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Milenko Stefanović
Milenko Stefanovic (with clarinet).jpg
Background information
Birth nameMilenko Stefanović
Also known asMima
Born(1930-02-19)19 February 1930
Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died25 July 2022(2022-07-25) (aged 92)
Belgrade, Serbia
GenresClassical, jazz
Occupation(s)Soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher
Milenko Stefanović (19 February 1930 - 25 July 2022) was a Serbian classical and jazz clarinetist. He has been a prizewinner in the international competitions in Moscow, Munich, Geneva and Prague. He has achieved an international career a soloist. He is a long-time principal clarinetist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the University of Priština and University of the Arts in Belgrade.
1 Education
2 Awards and honors
3 Performance career
4 Compositions
5 Teaching career
6 Affiliations
7 Family
8 Selected recordings
9 Notes
10 References
11 External links
Born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (present day Serbia) in a family of amateur musicians, he began his musical studies at the age of five (violin, piano and, later, clarinet). His first clarinet teacher was Franjo Partlić, principal clarinetist of the Belgrade Opera. Stefanović graduated from the Belgrade Music Academy, as a student of Professor Bruno Brun, the founder of modern Serbian school of clarinet playing (1957). He completed there, with the same teacher, his postgraduate studies and was awarded the Magister of Arts degree (1971). Additionally, he studied chamber and orchestral playing in Salzburg, Austria in the class of Igor Markevich, Erich Leinsdorf and Fernand Oubradous.
Awards and honors
Stefanović was a top-prize winner or finalist in the major Yugoslavian and international competitions, including the competitions in Sarajevo (1952), Skopje (1954), Ljubljana (1956), Moscow (1957), Munich (1957), Geneva (1957) and Prague (1959). Additionally, he was presented with the Award of the Yugoslavian Radio-Television (Ohrid, 1972), awards of the City of Belgrade for the best concert in the previous concert season (1976, 1981, 1986), with 7 July Award (1962) - the state's highest award for the arts, as well as with many other honors. In 2007, upon recommendation of the Expert Committee of the Serbian Ministry of Culture, he was awarded Special Acknowledgment for the Highest Contribution to the National Culture in the Republic of Serbia. In 2010 he was awarded with The Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia. In 2011, at the ClarinetFest® in Northridge, California, the membership of the International Clarinet Association unanimously voted Stefanović to become an Honorary Member. On behalf of Milenko Stefanović, his granddaughter Irina received the Award on July 27, 2013, at the I.C.A. Awards Ceremony, during the ClarinetFest® in Assisi, Italy. On February 12, 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia, President of the European Clarinet Association Stephan Vermeersch awarded Professor Stefanović with the European Clarinet Association Honorary Membership for Lifetime Achievements in Performance, Teaching and Professional Service.
Performance career
Stefanović was the principal clarinetist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (1954–1976).
Apart from holding that position, he also achieved international success as a soloist and chamber music player.
During his extensive career, Stefanović has played in Europe, North America and Africa. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician he has collaborated with Yugoslavian and international artists, including: Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Barbirolli, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Bernard Keeffe, Francesco Mander, Jerzy Katlewicz, Jovan Šajnović, Uroš Lajovic, Anton Kolar, Anton Nanut, Vančo Čavdarski, Živojin Zdravković, Oskar Danon, Dušan Skovran, Djura Jakšić, Mladen Jagušt, Julio Marić, Franc Klinar, Roman Skrepek, Eric Hope, Evgeni Koroliov, Michel Dussault, Andreja Preger, Nikola Rackov, Aleksandar Pavlović, Viktor Jakovčić, Zorica Dimitrijević-Stošić, Mirjana Kršljanin, Aleksandar Lekovski, Zbigniew Chwedczuk, Josef Daniel, Oivin Fjeldstad, Bogo Leskovic, Petr Vronsky, Freddy Došek, Milan Horvat, Bogdan Babić, Dušan Miladinović, Božidar Tumpej, Vojislav Simić, The Zagreb Soloists, The Belgrade Trio, The Serbian String Quartet, and The Zagreb Quartet.
Stefanović was one of the few artists to perform Copland's Clarinet Concerto under the baton of Maestro Aaron Copland (1961).
Stefanović was also a jazz musician - soloist, composer and member of the Belgrade Jazz Trio and Markićević Quintet.
He has recorded for the radio and television stations in Yugoslavia and abroad (Moscow, Rome, Paris, London, Berlin...
