September 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Emo Court & Parklands
Co. Laois
R32 C44V


The Anime Violin Trio was established in 2018 with the support of SOKOJ, the Organization of Music Authors of Serbia, to independently realize the CD project “Refleksija” (reflection). The project includes the promotion of Serbian and Irish art music for solo violin and the unusual chamber grouping of violin trio. At three Belgrade concerts held in January and February of this year in the halls of the Kolarac Foundation, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Italian Institute (in cooperation with Cultural Center of Belgrade and Association of Serbian Artists), violinists Dušica Mladenović, Mina Đekić and Marina Popović performed works from their forthcoming recording by the senior Serbian composer Dejan Despić and the renowned Irish composer Ian Wilson. The CD “Refleksija” will be released in summer 2019 on the Metropolis label (Serbia).

The trio are all members of the Anime String Quartet which gave its first series of full-length concerts in various Serbian cities in 2014. In 2016 they gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s String Quartet no. 16, “Aus der Zauberküche” (from the magical kitchen), which was written specially for, and dedicated to, the Anime Quartet. A recording of the same piece was broadcast on the “Nova” and “Encore” shows of the Ireland’s classical music radio station “RTÉ Lyric FM”.

Dušica Mladenović graduated with a master’s degree from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad under Prof. Dejan Mihailović and has taken masterclasses with professors such as Marina Yashvili, Igor Ozim, Ilya Grubert and Antoinette Lohmann. She has participated in over 150 performances as a member of various chamber ensembles in Serbia, France, Germany, Austria, Turkey and The Netherlands. She has given a large number of solo recitals and performed as a soloist with the Belgrade String Orchestra “Dušan Skovran” and the Belgrade Philharmonic. As soloist she gave the world premiere of the violin concerto “Socrates Ungraved” by Ian Wilson/Erik Satie with the Belgrade Philharmonic in 2018. She has performed at festivals such as Mokranjac Days, Konstantinus, BEMUS, Tribina Kompozitora, FRONT and KoMA and has premiered works by many domestic and foreign composers. Dušica has played with the Belgrade String Orchestra “Dušan Skovran” and the Žebeljan Orchestra and has collaborated with the orchestras of St. George and Muzikon. She is a permanent member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Anime String Quartet and, more recently, the Anime Violin Trio. She has recorded for RTS, Oboe Classics and Riverrun Records.

After completing her violin studies in the class of Prof. Evgeny Kravtsev at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, violinist Mina Đekić specialized in her main area of interest, playing in chamber ensembles. With many groups, from duo to chamber orchestra, she has performed at concerts, seminars, festivals, and tours at home and abroad. She graduated in specialist studies in chamber music from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in 2016. She is currently a member of the violin duo “Process”, the string trio/quartet “Anime”, and the Camerata Academica orchestra in Novi Sad. As a performing artist she has cooperated with many contemporary composers from around the world. In addition to engaging with chamber music, she also occasionally plays with symphonic orchestras, and in pedagogical work she teaches in the Belgrade Music School “Stanislav Binički”.

Marina Popović completed her primary violin studies at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade in the class of Prof. Jasna Maksimović. She attended Masters studies at the University of Agder in Kristiansand (Norway) in the class of Prof. Adam Grüchot. At the end of those studies she enrolled for Masters studies in Viola in the class of professor Dejan Mlađenović, again at the Faculty in Belgrade. Marina actively performs as both violinist and violist in several chamber ensembles and orchestras. She is a permanent member of the Anime string trio/quartet and the ensemble “13 Strings” with which she regularly records and gives concerts. She has performed in many significant venues, both in Serbia and abroad, and has worked with influential artists, pedagogues and conductors such as Gregory and Yuri Zhislin, Gilad Karni, Hening Kragerud, Liana Isakadze, Shanghai Quartet, Ricardo Muti and many others. She is a violist in the RTS Symphony Orchestra and a permanent associate of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert programme features the following works:

• Dejan Despić (b.1930) – Sonatina B-A-C-H

• Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Three Part Inventions (selection), BWV 787-801

• George Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) – Suite in B flat major

• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Adagio, Minuet and Rondo K.356

• Ian Wilson (b.1964) – “1927” (after 5 paintings by Paul Klee)

• Dušan Kostić (1925-2005) – Mikro Simfonija

Dejan Despić is one of Serbia’s most respected composers. His violin trio “Sonatina B-A-C-H” was written in 2007 and takes the musical notes in the name of the Baroque’s greatest composer as a starting point for a short, three-part structure comprising Intrada, Arietta and Scherzino.

Bach’s Three-Part Inventions, also known as Sinfonias, were written between 1720 and 1723 and were expected to be used as pedagogical aids. However, Bach’s genius of course made them much more than simply teaching studies and they are a much-loved staple of both amateur and professional repertoires. Ian Wilson has arranged a number of these short keyboard works specially for the Anime Violin Trio.

Georg Philipp Telemann was considered by a number of his contemporaries to be Germany’s greatest living composer. Hugely prolific, and a friend of Bach and Handel, he wrote his great chamber work “Tafelmusik” in 1733, one of the last and best examples of courtly music. The multi-movement Suite in B flat is taken from the larger work and was arranged for three violins by Waldo Lyman in 1960.

Mozart’s “Adagio, Minuet and Rondo” were published together as “Musik für Drei Violinen” in 1941 by Edition Peters. The movements were not originally written as a set but do work well together. The Adagio was later arranged by Mozart for glass harmonica.

Ian Wilson’s “1927” for three violins was written for Trio Dominante, Belgrade’s first violin trio which Dušica Mladenović led before later founding the Anime Quartet and Trio. “1927” takes its inspiration from five paintings by Paul Klee, all written in the year 1927 – Wasserfall, Junger Garten, Garten am Bach, Abfahrt der Schiffe and Abenteurer-Schiff.

Serbian composer Dušan Kostić incorporated neo-Classical, impressionistic, and serial techniques in his music and also wrote occasional pieces on national folk themes. His very short “Mikro Simfonija” of 1976 is a highly compressed response to the symphonic form, playful and reminiscent of the assimilation of folk musics that composers in Eastern Europe undertook for much of the 20th century.

Sunday 15th September 2019 | 7.30pm | The Entrance Hall | €15; family ticket €50 (4) 

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