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Biography

Baroque violist and soprano Ana Torbica started her musical education by playing the violin and singing in the Children's Choir of the Radio-Television of Serbia for ten years. After finishing her secondary music education in violin and voice at the Vojislav Vuckovic Music School in Belgrade, she continued her undergraduate studies in singing at the Faculty of Arts in Niš, followed by postgraduate studies in baroque viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

An active performer, Ana appeared both as a soprano soloist and a baroque violist with New Trinity Baroque (dir. Predrag Gosta), Savaria Baroque Orchestra (dir. Pál Németh), Eboracum Baroque, and the Baroque Orchestra of the New Belgrade Opera in Serbia. She performed at the London Festival of Baroque Music, the Belgrade Early Music Festival, Korkyra Baroque and Varazdin Baroque Evenings festivals in Croatia and several international competitions where she won prizes in chamber music and singing. As a soprano, Ana primarily performs early baroque and church repertoire. As a modern violist, she performed with the Makris Symphony Orchestra in Serbia and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Orchestra in Atlanta, USA. Since 2018, she is a freelance artist in her home country as a member of the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia. In the same year, she appeared on a CD recording of Buxtehude's "Membra Jesu Nostri" with New Trinity Baroque.

Ana's interest in the historical performance came through her work with the Belgrade and Austria Baroque Academies, as well as the Dartington International Summer School. She gained experience through performing and recording professionally baroque operas and chamber repertoire, and by participating in the masterclasses with eminent artists such as Florian Deuter, Bojan Cicic, Adrian Butterfield, Evelyn Tubb, Robert Howarth, Clive Brown and Roberta Mameli. She collaborated in concert with artists such as Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Herreweghe, Rachel Podger, Lawrence Cummings, John Butt, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Margaret Faultless in various projects at the Royal Academy of Music. She also performed with the Royal Academy Baroque Orchestra in its Bach Cantatas Series, supported by the Kohn Foundation and HM the Queen, as well as in baroque operas. As a member of the ensemble the Academy Baroque Soloists, she has performed throughout the UK. The last couple of years she has been a regular guest of the British Embassy in Serbia, where she performed during the celebration for the Queen's Birthday.

Being a Master of Arts student in Historical Performance, Ana is studying baroque viola with Jane Rogers and Nicolette Moonen, and singing with Michael Chance. Additionally, she is working towards the LRAM Diploma for teaching. During her studies at the Academy, she received the Christopher Hogwood Scholarship, the Johnathan Julyan HP Award, the Royal Academy of Music Bursary, and the Andreas and Margaret Makris Matching Scholarship, while a generous grant from the Macfarlane Walker Trust enabled her to purchase a new baroque viola by Jan Pawlikowski.

In 2020 Ana was scheduled to make a series of concerts in the UK, USA, Croatia and Serbia, premiering Viola Concerto by J.G. Graun with the ensemble New Trinity Baroque (however, these performances have been postponed for the later in the year, due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Ana is passionate about sport and especially likes swimming and riding a bicycle.

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