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Biography
First Belgrade Baroque Academy was held in April of 2013, when a dozen or so young musicians explored the music of J.S. Bach, Purcell, and Monteverdi with two Serbian baroque music specialists - contralto Marijana Mijanovic, and baritone, harpsichordist and conductor Predrag Gosta. After the successful final concert, Gosta and Mijanovic continued their activities at the 2nd Academy, held in conjunction of the Belgrade Early Music Festival in June of 2013. This second project was even more ambitious - the presentation of a fully staged performance of Henry Purcell's operatic masterpiece "Dido and Aeneas". This performance also marked the first ever performance of a baroque opera on period instruments at the Belgrade National Theatre. The great success of this performance encouraged the artists to pursue their efforts in a systematic and permanent manner, with a hope for a permanent establishment of the Belgrade Baroque Academy as an educational institution in Serbia. Since then, over a dozen internationally recognized artists have taught at the BBA, training and nourishing young singers and period instrumentalists in the historical performance. Many decided to pursue additional studies and develop their careers, and were successfully admitted into the international conservatories or various early music ensembles. And although the Belgrade Baroque Academy has been growing and changing through the years, its goal remains the same: to train a new generation of musicians in the historically informed performance, in order to develop and expand the early music movement...
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