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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 quickly emerging as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors of his generation. He is currently the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded orchestra in the United States that performs on period instruments; the general manager, artistic director and conductor of the New Belgrade Opera, Belgrade Baroque Academy and Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; the  principal conductor of the Makris Symphony Orchestra (Belgrade, Serbia); principal guest conductor of the New Europe Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria; and the music director of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (based in Atlanta, Georgia).  He also served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, and was a faculty member at 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 Leverhulme Trust to continue his studies at Trinity College of Music in London, where he received an undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. He also received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he studied under a graduate assistantship and several scholarship, 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 concerts in England, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Mexico. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as soprano Evelyn Tubb and alto Marijana Mijanovic; baroque violinists John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann and Ingrid Matthews; recorder virtuoso Marion Verbruggen; harpsichordist Steven Devine; lutenist Michael Fields, and others. He performed at numerous festivals, including 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. Beside his work in the field of historical practice, 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", the Lüneburg Symphony (Germany), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Serbia), the Tomsk Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Caucus Mineral Waters, the Karelian Philharmonic in Petrozavodsk, the State Hermitage Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), the Ruse Philharmonic, the Burgas Philharmonic, and more. He appeared inopera houses in Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), at the Belgrade National Theatre (Serbia), the Madlenianum Opera-Theatre (Belgrade, Serbia), the Lexington Opera (KY), etc.

Predrag Gosta is an active recording artist, with over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas" with Thomas Meglioranza and Evelyn Tubb in the titles roles, and a premiere recording of orchestral works by Greek-American composer Andreas Makris.  He is a regular presenter of master classes, and was on the faculty at Oxford College of Emory University. 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 US Director and Artistic Advisor of Peter the Great Music Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, the President of the international early music society Early Music Network, as well as the President of the Makris Foundation in Washington DC which promotes music of the Greek-American composer Andreas Makris and nurtures the young and talented musicians (makrisfoundation.org).
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