Wednesday, 14 October
Kolarac Hall at 8 PM
ST. GEORGE STRINGS – 25TH BIRTHDAY
Artistic leader and soloist: JOSEF ZIGA, violin
Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048;
Giuseppe Tartini – Sonata “Didone abbandonata” in G minor, for violin and strings;
Giuseppe Tartini – Sonata “Devil’s Trill” in G minor, for violin and strings;
Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8 “Christmas”
Ottorino Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
Ticket price: 600

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St George Strings Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1992 at the initiative of the group of former students of the School for Musically Gifted Children from Ćuprija and Professor Petar Ivanović. Since its formation, several generations of the preeminent Serbian musicians have been members of this unique Belgrade-based ensemble. Their first hallmark event was the First prize at the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade in 1996 which established the St George Strings as one of the foremost chamber ensembles in the country. The same year St Geogre Strings were invited to give a concert in London on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of UNICEF.
Between 2006 and 2011 the artistic leadership of the ensemble was in the hands of an internationally renowned violinist Gordan Nikolić. One of the highlights of this fruitful collaboration was the music marathon entitled Music Challenge, whereas Gordan Nikolić and St George Strings performed complete Mozart’s violin concertos and his Symphony No. 28 in A major. This project was awarded the Prize of the City of Belgrade for the best concert in 2006.
The concert of the St George Strings with violinist Roman Simović, held on 15 November 2011 at the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, won the title Concert of the Year from the Muzika Klasika magazine.    
The concerts of the St George Strings were always met with undivided acclaim of the audiences and critics in in Serbia and abroad. Apart from the rave reviews, numerous recordings for radio and television as well as 18 CDs represent a faithful testimony of the artistic results of the orchestra.
St George Strings have so far given over 1600 concerts in Serbia and abroad. Their repertoire encompasses works originating from stylistically different epochs, ranging from baroque to contemporary music. They regularly perform music of Serbian composers, including the pieces dedicated to them, as well as chamber music pieces arranged for string orchestra. Their high artistic profile, dedication and enthusiasm have contributed to the establishment of cordial relationships with soloists, conductors and composers.
The orchestra also encompasses several chamber ensembles which perform independently on regular bases, including concerts at leading music festivals in Serbia (The International Review of Composers, Belgrade Summer Festival – BELEF, Koncerti mladih autora – KOMA, etc.).
Their international tours took them to the Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. St George Strings are regularly invited to important festivals such as BEMUS, NOMUS Novi Sad, BELEF, NIMUS Niš, Ohrid Summer, Interfest Bitola, Days of Mokranjac in Negotin, Theatre City Budva, Sarajevo Festivals, and International Review of Composers etc.
This concert season is celebratory for the St George Strings, as they mark their first jubilee – 25 years since the foundation of the orchestra (1992–2017)

Josef Ziga was born and raised in Subotica (Serbia). He received his first violin lessons with Professor Tibor Pekar at the age of seven. While still a student he took part in numerous concerts in the former Yugoslavia and in 1986 he received the highest award for newcomers. He studied at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade with Fern Raškovic, herself a pupil of David Oistrakh. Josef Ziga is the winner of various national and international violin competitions. In 1991 he won the "Emil Hajek International Competition" in Belgrade.
In 1994, he became a member of the State Orchestra of Braunschweig, where he has held the position of Deputy Concertmaster since 1997. In addition, he developed a lively activity as a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and instrumental teacher

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