A number of Yugoslavian composers Aleksandar Obradović, Petar Bergamo, Dušan Radić, Miodrag Ilić, Petar Ozgijan, Dejan Despić, and others dedicated to him their works.
Stefanović has been highly esteemed by the critics. Despite the great number of his appearances, he is one of the very few musicians who have never been reviewed negatively by the critics.
Stefanović has served on the juries in Yugoslavian and international competitions (Belgrade, Warsaw, Zurich...)
Stefanovic wrote many jazz compositions and some film music.
Teaching career
Professor Stefanović with a student (2007)
Stefanović has been very successful as a teacher, too. His former students hold teaching positions in music schools and universities and play in orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Many of them were prizewinners in various competitions in the country and abroad.
He began his teaching career as a clarinet teacher at the Josip Slavenski School of Music (1967–1993).
He taught at the University of the Arts in Belgrade from 1976, when he was appointed upon recommendation of the previous teacher, Professor Brun, until his retirement in 1995.
Stefanović taught at the University of Priština Faculty of Arts from 1975, when he was one of the founders of its Music Division, until 2009.
He was also a Vice-Chancellor (1985–1989) and member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Arts in Belgrade.
Stefanović wrote several textbooks for the clarinet students.
Stefanović is a member and former president (1977-1980) of the Association of Musical Artists of Serbia and Honorary Member of the International Clarinet Association (awarded in 2013) and European Clarinet Association (awarded in 2016).
He was a member of the Council of the Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) and member of the Publishing Council of Pro musica journal.
Two members of Stefanović's family are also well-known musicians: his son Predrag is a clarinetist and his daughter-in-law Jovana is a composer. Both of them have built significant music careers. Beside that, they are also very esteemed as pedagogues. They have been teaching at the Josip Slavenski School of Music in Belgrade. In that school their child, Milenkos granddaughter, named Irina plays piano but she also composes.
Selected recordings
Baird: Two Caprices
Baronijan: Divertimento for Clarinet, Flute, Strings and Percussion
Bećiri: Sonata
Berg: Four Pieces
Bergamo: Concerto Abbreviato for Clarinet Solo (dedicated to M. Stefanović)
Beethoven: Duo No.2, Op. 147 for Clarinet and Bassoon (with Božidar Tumpej)
Bjelinski: Rondo
Brahms: Sonata No. 1
Brahms:Sonata No. 2
Brahms: Quintet in B minor (with the Zagreb Quartet)
Copland: Concerto (with Aaron Copland)
Cossetto: Clarinet Concerto
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie (with Symphony Orchestra of the Radio Television of Belgrade conducted by Oskar Danon)
Despić: Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon & Orchestra (with Božidar Tumpej, basoon, and Symphony Orchestra of the Radio Television of Serbia, conducted by Mladen Jagušt)
Despić: Nine Dances for Clarinet Solo (dedicated to M. Stefanović)
Frajt: The Player and the Birds (with Symphony Orchestra of the Radio Television of Belgrade conducted by Dušan Miladinović)
Hindemith: Sonata
Honegger: Sonatine (with Eric Hope)
Kalčić: Musica Concertante for Clarinet solo and Strings
Kessel: Bernardo
Kotlić: Pesma
Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes
Milhaud: Concerto (with Oskar Danon)
Milhaud: Sonatina
Mozart: Concerto in A major K. 622
Mozart: Trio in E-flat major, K. 498 (Kegelstatt Trio)
Mozart: Quintet in A major, K.581 (with the Zagreb Quartet)
Obradović: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (with the Radio Television Belgrade String Orchestra, conducted by Vančo Čavdarski, and with the strings of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Milan Horvat)
Obradović: Microsonata for Clarinet Solo (dedicated to M. Stefanović)
Penderecki: Three Miniatures
Rabaud: Solo de Concours
Radić: Concertino (dedicated to M. Stefanović)
Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations
Schumann: Fantasy-Pieces
Saint-Saëns: Sonata (with Zorica Dimitrijević-Stošić)
Shaw: Concerto
Stamitz: Concerto in B flat major
Stefanović: Romance
Stefanović: Grotesque
Stravinsky: Three Pieces
Vauda: Sonata Brevis
Weber: Concertino (recordings with the BBC Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Radio Television of Belgrade conducted by Oskar Danon)
Weber: Concerto No. 1
Weber: Concerto No. 2
Živanović: Spring Landscape
Živanović: Rhapsody for Clarinet and Jazz Orchestra
Živković: Pean, for violin, flute, clarinet and bassoon
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