About Us

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 has been recognized as one of the pioneers of the early music movement on the Balkans and one of the most interesting conductors of his generation. He is the artistic director of New Trinity Baroque, a widely-acclaimed and recorded period instrument orchestra; the founder and the artistic director of the Belgrade Baroque Academy, Belgrade Early Music Festival, New Belgrade Opera, and the Makris Symphony Orchestra; as well as the music director and chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, USA. He served as the assistant conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, was a faculty member at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta, and is currently conducting a doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the late 18th century English opera.

Born in Belgrade, 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 and Trinity College of Music in London, receiving his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Trinity. He then went to the USA where he received three Master of Music degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, studying under a graduate assistantship and the Regents Opportunity Scholarship. His conducting teachers include Alexander Polyanichko and Ennio Nicotra (Russia), Jonathan Brett (England), Gustav Meier (USA), Jorma Panula (Finland), Colin Metters (UK), and others.

Predrag Gosta appeared at many concerts and festivals in USA, UK, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Serbia Croatia and Montenegro. He collaborated with artists and conductors such as Evelyn Tubb, Juilliane Baird, Vivica Genaux, Marijana Mijanovic, Florian Deuter, Ilia Korol, John Holloway, Antoinette Lohmann, Marion Verbruggen, Ottaviano Tenerani, Steven Devine, Anthony Rooley, Michael Fields, Justin Bland and many others. He performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Boston Early Music Festival and Amherst Early Music Festival in the USA; Sastamala Gregoriana Festival in Finland; Belgrade Early Music Festival in Serbia; Korkyra Baroque, Varazdin Baroque Evenings and Dubrovnik Summer Games in Croatia; Dartington International Summer School in England, etc. He conducted internationally renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and more. He appeared in opera houses in the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Bulgaria and Serbia.

Gosta is an active recording artist, and has almost twenty CD recordings to his credit. He recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra (two albums), the Makris Symphony Orchestra and New Trinity Baroque, among others.

As a vivid educator, he regularly teaches at the Belgrade Baroque Academy. He is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Golden Key Honour Society, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, as well as the MENSA and the International High IQ Society.
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