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Founded in 1992, Studio for Early Music is the first professional early music society in Serbia. Born as the outcome of the first Belgrade Early Music Festival (founded in 1991) Studio gathers musicians that specialize in the historically informed performance, as well as lovers of this music in Belgrade, Serbia and the region.

Among its projects, beside the Festival (organized annually in June) and its concert series featuring national and international soloists and ensembles, Studio for Early Music is the organizer of the Belgrade Baroque Academy and the collaborator on baroque opera projects organized by the New Belgrade Opera. The president of the organization is the celebrated Belgrade-born conductor and harpsichordist Predrag Gosta (USA/Serbia).
Predrag Gosta
Predrag Gosta is recognized as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors of his generation. He is the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded period instrument orchestra; the general manager, artistic director and conductor of the New Belgrade Opera, the Belgrade Baroque Academy and the Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; the principal conductor of the Makris Symphony Orchestra (Belgrade, Serbia); and the music director of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia). He also served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, and was a faculty member at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he started studying violin at the age of six. After starting his studies at Belgrade Music Academy, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Trinity College of Music in London and the Leverhulme Trust to continue his studies at Trinity, where he received an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree. He also received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he was studying under a graduate assistantship and several scholarships, including the Regents Opportunity Scholarship. His further studies in conducting were with Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), Ennio Nicotra (Italy), Alexander Polyanichko, Vladimir Ponkin and Andrei Anikhanov (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Dejan Savic (Serbia) and Emmanuel Siffert (Switzerland).

Gosta is recognized as a specialist in historically informed performance. He appeared at many concerts and festivals in USA and overseas, including England, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Mexico. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as soprano Evelyn Tubb and contralto Marijana Mijanovic; baroque violinists Florian Deuter, Ilia Korol, John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann and Ingrid Matthews; recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen; harpsichordists Ottaviano Tenerani and Steven Devine; lutenists Anthony Rooley and Michael Fields, and others. He performed at festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto, Boston Early Music Festival, Sastamala Gregoriana (Finland), Budva - The Theatre City (Montenegro), Belgrade Early Music Festival (Serbia), Dartington International Summer School (England), etc. He is an accomplished conductor who has conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Washington, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", and more. He appeared in opera houses in Biel and Solothurn (Switzerland), Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), in Lexington (KY), Lüneburg (Germany), and his native Belgrade (Serbia).

An active recording artist, he has over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas" with Evelyn Tubb and Thomas Meglioranza in the titles roles. He also recorded a premiere album of orchestral works by Greek-American composer Andreas Makris. As a regular presenter of master classes, he regularly teaches at the Belgrade Baroque Academy. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.

Gosta is also the President of the international early music society Early Music Network, the President of the Makris Foundation and the Makris Music Society in Washington DC (promoting the music and legacy of Greek-American composer Andreas Makris, and nurturing young talented musicians).
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