Bojan Suđić

conductor, Serbia

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Bojan Suđić (Belgrade, 1965) is one of the most prominent figures in conducting that emerged in the area of Yugoslavia at the end of 20th century. He conducted his first all-evening concert at the age of 19, when he was still a student at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. At the Competition of Music Artists of Yugoslavia (Zagreb, 1989) he won the first prize for conducting, which had not been awarded since 1948, when the competition was founded. In the same year, he was given a grant by the Lovro fon Matačić foundation.

Suđić is equally successful as a conductor of choirs, symphonic orchestras and operas. After being a conductor assistant from 1985 to 1992, he became the full-time conductor of the Choir and Symphonic Orchestra of the Radio-televizija Srbije. Bojan Suđić conducted his first concert with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989. He still regularly attends their concerts and conducts at major events (Nigel Kennedy, Maksim Vengerov). Together with this orchestra, he recorded several CDs. Symphonic Dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of the most important. As a visiting conductor of the Opera and Ballet of the National Theatre in Belgrade, Bojan Suđić performed for the first time in 1993. During 1999 and 2000 he was the Chief Conductor of this ensemble.

In 1998 he started as a visiting conductor at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and since 2001 he has been a full time conductor there. He has conducted over 100 opera and ballet performances there.

Bojan Suđić performed in Russia, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Portugal and China. As a symphonic conductor he has cooperated with many orchestras in Europe, including exceptionally successful cooperation with the Helsinki philharmonic orchestra, Novosibirsk philharmonic orchestra, Odenze Symphonic Orchestra, and Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. In the National Opera of Finland, in Helsinki, he conducted a number of regular performances, as well as the Gala Concert celebrating the new millennium.

He also works with youth choirs and orchestras- in the spring of 2003 in Belgrade he conducted Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana with over 650 young musicians. In 2005 Bojan Suđić became the Artistic Director-Chief Conductor of Music Production of RTS, rounding up his successful career witnessed by numerous concerts and recordings with various ensembles of the Production. His teaching career as a professor of conducting with the Faculty of Music in Belgrade started in the same year.

„He is a natural talent with an exceptional style and has one of the best techniques I have ever seen “ (Mats Liljeroos, Huvudstadtsbladet, Helsinki)