photo: Aleksandar Kujucev
Ivana STEFANOVIC, composer
Ivana Stefanovic completed her studies of composition at the Belgrade Music Academy with Professor Enriko Josif in 1975. In parallel to her studies of composition, she studied the violin with Professor Aleksandar Pavlovic. In 1979, Ivana Stefanovic obtained a two-year scholarship from the French government to pursue advanced studies of composition at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. In 1981, she attended Professor Maurice Kagel’s composition class in Aix en Provence.
Ivana Stefanovic’s first public concert came in 1966 at the Belgrade Music Academy when her composition Tree movements for piano were performed. The concert was held in the hall of the ‘old’ Atelje 212 Theatre. Since then, Ivana Stefanovic’s musical and radiophonic compositions have been performed in France, Denmark, Finland, England, the Netherlands, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Syria, Germany, Spain, the USA, Austria, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, and other countries. Her music has been played at a number of festivals, including Gaudeamus (the Netherlands), Bemus (Belgrade Music Festival), Bitef (Belgrade Theatre Festival), the Zagreb Biennale, the International Composers’ Tribune (Serbia), Wings of Sound (Finland), the Pula Composers’ Tribune (Croatia), Roma Europa (Italy), Madrid – World Capital of Culture, Music Temisoara (Romania), Prix Italia, Music Harvest (Odense, Denmark), International New Music Week (Bucharest, Romania), International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and others.
Ivana Stefanovic has written music scores for more than 40 plays. She has worked in many Belgrade theatres, including the Serbian National Theatre, the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Atelje 212, the Zvezdara Theatre… She has also composed for theatres in Celje, Novi Sad, Budva… Highlights of plays she has written for include Aeschylus’s Oresteia, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, Lagum by Svetlana Velmar Jankovic, Destiny and comentaries by Radoslav Petkovic, Kanjos Macedonovic by Vida Ognjenovic, Rain snakes by Per Olov Enquist, Long day’s journey into the night by Eugene O’Neill…
- Work in the media.
Ivana Stefanovic started working at Radio Belgrade in 1968. She edited and led In Euterpe’s gardens, If you like music, and other programmes. Soon after, she started conducting research in the sphere of sound and radiophony (The epistle of birds, 1974), and later started composing for the theatre. In 1975, she started working as a Music Assistant and later as Music Editor of the Radio Belgrade Drama Department. She worked there for many years, editing the music side of several hundred radio programmes. She selected, improvised and composed pieces for these programmes. Ivana Stefanovic was the first editor of the Music workshop programme when it was started in 1985 by the Radio Belgrade Drama Department. From 1989 to 1991, she acted as Music Editor in Chief of Radio Belgrade One. She resigned from this position in August 1991. During all this time, Ivana Stefanovic also worked on many programmes in her position as Associate at Belgrade Television Music Department. She also worked as a music editor and journalist at the Belgrade Television Cultural Department (Studio 3, Kult, and other programmes).
Ivana Stefanovic started working in radiophonics and other fringe music movements, such as ars acustica, as early as 1968. Her radiophonic works, Lachrymosa, Metropolis of Silence/Ancient Ras, and Lingua/Phonia/Patria have been broadcast on Serbian and international radio stations.
- Other professional work.
1986, acted as artistic director at Muzika Festival of Contemporary Music in Serbia
1992, co-founded the International Composers’ Tribune, a new festival organised by the Serbian Composers’ Union
1992, took part in Ars Acustica at the European Broadcasting Corporation (EBU), and participated in the Radio Beyond London Festival
1993, was member of the Board of Directors at the Soros Foundation
1992-1995, taught Applied Music at the Belgrade Music Academy
1993-1994, lectured at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Belgrade
2000, became Director of Culture Projects at the Centre for Democracy Foundation in Belgrade
2001-2006, acted as Artistic Director of the Bemus Music Festival
From 2001 has been a member of the Serbia and Montenegro UNESCO National Commission Cultural Board
2007, served as President of the Serbian Composers’ Union
2007-2008, served as State Secretary for Culture in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia
2010, Program Committee Member of the Radio Television Serbia.
2011-2018, A member of the National Council for Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
2011, President of Music Action Cenetr (MAC).
- Literary work.
Ivana Stefanovic has published numerous texts about music and culture in different newspapers and magazines, including: Politika, Scena, Ludus, Vreme, Danas, Novi zvuk, Knjizevne novine, Radio Belgrade Three.
In 2001, her book of essays about Syria, The Road to Damascus, was published by Geopoetika, compilation of essays Music Made of Anything (published by Arhipelag 2009) and book A private story - based on a suitcase full of letters (published by Službeni glasnik and Arhiv Srbije 2012).
- International experience.
Ivana Stefanovic lived in Damascus, Syria, between 1995-1999, Ankara, Turkey, between 2001-2005, and between 2009-2013, in Bucharest, Romania.
- She is married to Zoran S. Popovic, and has two children, Pedja and Ana.