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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 has been recognized as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted conductors and harpsichordists 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 chief conductor of the New Belgrade Opera, the Belgrade Baroque Academy, the Belgrade Early Music Festival and the Makris Symphony Orchestra in Serbia; and the music director and chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, USA. 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). From 2019, Gosta is DPhil Reader and Junior Member of the Christ Church, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the late 18th century English opera.

Predrag Gosta 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 sopranos Evelyn Tubb and Juilliane Baird; mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux; 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; trumpet players Justin Bland and Friedemann Immer; and many others. He performed at the Piccolo Spoleto, 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 and Varazdin Baroque Evenings in Croatia; Dartington International Summer School and Festival in the UK - just to mention a few. He conducted internationally renowned ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Washington DC, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the St. Petersburg State Capella "Glinka", the Sofia Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and more. He appeared in opera houses in Biel and Solothurn (Switzerland), Ruse and in Burgas (Bulgaria), Lexington (KY), Lüneburg (Germany), and his native Belgrade (Serbia).

Gosta is an active recording artist, and has over a dozen recordings to his credit, including a critically acclaimed CD of Purcell's opera "Dido & Aeneas" with New Trinity Baroque, and Evelyn Tubb and Thomas Meglioranza in the titles roles. He also recorded a premiere album of orchestral works by Greek-American composer Andreas Makris with the London Symphony Orchestra, and music by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov with the same orchestra. He also has two albums with the Makris Symphony Orchestra.

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

Finally, Gosta is the President of the international early music society Early Music Network and the Makris Music Society in Washington DC (promoting the music and legacy of Greek-American composer Andreas Makris, and nurturing young talented musicians); the principal editor of the online music publishing house UrtextEditions.com and the Mediterranean Press; and the executive producer of Edition Lilac.

For more information, please visit predraggosta.com.
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