honours and distinction at the Niccolo Piccini State Conservatorium of music in Bari. After completing a postgraduate course at the Musikhochschule Mannheim, Germany in Ragna Schirmer’s class, he finished his studies in the Musikhochschule Bern (Switzerland) with Rada Petkova. He also attended Masterclasses with prestigious teachers such as J. Achucarro, K. H. Kaemmerling and Jerome Lowenthal, J. Soriano, and O.Yablonskaya. He has performed in all the continents of the world. Lately did concerts tour in South Africa.
He debuted as a soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica of Bari, performing Beethoven's Fantasy for choir and orchestra, conducted by Nicola Scardicchio. He has won eighteen first prizes in national and international competitions. In 2005, he won the prestigious IBLA International Competition Grand Prize with best prize for Claude Debussy's pieces.
He had his American debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall in New York and also performed concerts in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2007, he received the Liszt Special Prize at the 8th Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo, Norway. He also toured extensively in Indonesia, where he taught Masterclasses and performed recitals in Jakarta and Surabaya. In 2008, he had his Austrian debut at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, and won a Rotary Scholarship at the Pianale Academy in Fulda, Germany. In 2009, he won first prize at the international piano competition ”Premio Valentino.” He was a semifinalist at the 15th Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, which ran from June 16 to July 1, 2010, in Salt Lake City.
He has performed in concert halls like Carnegie Hall, Lindemann Hall, Cheong Ju Arts Centre, Rosengarten, Palau de la Musica, Auditorium de Leon, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Teatru Manoel, Teatro Municipal (Lima), Conservatori Municipal de Musica de Barcelona, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa della Musica, Altes Rathaus Barck Saal,Atterbury TheatreHe has performed in New York, London, Singapore, Yangon, Budapest, Mexico City, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Oslo, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, La Valletta, Milan, Lima, Barcelona, Innsbruck, Venice, Hong Kong, Rome, Cheong Ju, Hamamatsu, Little Rock, Cologne, Geneva, Amsterdam, Guatemala, Paris,Pretoria,Durban,Mannheim, Berne and Bari.
He was invited to play at the following music festivals: Sommets du Classique, International Spring Festival, Cantiere Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea, Festival della Musica Contemporanea, Ascoli Piceno Festival, Festival Liszt in Milan, Raices 2015 Mexico City , Perla Baroku and Valletta Baroque Festival.
He has been a soloist with ICO Orchestra Provincia di Bari, ICO Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquestra Sinfonica de Michoacan MAV Orchestra Budapest. He performed piano concertos with conductors like Nicola Scardicchio, Brian Schembri, Karl Martin, Hakan Sensoy, Claudio Morbo, and Gordon Campbell.
He is also a visiting professor at the University of Suwon in South of Korea and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Escuela Superior de musica in Mexico City, Academy of Ars in Novi Sad, University of Music in Stuttgart, University of Music in Utrecht, and Conservatorio Superior de Castellon.
2012 - Theme et Variations - music by Scarlatti, Franck, Rachmaninov, Martin - Wide Classique Label
2014 - Live in Barcelona - music by Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Satie - Wide Classique Label
2016 - Live in London - music by Tartini, Mozart, Beethoven, Ysaye, Gianzini - Wide Classique Label
Open for all levels, including pedals tecnique, articulations tecnique and phrasing.