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Maja Bogdanovic

"?superb?one of the most exceptional cellists of the new virtuosos generation, endowed with great talent to what adds an exceptional technique and possessor of an exquisite musical temperament "

Since arriving in France, at the age of 16, the Serbian cellist Maya Bogdanovic has performed throughout the country and Europe (Italy, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic..).

Maya is active as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with several symphony orchestras including the Serbian Radio and Television Orchestra (debut tour at the age of 16 in several cities in Serbia, including Belgrade Kolarac Hall, concerts in 2003, 2005, 2006), Orchestra of French Republic Guard, Chamber orchestra of Saint Georges, Chamber Orchestra "Dusan Skovran", Orchestre des Laureats of Conservatoire de Paris, Munchener Kammerorchester, Tokyo Philharmonic, Wonju Philharmonic and Sejong Soloists.

As a chamber musician she performed a concert series with pianists Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, Julien Gernay, Masha Belooussova, Bertrand Chamayou, violinist Gil Sharon, Matthew Trussler, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn, clarinettists Philippe Berrod, Mate Bekavac and Sandrine Vasseur.

Maya received the Ministry of Culture Awards, and scholarships of the Madlena Jankovic Private Fund, Fund for Development of Young Artists, The French Government, Societe Generale Fund, as well as scholarship of NATIXIS Banque Populaire (2004-2007).

She won the highest awards at domestic and international competitions - Petar Konjovic 1997 Belgrade 1st Prize, Usti nad Orlici Czech Republic 2nd Prize, 1995 Premio Kawai in Italy 1st Prize, 1996 Kosice Slovakia 1st Prize, 1998 Liezen Cello Competition 2nd Prize. In 2003 she won the ESTA Competition in Paris and series of concerts in Europe. She was awarded Grand Prix de Normandie, chamber music competition - duo with pianist Sanja Bizjak.

In march 2005, she was a laureate of the International Cello Competition in Belgrade "Jeunesses Musicales", 3rd Prize and special prizes for compulsory piece, as well as prize of Misa Pavlovic Fund - a CD, to be released. In November 2005, she was awarded a Special Prize at Rostropovich competition in Paris.

In december 2006, she was awarded the 2nd Prize and the Audience Award at the International Cello Competition Gaspar Cassado in Japan. She appeared in the final round with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Totsuka Naohiro.

She has given the concerts at the Gallery of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Kolarac Concert Hall, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Synagogue in Novi Sad, Theatre Mogador and Theatre des Champs Elysees, Auditorium of Opera ?Bastille?, Salle Cortot in Paris, Cite des Congres in Nantes and Strasbourg, Palais des Papes in Avignon, Prinzenregententheater in Munich, Nunmaul Hall in Korea and others. Maya also participated to humanitarian concerts in Serbia and performed at Belgrade Summer Festival, BEMUS (Belgrade Music Festival) ?Marble and Sounds? in Arandjelovac, ?Summer in Synagogue? in Novi Sad, Prades dans Champs Elysees, Belgrade Cello Fest, different festivals in France (Festival de Saint Denis, Festival de Giverny 2006, Festival Villers sur Mer, Dijon, Young Talents Festival, Cordes sur Ciel, Festival de Deauville). She has made numerous recordings for radio and TV stations in Serbia, as well as for RAI, Bayerischer Rundfunk, France Musiques and Korean Main Channel.

In the season 2007-08 she will make her ?debut? with Maestro Penderecki and Belgrade Philharmonic.

Maya worked with Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, Jens Peter Maintz, Young Chang Cho, Maria Kliegel, Alexander Baillie, Alexander Kniazev, Richard Aaron, Masha Belooussova, Francois Salque, Itamar Golan, Pierre Laurent Aimard and Valerie Aimard.

Maya Bogdanovic was born in Belgrade, in 1982. She started playing cello at the age of six, at the School of Music "Kosta Manojlovic" in Zemun (Serbia) in class of prof. Nada Jovanovic. At the age of 16, she became student at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. She graduated under professors Michel Strauss and Itamar Golan, winning First prizes by unanimous decision of the jury in both cello and chamber music (in 2003 and 2004). In 2005 she finished post graduated studies at Conservatoire under Michel Strauss.

Currently residing in Paris, she pursues further training with M. Strauss and Pierre Laurent Aimard, and Jens-Peter Maintz at the University in Berlin.

In august 2007 she won the 1st  and the only Prize (30 000$) awarded at the Aldo Parisot competition in Korea, which gave her possibility to play concerts with Sejong Soloists, Wonju Philharmonic, Rising Stars recital and the debut recital in Carnegie Hall in 2008/09.

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