Music Programme Assistant: Marija Cvetković, curator Tel: +381 11 2027-167, +381 11 2180-671 Fax: +381 11 2027-201 E-mail: marija.cvetkovic@sanu.ac.rs Address: SASA Gallery, Knez Mihailova 35, 11000 Beograd, Srbija The concerts at the Gallery are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m., and the concert season lasts from the beginning of October until the end of June.

 
Music Programme at the Gallery
 

In 1982 the Gallery began regular organization of concerts.

The old idea of the SASA Section of Visual and Music Art on holding the concerts at the Academy was realized by the reputable composer, academician Stanojlo Rajičić, who established this activity and was maintaining it to the end of his life. Over thousand concerts had been organized under his management. The music programme of the Gallery today is directed today by the academician Dejan Despić, composer and secretary of the Section of Visual and Music Art.

Until March 1984 the concerts were held during the musical season (lasting from the beginning of October until the end of June) once, and later, twice a month. The programme focused at the very beginning on the author concerts of the SASA members - the cycle was opened by the piano player Zorica Dimitrijević-Stosić with a recital of the pieces by Vasilije Mokranjac, followed later by evening music of Stanojlo Rajičić, Petar Konjović, Mihailo Vukdragović, Josif Marinković, etc. Very soon a standard repertoire of a concert hall prevailed (works of world and national music created in the period from the Middle Ages to the contemporary time) and occasional concerts of the Serbian traditional music.

Renowned local performers were engaged at the beginning. Since May 1984, in order to present and introduce young musical talents in the concert life, auditions began to be organized systematically. The Gallery's activity on discovering and recognizing young musicians enabled almost all our future eminent concert masters to have their first full-evening appearances before the audience (Stefan Milenković, Nataša Veljković, Jasna Maksimović, Aleksandar Serdar, Aleksandar Madžar, Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, Maja Bogdanovicć, Nikola Mijailović, Marijana Mijanović, Nemanja Radulović and many others). The outstanding artistic rise of the selected young musicians, who were still pupils and students at the time of their debut at the Gallery, was later confirmed by numerous international awards, as well as significant engagements on the world stage.

In January 1996 the Gallery procured a new, superb quality concert piano brand „Bechstein“. The audience response was excellent, among other reasons because the entrance is free. The performer perform regularly and without any exceptions without any remuneration.

Until the nineties of the last century there had been numerous performances of guest musicians from the cities of Serbia, all republics of the former Yugoslavia and from more than 20 foreign countries. Within the period of the next ten or more years, almost the entire repertoire is maintained with success by the Belgrade artists, whereas guest (mostly from Novi Sad as the closest university and music center) seldom appear. Since 2000 a significant appearance of young, extremely talented and well educated musicians has been observed form numerous other cities of Serbia that avail of secondary and higher musical schools - Niš, Leskovac, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Ćuprija, Šabac, Valjevo.

In 2001 a Stanojlo Rajičić Fund was established at the Academy for the award of the best solo concert performed in a year. This recognition was wonder by: pianists Vladimir Milošević (2002), Nebojša Maksimović (2004) and Miloš Mihajlović (2005)č violin player Marko Josifoski (2003) and Stanko Madić (2006); cellist Vida Vujić (2007).

Until the end of the concert season in 2006/2007 there had been 1722 concerts at the Gallery. The 26th season is currently in progress and the number of held concerts is over 1750.